Festival News

Saleha saddles La Yfootkum to another win
Tue, 20 Feb 2018
Emirati lady trainer Saleha Al Ghurair scored her second win of the current season when La Yfootkum won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday.   In a very tight finish, Apprentice jockey Adam McLean on La Yfootkum, held on to stave off a strong challenge from ...Read more

Saleha saddles La Yfootkum to another win

Tue, 20 Feb 2018
Emirati lady trainer Saleha Al Ghurair scored her second win of the current season when La Yfootkum won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday.
 
In a very tight finish, Apprentice jockey Adam McLean on La Yfootkum, held on to stave off a strong challenge from Make Me Rich under Dubai World Cup winning jockey Fernando Jara and Mujahad Qardabiyah under Xavier Ziani to win the 2200m handicap race. All three almost finished together but La Yfootkum finished a short head in front of Make Me Rich and another short head separated the third placed Mujahad Qardabiyah.
 
It was a second successive win for owner-trainer Saleha Al Ghurair and jockey McLean with the 6-year-old La Yfootkum.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 
HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race on White Turf in Switzerland
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
In an exciting finish Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos and Dynamites completed a memorable double after winning the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 18, 2018. After winning the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup here o...Read more

HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race on White Turf in Switzerland

Mon, 19 Feb 2018
In an exciting finish Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos and Dynamites completed a memorable double after winning the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

After winning the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup here on the ice tracks on the frozen St Moritz Lake a fortnight ago, Dynamites won a thrilling race under Germany’s Rebecca Danz on Sunday, the final day of this St Moritz White Turf Festival 2018.
 
Both Dynamites under Danz and Toutatix under Italian Valeria Toccolini battled hard as first Dynamites hit the front and then Toutatix also led briefly.
 
Dynamites, the 4-year-old chestnut colt by Nashwan Al Khalediya and owned by Landgoed Waterland, got back in front and was being hotly-pursued by
Toutatix on the home stretch.
 
 
 
Soon Lahoob under Hungarian Csenge Sutak unleashed a searing run on the outside and after overtaking Toutatix fell short, losing by a short head to the favourite Dynamites. It was a thrilling race watched by over 12,000 fans.
 
With the victory, Rebecca Danz qualified for the Festival’s H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final in November in Abu Dhabi.
 
“It was such a great race and all the seven professional lady jockeys exhibited fantastic skills on the tricky snow tracks.
 
We are happy that it ended in a safe manner and I congratulate the German jockey Rebecca and also the trainer Karin van den Bos who has scored another double triumph in our Festival races,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) after the prize distribution ceremony.
 
“For us it is important that the safety measures taken last summer were effective, although we have been able to employ them only now, in winter.
 
 
They give us an insight into the track at any given time”, was the satisfying outcome of White Turf 2018 for Thomas C. Walther, President of White Turf.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race on frozen St Moritz lake on Sunday
Sun, 18 Feb 2018
Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos will be pinning her hopes on Dynamites to complete a double by winning HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 18, 2018. A fortnight ago on the opening day of the White Turf 2018 here on the ice tracks on the frozen St Moritz lake, van den Bos saddled a 1-2 with Dynamites and Athlete...Read more

HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race on frozen St Moritz lake on Sunday

Sun, 18 Feb 2018
Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos will be pinning her hopes on Dynamites to complete a double by winning HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

A fortnight ago on the opening day of the White Turf 2018 here on the ice tracks on the frozen St Moritz lake, van den Bos saddled a 1-2 with Dynamites and Athlete del Sol finishing in that order in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series.
 
Dynamites, the 4-year-old chestnut colt by Nashwan Al Khalediya, owned by Landgoed Waterland, will once again start favourite in this Sunday’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race which will be run over a mile’s distance on the ice-snow track.
 
Germany’s Rebecca Danz will be riding Dynamites as the lady jockeys pursue a slot in the year-end final of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship. Seven professional lady jockeys are in the fray in this HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported race that carries a prize fund of 33,000 Swiss francs.
 
The biggest challenge for Dynamites is likely to come from Lahoob under Hungarian Csenge Sutak and Nil Aziz to be ridden by Belgian Anna van den Troost apart from the consistent performing Athlète del Sol to be ridden by Norway’s Vanessa Ryall.
 
Toutatix under Italian Valeria Toccolini is also expected to add to the challenge while the others in the fray are Lou Raynal, partnered by Swiss lady jockey Astrid Wullschleger- a former HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Champion and Nil Ashal to be ridden by Sweden’s Fabienne De Geer.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, “The weather looks perfect for this showdown on the ice track and with all of them being professional lady jockeys a keen contest is on the cards in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race.”
 
“We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affair and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for supporting and giving the lady jockeys the opportunity to experience such different racing conditions.”
 
“It will once again be very exciting in the finale of White Turf 2018 on Sunday, with approximately 60cm thick ice sheet covering the lake of St. Moritz,” said Thomas C. Walther, President of White Turf.
 
“For the seven races today we are expecting 57 horses from six countries clearly underscores the internationality of the horseraces in St. Moritz. Things could hardly be more captivating for the starting line ups in all three disciplines”, he added.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Hamdan wins Group 1 President’s Cup, HH Sheikh Mansoor bags Group 3 Al Ruwais
Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Al Zahir, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance, won the AED 2,500,000 Group 1 HH The President Cup at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, February 11, 2018.   With a large crowd in attendance including guests of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, another big winner of the evening was the Yas Horse Raci...Read more

HH Sheikh Hamdan wins Group 1 President’s Cup, HH Sheikh Mansoor bags Group 3 Al Ruwais

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Al Zahir, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance, won the AED 2,500,000 Group 1 HH The President Cup at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
 
With a large crowd in attendance including guests of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, another big winner of the evening was the Yas Horse Racing Management owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs when Rmmas won the 1200 metre Group 3 Al Ruwais race and Qader scored in a handicap race.
 
Dassan DA also cornered some glory winning the Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race that was also part of Sunday’s race meeting.
 
Run over 2200 metres and with a prize fund of AED2,500,000, the Group 1 HH The President Cup was the highlight of the evening.
 
Al Zahir, settled in fourth on the inside by his jockey Jim Crowley, soon moved into top gear quickly to win the race for HH Sheikh Hamdan. The HH Sheikh Mansoor’s Yas Horse Racing Management-owned Ziyadd and Dahham finished second and third respectively.
 
The main support race, rescheduled having been due to be contested two weeks ago, the 1200m Group 3 Al Ruwais, was won in good style by Rmmas, a second winner on the evening saddled by Jean de Rouale for HH Sheikh Mansoor’s Yas Horse Racing Management. Settled in the middle of the field, taking the shortest route on the inside under Richard Mullen, when a gap appeared 300m out they shot through, winning their race in a matter of strides.
 
 
Rmmas has now won two of his three local starts and is clearly held in some regard by his trainer, who said: “As I said when he won at Al Ain, he is a nice, young, horse who we really like. He is versatile regarding conditions, both underfoot and distance so, hopefully, we have a few options with him.”
 
There may have only been six runners in the first of the two 1600m handicaps, but it produced a thrilling finish with four of the sextet separated by less than a length throughout the final 100m. Xavier Ziani, one of the Ambassadors of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, had gone straight to the front on Qader, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor’s Yas Horse Racing Management and the pair opened up what proved to be a decisive advantage leaving the home turn.
 
Winning trainer De Roualle said: “Xavier has given him a very good ride and we were quite hopeful of a big run; he has only had two previous starts this season and improved from his run last week when a good third over 1400m. This is the trip he won over twice for us last season but then he had a setback and missed most of the second half of the campaign. It is nice to see him win again and, hopefully, he can do so again as he has not had that much racing so could still progress.”
 
It was a close finish in the Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only which carried a prize fund of Dh 80,000.
 
Dassan DA from Hilal Al Alawi’s yard under Harry Bentley pipped MH Tawag under Connor Beasley while Noof KB ran into third place for Antonio Fresu.
 
Bentley, who had earlier won on Sunday, completed a double when producing Dassan DA to lead close home in the lesser of the 1600-metre handicap. Opening his local account, at the sixth attempt, it was a second career win for the Khalid Al Shamsi-owned Dassan DA who landed one of 15 outings in Europe.
 
Sheikh Hamdan Al Sharqi, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Musallam Al Ameri-Director of Al Jazira Stables and others crowned the winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort. (Inputs from ERA).
 
HH Sheikh Mohammed attends President’s Cup Endurance ride
Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Rashid Hamoud Al Junaibi riding 8 Minute, a 12-year-old mare won the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride. at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday, February 10, 2018.   The ride which attracted 270 riders, was held under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Pr...Read more

HH Sheikh Mohammed attends President’s Cup Endurance ride

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Rashid Hamoud Al Junaibi riding 8 Minute, a 12-year-old mare won the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride. at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
 
The ride which attracted 270 riders, was held under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the direct supervision of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, H.E. Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman the General Authority for Sports and a number of officials and guests of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival attended the ride.
 
The winner represented the Al Wathba Stables owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the winning horse was trained by Majed Khalfan Al Jahouri.
 
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum congratulated HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the victory of the horse 8 minutes from Al Wathba Stables.
 
Al Junaibi riding 8 Minute completed the 160-km distance in a time of 6 hours 12 minutes and 10 seconds and finished ahead of Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri on Faraan with Layla Al Marzooqi on AP Birmano was in third place.
 
The winner was awarded a Mercedes Benz S450, the second-placed rider got a Range Rover Sport, and riders finishing third to tenth drove away with a Nissan Patrol 4WD car each. All those who completed the ride received DH 100,000 each.Dr. Maj. Gen. Ghanim Al-Hajri, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive
 
Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ahmad Al Qubaisi, Khuloud Al Nuaimi, Musallam Al Ameri and Mohammad Abdullah crowned the winners.
 
Ms Lara Sawaya said the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed, HH Sheikh Hamdan and HH Sheikh Mansoor was a morale booster to the contestants throughout their ride.
 
Ms Sawaya expressed her happiness to participate in the first youth workshop organized by the Abu Dhabi Youth Council in the presence of HE Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the General Authority for Sport. She said the workshop was fruitful and the activities of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival were highlighted.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Seven students make it for IFHRA Scholarship Fund
Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Abu Dhabi: The International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) has approved seven names to receive the Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF), during the year 2018. The Fund, part of the IFHRA Mentorship Programme, is aimed to boost young professionals from the equestrian fraternity. The list was finalised at an IFHRA board meeting held at Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Sp...Read more

Seven students make it for IFHRA Scholarship Fund

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Abu Dhabi: The International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) has approved seven names to receive the Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF), during the year 2018. The Fund, part of the IFHRA Mentorship Programme, is aimed to boost young professionals from the equestrian fraternity.

The list was finalised at an IFHRA board meeting held at Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort, on Friday, February 9, 2018, on the sidelines of the UAE President Cup endurance ride and Flat racing, scheduled for February 10 and 11, respectively in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital.
 
The selected="true"="true" students include Stephen Brown from Australia, Niamh Cassidy from Ireland, Jamie Gormley from British Racing school and Thomas Ryall from Northern Racing College, both from the UK, Kit Choon Khaw from Malaysia, Austin Motley from the United States of America and Nil Torries Reyes from Peru.
 
The meeting was attended by several member countries including Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Morocco, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, US and UK, apart from the UAE, The IFHRA currently enjoys a membership of 56 countries.
 
The meeting which began with opening remarks by Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), General Manager of Wathba Stallions and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), who hailed the success of the programmer during 2017, which had a group of 15 students travelling all over the world.
 
”We are very happy with the success of the 2017 programme. In order to make the programme more professional, we decided to reduce the number of students to 10 this year, out of which seven have been finalised.” The deadline has been extended up to March 7 for the selection of three more candidates as there was ambiguity in terms of minimum and maximum age for the applicants.
 
 
Ms Sawaya, however, clarified. “ÏFHRA has set the age bracket from 16-30 for all its applicants and this will be adhered to strictly by all means”.
 
Discussion on minimum and maximum age of the candidates came under the scanner for a while with some member-countries requesting that worthy candidates should be accommodated in the programme citing various reasons. However Ms Sawaya asserted that the rule cannot be changed under IFHRA guidelines.
 
“The success of our 2017 meeting strengthens our belief that we have to work harder and be more committed in the coming years. I am very happy to state that several beneficiaries of the RSF programme are doing well in different countries having taken advantage of the training they obtained during their stint at the programme.”
 
IFHRA comes under the umbrella of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, which has enetered the tenth year in 2018, having started in 2008.
 
Ms Sawaya also requested the IFHRA member-countries to submit nominees for the Female Apprentice Jockey Darley Award based on the performance of the 2017 season before February 26, 2018. The award will be presented at Kodak Studio, Hollywood in April first week.
 
Ms Sawaya further added that henceforth all the respective schools will be responsible for handling the financial aspects of the candidates during the Mentorship Programme. “An amount of $5,000 will be handed over to the schools per student for the programme and they should liaise with the prospective candidates,” she said.
 
The meeting was moderated by Remi Bellocq, IFHRA General Secretary and attended by all board members.
 
Two other issues which came under focus were insurance for the jockeys and on-line course curriculum for students, both of which will be sorted out very soon, according to Ms Sawaya.
 
She said the next IFHRA board meeting will be held in May, 2018, during the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference scheduled to be held in Madrid, Spain, from April 30-May 7, 2018.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middle East as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival announces 100 races, events in 90 countries for 2018
Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Under the Directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the direct supervision of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride will...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival announces 100 races, events in 90 countries for 2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Under the Directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the direct supervision of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride will be held on Saturday, February 10 and the Group One HH President Cup flat race for Purebred Arabians will be held on Sunday, February 11 respectively.
 
The announcements were made at an impressive press conference held at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort in Abu Dhabi and attended by Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Global Promotions- Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Yakoob Al Saadi -Director of Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, Abdulrahman Al Rumaithi from Abu Dhabi Youth Council, Nadim Lahad of Emirates Airline and other representatives of sponsors and sports bodies.

The 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup will be held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday while the HH President Cup will be part of Sunday’s flat race meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
 
Alongside the announcement of these two prestigious events, Ms. Sawaya also announced the 2018 calendar for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival that marks its 10th year and the UAE also celebrates 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE and a passionate promoter of Purebred Arabian horses.
 
Giving details of Saturday’s President’s Cup endurance ride, Adnan Sultan said, “The prestigious ride has attracted 214 riders with 46 of them coming from all over the world. A total of ten cars will be given to the top rider while a cash award of Dh 100,000 will be given to each of the remaining riders who complete the ride.”
 
“For Sunday’s HH President Cup Group 1 flat race, the total prize money of offer is Dh. 2,500,000,” he added.
 
Festival to stage 100 races/events in 90 countries in 2018
 
“The Festival has received tremendous support and inspiration from His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates, President of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and we thank them for that,” said Ms. Sawaya.
 
“We welcome the cooperation and partnership with the Abu Dhabi Youth Council and we will see a lot of UAE youth taking part in the Festival’s events and get acquainted with heritage sport of the UAE,” she added.
 
“The year 2018 marks the 10th year of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and also marks the 100th birth anniversary of the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Festival will organize a 100-mile endurance series to mark the 100th birth anniversary and this will include five races in five world capitals - Fontaine Bleu Paris in France, followed by the second race in the Spanish capital Madrid, the third in Brussels, Belgium the fourth in Lisbon, Portugal and the final in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi- the capital of Purebred Arabian horses in the world,” Ms. Sawaya said.
 
The Festival’s 2018 calendar also includes 10 races each in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup series, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship series, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series and the HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony Championship series.
 
The Wathba Stallions Cup will once again focus on the grassroots level 23 races will be held in the UAE and another 27 races outside the country in the Wathba Stallions Cup series, stated Ms. Sawaya.
 
“China and Romania are the two countries which will join the Festival in staging our events in 2018 while the Madrid will host the annual World Arabian Horse Racing Conference and Hollywood, Los Angeles will again be the venue for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Awards and the US Darley Awards,” she said.
 
The highlight during the Darley Awards will be the US$ 100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Stakes race that will be run at Santa Anita race course.
 
 
“The Festival will also take part in important shows and events to showcase the progress and finally the curtain will come down in November in Abu Dhabi when the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies and Apprentice finals will be held along with the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabian horses – the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Crown Jewel Cup, a Group 1 race with a prize fund of Euros 1.2 million,” Ms. Sawaya said.
 
Ms. Sawaya thanked all the sponsors while the sponsor’s representatives also expressed their delight at being part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 
 
Al Walid ends Nafees’ unbeaten run
Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Once again it was Pau in France that staged the first HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup series race and Al Walid under Quentin Houdoin gave Al Saqab Racing a winning start.   Eight were in the fray in the Prix du Haras de Gelos- Wathba Stallions Cup which carried a prize fund of Euros 17,000.   Nafees under lady jockey Mickaelle Michel ...Read more

Al Walid ends Nafees’ unbeaten run

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Once again it was Pau in France that staged the first HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup series race and Al Walid under Quentin Houdoin gave Al Saqab Racing a winning start.
 
Eight were in the fray in the Prix du Haras de Gelos- Wathba Stallions Cup which carried a prize fund of Euros 17,000.
 
Nafees under lady jockey Mickaelle Michel running in the colours of the Royal Cavalry of Oman was unbeaten in four starts last year and seemed the one to beat along with Bandar, owned by Yas Horse Racing Management, the racing arm of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
Dalmaz Lotois did the early running with the Al Saqab pair of Al Walid and Kashmir handily placed while a little off the pace was Nafees with Bandar further behind. At the penultimate bend Al Walid under Houdoin forged ahead and soon was hotly pursued by Bandar ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal with Nafees under Mickaelle also moving into top gear.
 
But the Tim Fourcy-trained Walid was well in control and won smartly while a late surge by Nafees saw the Omani raider fall short but good enough to pip the Frederic Sanchez-trained Bandar for second place.
 
It was a second career win in six starts for Al Walid, a 5-year-old son of Dahess, and his win here halted the unbeaten run by Nafees. The winning time for the 1950-metre trip was 2:14.20 and the winning margin was one and a quarter length.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race
Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Omani Apprentice trainer Saif Al Balushi scored an exciting win on Madjanthis in the Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse and attributed his current success to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. Nearer last than first throughout the first two thirds of the 1200 metre handicap aboard Madjanthis, Al Balushi did n...Read more

Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Omani Apprentice trainer Saif Al Balushi scored an exciting win on Madjanthis in the Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse and attributed his current success to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Nearer last than first throughout the first two thirds of the 1200 metre handicap aboard Madjanthis, Al Balushi did not panic and unleashed his mount with a withering late challenge to lead close home and deny Harry Bentley aboard Es Fatek. Trained by Ernst Oertel, Madjanthis was recording a sixth career win.
 
 
That is actually two more than his young jockey Al Balushi. The Omani Apprentice said, “Thanks to the support of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and his Festival, I spent six months in Newmarket at the apprentice school and learned a lot. This is my third winner this season, on just my eighth ride so I have to be very happy with that. Hopefully there will be more to follow.”
 
 
Sheikh Hamdan Surour Al Sharqi, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi- Director of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Khulood Al Nuaimi - representative of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, top Purebred Arabian horse breeder and owner Khalid Al Naboodah were among who gave away the trophies.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

Sheikh Zayed Cup 2018 series gets off the bocks
Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos saddled a 1-2 including the winner Dynamites as the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series got off the blocks on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Sunday’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup was one of the two races for Purebred Arabian horses organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian ...Read more

Sheikh Zayed Cup 2018 series gets off the bocks

Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos saddled a 1-2 including the winner Dynamites as the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series got off the blocks on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Sunday’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup was one of the two races for Purebred Arabian horses organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival on the ice and snow tracks on the frozen lake of St Moritz.
 
Dynamites, a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Nashwan Al Khalediya, owned by Landgoed Waterland, was the favourite in the small but quality field that included last year’s winner Nil Aziz as well as Athlete Del Sol, a consistent performer for Karin van den Bos.
 
Dynamites under jockey Maxim Pecheur impressed as he made no mistake on the snow tracks to register his third success in the last three races in three different countries. The van den Bos-trained Dynamites had earlier won in Toulouse in France in November, 2017 and also in Pisa, Italy in December and now boasts of three wins in six career starts.
 
Ridden by Josef Bojko, the 11-year-old Athlete Del Sol, second to Nil Aziz last year, once again finished second but this time ahead of last year’s winner. Nil Aziz under Raffael Lingg lead the procession of four runners , the other three being Nil Ashal, Nil Alamoon and BC Nihal -all trained by Franziska Aeschbacher.
 
“It is a great start to the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup series as 2018 marks 100 years since the great leader’s birth,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
 
 
“Next Sunday the Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship race will be held on the snow tracks. We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential for the Festival’s success,” she added.
 
The 2018 White Turf meeting started under optimal weather conditions on the frozen lake of St. Moritz and around 8,000 spectators came to watch the action.
 
“We are grateful to nature and the numerous volunteers in our team, who have worked towards this event for a whole year. The atmosphere on the track was fabulous. We are just happy and hope that things will continue this way on the two coming race days”, commented Thomas C. Walther, President of White Turf.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.