Festival News

Oman raider BF Mughader scores, Wathba Stallions Cup in Abu Dhabi
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Ace jockey Tadhg O’Shea continued his impressive run in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race series with another win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 10.   O’Shea, who won Al Ain’s Wathba Stallions Cup race on Friday with AF Sanad, registered a smooth victory on BF Mughader in the 2200 metre handicap in th...Read more

Oman raider BF Mughader scores, Wathba Stallions Cup in Abu Dhabi

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Ace jockey Tadhg O’Shea continued his impressive run in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race series with another win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 10.
 
O’Shea, who won Al Ain’s Wathba Stallions Cup race on Friday with AF Sanad, registered a smooth victory on BF Mughader in the 2200 metre handicap in the UAE capital on Sunday.
 
Victorious once in his native Oman, BF Mughader was opening his local account at the third attempt having been second, then third, on his previous two, both at Abu Dhabi.
 
Saddled by Ibrahim Al Hadhrami, he was always travelling supremely well for O’Shea who followed Pat Cosgrave and Shivan OA through before sweeping past with about 200m left to run. MH Tawag under Gerald Avranche ran into second place pushing Shivan OA to third in the Dh 80,000 race.
 
“It has been a good evening,” said a beaming O’Shea who recorded three wins in the meeting. “We were drawn out in 14 but I was able to get across and into a nice position after which everything went pretty smoothly.
 
“I thought Pat’s horse was a big danger so was happy to stalk him and they took me nicely into the race after which my fellow picked up well to win in a bit of style.”
 
 
With seven winners over the weekend, having partnered one at Meydan and another treble at Al Ain, O’Shea has joined Pat Cosgrave on 15 at the top of the jockeys’ championship.
 
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 and Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah gave away the trophies to the winning connections.
 
 
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 of Youth and Sports Welfare 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.
 
Easy win for AF Sanad, Wathba Stallions Cup, Al Ain
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
After a second and third place on his two previous outings, AF Sanad was an easy winner in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, the opening 1600m handicap at the Al Ain race course on Friday.   Never far away under Tadhg O’Shea, AF Sanad hit the front soon after entering the long straight and finished over 12...Read more

Easy win for AF Sanad, Wathba Stallions Cup, Al Ain

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
After a second and third place on his two previous outings, AF Sanad was an easy winner in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, the opening 1600m handicap at the Al Ain race course on Friday.
 
Never far away under Tadhg O’Shea, AF Sanad hit the front soon after entering the long straight and finished over 12 lengths ahead of Shamikht Al Dhafra ridden by Jesus Rosales followed by AF Nashet under Antonio Fresu.
 
It was a first win of the season for Khalifa Al Neyadi who owns and trains the horse, bred by champion owner Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda. It was more than 12 lengths back to the remainder!
 
O’Shea said: “In theory we had a bad draw in 13 but it was only his third start so I was able to keep out of any trouble so his inexperience was not an issue.
 
“I followed Antonio Fresu on AF Nashet as I thought he was one of the main dangers and he carried me into the race before my fellow put the race to bed quite quickly early in the straight.
 
“It is a good result for a small operation and this horse is probably going to improve with experience.”
 
 
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), Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR chief and ADEC Racing Director Pat Buckley gave away the trophies.
 
RMMAS OPENS UAE ACCOUNT
 
On the same day, Rmmas, running in the colours of Yas Horse Racing Management LLC belonging to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs scored a smart win in a 1600m conditions contest Richard Mullen was aboard Rmmas, trained on the Al Ain track by Jean de Roualle, and the win opened the 4-year-old Mahabb son’s UAE account at the second attempt.
 
His UAE debut was actually when ninth in the world’s most valuable Purebred Arabian race, the Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, so this was a massive drop in class.
 
Sporting the silks of Yas Horse Racing Management, Mullen had to get serious with Rmmas to coax him past Inthar but they won well enough in the end.
 
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 of Youth and Sports Welfare 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.
 
Argentine Chopita scores on Tehama Souveign
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Argentina’s Daiana Yamila Chopita riding 12-year-old grey gelding Tehama Souveign won the prestigious National Day Cup 120Km Endurance Ride held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.   The ride was tended by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh H...Read more

Argentine Chopita scores on Tehama Souveign

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Argentina’s Daiana Yamila Chopita riding 12-year-old grey gelding Tehama Souveign won the prestigious
National Day Cup 120Km Endurance Ride held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.
 
The ride was tended by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum among other VIP guests.
 
Chopita came up with a consistent performance to stave off a strong set of UAE riders who took eight of the 10 spots in the 120-km ride which was run in four stages.
 
Hitting the front early, Chopita and Tehama Souveign, took the lead after the second stage and from there on did not look back to win in 4hrs 16mins 57secs at an average speed of 28.02 kmph.
 
The next five spots went to UAE riders and Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Faresi (Rakib Nikita),
 
Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (Unzo), Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi (Reagan), Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Kitbi (Al Theeb) 04:27:40 and Khalifa Mohammed Alkhyeli (Copernico) in that order.
 
All the top six riders won a 4X4WD car each and were among the 33 who completed the ride from the 156 starters.
 
Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, President of Emirates Equestrian Federation, 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 and Mussalem Al Ameri, Director of Al Jazira 1 & 2 Stables were among others who distributed the trophies.
 
All the guests greeted the UAE leaders as the UAE marked National Day.
 
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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.
 
The results (top six) of the National Day Cup 120Km Endurance Ride held on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi:

1. Daiana Yamila Chopita (Tehama Souveign) 4hrs 16mins 57secs (Av speed-28.02 kmph)
2. Mansour Saeed Mohd Al Faresi (Rakib Nikita) 04:17:40
3. Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi (Unzo)04:23:14
4 . Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi (Reagan) 04:23:33
5 . Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Kitbi (Al Theeb) 04:27:40
6. Khalifa Mohammed Alkhyeli ( Copernico) 04:31:59
Mullen steers Extra Hope to another win
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Extra Hope scored his second successive win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race series on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course.   Richard Mullen led from the start on Extra Hope to strike for trainer Satish Seemar in the 1200 metre race which carried a prize fund of Dh. 80,000. Extra Hope had ...Read more

Mullen steers Extra Hope to another win

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Extra Hope scored his second successive win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race series on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course.
 
Richard Mullen led from the start on Extra Hope to strike for trainer Satish Seemar in the 1200 metre race which carried a prize fund of Dh. 80,000. Extra Hope had landed a 1000m handicap at Al Ain on their most recent start, just nine days ago, providing a welcome winner for owner Ali Haddad who has not enjoyed much luck in recent seasons.
 
It was AF Mukhifah under Tadhg O’Shea finishing behind the winner for the second time while Gerald Avranche rode AF Ashras to third place.
 
“It is always great to ride a winner in these colours for Ali Haddad who is such a great supporter of racing here in the UAE,” said Mullen.
 
 
“I won on this filly at Al Ain just last Friday ago when she did it easily but that was over 1000m and the extra 200m, on turf was a bit of a doubt coming here but she did that nicely,” he added.
 
“She has a lot of natural speed and did well to get across to the front from our draw. Hopefully there is more to come.”
 
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), Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR chief and Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi- Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club along with other guests 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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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.
 
Cosgrave strikes on Shivan OA
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, a 2200 m handicap, was the final race of the November 25 meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course.   It provided UAE trainer Helal Al Alawi and Pat Cosgrave the perfect opportunity to continue their great starts to the season, combining with Shivan Oa who ran ou...Read more

Cosgrave strikes on Shivan OA

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, a 2200 m handicap, was the final race of the November 25 meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course.
 
It provided UAE trainer Helal Al Alawi and Pat Cosgrave the perfect opportunity to continue their great starts to the season, combining with Shivan Oa who ran out a smooth winner.
 
It was a first UAE victory for the horse, on his third local start, and he doubled his career tally in the process.
 
In doing so, he took both jockey and trainer to 11 winners already for the season with all bar one of those victories achieved in tandem.
 
Owned by Khalid Mohammed Rahma Al Shamsi the 6-year-old son of Dahess won by over four lengths from ES Maydan under Sean Davis. Anas Al Siyabi steered BF Mughader to third place in the 11 furlong race. The winning time in the Dh 80,000 race was 2:32.10.
 
 
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 along with other guests 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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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.
 
Mira strikes for UAE in HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies Endurance Cup
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Riding 9-year-old grey gelding Sarab from Al Azem Stables, Mira Jasim Mohammed Al Ansaari scored a smart win in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup (For Private Owners) CEN 100 Km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 25th November 2017.   Lady riders from several countries including many from hosts UAE competed on horses owned by ...Read more

Mira strikes for UAE in HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies Endurance Cup

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Riding 9-year-old grey gelding Sarab from Al Azem Stables, Mira Jasim Mohammed Al Ansaari scored a smart win in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup (For Private Owners) CEN 100 Km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 25th November 2017.
 
Lady riders from several countries including many from hosts UAE competed on horses owned by Private Owners and small stables in the 100-km ride that was held in four stages of 40kms, 25kms, 19kms and 16kms.
 
Mira, who was 8th after the first 40 kms, gradually moved into 5th place after the next 25 kms. She increased her pace in the third loop and finished first and then maintained that lead over the final stage of 16 kms to win in three hours 47 minutes 14 seconds at an average speed of 26.40 kmph.
 
Ireland’s Ellen Marie McAuley on Alemendra JV finished second about three minutes behind the winner while UAE national ladies team rider Shathra Al Hajjaj was third on Make A Wish Al Maury. French rider Tiffany Nicolas on Safar and Karen Gomes of Argentina on Koela De La Dour finished fourth and fifth respectively making it a good event for foreign lady riders.
 
The top four riders won a car each for their effort while the riders who finished 5th to 10 shared a prize fund of Dh 450,000.
 
HE Noora Al Suwaidi, Secretary General, UAE General Women's Union, Chairman of the UAE Women's Sports Committee and Member of the UAE Olympic Committee, 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 and others sponsors’ representatives attended and gave away the trophies and awards.
 
HE Noora Al Suwaidi hailed the success of the two UAE riders in the top five and added that the international lady riders also impressed in the event which carries the name of 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.
 
“We thank HH Sheikha Fatima for all her support to women activities in diverse fields and particularly in equestrian sport,” she said.
 
The winner Mira said it was a tough ride and the initial stages were challenging. “The competition was tough with the strong international line-up. But I managed to judge the race and my horse responded well.” It was her fifth career victory.
 
The results:
 
Top five in Friday’s H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak ladies Endurance Cup (For Private Owners) CEN 100 Km Endurance Ride held on Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi:
 
1.Mira Jasim Mohammed Al Ansaari –UAE-(Sarab)-03hrs 47 mins 14 secs
2.Ellen Marie McAuley-Ireland-(Almendra JV) 03:50:04
3.Shathra Ahmed Murad Al Hajjaj-UAE- (Make A Wish Al Maury) 03:51:54
4.Tiffany Nicolas –France-(Safar) 03:51:59
5. Karen Antonella Gomez-Argentina-(Koela De La Dour) 03:58:40
Extra Hope wins Al Ain opener
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race heralded the 2017-18 racing season in Al Ain with 12 runners vying for a slice of the Dh 80,000 on offer at the Al Ain Race Course on Friday, November 24, 2017. Extra Hope, owned by Ali Haddad, scored his first win on UAE soil in six starts, to open the action here in Al Ain. The ...Read more

Extra Hope wins Al Ain opener

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race heralded the 2017-18 racing season in Al Ain with 12 runners vying for a slice of the Dh 80,000 on offer at the Al Ain Race Course on Friday, November 24, 2017.
Extra Hope, owned by Ali Haddad, scored his first win on UAE soil in six starts, to open the action here in Al Ain. The Ernst Oertel-trained AF Mukhifah under Tadhg O’Shea finished second and Baynah under Connor Beasley was third.
 
The 1000 metre handicap was turned into a procession by the Satish Seemar-trained Extra Hope. Ridden by Richard Mullen, the six-year-old mare was soon in front and put the race to bed just after halfway when scooting clear of her 11 toiling rivals.
 
 
It was her first UAE victory, on her sixth attempt and second career success having won a 1700m maiden, at Delaware Park in her native USA, in October 2015.
 
Mullen said: “I am over the moon to ride a winner for Ali who has been a great supporter of UAE racing for very many years but has not enjoyed much luck recently. He is always smiling though and is an absolute pleasure to ride for.
 
“It is also good to see our horses hitting form after a winner at Meydan last night and now this one. Hopefully there are plenty more to follow.”
 
 
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

 
Festival boosts new wave of British sporting heroines
Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The 12th annual Women of the Future Awards took place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 and yielded a record number of nominations from a vast spectrum of careers and professions across 14 categories, including the Sport Award, which for the second consecutive year was sponsored by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.   Lara Sawaya, E...Read more

Festival boosts new wave of British sporting heroines

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The 12th annual Women of the Future Awards took place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 and yielded a record number of nominations from a vast spectrum of careers and professions across 14 categories, including the Sport Award, which for the second consecutive year was sponsored by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
 
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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) together with principal guest Rawdha Alotaiba, Deputy Head of Mission at the UAE Embassy in London attended the ceremony to announce the result, which for the first time since the award’s inception, saw two winners crowned.
 
Torn between two finalists who have significantly impacted the lives of young adults and children through sport, the judges awarded the trophies to visually impaired Great British Goalball Player Dr Sarah Leiter, who combines international level sport with studying medicine and pursuing research, and Alexandra Paske, Founder and Managing Director of Mintridge Events, a young people mentoring programme which harnesses the power of positive sporting role models.
 
Taking to the stage to congratulate the winner, Rawdha Alotaiba delivered an inspirational speech to audience applause, which highlighted the UAE’s progressive and inclusive approach towards supporting and encouraging female success in all career disciplines, including sport, for which she praised the Festival’s global horseracing activities and its sponsorship of the Women of the Future Awards.
 
Lara Sawaya commented, “The quality of this year’s shortlist is the highest it’s ever been, and we are so proud to see horseracing’s Page Fuller, a young jockey who has overcome so many physical and emotional obstacles to return to racing following injury, recognised and celebrated for her career success.
 
‘We commend the judges’ selections in Sarah and Alexandra, two incredible women who continue to inspire and benefit the lives of others through sport. These core values reflect the vision and objectives of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs 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 and we are delighted to reinforce and promote the principles of the Festival by supporting the Awards.”
 
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Royal praise for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The London residence of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, 13 November 2017, Global Ambassador of the Women of the Future programme, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, received 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) a...Read more

Royal praise for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The London residence of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, 13 November 2017, Global Ambassador of the Women of the Future programme, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, received 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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), to discuss the recent activities of the Festival and its 10-year anniversary celebrations.

As category sponsors of the prestigious Women of the Future Awards, which takes place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, the event welcomed Lara Sawaya together with VIP guests, sponsors and dignitaries of the Awards to the Bow Room, an exclusive State Room at the Palace used for entertaining private audiences of The Queen and British Royals.
 
Following the Festival’s week-long programme of Arabian horseracing activities in Abu Dhabi between the 7th to 12th of November 2017, which saw 12-year-old British rider Mia Ann Nicholls win the inaugural HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Race Final, The Countess was delighted to learn about the Festival’s ongoing efforts to develop and encourage the careers of young jockeys, together with promoting the success of female riders as part of the world-renowned HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race series.
 
Thanks to the Festival’s involvement in the Women of the Future Awards this will be the second consecutive year horseracing has achieved representation in the Sport category shortlist, with Professional National Hunt and Flat jockey Alice Mills qualifying for selection in 2016, and Amateur National Hunt and Flat jockey Page Fuller in the running to receive this year’s award.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya commented, “It was a special moment for the Festival to be received at Buckingham Palace by Her Royal Highness and commended for the work of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs 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.”
 
“The Festival’s sponsorship of the Women of the Future Sport Award is reflective of the collective dedication of HH Sheikh Mansoor and HH Sheikha Fatima to support women of all ages and backgrounds, not only in horseracing but across all sports. We wish Page Fuller the best of luck tomorrow and would like to congratulate our first HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Race Champion, Mia Ann Nicholls, for her great victory in Abu Dhabi last week,” Ms. Sawaya said.
 
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Lively debates at IFHRA Conference
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The one-day conference comes within the calendar of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, an (IFHAR) activity, which falls under the umbrella of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Horse Racing Festival. The conference began with an opening speech by Dr Abdullah Al Raisi, Director General, UAE National Archives. He stated he was proud to state that the year 2018 will not...Read more

Lively debates at IFHRA Conference

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The one-day conference comes within the calendar of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, an (IFHAR) activity, which falls under the umbrella of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Horse Racing Festival.

The conference began with an opening speech by Dr Abdullah Al Raisi, Director General, UAE National Archives. He stated he was proud to state that the year 2018 will not only see the 10th anniversary of the Festival and 100th year of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan but also the 50th year of National Archives. He went back a little in history to reminisce that Sheikh Zayed who was the Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain from 1946-1966 turned the desert into an oasis as a result of which the UAE is today home to100 million palm trees, the only country in the world to have so many palm trees.
 
Further elaborating on Sheikh Zayed’s vision, Dr Al Raisi added that UAE today places utmost importance to two sectors: Education and Health. “The initiative started by Sheikh Zayed is being taken forward by 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’’.
 
Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director, Overseas Promotion, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi and Aref Al Awani, secretary General, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, welcomed the gathering.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of the Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), in her opening remarks stated that the data base for the Pure-bred Arabian racing will be completed in association with the National Archives and will be released during the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference in Madrid, Spain, in April 2018. She said it is a huge project under the initiative of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 

CONFERENCE BEGINS
 
The day began with deliberations on “New Developments and Research towards Healthier Riders” which was moderated by Philip Brenan from the UK.
 
One of the key speakers was Dr Carl Mattacola, Researcher, University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences and the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute, SMRI, who is working in partnership with Jockey’s Guild (US). He spoke about the establishment of a registry that can be utilized to look at injuries among professional jockeys and to develop new protocols on detecting and reducing the long-term effects of head trauma from riding accidents across many disciplines in equitation.
 
“Our mission is to achieve optimal health through research, performance and community outreach,” he stressed.
 
Acaena Amoros and Mahi Aramideh, both from Elixir London Clinic, with branches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and London, who have worked extensively with cancer patients, once again reiterated the importance of IV Vitamin Infusion (VitaDrp). “We try to deliver vitamins, minerals, amino acids to those who need which could be either athletes or jockeys or any other person who needs detoxify and rejuvenate. The procedure is custom-made to suit the recipients,’ they added.
 
Phil Collington, former jockey and currently a trainer stressed on fitness levels and noted that nutrition played a very important level in the life of the jockeys. The second session focused on “Life after the saddle: Career Planning for Retired Riders”, which was moderated by Derek Thomson. Speaker line-up included Pak Buckley, Racing Director, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Josephine Chini, former top amateur jockey and now on-air reporter for Racing UK, Eric Lemartinel, former steeplechase jockey and a now a top UAE trainer, Melissa Weatherly, Athlete and Careers Development Manager, Racing Victoria and Hector Libre, Director, Escuela de Jockeys Aprendices Del Jockey Club, (Argentina), who is also a former top jockey turned trainer.
 
All the participants felt it is important to plan their retirement ahead as anything can happen to the riders irrespective of age.
 
They stressed the importance of ‘career counseling’ which will help them to make a conscious decision on their plans to either retire or look for other jobs. In This direction Melissa mentioned that Jockey Assistance Programme at Racing Victoria is gibing valuable inputs.
 
The concluding session of the day was “The IFHRA Mentorship Programme; New Horizons for Students.” Moderated by Derek Thomson, the panelists included Remi Bellocq, Executive Director , North American Racing Academy and General Secretary, IFHRA; Rikke Bay Torp from Dansk Galop; Gaye Gauci-Marchant from Australia; Keith Rowe, Director, Racing Academy and Centre of Education, Ireland and Jack Pilkington, RACE graduate and 2017 IFHRA recipient and currently Assistance trainer in Dubai.
 
Remi Bellocq stated that IFHRA is offering a variety of opportunities for youngsters in the equine industry. “Last year 18 students completed the mentorship programme in different countries which itself goes to show the success of the programme.
 
Rikke Bay Topp stated that it’s a great opportunity for students to learn from different atmospheres.
 
Gayle said that the mentorship programme was ‘incredible’. “It’s a great opportunity for students to be part of this programme, learning new cultures,
making friends and overcome language barriers.”
 
Keith Rowe presented a slide show which showed that their organisation hosted five students and sent two from Ireland.
 
But what caught the attention of everyone was Jack Pilkington, the Irish boy who went to Canada for his two-month programme. Exuberated and still not recovered from the prograame, Jack went at length to discuss his experiences. At 6+foot height, Jack wants to be a trainer.
 
A workshop was held for IFHRA student riders on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The student riders were in full attendance with their workout attire.
 
Sessions were help on professional development, use of race simulators and also on social media networking. Experts were available to give valuable inputs to the trainers.

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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.