Festival News

Festival’s Dahman-Wathba Stallions Cup in Dax
Tue, 14 Aug 2018
Three-year-old filly Maraasem, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Dahman-Wathba Stallions Cup in Dax, France on Friday. Trained by Francois Rohaut and ridden by Francois-Xavier Bertras, Maraasem, finished ahead of two three-year-old colts - Dhaafer and Kanaan- from the ...Read more

Festival’s Dahman-Wathba Stallions Cup in Dax

Tue, 14 Aug 2018
Three-year-old filly Maraasem, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Dahman-Wathba Stallions Cup in Dax, France on Friday.

Trained by Francois Rohaut and ridden by Francois-Xavier Bertras, Maraasem, finished ahead of two three-year-old colts - Dhaafer and Kanaan- from the Yas Horse Race Management owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
The winning time was 2:26.30.
 
Maraasem under Bertras finished about half a length ahead of Dhaafer, ridden by Gabriel Bon and was followed by another HH Sheikh Mansoor horse Kanaan under Alexandre Gavilan. Dhaafer and Kanaan were saddled by trained Didier Guillemin.
 
It was the first win in three starts for Maraasem, a 3-year-old filly by Akim du Ducor.
 
The Dahman-Wathba Stallions Cup, run on turf over a distance of 2100 metres carried a total prize fund of Euros 16,000 and was sponsored by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. The Festival is celebrating its 10th year since inception and the year 2018 also marks the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder of the UAE and a passionate promoter of Purebred Arabian racing.
 
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Hondier wins HH Sheikha Lateefa race in Deauville, France
Mon, 06 Aug 2018
Hondier and her pony Small and Mighty finished ahead of Eden Lesot on Bronheulog Acorn while in third place was Simon Planque on Gordon. Apart from the Deauville leg of the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship, another pony race for the Prix International Junior Cup was held and Geoffroy de La Sayette of Great Britain on I Am Loving It finished ahead of French jockey Si...Read more

Hondier wins HH Sheikha Lateefa race in Deauville, France

Mon, 06 Aug 2018
Hondier and her pony Small and Mighty finished ahead of Eden Lesot on Bronheulog Acorn while in third place was Simon Planque on Gordon.

Apart from the Deauville leg of the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship, another pony race for the Prix International Junior Cup was held and Geoffroy de La Sayette of Great Britain on I Am Loving It finished ahead of French jockey Simon Planque on Ambassia. It was a second podium finish for the young French rider, who had also finished third in the HH Sheikha Lateefa race. American Teddy Davies on Dough Boy finished third.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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) congratulated the winner of the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship and said even the parents will be invited to Abu Dhabi for the grand final in November 2018.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
 
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
IFHRA programme a ‘great experience’
Mon, 06 Aug 2018
One such beneficiary is Hussein Abdali who recently finished his Mentorship Programme in Kildangan Stud Farm, Ireand. Hussein Abdali is currently working as a Registration Officer (Studbook), Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club, Kingdom of Bahrain. Overwhelmed by the three-week training, which enhanced his knowledge and exposure, Abdali said: “This programme benefited me a lot and helped me gain more experienc...Read more

IFHRA programme a ‘great experience’

Mon, 06 Aug 2018
One such beneficiary is Hussein Abdali who recently finished his Mentorship Programme in Kildangan Stud Farm, Ireand. Hussein Abdali is currently working as a Registration Officer (Studbook), Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Overwhelmed by the three-week training, which enhanced his knowledge and exposure, Abdali said: “This programme benefited me a lot and helped me gain more experience in the racing field. It also gave me an opportunity to meet big names in racing world and get in contact with them which is a huge benefit for my future career. I returned home with a lot of ideas which can be implemented at my home racing club.”

He further added: “It was a great honor to visit Kildangan Stud Farm and meet true horsemen like Joe Osborne and Jimmy Hyland, Director of Kildangan Stud Farm, who gave me in insight into learning and experiencing the breeding operation. I had a brief about stallion management and marketing, pedigree analysis and mating, stud farm management and foal routine inspection and evaluation.”

With Jimmy Hyland, Abdali visited all the nine stud farms in Ireland. “It was also an honor to meet nutritionist Dr. Steph Jackson from USA and spent three days with him to learn horse feeding.”
 
He was equally elated to attend the Northern Ireland Derby at Down Royal and to receive the Derby Cup on behalf of Godolphin team. “I went to the Curragh race course alongside with Paul Murtagh, Head of Race Day Operation and experienced every position and role during the race.”

He also managed a visit to Ballydoyle which he found to be a “fascinating and different operation than other operations I ever saw or heard about.”
 
Weatherby was the next stop where he had an overview about their management system of registration. He said: “Weatherby is testing a digital passport which will be launched in the future which might help Bahrain within our studbook authority.”

“Overall it was a fascinating experience. Thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister, IFHRA and Ms Lara Sawaya, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), for this wonderful opportunity.

The mentorship programme comes under HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival which is celebrating ten years this year.

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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Eleven in fray for HH Sheikha Lateefa Pony race in Deauville, France on Sunday
Sun, 05 Aug 2018
“The race is open to riders aged 10 to 14 and the most successful in pony races governed by the FFE in 2018. The race is open to ponies selected="true" by the ANPG (Association Nationale Les Poneys au Galop) that are known for their ease and quality to run a consistent race”, a French official said. Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Fes...Read more

Eleven in fray for HH Sheikha Lateefa Pony race in Deauville, France on Sunday

Sun, 05 Aug 2018
“The race is open to riders aged 10 to 14 and the most successful in pony races governed by the FFE in 2018. The race is open to ponies selected="true" by the ANPG (Association Nationale Les Poneys au Galop) that are known for their ease and quality to run a consistent race”, a French official said.

Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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) said the series, which was launched earlier in the season, has attracted a lot of response.
 
“The winner of this Deauville leg of the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race will join the other winners in the championship final to be held in November in Abu Dhabi,” she added.
 
 
“We have already staged three legs of this race series and have three winners of the Madrid, Stockhom and Bucharest races,” Ms Sawaya said.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
Ms Sawaya said, “The year 2018 is the Year of Zayed as UAE marks the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and also marks the 10th anniversary of the 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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Smart start to Lebanon horse show supported by HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival
Sun, 29 Jul 2018
The event was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival is celebrating its 10th year since inception. The opening day of the Horse Show attracted the participation of the best and finest horses on the local scene in Lebanon and their beauty, elegance, agility and strength were on display d...Read more

Smart start to Lebanon horse show supported by HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

Sun, 29 Jul 2018
The event was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival is celebrating its 10th year since inception.

The opening day of the Horse Show attracted the participation of the best and finest horses on the local scene in Lebanon and their beauty, elegance, agility and strength were on display during their show.
 
The Purebred Arabian horse breeds of Lebanon are famous for their performances, as they move gracefully to the tune of oriental music.
 
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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) said the show was a great success and this was evident from the large attendance of both the fans as well as the officials.
 
“The event was also attended by a large audience of Arabian horse breeders who are interested in the sport of Arabian horses,” she 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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Prix Burkeguy-Wathba Stallions Cup
Mon, 23 Jul 2018
Al Shamoos came up tops in a close finish in the Prix Burkeguy-Wathba Stallions Cup race for Purebred Arabians on Sunday, July 2 in at the La Teste Buch racecourse in France. Driving home the 4-year-old No Risk Al Maury mare was lady jockey Delphine Santiago as Al Shamoos forged ahead in the final furlong after Al Naama under Julien Auge had done all the running.   Chasing home the two mares was Ahzar, the 5-y...Read more

Prix Burkeguy-Wathba Stallions Cup

Mon, 23 Jul 2018
Al Shamoos came up tops in a close finish in the Prix Burkeguy-Wathba Stallions Cup race for Purebred Arabians on Sunday, July 2 in at the La Teste Buch racecourse in France.

Driving home the 4-year-old No Risk Al Maury mare was lady jockey Delphine Santiago as Al Shamoos forged ahead in the final furlong after Al Naama under Julien Auge had done all the running.
 
Chasing home the two mares was Ahzar, the 5-year-old horse ridden by Ioritz Medizabal.
 
Al Shamoos won the 1400-metre race in a timing of 1:31.60.
 
 
The Euros 25,000 race was part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup series. The Festival is celebrating its 10th year since inception and the year 2018 also marks the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder of the UAE and a passionate promoter of Purebred Arabian racing.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor’s Yaraa wins in France
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Yaraa, owned by Yas Horse Racing Management belonging to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs won the Wathba Stallions Cup on Sunday, July 8 in Pompadour, France. Ridden by Antoine Werle, Yaraa won the Prix de Bournazel Wathba Stallions Cup race which carried a prize fund of Euros 10,000 to register another win for HH Sheikh Mansoor.   The race w...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor’s Yaraa wins in France

Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Yaraa, owned by Yas Horse Racing Management belonging to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs won the Wathba Stallions Cup on Sunday, July 8 in Pompadour, France.

Ridden by Antoine Werle, Yaraa won the Prix de Bournazel Wathba Stallions Cup race which carried a prize fund of Euros 10,000 to register another win for HH Sheikh Mansoor.
 
The race which attracted nine runners is part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup series. The Festival is celebrating its 10th year since inception and the year 2018 also marks the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder of the UAE and a passionate promoter of Purebred Arabian racing.
 
Yaraa finished ahead of Flores Des Vialettes under Clement Cadel running in the colours of Al Nujaifi racing while in third place was Primera Al Maury under Alexander Gavilan.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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) congratulated Hh Sheikh Mansoor on the success of Yaraa and said the winning horse has a promising future.
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s races a huge success
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
Ameer Al Arab was in top form as the 5-year-old son of Nizam became the first winner of an international Purebred Arabian race in Romania. Ameer Al Arab under jockey Atanasov Valentin won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Hipodromul Ploiesti on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Ploiești is a city and county seat in Prahova County, Romania. Part ...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s races a huge success

Sun, 01 Jul 2018
Ameer Al Arab was in top form as the 5-year-old son of Nizam became the first winner of an international Purebred Arabian race in Romania.

Ameer Al Arab under jockey Atanasov Valentin won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Hipodromul Ploiesti on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Ploiești is a city and county seat in Prahova County, Romania. Part of the historical region of Muntenia, it is located 56 km north of Bucharest.
 
Later Erika Georgesco also made history when she won the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race to book a berth for the final race in November in Abu Dhabi.
 
Organised by Ploiesti CSM in collaboration with the Romanian Arab Race Association and the Romanian Hippic Federation and the Wathba Stallions Cup ihas been the biggest race for Purebred Arabians to be staged here and along with the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race attracted a large crowd of over 8000 fans at the Hipodromul Ploiesti.
 
Dr Ahmed bin Saeed Al Matroushi, UAE Ambassador to Romania, Adnan Al Nuaimi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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) along with other Romanian officials gave away the trophies.
 
Dr. Al Matroushi hailed the support of the UAE leaders to heritage sport like Arabian horse racing and said the move to bring this race to Romania was a great initiative by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
Ms Sawaya also expressed her delight at the great success the races had achieved and said, “It is not only the Year of Zayed as UAE marks the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan but also 100 years since the independence of Romania.”
 
She also confirmed that the Bulgarian jockey Atanasov Valentin has also been invited for the November finals.
 
“This Romanian capital of Bucharest was named as host for the 2019 edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF). After the success of Sunday’s two races by the Festival we are sure that next year’s event will make a huge impact in this part of Europe,” she 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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup
Sun, 01 Jul 2018
Romania is the latest country to play host to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Hipodromul Ploiesti on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Ploiești is a city and county seat in Prahova County, Romania. Part of the historical region of Muntenia, it is located 56 km north of Bucharest.   Organised by Ploiesti CSM in collaboration with the Roman...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup

Sun, 01 Jul 2018
Romania is the latest country to play host to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Hipodromul Ploiesti on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Ploiești is a city and county seat in Prahova County, Romania. Part of the historical region of Muntenia, it is located 56 km north of Bucharest.
 
Organised by Ploiesti CSM in collaboration with the Romanian Arab Race Association and the Romanian Hippic Federation and the Wathba Stallions Cup is the biggest race for Purebred Arabians to be staged here.
 
Seven horses are in the fray and they include Nordika, Diamant Du Pouy, Demona, Equario, Raja, Ameer Al Arab and Eau De Muguet.
 
The race, which is for Purebred Arabian horses will be the 8th on the Sunday card and is expected to be a huge draw for Romanian racing fans.
 
‘We are very happy to be staging this race and Romania will soon start playing a huge role in Arabian racing along with the Festival,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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).
 
“This race comes after the Romanian capital of Bucharest was named as host for the 2019 edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF). Bucharest will be the 10th city in the world to stage our annual conference and all this has been possible thanks to the directions of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs,” she 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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup in Belgium
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
After her superb win in HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race in Stockholm on June 6, Belgium’s Sara Vermeersch excelled once again, this time on home turf in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Hippodrome de Wallonie in Ghlin, Belgium on Friday, June 22, 2018. Vermeersch who had scored on What A Wonder in the H...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup in Belgium

Tue, 26 Jun 2018
After her superb win in HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race in Stockholm on June 6, Belgium’s Sara Vermeersch excelled once again, this time on home turf in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Hippodrome de Wallonie in Ghlin, Belgium on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Vermeersch who had scored on What A Wonder in the HH Sheikha Fatima race in Stockholm, rode Dakare De L'Ardus to victory in the 1500-metre race run at this Belgian racecourse.
 
The 24-year-old Vermeersch drove the 5-year-old bay Dakare De L'Ardus to a quarter length win over Eau Divine under Anna van den Troost while Blitters Paco under Loid Bekaert finished third in the 8-horse race. The winning time was 1 min 44.74 seconds.
 
Belgium’s Purebred Arabian racing chief Nelly Philippot gave away the trophies and thanked the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for supporting Arabian races in her country.
 
 
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.