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Focus on weight control, injured jockeys
May 27, 2016
IFHRA unveils Racing Scholarship FundThe International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, at its General Assembly meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, unveiled an innovative IFHRA Raci...Read more

Focus on weight control, injured jockeys

May 27, 2016
IFHRA unveils Racing Scholarship Fund



The International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, at its General Assembly meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, unveiled an innovative IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) and also admitted 14 new members to the Federation.

An amount of US $100,000 has been earmarked for the IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund and is expected to initially benefit between 10-20 apprentice jockeys to spend around two months each with reputed mentors. The concept is based on providing students with valuable continuing educational opportunities in the event they choose a new path within horse racing and related industries.

Ms Lara Sawaya , Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA),  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, (IFHAR) said: “This Fund will help provide professional mentorship opportunities abroad for students who are currently enrolled in or who have recently graduated from an IFHRA member Racing Academy or national representative. The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new knowledge and experience in equitation and overall horsemanship, while learning about new culture and customs.”

Explaining details of the RSF, Mr. Remi Bellocq, General Secretary of IFHRA, said: “The Fund is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA members and employers within the horse racing and breeding industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorship which will be a long-term benefit to future careers.”

He further added that at the same time future employers will also benefit from students who have “experienced the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices the industry offers.”

The IFHRA meeting was held on the sidelines of the The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s sixth World Arabian Horse Racing conference held in Warsaw in Poland.

Meanwhile, IFHRA also admitted 14 new members to its body during this meeting including Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Slovakia and Sweden whereas the membership of two more countries, Bahrain and Switzerland, are pending.

The Federation also appointed Mr. Pat Buckley as the Vice- Chairman following the demise of Ms Susanne Santesson earlier this year.

At the outset IFHRA members were urged to provide details on a regular basis for the official website to benefit all equestrian aficionados.

The meeting also decided to form a sub-committee to look into the insurance aspect for participating apprentice jockeys.

IFHRA was founded in 2014 under the instructions of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and had a record number of 18 countries at the time of inception. It has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The next IFHRA meeting will be held during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, ADIHEX which will be held in Abu Dhabi from September 9 to 13, 2015. IFHAR Chairman Ms Lara Sawaya invited all IFHAR member-countries to make use of this opportunity and represent their countries at the IFHAR stall.

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UK jockeys fly to Australia, USA
January 07, 2016
RSF Mentorship ProgrammeHH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported initiative kicks off on January 7The much-awaited Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF, a first of its kind mentorship programme, initiated by the International Federation of Ho...Read more

UK jockeys fly to Australia, USA

January 07, 2016
RSF Mentorship Programme

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported initiative kicks off on January 7

The much-awaited Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF, a first of its kind mentorship programme, initiated by the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, kick-started with British apprentice Tom Marquand heading for his mentorship programme to Victoria, Australia on January 7, 2016 and Ryan Colley from York representing the Northern Racing College in Doncaster, heading to Lexington, Kentucky, US on January 18.

The 18-year-old jockey/rider Tom had a four-week mentorship programme, whereas Ryan attended an eight-week programme in Lexington, Kentucky, after taking a break as assistant trainer at Ruth Carr’s North Yorkshire Horse Racing stable.

The funding for the programme is being done by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.
As many as 12 candidates have been selected under the RSF programme from different countries and Tom was the first candidate to start off this eagerly awaited sponsored event. Tom was assisted in his training by Richard Perham of British Racing School of UK and Matt Hyland and Melisa Weatherley in Victoria, Australia. 

Any candidate between the age group of 18-29 and employed within the racing industry either as an amateur jockey or apprentice jockey or involved in some other racing activity is eligible for this scholarship fund. 
The His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival-supported mentorship programme lasts a maximum of eight weeks and takes place in a country other than where the incumbent resides. 
According to the RSF guidelines, the candidate should have finished at least one year or graduated from a racing academy based in his/her home country or other entity that provides horse racing or related industry workforce training.

Ms Lara Sawaya,  Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), 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),  thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential affairs, for his innovative initiative in evolving a plan to train and fund young riders.

 “The IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA member racing academies and employers within the horse racing and related industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorships which will be a long-term benefit to future careers. At the same time, future employers will also benefit from students who have experienced from the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices our industry offers,” Ms Sawaya said.
She added: “The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new training and experience within the horse racing industry and related disciplines, while learning about new cultures and customs.”

The board had received 19 applications for the scholarship scheme out of which the RSF Selection Committee zeroed down on 12 applicants representing different countries. Others selected are from Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

Obviously elated about the exciting opportunity ahead of him, Ryan said before his departure: “I’m really excited. It’s my first visit to America and I’m looking forward to seeing how their racing system operates. I’m told it’s very different from ours, so this is a fantastic opportunity to see it at first hand. My ambition is to become a starter in the UK and the experience I gain in America could provide me with a valuable foot in the door.”

Both the youngsters thanked IFHRA and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan  Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival for their extraordinary and unique venture which will help youngsters like them to learn new racing techniques.

Ms Lara Sawaya was immensely happy that the second student had already taken to the wings at such a short period with the first student still on the field. 

“The initiative of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is encouraging many youngsters to learn new skills in riding and providing them new opportunities to learn different riding skills from countries other than their own birth country,” she said while thanking His Highness Sheikh Mansoor for his financial and moral support for such a unique training programme.

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RECENT FESTIVAL NEWS
Qualifies for final of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Brazil’s Jose Severo on Egyto LA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race in Sao Paulo on Saturday to book a place in the series final in Abu Dhabi in November. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed A...Read more

Qualifies for final of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Brazil’s Jose Severo on Egyto LA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race in Sao Paulo on Saturday to book a place in the series final in Abu Dhabi in November.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and Severo steered Egyto LA to a smart win in the third race in 2019’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series.
 
Lorenzo of Puerto Rico on Gunther Rach finished second while Peru’s Apprentice jockey
 
Stephanie Hernandez on Catarina LA took third place.
 
 
In the Wathba Stallions Cup, another event supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Gaea Rach, under jockey J Sousa, scored an impressive three-length win, whereas Velozter under E. Pereira finished second. It was a happy day for owner Andre Lahoz Mendonca as the first two horses belong to him. Oneida Rach under V.Sousa ran in to third place.
 
The Brazilian jockey Severo, who brought cheers to the home crowd, said: “Since the start I had been following closely the other horses and in the final 100 meters Egyto LA ran better than the others and I managed to win.”
 
Stephanie Hernandez of Peru said: “Just being able to participate in the race was important because I have two more races to complete 51 and become a professional Lady jockey.”
 
 
This was the first international race in which Apprentice jockeys from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Puerto Rico attended and all participants thanked the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for the opportunity.
 
HE Ibrahim Salem Alalawi, Consul General of the UAE in São Paulo; Benjamin Steinbruch, President of the Jockey Club of São Paulo; Luciano Cury, President of the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA) and Almir José Ribeiro, Racing Director of ABCCA, attended the prize distribution ceremony.
 
HE Alalawi said: “I would like to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister 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 for their unlimited support for sport in general and equestrian events in particular all over the globe.”
 
 
“The event was very well received by the public of São Paulo. The support offered by the Festival will have a significant impact on the status of Arabian horses around the world. Finally, I would like to thank 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), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), for her support for this sport, the UAE envoy 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 , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Latin American jockeys to contest HH Sheikha Fatima Apprentice race
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be organizing two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Organised under the Festival’s banner by th...Read more

Latin American jockeys to contest HH Sheikha Fatima Apprentice race

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be organizing two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Organised under the Festival’s banner by the Jockey Club de Sao Paulo, the Brazilian race course will host the third race in 2019’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race series and the Wathba Stallions Cup.
 
It will be the first time that Latin American apprentice jockeys from Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Ecuador - will have the opportunity to compete and secure a berth in the final of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA) to be held on November 24 in Abu Dhabi.
 
The jockeys will ride young horses that have already run a race and a draw was held on May 20 to pair the apprentice jockeys with the horses.
 
Brazil’s Jose Severo will ride Egyto LA (Magnum Chall HVP x HLP Darkyna Fame by Legacy of Fame) a colt owned by Stud Magal; Stephanie Hernandez of Peru will be on Catarina LA (HDB Sihr Ibn Massai x My Princess TGS by Shahllenger) a filly also owned by Stud Magal while another filly by the same owner Cigarra LA (HDB Sihr Ibn Massai x Shanelle Di Master JM by Mister Style JM) will be partnered by Uruguay’s Jhonatan Rodrigo Mora Izquierdo.
 
Pablo Lucero of Chile will ride Vigilius Rach (Thunder Rach x Vienna Rach by Aleksander Rach) while Anthony Rafael Rodriguez Lorenzoof Puerto Rico, will ride Gunther Rach (Eksort Rach x Geneve AJR by Second Chall) both colts owned by Paulo Jamil Saliba.
 
Alexis Castro of Argentina will be on Farouk AJR (Feitizzo Rach x Fascination VE by Adventure Aladin) a colt owned by Ricardo Lahoz while Nicole Kitsy Ycaza of Ecuador, will ride Flynt AJR (HK Keav Power x Fascinee LUD by Red Bear) owned by Almir José Ribeiro.
 
“Once again, we would like to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister 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 for their vision and generosity in supporting the Arabian Horse Racing around the World,” said Almir Jose Ribeiro, Racing Director of the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA).
 
We also thank 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), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities IFAHR), for giving the opportunity to Brazil to be responsible for the integration of Arabian Horse Racing in Latin America. It is the Arabian Horses that integrate countries, cultures & people”, Ribeiro 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, 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.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak race in Belgium on Sunday
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The Hippodrome Waregem, located in Waregem, a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders will play host to the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The race...Read more

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak race in Belgium on Sunday

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The Hippodrome Waregem, located in Waregem, a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders will play host to the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

The race is the fourth in this year’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship which is being held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
 
Seven Apprentice jockeys from around the world will vie in Sunday’s race for a spot in the November 24 final of the championship to be held in Abu Dhabi.
 
The 2120-metre race carries a prize fund of Euros 10,000 and is expected to attract a large gathering at the Hippodrome Waregem.
 
Hungarian Apprentice jockey will ride BEUNE DE L´ARDUS, one of the favourites while Norway’s Silja Storen will be on AL FAHL.
 
BLITTERS PACO will be ridden by Erac Eracleous of Cyprus while Italian Sara Del Fabbro will ride El Zarka. ZIGGY D.A will be partnered by Poland’s Konrad Mazur and Denmark’s Liam Doran will ride JAMAS D.A. The seventh runner in the small field is CALITRI D.A. and will be ridden by UK’s Grace McEntee.
 
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, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Al Mounteze Monlau wins Zayed Cup in Stockholm
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The two races along with HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race were part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and were held on Ju...Read more

Al Mounteze Monlau wins Zayed Cup in Stockholm

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The two races along with HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race were part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and were held on June 6 in Stockholm as Sweden marked its National Day.

Al Mounteze Monlau under Elione Chaves, outperformed last year’s winner Macallan in the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Cup. The six-year-old is trained by Camilla Nilsson in Markaryd.
 
Al Mounteze Monlau got a perfect start and could relatively easily take care of the lead in the entrance to the curve. The leader was followed by pre-race favorite Macallan (N Stott) and Cleopathre (Tapia Dalbark).
 
 
The positions remained unchanged until the end of the last turn when Macallan attacked and put pressure on the leader. For a short while it looked like the favorite would score for the third straight year in the prestigious race. But nicely backed by Elione Chaves' counter, Al Mounteze Monlau stayed ahead and salvaged victory by a head.
 
In the ladies race, the home crowd cheered all the way for Holmquist who ensured that HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup became a home win for female jockeys from all over Europe. Holmquist sent the Polish-born Eastway to the forefront and stayed there to win well.
 
 
The Annelie Kristina Eriksson –trained Eastway, which made its first start since November 2017, took the lead quite easily before the two stallions Toutatix (Racheal Kneller) and Jaldi Karo (Sophie Ralston). The eight-year-old then had to decide at his own pace over the 2 750 meters.
 
Jaldi Karo made a brave attempt to challenge the leader but Ulrika had a token saved in the reins and when she asked Eastway for the extra effort, the horse obliged to win by a short length.
 
 
If these two fine races weren't enough the Festival had another qualifier for a final during the end of season festivities in Abu Dhabi. In the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race Stina Landh was eager to defend her title. Others wanted a crack, too, and Alva Malmström just got the better of Stina Landh in an exciting finish to become the Swedish representative in Abu Dhabi 2019.
 
 
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), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) along with Swedish official Mats Genberg and other VIPs took part in the prize distribution.
 
 
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 , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Mawarid wins Wathba Stallions Cup
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
It was a memorable day for 18-year-old Isaac Buncle who rode Mawarid, his first ever winner, in the Wathba Stallions over a mile at Chelmsford City in a time of 1.52.50. Buncle has been working for trainer James Owen since Febru...Read more

Mawarid wins Wathba Stallions Cup

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
It was a memorable day for 18-year-old Isaac Buncle who rode Mawarid, his first ever winner, in the Wathba Stallions over a mile at Chelmsford City in a time of 1.52.50.

Buncle has been working for trainer James Owen since February and Owen told him he could ride Mawarid in the race three weeks ago.
 
Mawarid is a four-year-old son of No Risk Al Maury owned and bred by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Rules of Dubai and Minister of Finance, who was almost as inexperienced as his jockey, having only his third racecourse appearance. Buncle has been riding him every day at home in preparation and that paid off in the race on Saturday.
 
In second place was Kayclaire ridden by Charlie Price for owner-trainer Delyth Thomas. Price started his career riding as an amateur and has recently turned professional.
 
In third was Sarah Innes and Nicola Buchan’s Zayin Zamurai, ridden by James Harding for trainer Adam Newey, who had teamed up to win the corresponding race last year with Vindetta.
 
ARO’s Genny Haynes along with other UK racing officials gave away the trophies on behalf 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 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 , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.