Dana Mohammed Sharif Al Mutawa on Hirstglen Horizon) and Amy Louis McAuley on (Nirida de Paute) finished a ladies 1-2 inthe 120-km Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Challenge Festival ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village on Saturday.
The top two riders and the third-placed Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum on Colonial Boy made a clean sweep by the Seih Assalam Stables in Dubai.
Dana said it was a tough ride as she faced stiff competitions from many strong horses in the final loop.
“I followed th e instructions of my trainer Ali Al Muhairi and made steady progress to final stage and was able to put up a good display to emerge the winner,” said the 21-year-old Dana. “This is my best finish though Hirstglen Horizon have registered many victories.
McAuley. “I am very happy with my second place in the ride. My previous best has been a top four since I took up the sport fours years ago. A fifth place was Nirida de Paute’s best before. 19-year-old McAuley is a student at the Jumeirah College Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance attended the race
Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum gave away the trophies in the presence of Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Lara Sawaya, director of the Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing,
“Today (Sunday) we will see some of the UAE top riders take part in the Giants Endurance Challenge, over a distance of 120 kmsThere will be a total prize money of DH 500,000 plus a Bentley car for the winner and two more cars for the second and third-placed riders,” said Ms Sawaya.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The results (top 5)
1.Dana Mohammed Sharif Al Mutawa (Hirstglen Horizon) 4 hrs 28 mi ns 25 secs;
2.Amy Louis McAuley-Ireland- (Nirida de Paute) 4:28.26;
3. Shaikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum (Colonial Boy) 4:28.29;
4. Mohammed Ahmad Hassan Al Abbar (Raksha) 4:28.30;
5. Mohammed Juma Ali Al Muhairi (Idaho Twilight) 4:28.32