The curtain came down on the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s events in The Netherlands with the 5th and final leg of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series which was held over the weekend in Duindigt race course.
Myrtille de Jura was ably ridden by Robin Weber to win the Wathba Stud Farm Cup V with Robbie The First under Patrick Gibson and Ainhoa Djass under Fabian Weissmeier in second and third place finishes.
The Netherlands has been one of the countries where the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival has been staging its events ever since the start in 2009. This year in 2014, the country played host to the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR and also held five races in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series.
“We are very grateful to the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival for the support to Purebred Arabian racing here in The Netherlands,” said Wieger Joost de Ruiter, Chairman of the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee.
“The efforts of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs has certainly helped Purebred Arabian racing in Europe through the Festival and I thank him for this support,” de Ruiter added.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.