The stage is set for a fantastic week of action both on and off the field as over 800 guests arrive for the “One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital” extravaganza which marks the end of the 2016 year of activities of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the action kicks off with the Tuesday’s 12 noon Official Draw of the Euros 1.2 million Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Crown Jewel-IPIC (Group 1) – the richest race in the world for Purebred Arabian horses which will be held on November 13, 2016 at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club as part of the grand finale.
The horses that have made the cut of 16 for the 1600-metre Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Crown Jewel-IPIC (Group 1 are Al Mourtajez, Thakif, AF Mathmoon, Paddys Day, Sylvine Al Maury, Kalino, Sand Victor, Loraa, Rb So Rich, Abhaar, RB Burn, Faucon Du Coup, Thess is Awesome, Sahabba, Mabrooka and AF Tawaq. Reserve horses Djet Taouy, Uptown Danny’s Boy and Al Bastoon.
Tuesday’s event at the National Archives will also feature the draw for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship final.
“The invited guests and the cream of the world’s Purebred Arabian racing fraternity have already started arriving and after Tuesday’s draw we have the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) General Assembly at National Archives on Wednesday, November 9 followed by a ‘One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital’ Press Conference at Hotel Anantara Pool Area,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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).
“We thank Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Mother of the World in whose name we will be staging the important HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference for Training and Education at the National Archive Conference Hall November 10th and 11th,” she added.
“Some of the world’s top experts in various fields of flat racing will be on hand to share their expertise and experience in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference and the panel includes Chantal Sutherland (the Highest Earner as a Professional Female Jockey) and Julie Krone, the first female jockey to win a US Triple Crown race and a Hall of Famer,” Ms Sawaya stated.
On November 12, the Festival will stage an IFHRA student workshop at Anantara Eastern Mangroves with the best coaches and Professional Jockeys while on the same day the guests will get to watch the Al Wathba Challenge Endurance Ride sponsored by National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co LLC at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba near Abu Dhabi city.
“Then on November 13 will be the big day when six races featured by the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Crown Jewel-IPIC (Group 1) and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship final will be held to bring the curtain down on the 2016 activities of the Festival,” 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, IPIC as Strategic Partner, 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 Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, 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, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, 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 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
“One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital” Programme of events
Tuesday, November 8:
8 pm: Welcoming Dinner at Anantara Eastern Mangroves.
Wednesday, November 9:
12 pm: Press Conference – ‘One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital’ Press Conference at Anantara Pool Area followed by Lunch
8.00 pm: Andalus Night at Al Seef Resort and Spa by Andalus
Thursday, November 10:
10:00 am to 10.30 am: Welcome speeches
10:35 – 12:00: Conference Session 1:
Subject: Jockey Training Worldwide and Prevention of Racing Accidents
(Talking Points: Foundation Training, Training Courses, Exams, Sharing international experiences to encourage the development of training with countries that do not currently have formal training., Content of course curricula prior to licensing.)
Moderator: Derek Thompson (UK); Speakers: Marcel De Bruyne, Director of Belgium Jockey Club: Col Stephen Padgett, Director of Northern Racing School, Yasser Mabrouk, Head of Arabic Department, Technical Mgr. Emirate Racing Association, Kai Schirmann, Director, German Jockey School and Pat Buckley, Racing Director, AD Equestrian Club.
12.15pm – 1.10 pm: Luncheon at The National Archives
1.30 pm– 3.pm Session 2:
(Talking Points: How to become a successful jockey; How to maintain high performance;
Continuing professional development for jockeys; Advise to beginners)
Moderator: Gary Capwell (UK). Speakers: Remi Bellocq, Exec. Dir. North American Racing Academy; Melissa Weatherly, Athlete Development and Industry Careers Advisor, Racing Victoria; Anna Velasquez, School Director, Puerto Rico Jockey School; Richard Mullen (Professional jockey & Ambassador of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival); Julie Krone (Star of fame jockey, Ambassadress of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival)
3.30 pm – 4:45pm, Session 3:
Subject: Controlled Jockey Diet, Weight Control & Nutrition
Moderator: Victoria Shaw (Australia); Speakers: Dr Georges Wilson, John Moores Liverpool University Researcher; Chantal Sutherland (Highest Earner Professional Female Jockey); Xavier Ziani (Professional Jockey/Ambassador of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival), Acaena Amoros Business Partner Elixir London Clinic and Dr Jamal Hout, Naet Practitioner)
8 pm Salsa Night at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves
Friday, November 11: Day Two of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Conference for Training and Education at the National Archive Conference Hall:
10:30-12:00 pm, Session 4:
(Talking points: Ways to approach the Media; What makes the Racing Industry more attractive; Future of Jockeys and Stable Staff; What can attract Young People to become a Jockey.)
Moderator: Philip Brannan; Speakers: Yaqoob Al Saadi, Director General of AD Sports Channel and YAS TV; Derek Thompson- TV Presenter Racing (UK); Laura King TV Presenter, Dubai Racing; Tony Smurthwaite – Managing Editor Racing Post (UK); Stefanie Corum- Editor in Chief, Finish Line Magazine (US) and Jean Claude Allies, Paris Turf (FR).
12.30pm to 1.45 pm
Workshop with Derek Thompson and Lara Sawaya
8 pm Fashion Night at Beach Rotana Hotel Featuring Amal Azhari Fashion Show
Saturday, November 12:
10 am to 2 pm:
IFHRA student workshop at Anantara Eastern Mangroves with the best coaches and Professional Jockeys followed by lunch at Ingredients
Endurance Ride: All guests leave at 9.00 am to Emirates Int’l Endurance Village, Al Wathba to watch the Al Wathba Challenge sponsored by National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co LLC and will have lunch at the VIP Area Lounge 8 pm One World, 6 Continents Awards Gala Dinner at the Emirates Palace Terrace
Abu Dhabi Golf & Equestrian Club
One World,6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital Featuring the World’s Richest Arabian Horse Race (1.2 million Euros)
– UAE Martyrs› Cup
– UAE Martyrs› Trophy
– Wathba Stud Farm Cup
– HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship IFAHR Final
– 7pm Official opening Ceremony of the One World ,6 Continents , Abu Dhabi The Capital
– HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR Final
-Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- IPIC (Group 1)
Festival Party at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves
Departure of guests