Mohammed Humaid Al Neyadi riding 9-year-old grey gelding Dahoman XI 57 won the 120-km Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Junior & Young Riders Endurance Cup (CEN JYR) 120 held on Saturday at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.
Al Neyadi turned in a consistent display and was always in the top five through the four stage ride and clocked 4 hours 39 minutes and 01 seconds for the 120-km distance. The young winner hails from the Al Wathba 2 Stables and the winning horse is trained by Rachid Ahansal.
Mohammed Matar Al Mazrooei on Kitima Bismarck was second almost seven minutes behind the winner while Mansoor Salman Hassan Al Sabri on Tam finished third. While Al Mazrooei was in 8th place before the final 20-km loop, Al Sabri was 10th and both did very well to move away and finish in that order.
“The 120-km ride sponsored by National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC and run in four stages of 40-km, 35kms, 25kms and 20kms,” said Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
“The young riders showed a lot of promise and skill while also displaying a competitive spirit. Eight UAE lads finished in the top ten while the other two were Indian riders,” he added.
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi along with Mussalem Salem Al Amri and other representatives of sponsors took part in the prize distribution of the ride which was held under the banner of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
A total of 55 riders took part in the ride with 18 of them completing the 120-km event.
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Ayadi, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, 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, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Yas Channel, Omeir Travels, Racing Post, Paris Turf and Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics.
2. Mohammed Matar Al Mazrooei (Kitima Bismarck) 04:46:37
3. Mansoor Salman Hassan Al Sabri (Tam) 04:47:57
4. Rashed Hamoud Humaid Al Junaibi (Stardust Joanak) 04:48:57
5. Hamdan Ahmed Al Marri (Universe De Bonance) 04:51:17