Top Danish apprentice jockey Ina Toverud, brought Eastway home to win the fifth round of the HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race at the Kloppenburg racecourse, Denmark on Saturday.
The event was held under the directives of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the support of the HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, as part of the ninth edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
The 1400-metre race had attracted a quality field of eight runners and the top weight Eastway made virtually all and covered the distance in 1:37: 70 seconds to finish ahead of runner up Jaldi Karo, ridden by Karlina Dynarowska and behind them came Mad Makz under Swedish apprentice Silja Storen.
The UAE ambassador to Denmark, Fatima Al Mazrouei and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Director of the Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, 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), crowned the winners after the end of the exciting race.
“We are obliged to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, for their strong support and backing to this equestrian sport which is part of the history and culture of the UAE,” said the UAE ambassador Fatima Al Mazrouei.
Ms. Lara Sawaya commented: “We are delighted with the great success that has been achieved by this young lady for her country Denmark. In Copenhagen, we have discovered two champion ladies, Veronika who has proved herself in the fifth round of the competition and the 12-year-old Salma who will compete in the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ponies championship race which has been created this season under the directives of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is the first competition of its kind in the world and has been reserved for the 8-12 years old boys and girls. The Swedish rider who won the race in Sweden and Salma are officially invited for the finals in Abu Dhabi.”
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 Al Aweer Stables, 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 SheikhaFatima 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.