The rides in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s three – day Abu Dhabi -Madrid -Brussels Endurance Challenge are all FEI rides.
All five rides are part of the Festival which was initiated in 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Today’s 160-km Three-star ride has attracted world champions Jaume Punti Dachs and Maria Alvarez and many top riders from Spain who will be looking to book a berth in the national team for the coming international events.
Today’s 160-km ride will be accompanied by a One-star 80-km ride while on Friday apart from the ladies
competing in the Two-star HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak 120-km Endurance ride, there will also be a Two-star ride for junior riders and an 80-km one star ride. All five rides are FEI-sanctioned events.
Over 100 riders will be seen in action over the two days representing seven countries: Spain, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Portugal, Australia and Brazil.
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 with and sponsored by 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, 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.