Rashid Hamoud Al Junaibi riding 8 Minute, a 12-year-old mare won the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride. at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
The ride which attracted 270 riders, was held under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the direct supervision of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, H.E. Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman the General Authority for Sports and a number of officials and guests of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival attended the ride.
The winner represented the Al Wathba Stables owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the winning horse was trained by Majed Khalfan Al Jahouri.
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum congratulated HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the victory of the horse 8 minutes from Al Wathba Stables.
Al Junaibi riding 8 Minute completed the 160-km distance in a time of 6 hours 12 minutes and 10 seconds and finished ahead of Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri on Faraan with Layla Al Marzooqi on AP Birmano was in third place.
The winner was awarded a Mercedes Benz S450, the second-placed rider got a Range Rover Sport, and riders finishing third to tenth drove away with a Nissan Patrol 4WD car each. All those who completed the ride received DH 100,000 each.Dr. Maj. Gen. Ghanim Al-Hajri, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive
Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ahmad Al Qubaisi, Khuloud Al Nuaimi, Musallam Al Ameri and Mohammad Abdullah crowned the winners.
Ms Lara Sawaya said the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed, HH Sheikh Hamdan and HH Sheikh Mansoor was a morale booster to the contestants throughout their ride.
Ms Sawaya expressed her happiness to participate in the first youth workshop organized by the Abu Dhabi Youth Council in the presence of HE Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the General Authority for Sport. She said the workshop was fruitful and the activities of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival were highlighted.
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, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, 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 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.