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SPORT & LEISURE - ENDURANCE RACING

Wathba Stables wins President's Cup

Posted on 20/02/2004

The Al Wathba Stables won the 5th version of the President's Endurance Cup as its rider Abdul Rahim Al Junaibi outclassed a pack of local and foreign riders to claim the pole position in the 160-km race staged at dawn yesterday. Rider Mubarak bin Shafeh from Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum stables came second and Yousuf Yaquob Al Balouchi from Al Reef stables third. Riders from Spain, UK, France US, India, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and some South American countries competed in the 6-stage race. ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to lead strong UAE contingent

Posted on 28/01/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence and reigning European Open champion, leads a strong team of UAE riders in tomorrow's second GCC Endurance Championship. Apart from Sheikh Mohammed and defending champion Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri, most of the top UAE riders will join participants from Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman in the regional event, which will also see a junior and young riders championship being run simultaneously. ...  >>MORE

Strong UAE contingent for GCC endurance meet

Posted on 27/01/2004

A strong team of riders from the UAE are expected to take on their counterparts from the GCC countries in the Second GCC Regional Endurance Competitions for both seniors as well as juniors and young riders on Thursday, January 29. The CEI-Two star event, which is now a regular on the endurance circuit of the region, will be held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, according to a UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation press release. In the first edition of ...  >>MORE

Hazza dazzles on return

Posted on 23/01/2004

Heeding the advice of the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan made a winning return to endurance after a long gap. Sheikh Hazza scored a brilliant win on 12-year-old grey gelding Mindari Aenzac to finish on top in the 120-km second round of the US$ 1.5 million Triple Crown Series here at the Dubai Endurance City in Seih Assalam and said it was the words of the President which encouraged him to participate. Sheikh Hazza, who was drenched ...  >>MORE

Al Wathba show class

Posted on 19/12/2003

Abdul Rehman Helal Al Junaibi riding Sheikh Condor gave Al Wathba Stables their fourth consecutive success of the current UAE season, winning the Al Tayer Motors-sponsored First Round of the Triple Crown Endurance series at the Dubai Endurance City in Seih Assalem Abdul Rehman and Mubarak Khalifa bin Shafya on Comes The Dawn were involved in a close contest over the last two stages after General Sheikh " bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister,had to make an exit ...  >>MORE

Mohamed leads UAE’s clean sweep in Kuwait

Posted on 06/12/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence who finished first in the 120km Endurance Championship in Kuwait City led the UAE sweep in the championship. He was followed by Sultan bin Sulayem and Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Ali Khalfan wins season-opener

Posted on 25/10/2003

Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri, one of Abu Dhabi's most consistent performers, once again proved his class with a fluent win in the 100km Al Wathba Cup, the opening ride of the UAE's endurance season here yesterday. Ali Khalfan, who also started the 2001-2002 season in similar fashion, rode Budran 11 to his first career win and promised more success as the season goes by. In hot and humid conditions, with just seven of the 44 riders completing the 100-km trip, Jahouri took the lead in the second loop ...  >>MORE

UAE clinch team bronze in FEI Young Riders Juniors Endurance World Championship in Italy

Posted on 28/09/2003

Spanish rider Giovanni Diaz Fernandez won the individual gold while the junior riders from the UAE picked up the team bronze in yesterday's FEI Young Riders' Juniors Endurance World Championship in Pratoni del Vivaro in Rome, Italy. Italy won the team gold while France took the silver. Layla Abdul Aziz Al Redha finished best among the seven UAE riders, with an eighth place effort. Apart from Layla, two other team riders, Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum and Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum ...  >>MORE

European gold a fitting triumph for Mohammed

Posted on 21/09/2003

Punchestown, Ireland - It was a triumph amidst the most difficult and trying conditions. And for the first time, the architect of UAE's magnificent record of endurance success over the last five years stood on the podium as an international individual champion. A moment which General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, will certainly savour as one of his best in sport. For the selfless coach, guide, tactician, captain and father of the ...  >>MORE

UAE riders are the best in the world, says Mohammed

Posted on 21/09/2003

Punchestown, Ireland - After his brilliant triumph in Friday's 160-km European Open Championship, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, dedicated his triumph to President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the people of the UAE. Speaking to the media after his triumph, Sheikh Mohammed said: "The sweep of the first three places is a great achievement and honour to the country. The victory means the UAE riders are the best ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE to European crown

Posted on 20/09/2003

Punchestown, Ireland - In a brilliant display of horsemanship, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, led a clean sweep for the UAE to extend its domination at the European Open endurance championship here yesterday. Riding Provocative to a second European Open triumph, Sheikh Mohammed along with Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the defending champion, and Ali Mohammed Al Muhairi reached the finish line to thunderous applause from the ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed to lead UAE in European Open

Posted on 17/09/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence will be leading a seven-member strong UAE Squad for Friday's European Open Championship to be held in Punchestown, Ireland. Sheikh Mohammed, who led the team to their second consecutive team gold in Peruggia in 2001, will be riding Wadhnan in the 160km ride. The UAE has also won the team gold in 1999 and will be bidding for a complete hat-trick of triumphs in this biennial championship which is second ...  >>MORE

Hamdan meets UAE riders

Posted on 14/07/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, who attend the British Endurance Open Race for men 120-km and for youth 120 and 160-km, speaks to the UAE Riders in England. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline to sponsor European championships

Posted on 13/07/2003

Emirates airline, has announced its title sponsorship of this year's premier endurance event, now named the FEI Emirates Airline Open European Endurance Championships. Taking place in Punchestown, Ireland on September 21, the one-day event will be run over a 160-kilometre course through the picturesque Wicklow Hills, an area renowned as the 'Garden of Ireland'. The FEI Emirates Airline Open European Endurance Championships are being held in conjunction with the four-day (September 18 to 21) ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Hazza wins Spain endurance race

Posted on 03/06/2003

Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan crossing the finish line to win the 120km endurance race in Figarol, Spain yesterday. The champion UAE rider led the race in all four stages. "The competition was tough and it wasn't easy to maintain the lead,” conceded Sheikh Hazza, who dedicated his victory to the people of the UAE. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in Spain's endurance race

Posted on 19/04/2003

The UAE will participate in the grand international endurance race, to be held in Spain tomorrow. Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will participate in the 160-kilometre race alongside 51 other riders from around the world. In a statement shortly after conducting a short training in Spain today ahead of the start of the race, Sheikh Hazza said that the only challenge would be the terrain. "Whoever overcomes this terrain would be the winner” he said. He praised the support provided by ...  >>MORE

Mohammed among the favourites

Posted on 26/03/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, visited the pre-ride veterinary inspection of the horses at the Dubai Endurance City here yesterday. Sheikh Mohammed will be starting as one of the favourites in today's 2003 UAE Endurance World Cup. He has been in brilliant form this year and will be riding 10-year-old chestnut gelding Wadhan in today's 130km ride which gets off to a mass start at 6.00am. Sheikh Mohammed, who completed a ...  >>MORE

Foreign riders take on might of UAE

Posted on 26/03/2003

After last week's pouring rain, sudden rise in temperature will certainly play on the minds of the strong foreign pack of riders who bid to prevent another dominant display by the UAE riders. During yesterday afternoon's pre-ride veterinary check for today's UAE-FEI World Cup Endurance Ride, which is also the World Masters final, the non-UAE riders had a feel of the heat and that was the last thing they needed. The UAE riders possess a formidable line-up led by General Sheikh Mohammed bin ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to lead UAE challenge

Posted on 25/03/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence who is currently leading the worldwide endurance ranking for this year, along with Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum will be making a strong bid to crown themselves the World Endurance Master in tomorrow's UAE-FEI World Cup Endurance Ride. The 130-km CEI four-star ride is the final event of the World Masters Series which has been dominated by Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Rashid. Both have won the ...  >>MORE

Hamdan named top FEI rider

Posted on 25/03/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum with 1414 points has emerged as the top endurance rider for the year 2002 according to the FEI-Emirates international endurance rankings. Sheikh Hamdan, the reigning world junior champion and also a member of the UAE team which won the team gold at the European Open in 2001, leads a strong set of UAE riders who have finished in the top 25 from about 1500 riders. Sheikh Hamdan logged a total of 1414 points while Australia's Margaret Wade had 1091 while ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Rashid gallops to a rousing victory

Posted on 07/03/2003

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum hit top form to score his first win in the UAE's 2002-03 endurance season and serve notice of his intentions for the Endurance World Cup, scheduled for March 26. Sheikh Rashid, the reigning European Open champion staved off a stiff challenge from Indian rider Younis Ali Khan and the in-form Shareef Mohammed Abdullah Al Baloushi to win the third and final round of the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Challenge 130-km ride yesterday ...  >>MORE

Mohammed starts as favourite

Posted on 06/03/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence on Genio will be one of the favourites to win today's Third Round of the His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Challenge Series Endurance ride. The 130-km ride sponsored by Al Mansour Jewellers is the final round in a three-ride series and gets off to a mass start at 6.30 am at the Dubai Endurance City today. Sheikh Mohammed won Round Two and gathered 82 points while winner of the opening ...  >>MORE

Keen tussle on the cards in President's Cup

Posted on 20/02/2003

The 15 overseas riders specially invited for today's His Highness The President of United Arab Emirates Cup ride along with the other foreign riders based here will be making another determined bid to try and stop another sweeping win for the UAE riders. Since the 1998 World Championship triumph by Valerie Kanavy of the U.S., every major ride staged in the UAE has been won by a local rider. And today's prestigious 160km CEI Four-Star ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village is ...  >>MORE

Top riders for tomorrow's President's Cup

Posted on 19/02/2003

As many as 67 riders have confirmed their participation in the most eagerly awaited and prestigious His Highness The President of United Arab Emirates Cup endurance ride. The three-star CEI championship will be held tomorrow at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba. The ride, which has attracted top local and international riders, will be run in six phases of 34 km, 32, 28, 26, 24 and 16 kms respectively. Some of the UAE riders who will be riding include Sheikh Khalid bin ...  >>MORE

Top riders in the world for the President's Cup

Posted on 17/02/2003

Some of the top riders in the world will be taking part in the US$300,000 President's Cup 160-km Endurance Ride to be held at the Emirates International Endurance Village (EIEV) in Al Wathba on Thursday, February 20. According to the organisers, the strong group of UAE riders will be led by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, along with Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri. ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed clinches top honours

Posted on 14/02/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, is back to his winning ways. After a tremendous triumph in the 130-km Masters Ride a fortnight ago, Sheikh Mohammed repeated that feat with a fine win in yesterday's 130-km bodyweight ride at the Dubai Endurance City. Riding 15-year-old grey gelding Al Sha'afar, Sheikh Mohammed prevailed after a close tussle for supremacy with Spain's Jesus Manuel Berna and Brazil's Jaber Bittar in conditions which ...  >>MORE

Mohammed the favourite

Posted on 13/02/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence starts as one of the favourites to win today's 130-km Dubai Endurance City Body Weight Endurance ride. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum are expected to dominate this ride, which is the first Body Weight event of the season. Around 45 riders are expected to start at 6.30 am today at the Dubai Endurance City in Seih Assalam. The ride is a CEI Two-star event and is being ...  >>MORE

Big prizes on offer in ride

Posted on 10/02/2003

Over 40 riders are expected to take part in the season's first body weight ride to be held at the Dubai Endurance City on Thursday. Sponsored by Mansour Jewellers, the DEC body weight ride is for riders above 74kg of body weight. Addressing a press conference on behalf of the organisers' Emirates International Endurance Racing, Saeed Al Tayer said a total of Dh600,000 is on offer in prize money for the event. "The first 24 riders, who finish, will receive a certain amount each and there will ...  >>MORE

Mohammed in a class of his own

Posted on 26/01/2003

The fairly large crowd of spectators burst into a spontaneous applause when General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, climbed the podium as winner of the Dubai Endurance City 130km Masters Ride in Seih Assalem yesterday. It was another superb display of horsemanship by the 'master' rider. In fact Sheikh Mohammed's record particularly since June last year has been outstanding. Riding Rabdaan (Dinasaur 1), a 12-year-old Anglo-Arab horse, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Challenge Endurance kicks off on Thursday

Posted on 22/01/2003

The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation will be organising a new three-round of the Emirates Challenge endurance series with an attractive amount of Dh 2 million at stake for the rides. An amount of Dh 500,000 will be given away as prizes during each of the ride. Round one of the series will be held on Thursday, January 23, at the Emirates Endurance Village Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi. The 120-km CEI ride will be run in five loops of 32 km,30 km, 20 km and 14 km respectively. The second and third ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed challenge series begins on Thursday

Posted on 07/01/2003

The Emirates International Endurance Racing (EIER) has unveiled a new three-round President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Challenge Series with a total of Dh2 million on offer for the three rides. "The series comprises three rides with prize money totalling almost Dh2 million by an awarded points system. With bonus points on offer for competing with the same horse and rider combination in two or more of the series' rides we can look forward to an exciting and competitive ...  >>MORE

Abdullah Khamis adds another big victory

Posted on 20/12/2002

Abdullah Khamis Ali Saeed secured his second big win in the UAE's domestic endurance circuit when he rode 11-year-old Shah to victory in yesterday's National Day Cup 120-km event at the Emirates Endurance Village in Al Wathba. Khamis, who had won the coveted President's Cup in 2000, in fact, finished together with Shareef Mohammed Abdullah Baja on Domino and Ali Hassan Mohammed Al Hammadi (Budran II). But one second separated each of them as they were adjudged to have finished in that order ...  >>MORE

Mohammed, Hamdan underline superiority

Posted on 15/12/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence and his son Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum crossed the finish line hand-in-hand to reign supreme in the fifth edition of the Wadi Rum FEI Masters International endurance ride here yesterday. However, Sheikh Hamdan's horse Yamama had her nose in front of Qais, ridden by Sheikh Mohammed, who was timed a second behind the winner. After Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's horse Henley Farm ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Rashid wins in Cairo

Posted on 03/11/2002

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum led the UAE riders to a sensational sweep of the top places in the third Al Ahram Al Araby International Endurance Championship held in the breathtaking desert near the historical pyramids and Sphinx. The 120km ride finished in dramatic fashion with Sheikh Rashid and Al Khalfan Al Jahouri, also of the UAE, sprinting to the finish in true racing style. Sheikh Rashid, riding Azzab, was declared the winner in a time of 5 hours, 16 minutes and 51 seconds. He ...  >>MORE

Mohammed, team return to a hero's welcome

Posted on 18/09/2002

In an emotional outpouring of national pride at the Dubai International Airport, a large crowd of well-wishers greeted General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, upon his return early today after his son Sheikh Ahmed won the World Endurance Championship. The UAE masters were accorded a hero's welcome at the Dubai International Airport after defeating 149 world-class riders from 35 countries. Riding Bowman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin ...  >>MORE

Ahmed signals new era in European-dominated event

Posted on 18/09/2002

Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, with the UAE flag, the World Endurance Champion's gold medal, the champion's plate and flower bouquet all in hand, stood rather nervously on the podium despite having registered one of the UAE's, Arab nations' and the Asian continent's most historic win. For one of the youngest-ever champions in the endurance history, Sheikh Ahmed waved to his countrymen after the UAE national anthem was played to signal a new era in this European-dominated World Equestrian ...  >>MORE

Ahmed is world endurance race champion

Posted on 17/09/2002

Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was crowned as the new world champion after he won the World Endurance Championship in Jerez, Spain, yesterday. Sheikh Ahmed led in the final stage of the tough competition and crossed the finish line three minutes ahead of his nearest challenger Antonio Rosi of Italy. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, said the victory of his son Sheikh Ahmed was another message to the world that the ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed to lead UAE riders to Endurance race

Posted on 16/09/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, will lead the team of UAE riders who will compete at the endurance horse race to be held in Spain tomorrow. The team comprises 6 riders, four of them will represent the UAE at the teams' race. They include Sheikh Mohammed and his sons Sheikh Rashid, Sheikh Hamdan, and Sheikh Ahmed. The other two riders, Saeed Abdullah and Saif Ali ibn Kulaib, will take part in the individual races. (The Emirates News Agency, ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid leads UAE riders

Posted on 20/07/2002

Dubai Crown Prince and Minister of Defence Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will lead the UAE riders in Italy's 140-metre International Endurance Race which opens in Rome yesterday. Also participating in the race are Sheikh Rashid, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Other UAE's international riders who are participating include Saeed Abdullah, Saif bin Kulaib, Sultan bin Saleem, Mohammed Ali Al Shafaar, Ismail Mohammed and Faisal Siddique. The ...  >>MORE

UAE riders dominate Spanish endurance race

Posted on 30/06/2002

Spain - UAE riders under the leadership of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, yesterday won the first three slots of the Spanish endurance race. Sheikh Mohammed's sons, Sheikh Ahmed, Sheikh Rashid, and Sheikh Hamdan, bagged the first, second and third places respectively, while Sheikh Mohammed himself withdrew from the race to give rest to his horse. Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan Al Nahyan also won the sixth place in the race that kicked off today ...  >>MORE

UAE Riders get set for Spain Cup race

Posted on 29/06/2002

UAE cavaliers, led by Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan Al Nahyan, are all set for the Spain Cup International Endurance Horse Racing Championship, which takes off in Spain today. The 120-kilometre race is a preliminary round of the Endurance Race World Cup, also to be held here on September16. More than 100 contestants are contesting in tomorrow's race. They include ace endurance race riders from various countries across the globe, including host country, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, ...  >>MORE

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Wathba Stables wins President's Cup


Mohammed to lead strong UAE contingent


Strong UAE contingent for GCC endurance meet


Hazza dazzles on return


Al Wathba show class


Mohamed leads UAE’s clean sweep in Kuwait


Ali Khalfan wins season-opener


UAE clinch team bronze in FEI Young Riders Juniors Endurance World Championship in Italy


European gold a fitting triumph for Mohammed


UAE riders are the best in the world, says Mohammed


Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE to European crown


Sheikh Mohammed to lead UAE in European Open


Hamdan meets UAE riders


Emirates airline to sponsor European championships


Sheikh Hazza wins Spain endurance race


UAE participates in Spain's endurance race


Mohammed among the favourites


Foreign riders take on might of UAE


Mohammed to lead UAE challenge


Hamdan named top FEI rider


Sheikh Rashid gallops to a rousing victory


Mohammed starts as favourite


Keen tussle on the cards in President's Cup


Top riders for tomorrow's President's Cup


Top riders in the world for the President's Cup


Sheikh Mohammed clinches top honours


Mohammed the favourite


Big prizes on offer in ride


Mohammed in a class of his own


Emirates Challenge Endurance kicks off on Thursday


Sheikh Zayed challenge series begins on Thursday


Abdullah Khamis adds another big victory


Mohammed, Hamdan underline superiority


Sheikh Rashid wins in Cairo


Mohammed, team return to a hero's welcome


Ahmed signals new era in European-dominated event


Ahmed is world endurance race champion


Sheikh Mohammed to lead UAE riders to Endurance race


Mohammed bin Rashid leads UAE riders


UAE riders dominate Spanish endurance race


UAE Riders get set for Spain Cup race