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Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride – 24 March 2017

Race cancelled after the first loop because of dramatic weather conditions.

Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride, Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 24 March 2017.

Yesterday we saw two exciting races with the CEN 100km for private owners and ladies.

Today was a CEN 120km over four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20 km with 81 combinations entering the race.

Just before the start of the race some riders were reluctant because of the unusual weather conditions with rain, thunder, lightning, and wind.

But the comments after the first loop were positive and some considered the rain as a benefit to help keep the horses cool.

The bigger concern was the wind, whereby in the first part the wind came from the back increasing speed, and then headwind in the second section slowing down the horses.

But the average speeds were normal with a high 28 km/h for the top riders.

Coming in as the leader after the first loop was Khaled Al Harmoudi (Fandi). A longer recovery time put him back in ninth position, but still in reach of the top podium place.

The first leader was Khalifa Al Jahoori (8 Minute) but his pursuers were all close behind him. Khalifa finished second with this horse in the H.H. The President of United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup CEI3* 160km earlier in the year.

During the hold time, heavy showers passed by, obliging the organiser to delay the start of the second loop by 30 minutes to assess the circumstances.

The conditions didn’t improve with the safety of the horses and riders unable to be guaranteed, and the only possible decision was to cancel the race. This put an anti-climax on a weekend that saw very strong competitive racing.

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Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride – 24 March 2017

Race cancelled after the first loop because of dramatic weather conditions.

Abu Dhabi Festival Endurance Ride, Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, UAE. 24 March 2017.

Yesterday we saw two exciting races with the CEN 100km for private owners and ladies.

Today was a CEN 120km over four loops of 40, 35, 25 and 20 km with 81 combinations entering the race.

Just before the start of the race some riders were reluctant because of the unusual weather conditions with rain, thunder, lightning, and wind.

But the comments after the first loop were positive and some considered the rain as a benefit to help keep the horses cool.

The bigger concern was the wind, whereby in the first part the wind came from the back increasing speed, and then headwind in the second section slowing down the horses.

But the average speeds were normal with a high 28 km/h for the top riders.

Coming in as the leader after the first loop was Khaled Al Harmoudi (Fandi). A longer recovery time put him back in ninth position, but still in reach of the top podium place.

The first leader was Khalifa Al Jahoori (8 Minute) but his pursuers were all close behind him. Khalifa finished second with this horse in the H.H. The President of United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup CEI3* 160km earlier in the year.

During the hold time, heavy showers passed by, obliging the organiser to delay the start of the second loop by 30 minutes to assess the circumstances.

The conditions didn’t improve with the safety of the horses and riders unable to be guaranteed, and the only possible decision was to cancel the race. This put an anti-climax on a weekend that saw very strong competitive racing.

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