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Challenging and demanding tracks at Marbach

Marbach State Stud, Swabian Alb, Germany. Friday 21 July 2017
Marbach State Stud is situated in the hills of the Swabian Alb in Southwest Germany and is the perfect venue for a demanding and challenging endurance competition. Here, rides are known to include steep hills, tough going due to the stony underground, and hardly any straights. This combined with beautiful sunshine, temperatures around 25 °C make for perfect conditions.

Only few riders appreciated this and unfortunately, due to the lack of entries, the 120 and 160km rides had to be cancelled, and so 90km was the maximum to cover.

Endurance World Marbach. The winners.“We are happy to bring the Boudheib Initiative of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Marbach National Stud, as this venue is not only known for its beautiful location, but also for good horsemanship”, explains Ahmed Al Samarraie, President of the German “Breeding Society for Sporthorses of Arabian Descent” (ZSAA) and responsible organiser of the event.

14 riders set off in the early morning hours to tackle the CEI1* 90km. After a hilly 10km in the forest, they reached a high plateau, where, for the next 10km, the landscape is mainly flat with open fields. Followed by a slight drop to the Crew Point, the track leads through forest again before it drops sharply to the height level of the start.

Endurance World Marbach. In full attack.The last loop leads to 780m height (the start at Marbach is at 640) with a rather steep climb, and so the average speed of the three fastest horses at the CEI was only 14.7 km/h, which clearly mirrors the technical challenges of this terrain. Winner of the CEI was Marushka Larzac with Belgian rider Freddy Meurens, followed by Mahatma a’Diamonds under Angela Kunz from Switzerland and Nicole Gall-Sinast from Germany riding Samira, a mare actually born in Marbach.

They all reached the finish line within 20 seconds, but the fittest horse, the winner of the BECA Award, was third placed Samira (Nastaran/ Saabirah) with German rider Nicole Gall-Sinast.

The same distance was also covered by the Junior riders, of which unfortunately, there were only two, the sisters Nayla and Moira Al Samarraie with their Shagya-Arabian mares Saiide Al Samarra and Zarah. Nayla won with Saiide by a fraction of a second, but this time the BECA Award was given to the second placed horse Zarah, reigning German Junior & Young Rider Champion in endurance for three years in a row, who achieved more points for her fitness.

The national ride saw nine starters and this ride also decided the regional Championship of Baden-Württemberg at the same time. Here it was Sadek B, born at the Hungarian National Stud Bábolna, who won the ride with his owner Conny Birmele. With a margin of 14 minutes, second placed Lisa Dahmen with Malagena reached the finishing post, while the third-placed combination, Andrea Bendiner aboard Karif, arrived about an hour later. Winner of the BECA Award was Malagena, an 11-year-old Anglo-Arab mare by Seoul ox.

Text provide by: Gudrun Waiditschka
Photo credit: Gudrun Waiditschka


Marbach Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Marbach 2017-07-21. CEI1* 80km
1stFreddy MeurensBELMarushka Larzac
2ndAngela KunzSUIMahatma a‘Diamonds
3rdNicole Gall-SinastGERSamira
Marbach 2017-07-21. CEIYJ1* 80km
1stNayla Al SamarraieGERSaiide Al Samarra
2ndMoira Al SamarraieGERZarah
Marbach 2017-07-21. CEN 80km
1stConny BirmeleGERSadek B
2ndLisa DahmenGERMalagena
3rdAndrea BendinerSUIKarif

 

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Challenging and demanding tracks at Marbach

Marbach State Stud, Swabian Alb, Germany. Friday 21 July 2017
Marbach State Stud is situated in the hills of the Swabian Alb in Southwest Germany and is the perfect venue for a demanding and challenging endurance competition. Here, rides are known to include steep hills, tough going due to the stony underground, and hardly any straights. This combined with beautiful sunshine, temperatures around 25 °C make for perfect conditions.

Only few riders appreciated this and unfortunately, due to the lack of entries, the 120 and 160km rides had to be cancelled, and so 90km was the maximum to cover.

Endurance World Marbach. The winners.“We are happy to bring the Boudheib Initiative of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Marbach National Stud, as this venue is not only known for its beautiful location, but also for good horsemanship”, explains Ahmed Al Samarraie, President of the German “Breeding Society for Sporthorses of Arabian Descent” (ZSAA) and responsible organiser of the event.

14 riders set off in the early morning hours to tackle the CEI1* 90km. After a hilly 10km in the forest, they reached a high plateau, where, for the next 10km, the landscape is mainly flat with open fields. Followed by a slight drop to the Crew Point, the track leads through forest again before it drops sharply to the height level of the start.

Endurance World Marbach. In full attack.The last loop leads to 780m height (the start at Marbach is at 640) with a rather steep climb, and so the average speed of the three fastest horses at the CEI was only 14.7 km/h, which clearly mirrors the technical challenges of this terrain. Winner of the CEI was Marushka Larzac with Belgian rider Freddy Meurens, followed by Mahatma a’Diamonds under Angela Kunz from Switzerland and Nicole Gall-Sinast from Germany riding Samira, a mare actually born in Marbach.

They all reached the finish line within 20 seconds, but the fittest horse, the winner of the BECA Award, was third placed Samira (Nastaran/ Saabirah) with German rider Nicole Gall-Sinast.

The same distance was also covered by the Junior riders, of which unfortunately, there were only two, the sisters Nayla and Moira Al Samarraie with their Shagya-Arabian mares Saiide Al Samarra and Zarah. Nayla won with Saiide by a fraction of a second, but this time the BECA Award was given to the second placed horse Zarah, reigning German Junior & Young Rider Champion in endurance for three years in a row, who achieved more points for her fitness.

The national ride saw nine starters and this ride also decided the regional Championship of Baden-Württemberg at the same time. Here it was Sadek B, born at the Hungarian National Stud Bábolna, who won the ride with his owner Conny Birmele. With a margin of 14 minutes, second placed Lisa Dahmen with Malagena reached the finishing post, while the third-placed combination, Andrea Bendiner aboard Karif, arrived about an hour later. Winner of the BECA Award was Malagena, an 11-year-old Anglo-Arab mare by Seoul ox.

Text provide by: Gudrun Waiditschka
Photo credit: Gudrun Waiditschka


Marbach Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Marbach 2017-07-21. CEI1* 80km
1stFreddy MeurensBELMarushka Larzac
2ndAngela KunzSUIMahatma a‘Diamonds
3rdNicole Gall-SinastGERSamira
Marbach 2017-07-21. CEIYJ1* 80km
1stNayla Al SamarraieGERSaiide Al Samarra
2ndMoira Al SamarraieGERZarah
Marbach 2017-07-21. CEN 80km
1stConny BirmeleGERSadek B
2ndLisa DahmenGERMalagena
3rdAndrea BendinerSUIKarif

 

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