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Complete dominance of UAE in the Royal Windsor Endurance

Royal Windsor Horse Show, The Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, Great Briton. Friday 12 May 2017.

There were three endurance races at the Royal Windsor Endurance which was supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain. Although it was the fifth edition of the Royal Windsor Endurance event, it was the first to include both a CEI1* 80km and a CEN 40km ride, alongside the regular CEI2* 120km.

Entries doubled compared from last year with 101 combinations, from 12 nations, over the three races.
This event is one of the highlights of the season in Great Britain because of the scenery taking the riders through Windsor Great Park, taking in Ascot Racecourse and several famous landmarks.

Endurance World Royal Windsor. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan present.Great Britain was extremely well represented at the event, with a total of 64 starters including 17 out of 21 riders in the CEI1* 80km. Beth Langley finished second on HS Ametista and said:
“I’m really pleased with my result, she’s a great horse so I was hoping for a good ride. The course is lovely but deceptively difficult and technical to ride. There has been an amazing atmosphere here and it was really nice to have the graded riders (who were really good) and see them out on the course. Luckily my boyfriend and family have all been here helping today so they will all get to see my presentation from the Queen tomorrow, but I do feel like I need a showing groom to help get her ready!”

But total dominance in this race came from Bahraini rider Ali Al Subaie riding Henham Romeo who was leading from the start.
Sheikh Nasser, riding himself in the CEI2* 120km but also Captain of the Bahrain Royal Endurance Team commented: “Al Subaie is one of the emerging talents we have, and he proved his quality and skills in this major event. We are in constant search for young talents.”

Endurance World Royal Windsor. The castle in the background.Third place went to Annie Joppe with Fantom who had more than a minute lead on Beth Langley at the start of the third loop but had to let her compatriot pass and still managed to consolidate the final podium place.

In the CEI2* 120km we saw the United Arab Emirates scooping the top four places with winner Saeed Al Khayari riding Dahi and finishing in a time of 04:47:48. Evidence that the UAE riders were in full control is that this top four finished within three seconds.

Second place went to Saeed Al Mehairi riding Za’amah, third went to Abdulla Al Marri with Tom Jones Te and Mansour Al Faresi closed the ranks of the triumphal quartet with Oued El Kebir Larzac.

Saeed Al Khayari said: “I had a really good ride today and it was a great result for UAE in the CEI2*. It’s a real honour to ride on this lovely course in Windsor Great Park and to win at Royal Windsor is very special.”

First non-UAE rider was in fifth place but within a minute Jaafar Abdulnabi on Tismael de Vayrols and first European was Belgian rider Elisabeth Hardy in sixth on Djalnah du Vent.

Endurance World Royal Windsor. Sheikh Nasser in action.One of the prominent riders who didn’t make it to the finish was Sheikh Nasser from Bahrain: “I took part to support our team members and to make the event a success but I withdrew from the race after the fifth stage as my horse was suffering from fatigue. We wanted to prepare our team members for upcoming competitions by allowing them to take part in an event featuring top riders from across the globe. The Bahrain Royal Endurance Team has been keen to participate in this race with a large number of riders to gain more experience.”

Endurance GB Chairman, John Hudson, said: “It was fabulous to have our national ride included in this now prestigious event and such a wonderful opportunity for our riders to ride in this setting. The feedback has been very positive and it’s a day that will live long in the memory.”

Royal Windsor Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward concluded: “We had a really good ride here today. The rain overnight meant the going was perfect and welcoming the novice riders enhanced the already very special atmosphere. As ever we are hugely grateful to the Crown Estate for allowing us to ride through Windsor Great Park, to the Kingdom of Bahrain for their support and to the volunteers, officials and everyone who makes this event the success it is.”

Photo credit: Nixonphoto and Ahmad Al Daisi


Royal Windsor Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Royal Windsor. 2017-05-12. CEI1* 80km
1stAli Al SubaieBRNHenham Romeo
2ndBeth LangleyGBRHS Ametista
3rdAnnie JoppeGBRFantom
Royal Windsor. 2017-05-12. CEI2* 120km
1stSaeed Al KhayariUAEDahi
2ndSaeed Al MehairiUAEZa'amah
3rdAbdulla Al MarriUAETom Jones Te

Complete dominance of UAE in the Royal Windsor Endurance

Royal Windsor Horse Show, The Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, Great Briton. Friday 12 May 2017.

There were three endurance races at the Royal Windsor Endurance which was supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain. Although it was the fifth edition of the Royal Windsor Endurance event, it was the first to include both a CEI1* 80km and a CEN 40km ride, alongside the regular CEI2* 120km.

Entries doubled compared from last year with 101 combinations, from 12 nations, over the three races.
This event is one of the highlights of the season in Great Britain because of the scenery taking the riders through Windsor Great Park, taking in Ascot Racecourse and several famous landmarks.

Endurance World Royal Windsor. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan present.Great Britain was extremely well represented at the event, with a total of 64 starters including 17 out of 21 riders in the CEI1* 80km. Beth Langley finished second on HS Ametista and said:
“I’m really pleased with my result, she’s a great horse so I was hoping for a good ride. The course is lovely but deceptively difficult and technical to ride. There has been an amazing atmosphere here and it was really nice to have the graded riders (who were really good) and see them out on the course. Luckily my boyfriend and family have all been here helping today so they will all get to see my presentation from the Queen tomorrow, but I do feel like I need a showing groom to help get her ready!”

But total dominance in this race came from Bahraini rider Ali Al Subaie riding Henham Romeo who was leading from the start.
Sheikh Nasser, riding himself in the CEI2* 120km but also Captain of the Bahrain Royal Endurance Team commented: “Al Subaie is one of the emerging talents we have, and he proved his quality and skills in this major event. We are in constant search for young talents.”

Endurance World Royal Windsor. The castle in the background.Third place went to Annie Joppe with Fantom who had more than a minute lead on Beth Langley at the start of the third loop but had to let her compatriot pass and still managed to consolidate the final podium place.

In the CEI2* 120km we saw the United Arab Emirates scooping the top four places with winner Saeed Al Khayari riding Dahi and finishing in a time of 04:47:48. Evidence that the UAE riders were in full control is that this top four finished within three seconds.

Second place went to Saeed Al Mehairi riding Za’amah, third went to Abdulla Al Marri with Tom Jones Te and Mansour Al Faresi closed the ranks of the triumphal quartet with Oued El Kebir Larzac.

Saeed Al Khayari said: “I had a really good ride today and it was a great result for UAE in the CEI2*. It’s a real honour to ride on this lovely course in Windsor Great Park and to win at Royal Windsor is very special.”

First non-UAE rider was in fifth place but within a minute Jaafar Abdulnabi on Tismael de Vayrols and first European was Belgian rider Elisabeth Hardy in sixth on Djalnah du Vent.

Endurance World Royal Windsor. Sheikh Nasser in action.One of the prominent riders who didn’t make it to the finish was Sheikh Nasser from Bahrain: “I took part to support our team members and to make the event a success but I withdrew from the race after the fifth stage as my horse was suffering from fatigue. We wanted to prepare our team members for upcoming competitions by allowing them to take part in an event featuring top riders from across the globe. The Bahrain Royal Endurance Team has been keen to participate in this race with a large number of riders to gain more experience.”

Endurance GB Chairman, John Hudson, said: “It was fabulous to have our national ride included in this now prestigious event and such a wonderful opportunity for our riders to ride in this setting. The feedback has been very positive and it’s a day that will live long in the memory.”

Royal Windsor Endurance Director, Nick Brooks-Ward concluded: “We had a really good ride here today. The rain overnight meant the going was perfect and welcoming the novice riders enhanced the already very special atmosphere. As ever we are hugely grateful to the Crown Estate for allowing us to ride through Windsor Great Park, to the Kingdom of Bahrain for their support and to the volunteers, officials and everyone who makes this event the success it is.”

Photo credit: Nixonphoto and Ahmad Al Daisi


Royal Windsor Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Royal Windsor. 2017-05-12. CEI1* 80km
1stAli Al SubaieBRNHenham Romeo
2ndBeth LangleyGBRHS Ametista
3rdAnnie JoppeGBRFantom
Royal Windsor. 2017-05-12. CEI2* 120km
1stSaeed Al KhayariUAEDahi
2ndSaeed Al MehairiUAEZa'amah
3rdAbdulla Al MarriUAETom Jones Te

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