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H H Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival – Day 2 – 7 March 2017

Mohammed Al Kaabi victorious for Al Shindagha

H H Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival, Boudheib Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi. Tuesday 7 March 2017

A week full of activities is on the agenda for this festival, all concentrated around the Boudheib Initiative with conferences and international speakers, but also a series of races.

The purpose of the Boudheib Initiative has been developed, according to the organiser, to ensure the welfare of endurance horses and it is also an attempt to return endurance riding to its traditional roots.

Just as in previous races, this season parts of the set loops go through natural tracks where no outside assistance and cars are allowed.

The maximum heart rate at the vet gate is set at 56bpm with a maximum allowable recovery time of 10 minutes.

Yesterday saw a 40km and an 80km qualifier, which had a combined 220-plus entries.

Today was the CEI1* 80km (in three loops of 30.3, 33.7 and 16km) which had 126 starters.

For most it was considered a qualifier, or a chance to test the horse under these conditions. Yet that didn’t mean it was an easy ride for most combinations as these were still tricky conditions.

The first to come in after the first loop was Layla Al Redha (Natziz), but a slightly longer recovery time placed her second behind the initial leader of the day, Mohammed Al Kaabi (Al du Bouyssou).

Mohammed Al Kaabi was joined at the end of the second loop by Layla and Mohammed Hussain (Girilambone Amahl).

But Layla’s horse was vetted out because of metabolic issues and Al Kaabi needed more recovery time, with the result that Hussain started the final loop with an advantage of just over two minutes.

Al Kaabi went quicker in the final loop to catch and pass Hussain, finishing with a lead of 30 seconds.

Al Kaabi was clearly very pleased with this victory but there were also cheery faces at the stable of Hussain (Hadaybit Asselem 2 Endurance): “Yes, you could say that the horse was still strong. But this is a qualifier and we didn’t want to push the horse too much. We’re very happy.”

Haroon Mazid (Tayssire) managed a very consistent ride to claim the final podium spot.


H H Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival CEI1* 80km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stMohammed Al KaabiUAEAl du BouyssouAl Shindagha
2ndMohammed HussainINDGirilambone AmahlHadaybit Asselem 2 Endurance Stables
3rdHaroon MazidINDTayssireHadaybit Asselem 2 Endurance Stables

H H Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival – Day 2 – 7 March 2017

Mohammed Al Kaabi victorious for Al Shindagha

H H Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival, Boudheib Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi. Tuesday 7 March 2017

A week full of activities is on the agenda for this festival, all concentrated around the Boudheib Initiative with conferences and international speakers, but also a series of races.

The purpose of the Boudheib Initiative has been developed, according to the organiser, to ensure the welfare of endurance horses and it is also an attempt to return endurance riding to its traditional roots.

Just as in previous races, this season parts of the set loops go through natural tracks where no outside assistance and cars are allowed.

The maximum heart rate at the vet gate is set at 56bpm with a maximum allowable recovery time of 10 minutes.

Yesterday saw a 40km and an 80km qualifier, which had a combined 220-plus entries.

Today was the CEI1* 80km (in three loops of 30.3, 33.7 and 16km) which had 126 starters.

For most it was considered a qualifier, or a chance to test the horse under these conditions. Yet that didn’t mean it was an easy ride for most combinations as these were still tricky conditions.

The first to come in after the first loop was Layla Al Redha (Natziz), but a slightly longer recovery time placed her second behind the initial leader of the day, Mohammed Al Kaabi (Al du Bouyssou).

Mohammed Al Kaabi was joined at the end of the second loop by Layla and Mohammed Hussain (Girilambone Amahl).

But Layla’s horse was vetted out because of metabolic issues and Al Kaabi needed more recovery time, with the result that Hussain started the final loop with an advantage of just over two minutes.

Al Kaabi went quicker in the final loop to catch and pass Hussain, finishing with a lead of 30 seconds.

Al Kaabi was clearly very pleased with this victory but there were also cheery faces at the stable of Hussain (Hadaybit Asselem 2 Endurance): “Yes, you could say that the horse was still strong. But this is a qualifier and we didn’t want to push the horse too much. We’re very happy.”

Haroon Mazid (Tayssire) managed a very consistent ride to claim the final podium spot.


H H Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival CEI1* 80km Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stMohammed Al KaabiUAEAl du BouyssouAl Shindagha
2ndMohammed HussainINDGirilambone AmahlHadaybit Asselem 2 Endurance Stables
3rdHaroon MazidINDTayssireHadaybit Asselem 2 Endurance Stables

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