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H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival – Day 4 – 9 March 2017

Rashed Al Boushi and Nad Al Sheba Stables 2 hold a narrow lead in the CEI3* 240km

Mariam Al Ansaari and Al Bararri Stables win overall whilst Meike Fikensher with Emaar Stables are victorious in points in the ladies race.

H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival – Day 4 – Boudheib Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi. Thursday 9 March 2017.

Today was day four of the Festival. Yesterday no racing took place but the day was filled with meetings and lectures as part of the Boudheib Initiative.

Two races were on the agenda today with an early start for the CEI3* 240km, spread over three days at 80km per day. The three loops for today were set at 30.3, 33.7 and 16km.

The second race was a CEN 100km for ladies in four loops of 30.3, 33.7, 20 and 16km.
The number of starters for the CEI3* was 17 and for the ladies there were 30.

The maximum heart rate at the vet gate was set at 56bpm with a maximum allowable recovery time of 10 minutes. Since the ladies race was a national ride, an extra limitation was in place with a maximum speed limit of 20 km/h.
The start saw heavy fog, but once that was burned away during the second loop it became very hot.

In the CEI3* Rashed Al Bloushi (Yentl Sharabi) chose aggressive tactics by riding at a higher speed, but that meant a longer recovery time for the pair.

For this three-day event it’s still too early to understand what the best approach is, since Ahmad Abdollahi (Boelem d’Andruere) took it easier on the track and with a better recovery was a mere 17 seconds behind the leader.

In third position was Martina Spelanzon (Vizir Des Aubepines) who also went for the more careful approach.

The second, more tense, race was the CEN 100km ladies’ event.

First to come in after the first loop was Nesreen Khaled (Kolahai Shai Khan) with half a minute’s lead, but a longer recovery dropped her back outside the podium placings, coming in three minutes behind the initial leader Khuloud Al Khori (Cayak des Pins).
Khuloud arrived as part of a big pack and, since recovery times were similar, the leading group left close together for the second loop.

No major changes happened after the second loop, and to start the third loop Mariam Al Ansaari (Ace Mahi) took the one-second lead in front of Khuloud. Third-placed Meike Fikenscher (Ifo El Pabilito) joined them during the loop and came in 30 seconds behind the two leaders.
But at the vet check there was drama for Khuloud, who received a penalty because her horse’s heart rate was too high.
This meant that Mariam started the last loop a minute and half before Meike, with Khuloud a minute further behind.

Positions didn’t change crossing the finish line but gave more drama for Khuloud at the vet check. She stated: “Yes, my horse is lame which is a pity, but no, I’m not too disappointed. The longer recovery earlier meant I lost four points but I was still in a very good position.”

It’s all about points in this event, because besides the normal ‘speed ranking’, in Boudheib a high importance is given to points earned on speed, recovery time, heart rate and metabolic condition.

Although Mariam won overall she dropped to third place in the point system. “I was always leading but my horse took too long to recover after the race and it was here that I lost valuable points. I came third but I’m still pleased,” she commented.

The winner on point classification was Meike Fikenscher: “Of course I’m happy and it’s thanks to the good recovery of my horse that I won in the end.”

Constantly keeping a close eye on the leaders was Catalina Llorens (Aloha Kamunyak), who progressed smoothly through the overall standings and was rewarded with the final podium place, plus she came second in the points ranking.


H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival CEI3* 240km Results (Day 1 of 3)

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stRashed Al BloushiUAEYentl SharabiNad Al Sheba Stables 2
2ndAhmad AbdollahiIRIBoelem d’AndruereMena Stables
3rdMartina SpelanzonARGVizir Des AubepinesFaisal bin Zaal Pvt Stables

H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival CEN 100km Ladies Results

Overall results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stMariam Al AnsaariUAEAce MahiAl Bararri Stables
2ndMeike FikenscherGERIfo El PabilitoEmaar Stables
3rdCatalina Llorens CHIAloha KamunyakAl Shababi Stables

Points results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stMeike FikenscherGERIfo El PabilitoEmaar Stables
2ndCatalina Llorens CHIAloha KamunyakAl Shababi Stables
3rdMariam Al AnsaariUAEAce MahiAl Bararri Stables
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H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival – Day 4 – 9 March 2017

Rashed Al Boushi and Nad Al Sheba Stables 2 hold a narrow lead in the CEI3* 240km

Mariam Al Ansaari and Al Bararri Stables win overall whilst Meike Fikensher with Emaar Stables are victorious in points in the ladies race.

H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival – Day 4 – Boudheib Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi. Thursday 9 March 2017.

Today was day four of the Festival. Yesterday no racing took place but the day was filled with meetings and lectures as part of the Boudheib Initiative.

Two races were on the agenda today with an early start for the CEI3* 240km, spread over three days at 80km per day. The three loops for today were set at 30.3, 33.7 and 16km.

The second race was a CEN 100km for ladies in four loops of 30.3, 33.7, 20 and 16km.
The number of starters for the CEI3* was 17 and for the ladies there were 30.

The maximum heart rate at the vet gate was set at 56bpm with a maximum allowable recovery time of 10 minutes. Since the ladies race was a national ride, an extra limitation was in place with a maximum speed limit of 20 km/h.
The start saw heavy fog, but once that was burned away during the second loop it became very hot.

In the CEI3* Rashed Al Bloushi (Yentl Sharabi) chose aggressive tactics by riding at a higher speed, but that meant a longer recovery time for the pair.

For this three-day event it’s still too early to understand what the best approach is, since Ahmad Abdollahi (Boelem d’Andruere) took it easier on the track and with a better recovery was a mere 17 seconds behind the leader.

In third position was Martina Spelanzon (Vizir Des Aubepines) who also went for the more careful approach.

The second, more tense, race was the CEN 100km ladies’ event.

First to come in after the first loop was Nesreen Khaled (Kolahai Shai Khan) with half a minute’s lead, but a longer recovery dropped her back outside the podium placings, coming in three minutes behind the initial leader Khuloud Al Khori (Cayak des Pins).
Khuloud arrived as part of a big pack and, since recovery times were similar, the leading group left close together for the second loop.

No major changes happened after the second loop, and to start the third loop Mariam Al Ansaari (Ace Mahi) took the one-second lead in front of Khuloud. Third-placed Meike Fikenscher (Ifo El Pabilito) joined them during the loop and came in 30 seconds behind the two leaders.
But at the vet check there was drama for Khuloud, who received a penalty because her horse’s heart rate was too high.
This meant that Mariam started the last loop a minute and half before Meike, with Khuloud a minute further behind.

Positions didn’t change crossing the finish line but gave more drama for Khuloud at the vet check. She stated: “Yes, my horse is lame which is a pity, but no, I’m not too disappointed. The longer recovery earlier meant I lost four points but I was still in a very good position.”

It’s all about points in this event, because besides the normal ‘speed ranking’, in Boudheib a high importance is given to points earned on speed, recovery time, heart rate and metabolic condition.

Although Mariam won overall she dropped to third place in the point system. “I was always leading but my horse took too long to recover after the race and it was here that I lost valuable points. I came third but I’m still pleased,” she commented.

The winner on point classification was Meike Fikenscher: “Of course I’m happy and it’s thanks to the good recovery of my horse that I won in the end.”

Constantly keeping a close eye on the leaders was Catalina Llorens (Aloha Kamunyak), who progressed smoothly through the overall standings and was rewarded with the final podium place, plus she came second in the points ranking.


H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival CEI3* 240km Results (Day 1 of 3)

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stRashed Al BloushiUAEYentl SharabiNad Al Sheba Stables 2
2ndAhmad AbdollahiIRIBoelem d’AndruereMena Stables
3rdMartina SpelanzonARGVizir Des AubepinesFaisal bin Zaal Pvt Stables

H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Endurance Festival CEN 100km Ladies Results

Overall results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stMariam Al AnsaariUAEAce MahiAl Bararri Stables
2ndMeike FikenscherGERIfo El PabilitoEmaar Stables
3rdCatalina Llorens CHIAloha KamunyakAl Shababi Stables

Points results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stMeike FikenscherGERIfo El PabilitoEmaar Stables
2ndCatalina Llorens CHIAloha KamunyakAl Shababi Stables
3rdMariam Al AnsaariUAEAce MahiAl Bararri Stables

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