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Largest endurance event in Europe at UK Endurance Masters

Euston Park, Thetford, Suffolk, Great Britain. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017. The HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival UK Endurance Masters was widely announced as the biggest event in Europe and it delivered the anticipated numbers.

In the international races 356 riders from 32 nations started and combined with the 110 national entries it made the weekend the largest endurance event ever held in Europe. The UK Endurance Masters started with a huge party on Friday night for teams, local residents and all those invited in the rides, and closes tomorrow with a host of national graded and pleasure rides.

Endurance World UK Endurance Masters. This is also Euston Park.Weather conditions on race day were near perfect, with a cool and mainly dry day. The ground was testing in parts owing to recent heavy rain and on Friday the FEI sanctioned the ground jury’s request to the organisers to change the CEI3* from six loops to five to avoid poor ground.

The ride veterinarians confirmed there were no serious injuries to any horses, with just one being transferred to Newmarket for the treatment of a laceration and all others back in their stables of fit to go home.

Tom Eaton Evans, the treating veterinarian president said: “Given the number of entries, the treating clinic was remarkably quiet, which must be testament to the training and preparation put in by all involved.”

The UAE secured first place in three of the four races with Sweden scooping the other. A record 79 British athletes started on Saturday and one notable British finisher was Beth Langley riding her mother’s 19-year-old, HS Ametista, in its last international competition.

He had to work his way through the field but it was Salem Al Kitbi – UAE (Kilim De Jansavis) who was victorious in the CEI3* 160km with second placed Eulalia Gonzalez Guardia – ESP (Umrod De Keropartz) and third placed Saeed Al Maamri – UAE (Preume De Paute).

In the CEI2* 120km the podium was completed occupied with UAE riders all riding for F3 Stables. Here the podium finishers crossed the line together with winner Saeed Al Harbi – UAE (Aspenview Amir) flanked by Abdulla Al Marri – UAE (Castlebar Jumeirah) and Mohammed Al Marri – UAE (Fagor).

Endurance World UK Endurance Masters. Crewing.Shaheen Al Mazrouei – UAE (Zulo) took control of the race early on in the CEIYJ2* 120km with Lea Vanderkerckhove – FRA (JQ Safi Safra) closely following and would go on to finish in second. The final podium place was for Chiara Careddu – ITA (Nabukko).

The CEI1* 80km was the only race of the day in the UK Endurance Masters not won by a UAE rider, with Annelie Eriksson – SWE (Jumeira Palm) taking gold and second place Ali Al Zarooni – UAE (Alaurza) one second behind and a bit further back came Hassan Al Sabri – UAE (Ursula De Plouvorn).

As with all Euston Park rides, the entire €64,500 prize fund of UK Endurance Masters for the Saturday rides was awarded based on FEI’s Best Condition Awards, as judged by members of the veterinary commission.

The top prize winners of the best condition award in each class were:

CEI1* 80km: Alaurza ridden by Ali Al Zarooni – UAE

CEIYJ2* 120km: As Flor del Pago ridden by Khalifa Ahmed – BRN

CEI2* 120km: Aspenview Amir ridden by Saeed Al Harbi – UAE

CEI3* 160km: Umrod de Keropartz ridden by Eulalia Gonzalez Guardia – ESP

Nick Brooks-Ward, Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance, reviewed the first day of the event: “What a great day for the sport of endurance. The atmosphere was entirely befitting of the ride’s ‘Festival’ title and the cooperation that I saw between competitors of all nationalities was just so impressive. I cannot thank His Grace, the Duke of Grafton, our wonderful volunteers, officials, and all those who helped stage this event enough. We are really excited about the national rides tomorrow and delighted that those competitors get to share the facilities and experience of Euston Park.”

Endurance World UK Endurance Masters. The national rides.On Sunday, it was time for the various national ride classes for the second and final day of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival UK Endurance Masters.

There were six Graded Endurance Rides (GERs) 80km, 64km, 40km, 32km (all Open/Advanced) 40km and 32 km (Novice/ &PC Osprey) and three pleasure rides of 32km, 20km, and 16km. The 80km ride took in three loops and two holds, the 64km ride had two loops and one hold and all other classes were one loop.

The majority of the 110 starters were British, although Norway, Hong Kong and the UAE were also represented.

Conditions all day were pretty much perfect, dry, not too hot and breezy and the course rode really well.

Rebecca Parsler from Milton Keynes riding Shadow Fax (32km Novice): “To come to a big venue for his first time, it was exciting for him but he has been really good and all the free ice was very helpful.”

Hannah Mascal from Tring riding Xclusive AM (32km Novice): “I brought my youngster Xclusive AM. It’s a picturesque venue, it’s nice, flat, and open. Everyone is really helpful.”

Abbey Gant from Hampshire riding Bertie IV (40km GER Novice): “It has been absolutely beautiful to ride here really the markings are lovely on a beautiful route.”

Anna Bollingdon from Hampshire: “Today has been lovely, the grounds are beautiful and green. It is a really fun ride.”

Nick Brooks-Ward, Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance, had the final words on Sunday: “This weekend has been about showcasing endurance at every level and Euston Park has provided the perfect stage. It was fabulous to see the national riders sharing the same facilities as the international riders. It can’t help but promote the sport from the grassroots up and we are so excited about what the future holds. Thank you to Endurance Great Britain for endorsing this pioneering event.”

The UK Endurance Masters was the third and final leg of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival. The first two legs were held in Barcelona, Spain and Pisa, Italy. The final leg was presented by Longines and sponsored by Azizi Developments. The last 2017 Euston Park Endurance FEI (CEI1* and CEI2*) rides are scheduled for Saturday 2 September.

Photo credit: Euston Park Endurance


UK Endurance Masters Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEI1* 80km.
1stAnnelie ErikssonSWEJumeira Palm
2ndAli Al ZarooniUAEAlaurza
3rdHassan Al SabriUAEUrsula De Plouvorn
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEIYJ2* 120km.
1stShaheen Al MazroueiUAEZulo
2ndLea VanderkerckhoveFRAJQ Safi Safra
3rdChiara CaredduITANabukko
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEI2* 120km.
1stSaeed Al HarbiUAEAspenview Amir
2ndAbdulla Al MarriUAECastlebar Jumeirah
3rdMohammed Al MarriUAEFagor
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEI3* 160km.
1stSalem Al KitbiUAEKilim De Jansavis
2ndEulalia Gonzalez GuardiaESPUmrod De Keropartz
3rdSaeed Al MaamriUAEPreume De Paute

 

 

Largest endurance event in Europe at UK Endurance Masters

Euston Park, Thetford, Suffolk, Great Britain. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017. The HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival UK Endurance Masters was widely announced as the biggest event in Europe and it delivered the anticipated numbers.

In the international races 356 riders from 32 nations started and combined with the 110 national entries it made the weekend the largest endurance event ever held in Europe. The UK Endurance Masters started with a huge party on Friday night for teams, local residents and all those invited in the rides, and closes tomorrow with a host of national graded and pleasure rides.

Endurance World UK Endurance Masters. This is also Euston Park.Weather conditions on race day were near perfect, with a cool and mainly dry day. The ground was testing in parts owing to recent heavy rain and on Friday the FEI sanctioned the ground jury’s request to the organisers to change the CEI3* from six loops to five to avoid poor ground.

The ride veterinarians confirmed there were no serious injuries to any horses, with just one being transferred to Newmarket for the treatment of a laceration and all others back in their stables of fit to go home.

Tom Eaton Evans, the treating veterinarian president said: “Given the number of entries, the treating clinic was remarkably quiet, which must be testament to the training and preparation put in by all involved.”

The UAE secured first place in three of the four races with Sweden scooping the other. A record 79 British athletes started on Saturday and one notable British finisher was Beth Langley riding her mother’s 19-year-old, HS Ametista, in its last international competition.

He had to work his way through the field but it was Salem Al Kitbi – UAE (Kilim De Jansavis) who was victorious in the CEI3* 160km with second placed Eulalia Gonzalez Guardia – ESP (Umrod De Keropartz) and third placed Saeed Al Maamri – UAE (Preume De Paute).

In the CEI2* 120km the podium was completed occupied with UAE riders all riding for F3 Stables. Here the podium finishers crossed the line together with winner Saeed Al Harbi – UAE (Aspenview Amir) flanked by Abdulla Al Marri – UAE (Castlebar Jumeirah) and Mohammed Al Marri – UAE (Fagor).

Endurance World UK Endurance Masters. Crewing.Shaheen Al Mazrouei – UAE (Zulo) took control of the race early on in the CEIYJ2* 120km with Lea Vanderkerckhove – FRA (JQ Safi Safra) closely following and would go on to finish in second. The final podium place was for Chiara Careddu – ITA (Nabukko).

The CEI1* 80km was the only race of the day in the UK Endurance Masters not won by a UAE rider, with Annelie Eriksson – SWE (Jumeira Palm) taking gold and second place Ali Al Zarooni – UAE (Alaurza) one second behind and a bit further back came Hassan Al Sabri – UAE (Ursula De Plouvorn).

As with all Euston Park rides, the entire €64,500 prize fund of UK Endurance Masters for the Saturday rides was awarded based on FEI’s Best Condition Awards, as judged by members of the veterinary commission.

The top prize winners of the best condition award in each class were:

CEI1* 80km: Alaurza ridden by Ali Al Zarooni – UAE

CEIYJ2* 120km: As Flor del Pago ridden by Khalifa Ahmed – BRN

CEI2* 120km: Aspenview Amir ridden by Saeed Al Harbi – UAE

CEI3* 160km: Umrod de Keropartz ridden by Eulalia Gonzalez Guardia – ESP

Nick Brooks-Ward, Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance, reviewed the first day of the event: “What a great day for the sport of endurance. The atmosphere was entirely befitting of the ride’s ‘Festival’ title and the cooperation that I saw between competitors of all nationalities was just so impressive. I cannot thank His Grace, the Duke of Grafton, our wonderful volunteers, officials, and all those who helped stage this event enough. We are really excited about the national rides tomorrow and delighted that those competitors get to share the facilities and experience of Euston Park.”

Endurance World UK Endurance Masters. The national rides.On Sunday, it was time for the various national ride classes for the second and final day of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival UK Endurance Masters.

There were six Graded Endurance Rides (GERs) 80km, 64km, 40km, 32km (all Open/Advanced) 40km and 32 km (Novice/ &PC Osprey) and three pleasure rides of 32km, 20km, and 16km. The 80km ride took in three loops and two holds, the 64km ride had two loops and one hold and all other classes were one loop.

The majority of the 110 starters were British, although Norway, Hong Kong and the UAE were also represented.

Conditions all day were pretty much perfect, dry, not too hot and breezy and the course rode really well.

Rebecca Parsler from Milton Keynes riding Shadow Fax (32km Novice): “To come to a big venue for his first time, it was exciting for him but he has been really good and all the free ice was very helpful.”

Hannah Mascal from Tring riding Xclusive AM (32km Novice): “I brought my youngster Xclusive AM. It’s a picturesque venue, it’s nice, flat, and open. Everyone is really helpful.”

Abbey Gant from Hampshire riding Bertie IV (40km GER Novice): “It has been absolutely beautiful to ride here really the markings are lovely on a beautiful route.”

Anna Bollingdon from Hampshire: “Today has been lovely, the grounds are beautiful and green. It is a really fun ride.”

Nick Brooks-Ward, Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance, had the final words on Sunday: “This weekend has been about showcasing endurance at every level and Euston Park has provided the perfect stage. It was fabulous to see the national riders sharing the same facilities as the international riders. It can’t help but promote the sport from the grassroots up and we are so excited about what the future holds. Thank you to Endurance Great Britain for endorsing this pioneering event.”

The UK Endurance Masters was the third and final leg of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival. The first two legs were held in Barcelona, Spain and Pisa, Italy. The final leg was presented by Longines and sponsored by Azizi Developments. The last 2017 Euston Park Endurance FEI (CEI1* and CEI2*) rides are scheduled for Saturday 2 September.

Photo credit: Euston Park Endurance


UK Endurance Masters Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEI1* 80km.
1stAnnelie ErikssonSWEJumeira Palm
2ndAli Al ZarooniUAEAlaurza
3rdHassan Al SabriUAEUrsula De Plouvorn
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEIYJ2* 120km.
1stShaheen Al MazroueiUAEZulo
2ndLea VanderkerckhoveFRAJQ Safi Safra
3rdChiara CaredduITANabukko
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEI2* 120km.
1stSaeed Al HarbiUAEAspenview Amir
2ndAbdulla Al MarriUAECastlebar Jumeirah
3rdMohammed Al MarriUAEFagor
UK Endurance Masters. 2017-08-19. CEI3* 160km.
1stSalem Al KitbiUAEKilim De Jansavis
2ndEulalia Gonzalez GuardiaESPUmrod De Keropartz
3rdSaeed Al MaamriUAEPreume De Paute

 

 

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