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UAE rules the world and Saeed Al Muhairi is the king in YR World Championship

Parco Giardino Sigurta, Verona, Italy. Saturday 23 September 2017. FEI Meydan World Championship Endurance for young riders and juniors.

The United Arab Emirates: they came, saw and conquered.

It was not a total dominance as for the whole day any of the top ten riders could have been crowned champion and there were three teams in the mix: Bahrain, Spain, and UAE.

Endurance World Verona World Championship 02 Ghanim Al OwaisiA very tense day not only on the tracks but also at the vet check and a lot of top runners fell for the trap to check in too early and receiving penalty time because their horse didn’t recover quick enough.

First and maybe most important victim was defending World Champion Fahad Al Khatri – BRN (Poly de Coat Frity) who dropped after the first loop to sixteenth place almost eight minutes behind the leader. However at the start of the third loop the gap was reduced to four minutes and he crossed the finish line as third but was vetted out for irregular gait.

The front runners thought the speeds were not too high with an average of  +23 km/h and after the second loop the top seven was separated by 16 seconds.

After that second loop, we saw another serious contender for the World Championship dropping out of the top ten due to high heart rate at the vet check: Mohammed Al Marri – UAE (Diament du Lauragais). Mohammed made a comeback but got vetted out for being metabolic.

All title contenders and their teams were expecting the third loop to be the decider and that some riders would start pushing.
It looked as if Spain and the UAE were watching each other to see who was going to make the first move.
But big was the surprise it was still the same vast group that came back at the end of the third loop.

Endurance World Verona World Championship 04 Maite Pradera LedoHence everything was to play for in the fourth and final loop.

It was impossible to predict a clear favourite World Championship, teams and individual. For the team classification, it was UAE leading (close to 13 hours) with three minutes lead on Spain and Bahrain was two minutes further.

Saeed Al Muhairi – UAE (Rabdan) was the first to leave for the final 22km with Bruna Aumatell – ESP (Diogene De Jansavis) 40 seconds later and Rashid Al Rowaie – BRN (Valeska De Kerpont) a few seconds further back.

Nevertheless it was Khalifa Al Jahouri – UAE (8 Minute), who started more than four minutes behind the leader and  went quickest with an average speed of 33.57 km/h, to cross the line first with a 20 second lead on Saeed. Unfortunately the horse had an irregular gait at the final vet check.

Second place went to Ghanim Al Owaisi – UAE (Shadeedah), an award for a very straight race.

Endurance World Verona World Championship 03 Qatar TeamThe final podium place was for Maite Pradero Ledo – ESP (Qualif du Poncelet) after starting the final loop in eleventh position.

Some comments of the different teams were rather similar.

The UAE team was obviously very pleased: “Maybe it would have been better to push harder in the third loop to separate the top runners because racing in such a big group means the speed was not high enough. Picking up the speed in the final loop is always tricky as it feels like you leave it till the last moment. But yes, of course we are very happy because this was a very difficult race.”

The Spain team commented before the start of the third loop: “After this loop we know where everybody stands. For sure the speed will increase and somebody will push.”

Endurance World Verona World Championship 05 The leading groupA vision that was shared by most of the top runners although it turned out nothing really happened to shake up the classification.

How difficult the fourth loop was; is very well shown in the teams’ results. UAE increased their lead of three minutes to almost twenty on Spain.
Bahrain couldn’t repeat their success of two years ago in Chile and it was Qatar who took third place in the team classification. Qatar couldn’t influence in the individual classification in this World Championship but achieved a nice result as a team.

Photo credit: Sport EVO press


Results  FEI Meydan World Championship Endurance for young riders and juniors.

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Verona, 2017-09-23. CEIYJ2* 120km World Championship. Individual
1stSaeed Al MuhairiUAERabdan
2ndGhanim Al OwaisiUAEShadeedah
3rdMaite Pradero LedoESPQualif du Poncelet
Verona, 2017-09-23. CEIYJ2* 120km World Championship. Teams
1stUnited Arab Emirates
2ndSpain
3rdQatar

 

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UAE rules the world and Saeed Al Muhairi is the king in YR World Championship

Parco Giardino Sigurta, Verona, Italy. Saturday 23 September 2017. FEI Meydan World Championship Endurance for young riders and juniors.

The United Arab Emirates: they came, saw and conquered.

It was not a total dominance as for the whole day any of the top ten riders could have been crowned champion and there were three teams in the mix: Bahrain, Spain, and UAE.

Endurance World Verona World Championship 02 Ghanim Al OwaisiA very tense day not only on the tracks but also at the vet check and a lot of top runners fell for the trap to check in too early and receiving penalty time because their horse didn’t recover quick enough.

First and maybe most important victim was defending World Champion Fahad Al Khatri – BRN (Poly de Coat Frity) who dropped after the first loop to sixteenth place almost eight minutes behind the leader. However at the start of the third loop the gap was reduced to four minutes and he crossed the finish line as third but was vetted out for irregular gait.

The front runners thought the speeds were not too high with an average of  +23 km/h and after the second loop the top seven was separated by 16 seconds.

After that second loop, we saw another serious contender for the World Championship dropping out of the top ten due to high heart rate at the vet check: Mohammed Al Marri – UAE (Diament du Lauragais). Mohammed made a comeback but got vetted out for being metabolic.

All title contenders and their teams were expecting the third loop to be the decider and that some riders would start pushing.
It looked as if Spain and the UAE were watching each other to see who was going to make the first move.
But big was the surprise it was still the same vast group that came back at the end of the third loop.

Endurance World Verona World Championship 04 Maite Pradera LedoHence everything was to play for in the fourth and final loop.

It was impossible to predict a clear favourite World Championship, teams and individual. For the team classification, it was UAE leading (close to 13 hours) with three minutes lead on Spain and Bahrain was two minutes further.

Saeed Al Muhairi – UAE (Rabdan) was the first to leave for the final 22km with Bruna Aumatell – ESP (Diogene De Jansavis) 40 seconds later and Rashid Al Rowaie – BRN (Valeska De Kerpont) a few seconds further back.

Nevertheless it was Khalifa Al Jahouri – UAE (8 Minute), who started more than four minutes behind the leader and  went quickest with an average speed of 33.57 km/h, to cross the line first with a 20 second lead on Saeed. Unfortunately the horse had an irregular gait at the final vet check.

Second place went to Ghanim Al Owaisi – UAE (Shadeedah), an award for a very straight race.

Endurance World Verona World Championship 03 Qatar TeamThe final podium place was for Maite Pradero Ledo – ESP (Qualif du Poncelet) after starting the final loop in eleventh position.

Some comments of the different teams were rather similar.

The UAE team was obviously very pleased: “Maybe it would have been better to push harder in the third loop to separate the top runners because racing in such a big group means the speed was not high enough. Picking up the speed in the final loop is always tricky as it feels like you leave it till the last moment. But yes, of course we are very happy because this was a very difficult race.”

The Spain team commented before the start of the third loop: “After this loop we know where everybody stands. For sure the speed will increase and somebody will push.”

Endurance World Verona World Championship 05 The leading groupA vision that was shared by most of the top runners although it turned out nothing really happened to shake up the classification.

How difficult the fourth loop was; is very well shown in the teams’ results. UAE increased their lead of three minutes to almost twenty on Spain.
Bahrain couldn’t repeat their success of two years ago in Chile and it was Qatar who took third place in the team classification. Qatar couldn’t influence in the individual classification in this World Championship but achieved a nice result as a team.

Photo credit: Sport EVO press


Results  FEI Meydan World Championship Endurance for young riders and juniors.

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Verona, 2017-09-23. CEIYJ2* 120km World Championship. Individual
1stSaeed Al MuhairiUAERabdan
2ndGhanim Al OwaisiUAEShadeedah
3rdMaite Pradero LedoESPQualif du Poncelet
Verona, 2017-09-23. CEIYJ2* 120km World Championship. Teams
1stUnited Arab Emirates
2ndSpain
3rdQatar

 

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