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UAE Federation resumes Body Weight Ride
First ride on December 13 in Abu Dhabi

The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation is planning to resume the Body Weight endurance championship in the coming months. The first of the three-round Endurance Grand Prix will be staged on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

This Grand Prix is done under the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs.

In this specialized category of riding, every rider must weigh 75 kg or above without riding equipment and must be registered with the FEI.

The first ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village will coincide with the National Day Cup which is scheduled for the same day. The next two rides will be held in Bahrain and Dubai respectively.

The 120-km ride is expected to attract some of the world's best riders and horses apart from a huge participation from the UAE and other GCC countries.

The UAE Equestrian and racing Federation currently stages endurance rides in association with the Dubai International Endurance City in Seih Assalem, the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba and the Bou Theib Enbdurance Village in Al Khatem.
Apart from Qualifier Rides, over 40 km and 80 km, these rides also include FEI 120 km and FEI 160 km while rides for Junior and Young Riders are also held over distances of 100 km and 120 km. The Federation also has a few national rides which are exclusively for owners of private stables.



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