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Sheikh Majed leads UAE's 'golden' victory in Cairo

Sheikh Mayed bin Mohammad Al Maktoum led the UAE endurance team to brilliant victory at the 11th pan Arab Games held on November 19, 2007 in Cairo, Egypt.

The UAE riders picked up two gold medals and a silver and bronze apiece in a total sweep of the medals on offer at the Sakkarah Endurance Village. Sheikh Mayed, on Omani Iman, crossed the finish line just ahead of UAE teammates Salem Rashid bin Ghadayer and Mohammad Al Subose with the three completing a 1-2-3 finish in the individual event.

Mubarak Khalifa bin Shafya finished fourth to extend the UAE's domination and help the UAE win the Team gold also. The team members were Sheikh Mayed, Sultan Bin Sulayem, who was eliminated in the fourth stage, Mubarak Khalifa bin Shafya and Ali Subose.

"We are very proud with this achievement which has helped the UAE once again assert its supremacy in this sport. We are also happy to finish as the Pan Arab champions in both the individual as well as team event," Sheikh Mayed told media persons after his victory. Sheikh Mayed and Omani Iman completed the 120-km ride in a timing of 6 hrs 43 mins and 56 seconds.

Abdullah Thani bin Huzaim on Spendacret Kamouflage took fifth place.

As many as 42 riders from different countries participated in the 120-km ride.


1. Sheikh Mayed bin Mohammad Al Maktoum (Omani Iman) 6:43:56
2. Salem Rashed Bin Ghadayer (Dalton Du Capimont) 6:43.58
3. Mohammad Ali Al Subose (Kevin Du Narthoux) 6:44.01
4. Mubarak Khalifa Bin Shafya (Kaysand Farrazah) 6:44.03
5. Abdullah Thani bin Huzaim (Spendacret Kamouflage)

Endurance: Egypt seeks UAE assistance
Egypt had sought the help of the UAE to help them organize the equestrian activities in general and endurance riding in particular, during the forthcoming 11th Pan-Arab Games, which is scheduled to be held in Cairo from November 11, 2007.

The Egyptian Equestrian Federation through a letter addressed to the Secretary General of the

UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, requested technical support and guidelines to organize endurance ride as part of the Pan-Arab Games.

The letter hailed the development of endurance sport in the UAE with the able support of the country's rulers, as a result of which the UAE today is the global leader in endurance discipline. The letter said that the UAE has been actively involved in organizing endurance rides not only in their country but are also instrumental in helping several other countries in the region to develop the sport. "Their superiority in the field knows bounds and we request them for their support."

Two endurance officials Ahmed Ali Al Hammadi and Mohammed Esa Al Adhab from the UAE visited Egypt to offer their inputs in making the endurance rides successful.

The venues of the Pan-Arab Games will be in eight governorates in Egypt, namely Cairo, Giza, Port Said, Ismailia, Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan and North Sinai, said the official on condition of anonymity.

According to Egyptian media reports, it's estimated that some 7,000 sportspersons and officials from 22 Arab countries and regions will participate in the Games.

The Pan-Arab Games are one of the most important regional multi-sport event held in the Arab world, with the first Games being held in 1953 in Alexandria, Egypt.

UAE Riders for Cairo endurance

The following UAE endurance riders will be participating in the PMA Endurance Sakkara Country Club Ride, which is being held on Monday, November 19, 2007, at the Sakkara Endurance Village, Cairo, Egypt.

The four-member Team includes Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (Omani Iman), Sultan Ahmed Sultan bin Sulayem (Ryton Remy), Mohammed Al Subose (Kevin Du Narthoux) and Mubarak Khalifa bin Shafya (Kaysand Farrazah). Individual riders include Salem Rashed bin Ghadeyar (Dalton Du Capimont) and Abdullah Thani bin Huzaim (Spendacrest Kamonflage).

The 120-km ride will be run in five phases of 36 km, 28 km, 21 km, 20 km and 15 km respectively and is expected to be flagged off at 5 am.


Two Federation Qualifiers Held for ladies

The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, in cooperation with the Al Asayl Endurance Centre, organized two Federation Qualifiers for ladies on Friday, November 9, 2007 at the Al Asayl Endurance Centre, Sweihan, Abu Dhabi.

Eleven lady endurance riders took part in the 80-km Qualifier out of whom nine riders completed the distance successfully. In the second 40-km Qualifier, 14 ladies started the ride in the morning and nine of them completed the distance.

All the rides were held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Equestrian Federation.

The lady riders/horses who completed the 80-km qualifier are as follows:

Sheikha Alyazia bint Sultan Al Nahyan (Yeraandco Jakara Silver, eight-year-old grey gelding owned by Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa), Sheikha Maryam bint Omeir Al Qassimi (Sultan, six-year-old bay gelding), Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi (Jen A Dale Zamarah, chestnut mare, Al Reef Stables), Nouf Mohd Khamis Al Dhaheri, Sekura, 10-year-old chestnut mare, Al Reef Stables), Reem Shaban Ibrahim Hasan, (Rivendell Sharman, 13-year-old chestnut gelding, Al Reef Stables), Dana Ahmed Al Mansoor (Al Galhan, nine-year-old bay gelding, Al Reef Stables), Shamsah Awad Al Otaiba (Eden Hope Liberty, 10-year-old grey gelding, Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa), Nariman Abdul Aziz Al Rostamani ( Lucien De Loube Jac, eight-year-old grey gelding, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum), Sonia Le Hecho (Steel the Thunder, 11-year-old grey gelding, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum).

In the 40-km Qualifier, the following riders/horses completed the distance:

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan Al Nahyan (Sonia, eight-year-old chestnut mare, Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa), Sheikha Asma Taleb Al Qassimi (Castlebar Navho, six-year-old grey gelding, Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qassimi), Amna Jumaa Al Awami,VVC Bon Vivant, 16-year-old chestnut gelding, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi), Brenda Cooke (Al Habeeba, 14-year-old bay mare, Al Asayl Management), Madiyah Masaood Al Mehairi, Raheef, 14-year-old gelding owned by rider), Azza Mohd. Hela Al Kaabi (Sahi, eight-year-old bay gelding, Obaid Ghedayer Al Dhaheri), May Yousef Mubarak Al Khemairi, Baraka Latih, 10-year-old grey gelding, Al Rawahei Pvt. Stables), Sonja Timani (RS Jaabir, 10-year-old bay gelding, owned by rider), Mariam Mohammed Saeed Al Suwaidi (Botusa Park Tulas Lad, 12-year-old chestnut gelding, Hassan Rakan Al Mansouri).

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