Endurance racing community descends on Verona
Mansour Global Arabian Racing Festival supports two-day event in Italy this weekend
Nearly 60 riders and horses representing 16 countries will be in action in the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported Italia Endurance Festival, which takes place in Verona, Italy, this weekend, July 10-12.
Saturday’s highlights (July 12) includes the European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.
Apart from the riders competing for individual honours, many countries will also be taking part in the team championship. Riders will represent Belgium, Slovakia, Denmark, Spain, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland.
Saturday’s European Championships will be held at the natural oasis of Pontoncello Park, a green area of more than 350,000 square metres stretching along the banks of the river Adige. This is the first time the event will be hosted by Verona.
Young riders between the ages of 14 and 21 will vie for honours over a 120km track that will test the skill and ability of both riders and horses.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat
Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture
Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association
with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse
Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare
and Fegentri with Arabtec Holding PJSC main Sponsor and Emirates airlines as the official carrier and
sponsored by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Invest
AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Al
Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General
Women's Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports
Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition
2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center,
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah and Racing Post.
Source: HH SH Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival / Satya Narayan
Photo: Morhaf Al Assaf