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Storm Troupour ends Macallan’s run Wathba Stallions Sprint Cup (Group 3) in Malmo, Sweden

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Sprint Cup, the last of the five races of the Festival in Scandinavia, was run on Thursday, October 5 at the Jagersro Racecourse near Malmo in Sweden.

The Group 3 race run over 1200 metres had attracted a strong field of 11 runners which included local ace Macallan. Winner of this race for two consecutive years Macallan had also seen off what seemed to be the toughest opponents in a Group 3 1000-metre dash in England in his latest run-Storm Troupour by 2½ lengths and Lou Reynal by 6½.


Highlights from ADIHEX 2017

Now in its 15th year, the Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) remains one of the country’s most popular annual events, drawing thousands of guests over a five-day period to exhibitor stands which celebrate Abu Dhabi’s culture, history and deep-rooted traditions. 

At this year’s event, which took place between Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 September, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival once again occupied over 3,000 square foot of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, attracting royal supporters and equestrian enthusiasts keen to develop their knowledge and understanding of one of the world’s most respected Arabian horseracing organisations.


UAE's Faisal Al-Rahmani elected IFAHR chairman

The UAE nominee Faisal Al-Rahmani has unanimously won the chairmanship of the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities, IFAHR, during the General Assembly elections held in Paris on Saturday, September 30.

Faisal Al-Rahmani, who is a passionate owner-breeder of Purebred Arabian horses, replaces Qatari  Sami Jassim Al Boenain as the new IFAHR Chairman.

Faisal Al Rahmani is the Deputy Director of the Emirates Arabian Horse Association and is the Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee, General Supervisor of Al Ain Race Track, UAE Director of Horse Auction.


Shahm wins Prix Nedjari-Wathba Stallions Cup

Shahm, owned by Yas Horse Racing Management, the racing arm of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, won the Prix Nedjari-Wathba Stallions Cup at the Bordeaux-Le Bouscat in France on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

The 4-year-old Mahabb son, was ridden by Emilien Revolte and scored a smart win over Kontrat De Ghazal under Alexandre Gavilan in the 12-horse field which contested the Euros 15,000 race sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Jockey Fuller among five shortlisted
Briton’s Amateur Flat and National Hunt jockey Page Fuller, 22, has been shortlisted to receive the coveted Women of the Future Sport Award sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.Nominated to receive the award in 2016 together with fellow jockey and category finalist Alice Mills, Fuller will now progress to the final judging stage with GB Short Track athlete Elise Christie, GB Rowing athlete Emily Craig, GB Goalball player Sarah Leiter and Mintridge Events Founder Alexandra Paske - five category finalists who have been selected for their exceptional talent and standout achievements in sport.

HH Sheikh Hamdan’s horses win three races in Wathba Stallions meet in Chelmsford City

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and trainer Philip Collington recorded hat-tricks in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s final Wathba Stallions UK fixture at Chelmsford City on Saturday.

ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry who owned and bred Alwaleed and Saleemah and the James Owen-trained Al Kaaser- all three scored on Saturday.

Trainer Philip Collington recorded his first hat-trick of the 2017 season with wins from Alwaleed, Saleemah and Hau Kola.


Djehlbi wins Wathba Stallions Cup in Warwick, Australia

Djehlbi, one of Australia’s top Purebred Arabian horses once again showed his mettle when he made a winning comeback in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Warwick race track in Queensland on the Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Eight horses started in the race and Djehlbi, sired by Dehlbi (FR) x Djelica (FR), and owned and trained by Michelle Amos, scored a smart win under jockey Isabella Teh.


Ajman Ruler, cabinet minister praise HH Sheikh Mansoor stand at ADIHEX
His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman, was one of the sheikhs who visited the stand of ‘One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital, at the ongoing 15th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The stand was part of the His Highness Sheikh Mansoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, which is primarily sponsoring the exhibition.

HH Sheikh Mansoor stall is a huge attraction at ADIHEX

The 15th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition was opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

The exhibition is primarily sponsored by ‘One World, 6 Continents, Abu Dhabi The Capital,’ under the umbrella of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Final UK Wathba Stallions Meeting at Chelsmford City on Saturday

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s final Wathba Stallions sponsored UK fixture of 2017 will be held at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Saturday , 2017.

The Arabian Racing Organisation-organised meeting is seven-race card and will get underway at 1.00pm. Run as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, the Wathba Stallion series offers welcome support to the sport’s grass roots with the days’ races including a range of handicaps, plus a maiden and a conditions event for juveniles to cater for all grades.


Paddys Day wins Sheikh Zayed Triple Jewel as Arabian horses debut in Monmouth Park

Thanks to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival,Monday, September 4, 2017 will go down in the annals of US horse racing as a historic day on two fronts- Purebred Arabian horses made their debut at the Monmouth Park and more importantly they raced ‘lasix-free’ for the first time in a US race meeting.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival had laid down that its races in the US will be ‘lasix-free’ and for the first time ever Purebred Arabian racing on Monday showed the way competing without the use of Lasix-the anti-bleeding medication which is used in the US but banned in many other racing countries. 


Russian Ivanov steers Batenisa to victory

Russia’s Andrey Ivanov rode three-year-old bay mare Batenisa to victory in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race at Kazan International racecourse in Tatarstan on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

The race, which is part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, was staged along with a Wathba Stallions Cup on a day when the prestigious Tatarstan President's Cup was also run.


All eyes on Paddys Day in Grade 1 Sheikh Zayed Cup

Once again the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be creating history and this time it will be on the historic Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey on Monday, September 4 which is also Labor Day and a public holiday here in the US.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s US$50,000 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Diamond Jewel (G1) and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race are part of Monday’s race meeting and they make a historic debut for Purebred Arabian racing at Monmouth Park- the venue’s annual marquee event being the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (G1) serving as a key race in determining Horse of the Year awards for Thoroughbreds.


HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival renews support for Britain’s Women of the Future Awards

One of the world’s largest and most respected Arabian horseracing organisations, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, has announced its sponsorship of the Women of the Future Awards for the second consecutive year.

The Women of the Future (WOF) Awards is an annual awards ceremony in London, UK, which celebrates Britain’s new generation of young influential women across business, media, sport, culture and public service. Founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, the WOF programme is a highly-regarded framework of events and projects that support and celebrate the success of young women through the WOF Awards, WOF Summit, WOF Ambassadors and WOF Network.


Kazan all set for HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice race

The stage is set for HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race which will be run at Kazan International racecourse in Tatarstan on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

The races gives Apprentice jockeys a chance to win and qualify for the prestigious final of the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship which is scheduled to be held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on November 10, 2017.  


Shannon Queen wins Zayed Cup

Hungary’s Sutak, Poland’s Wojcik win HH Sheikha Fatima races

Shannon Queen won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan-Nagroda Europy- Group 3 race while jockeys Hungarian Csenge Sutak and home favourite Ireneusz Wojcik won their respective races in HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World Championship Ladies and Apprentices races at the Sluzewiec racecourse in Warsaw on Sunday, August 20.

A small but quality field started in the 2600-metre Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan-Nagroda Europy- Group 3, one of the three races held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Sabrina Arnold wins World Championship of the Young Horses in Belgium

Germany’s Sabrina Arnold made the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported three-day Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) at the Bois de la Cambre in Sonian Forests in the Belgian capital of Brussels her very own.

On Thursday’s opening day she won the 160-km Four-star European Championship (CH-EU-E) endurance ride and then closed Saturday’s final day (August 19, 2017) with another dominating performance to win the 120-km FEI World Championship of the Young Horses (CH-M-E-7Y), on August 19.


Denmark’s Neland pips UAE’s Alyazia to Gold

Denmark’s Merethe Neland won the individual gold and France emerged team champions in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Nations Ladies Cup, a  CEIO two-star 120-km ride while Sebastien Valerio of France won the 120-km HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup International CEI two star ride in Brussels on Friday, August 18, 2017.

The two rides were part of the three-day Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) which was supported by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Germany’s Arnold emerges European Champion

Germany’s Sabrina Arnold won her first endurance ride in 1995 but it took her another 22 years to win her first major international championship and that happened on Thursday, August 17, 2017, in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported European Championship (CH-EU-E).

The 160-km Four star ride was held at the at the Bois de la Cambre, an urban public park situated on the edge of the Sonian Forests in the Belgian capital of Brussels and Arnold and 10-year-old Tarzibus made it a start to finish affair.


HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival support for four endurance rides in Belgium, European championship kicks off BEEM event

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s role in promoting the sport of endurance comes into full play with its support for the second successive year to the FEI-approved three-day Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) starting on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

The Festival’s support for four endurance rides over the next three days comes as part of the instructions from HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The first of the four endurance rides which kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) at the Bois de la Cambre, an urban public park situated on the edge of the Sonian Forests in the Belgian capital of Brussels is the 160-km Four star European Championship (CH-EU-E) over 160 kms.


Naziq, Mirna strike in Ostend races

The Wellington racecourse in the Belgian city of Ostend turned out to be a happy hunting ground for Yas Horse Racing management, the horse racing arm of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy PM of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, on Monday, August 14, 2017.

In the two races organized under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival, Naziq under Richard Mullen and Mirna under Rosie Jessop, both horses owned by Yas, won their respective races in front of a large band of fans at the Wellington racecourse.


Quality field for Sheikh Zayed Cup in Ostend

After Saturday’s great success for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival in the inaugural UAE Abu Dhabi Day held at Chelmsford City Racecourse, the action shifts to the Ostend Racecourse in Belgium today (Monday, August 14).

The Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, a Group 3 race has attracted a small but quality field for the 1800-metre turf contest with a prize fund of Euros 35,000.


O’Shea steers Mith’haf Athbah to Zayed Cup (Gr 1) win

The Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan race made a spectacular debut at Chelmsford City Racecourse in the United Kingdom on Saturday as Mith’haf Athbah was ridden home to a narrow win by Tadhg O’Shea.

On a day when a large crowd watched all four race series of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival run as part of the UAE Abu Dhabi Day, the other two big winners were Danish lady jockey Rikke Bay Torp and Jordan’s Apprentice jockey Milly Naseb.  


UAE Abu Dhabi Day race meeting in Chelmsford

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival stops at Chelmsford City Racecourse in the United Kingdom on Saturday with all four of its races series to be run as part of the UAE Abu Dhabi Day.

On Saturday, August 12, 20`17 the Festival will stage the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 1), and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Apprentice World Championships (IFAHR) along with three supporting races under the Wathba Stallions banner. The six-race fixture is being staged as part of Chelmsford’s successful music night series and the race meeting will conclude with live music from UB40.


Toverud cheers home fans in HH Sheikha Fatma Apprentice World Championship race in Denmark

Top Danish apprentice jockey Veronika Toverud, brought Eastway home to win the fifth round of the HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race at the Kloppenburg racecourse, Denmark on Saturday, August 5. 

The event was held under the directives of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the support of the HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, as part of the ninth edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. 


F Falcons wins gold for Al Eraibi
F Falcons emerged as the top stallion and earned his owner Mohammed Al Eraibi the gold medal and championship title as the curtain came down on the two-day 5th National Arabian Horse Show Championship which was successfully concluded under the patronage and support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, at the Saint Anna School, Rayaq Baalbek on Sunday, July 30. The competition was organized by the Purebred Arabian Horse Breeders in Lebanon and sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival under the slogan of One World 6 continents Abu Dhabi The Capital.

Al Eraibi's horses dominate opening day

Under the patronage and support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the two-day fifth National Arabian Horse Show Championship was organised by the Purebred Arabian Horses Breeders in Lebanon at the Saint Anna School, Rayaq Baalbek on Saturday.

Mohammed Al Eraibi’s horses were in fine form and they dominated in the younger horse categories in this popular annual event.

Festival returns to historic Hoppengarten in Berlin

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival returned after four years to the historic Hoppengarten race course in Berlin on Wednesday, July 26 to stage the fourth round of this year’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race.

And a young 16-year-old Apprentice jockey from Belgium, Loid Bekaert, stole the limelight when he scored an emphatic win in the 2200-metre race on Le Jason, a four-year-old trained by R. Zoetelief.


Mabrooka leads 1-2 for HH Sheikh Mansoor in Prix Burkeguy-Wathba Stallions Cup (Listed) race in France

It was a 1-2 finish for horses owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs in the Listed Prix Burkeguy-Wathba Stallions Cup race held at the La Teste de Buch racecourse in France on Sunday, July 23. Mabrooka under Alexander Gavilan finished less than a length ahead of stablemate Rmmas under Roberto-Carlos Montenegro to make it a 1-2 for HH Sheikh Mansoor’s Yas Horse Racing management in the Euros 25,000 race held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Switzerland’s Burger wins Dutch leg of HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race
nadia burger

Swiss lady jockey Nadia Burger and Chalwa De Breull to win the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race (Group 3) ahead of home favourite Cindy Klinkenberg on Lou Raynal and break the hearts of a large band of Purebred Arabian racing fans at the Duindigt racecourse in The Netherlands on Sunday. The result left the Dutch jockey Klinkenberg in tears while the Swiss pro not only steered the 5-year-old mare Chalwa De Breull to her first win in four starts but also clinched a berth in the November finale of the HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies World Championship in Abu Dhabi.


Zells Kate and Rhondo Rach win Festival’s Group 3 races
jeane alves

Ridden by Jeane Alves, one of the top lady jockeys in Brazil, Zells Kate came up with a record-breaking run to win the Grand Prix Mahabb (Group 3) -Wathba Stallions Cup at Hipódromo de Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday. The Grand Prix Mahabb (Group 3) was one of the three races held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and part of the Wathba Stallions Cup Festival. The first three races on the card comprised of the Wathba Stallion Cup Festival and was worth R$ 100.000,00 (One Hundred Thousand Reais) in prize money and open to Purebred Arabian horses.


HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies race in The Netherlands
Silja Storen on L'eau de Tigre

Nine lady jockeys drawn from around the globe contest the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race (Group 3) at the Duindigt race course in The Netherlands on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

The 1800-metre contest on turf  carries a prize fund of Euros 30,000 and more importantly the winning lady jockey of the race will qualify for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final to be run in Abu Dhabi in November.


Brazil hosts two Wathba Stallion races today
wathba stallions

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will host two Wathba Stallions Cup races at Jockey Club de Sao Paulo on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

The Wathba Stallions Cup GP Munjiz (Group 3) and the Wathba Stallions Cup GP Mahabb-the first ever Grade 3 race for Fillies and Mares in Brazil will be part of the Festival’s Wathba Stallion Cup Festival for Purebred Arabian horses.


Owen dominates first Wathba Stallions fixture of 2017 in UK
munbaher

James Owen dominated the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s first Wathba Stallions sponsored fixture of the 2017 Arabian Racing Organisation season at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Saturday afternoon. 

In front of a crowd over a thousand racegoers, the in-form Newmarket-based trainer recorded a four-timer, with victories for Dolfina D’Ibos (0-55 Handicap), Karlos Du Cayrou (0-95 Handicap), Munbaher (0-80 Handicap) and Crahck (Restricted Maiden), giving jockeys Simon Walker and Joanna Mason doubles in the process. 


Wathba Stallions race in Chelmsford on July 15
Naishaan

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions series will make its debut in Chelmsford City racecourse in Essex, UK on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

The UK’s Arabian Racing Organisation welcomed the Wathba Stallions series to Chelmsford City Racecourse and the July 15 Wathba Stallions race meeting will be the first of three full Arabian race meetings at the Essex track this season, the other two fixtures scheduled for 12th August and 16th September, 2017.


IFHRA helps young American’s dream come true
Mahayla West

When 20-year-old American rider Mahayla West from Kentucky got an opportunity to visit Ireland in May this year, she not only fulfilled one of her biggest dreams which was to train herself in her passion for horse racing but she also got to make her first trip on an aircraft!

Mahayla who had never flown out of the United Sates, was selected from the United States to train for six weeks in Kildangan Stud, Kildare, Ireland, as part of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies’ (IFHRA) Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF. IFHRA is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Paddys Day and Dream Pearl win in Pleasanton race meeting
Paddys Day

Paddys Day stormed home to victory in the Grade 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup -Emerald Arabian Triple Jewel in Pleasanton in the US on Saturday, July 8, 2017, and closed in on a third successive triumph in the  three-leg Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Series Triple Jewel. On a day which witnessed some fascinating duels between Paddys Day and Sand Victor and their respective trainers Scott Powell and Teri Eaton, French lady rider Ingrid Grard on Dream Pearl did her country proud by winning the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship  Stakes race with a prize fund of US $41,000.


All eyes on Paddys Day in Sheikh Zayed Cup race
Paddys Day Saturday, July 8, 2017 sees some high class Purebred Arabian horse racing even as the Scott Powell-trained Paddys Day aims to top the second leg of the 2017 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Series in Pleasanton, USA and close in on the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Triple Crown for a third successive year. The 6-year-old Paddys Day, owned by Quarter Moon Ranch LLC, has won the first two (2015 & 2016) editions of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Triple Crown along with the US$ 150,000 bonus each year and has also won the Amethyst Jewel (first leg) this year in Houston in March.

Alyazia and Alia finished hand-in-hand in the 120-km
Alyazia and Alia finished hand-in-hand in the 120-km

Lady riders from the UAE did the country proud when four of their riders finished in the top five in the 120-km HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies CEI Two-star Cup which was part of the three-day Sardinia Endurance Festival that concluded on Sunday in the Horse Country Resort area in Arborea, Sardinia in Italy.

Four rides were part of the Sardinia Endurance Festival and the highlight was the ladies competition in which UAE riders Alyazia Al Romaithi on Holoutaria and Alia Al Saboori on Shamberlain finished hand-in-hand in the 120-km.


Five UAE lady riders in fray
ladies endurance race A 5-member UAE ladies team will be in the fray in one of the four rides that are part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sardegna Endurance Festival which takes place on June 30, July 1 & 2 at the scenic Horse Country Resort area in Arborea, Sardinia in Italy. The UAE Ladies team members and horses they will be riding in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies CEI Two-star Cup

Deckers 1-2 in Belgian Wathba Stallions Cup
Anna van den Troost and James DA

Owner-trainer Peter Deckers registered a brilliant 1-2 finish in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup race held at the Hippodrome de Wallonie-Ghlin in Belgium recently.

Once again it was Anna van den Troost, the lady jockey who has tasted consistent success in races organised by the Festival, who helped James DA edge past Suman DA ridden by Stephen Breux.


Macallan and Hurra top in Stockholm races
Anna Pilroth (#3) and Macallan

Macallan, one of the equine stars of Sweden, showed his class with a fantastic win in front of a record crowd that had converged at the Gardet national park to mark Sweden’s National Day as well as lap up the action in a couple of  Purebred Arabian races.

In the last few years the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s races have been one of the highlights on the June 6 Swedish National Day race meeting and on Monday it was a record crowd of nearly 55,000 that had thronged the Gardet, a city district in central Stockholm which is part of the world’s first national city park.


Italian Coccia, Hungarian Bihari win HH Sheikha Fatima races in Rome
ladies race in Rome

Metrag got back to winning ways with a solid run in the Listed Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup while Italian Guilia Coccia and Hungarian Alexandria Bihari booked their berths in the finals of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies and Apprentice world championships respectively.

The three races were run as part of the ‘Abu Dhabi Day’ race meeting at the Capanelle race course in Rome on Sunday, June 4, 2017 under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Abu Dhabi Day race meeting at Capennelle racecourse
in Rome on Sunday
Capannelle Ippodromo

Rome, Italy - After the tremendous success of 2016 when the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference and also made a debut with its premier flat racing events, the spotlight will once again be on the Capannelle race course in Rome on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

The Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race are part of the ‘Abu Dhabi Day’ race meeting at the Capanelle racecourse.


Festival participates in FEI Endurance Forum
Festival participates in FEI Endurance Forum

HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival was part of the UAE delegation which is taking part in the two-day (May 23-24) FEI (Federation Equestre  International )  Endurance Forum in Vic, Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Ghanem Mohammed Al Hajri, Secretary General of the Emirates Equestrian Federation, Mohammed Issa Al Adhab, General Manager of Dubai Equestrian Club and Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club are part of the UAE delegation while the Festival is being represented by Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Spanish Maria is champion again
Maria Alvarez 120 km podium

Clinches 120-km ladies endurance ride in Madrid

Spain's María Alvarez won the 120-km ladies endurance cup with aplomb on May 20, 2017, Saturday, partnering JM Bucefala. She had won the 160-km event the previous lady.

The two-star FEI ladies ride saw a good participation from several European countries and was part of the HH Shiekh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival (Abu Dhabi-Madrid-Brussels series),  which was held at Carmara Esteruelas suburb in Madrid, Spain.



World champion Maria Alvarez wins Madrid endurance event
Maria Alvarez 160 km podium

Spain’s former champion and twice world endurance champion Maria Alvarez Ponton has been crowned the Gaulta de la Nina as she won the 160-km, three-star FEI ride, at the Carmara Esteruelas suburb in Madrid, Spain, on May 18, 2017.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is supporting five endurance rides in Madrid including the 160-km ride.

The rides in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s three–day Abu Dhabi-Madrid-Brussels Endurance Challenge are all FEI rides.


HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival supports five rides in Madrid
Abu Dhabi - Madrid - Brussels Endurance Challenge

HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies ride on Saturday

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is supporting five endurance rides in Madrid including today’s 160-km (May19) ride and Saturday ’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak 120-km Ladies Endurance ride, May 20.

The rides in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s three – day Abu Dhabi - Madrid - Brussels Endurance Challenge are all FEI rides.


Marabouh Almisk and Ghilas win Wathba Stallions Cup races
prize giving

Algiers is latest stop of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

Marabouh Almisk and Ghilas won the two races organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival in Algeria on Saturday.

The two races, for Purebred Arabian horses, were the Festival’s first here in Algeria and were run on the Al Kharouba race track in Algiers.



Another country comes under the umbrella of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Purebred Arabian Horse Racing when two Wathba Stallions races will be run in Algeria on Saturday, May 13, 3017.

The two races will be part of the Wathba Stallions (previously run as the Wathba Stud Farm Cup) race series and will be run on the Al Kharuba racecourse in Algeria.

 

Khataab wins Sheikh Zayed Cup and Bertiaux strikes on Sha’hir in HH Sheikha Fatima race in Toulouse
Alice Bertiaux on Sha’hir

The Thomas Fourcy-trained Khataab won the Group 2 Prix Carthage-Hannibal- Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race while Belgium’s Alice Bertiaux on Sha’hir scored in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race in Toulouse on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The two races were held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Nine started in the Euros 35,000 in the Sheikh Zayed Cup run over 2000 metres and this race kicked-off the Festival’s premier series in Europe.


Festival’s races in Toulouse promise close contests
Las year's Zayed Cup winner

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Prix De Carthage – Hannibal) Group 2 in Toulouse on April 22 marks the debut of the series in Europe in 2017.

With the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship also being staged at the Toulouse racecourse on Saturday, some quality runners including previous winners of the Festival’s races will be seen in action.


Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith, Gary Stevens and Laffit Pincay Jr. accept donation
Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith, Gary Stevens and Laffit Pincay Jr. accept donation

Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith, Gary Stevens and Laffit Pincay Jr. were on hand on Saturday to accept a donation made on behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) for $150,000 courtesy of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Santa Anita Park.

The cheque presentation took place in a Winner’s Circle ceremony prior to the running of the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes.


Espinoza wins on Paddys Day the $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes Grade I
Victor Espinoza and Paddys Day

Just when he thought he ‘had ridden them all’, it was a first time experience for Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, thanks to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Ezpinoza, who became the first Triple Crown-winning jockey in 37 years when he guided Bob Baffert’s American Pharoah to victory in the 2015 Belmont Stakes, contested in his first ever race on a Purebred Arabian horse and emerged victorious.


Al Naboodah’s 1-2-3 brings curtain down on UAE’s
Wathba Stud Farm Cup series
Tadhg O’Shea / AF Maher

Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah’s domination of Purebred Arabian racing in the UAE and in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners races in Abu Dhabi bore fruit.

In Sunday’s final race meeting in Abu Dhabi for the 2016-17 season, Al Naboodah saw three horses bred and owned by him, finished 1-2-3 in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners.


Naeim wraps up Wathba Stud Farm Cup series in Al Ain with fluent win
Naeim wraps up Wathba Stud Farm Cup series in Al Ain with fluent win

Al Ain, UAE - The Helal Al Alawi-trained Naeim won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners race on the final day of racing in Al Ain for the 2016-17 season.

Tadhg O’Shea had made the perfect start to proceedings and was probably never headed aboard Naiem in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, a 1600m handicap which began proceedings on the final race meeting here.


Italian Saggiomo wins Bahrain leg of
HH Sheikha Fatima ladies series
Ilaria Saggiomo on Kuheilan Aafas 1675

Italian lady jockey Ilaria Saggiomo on Kuheilan Aafas 1675 led a 1-2 finish for trainer Abdulla Kuwaiti in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race held at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club, Manama in Bahrain on Friday, March 17.

In a close finish Saggiomo on Kuheilan Aafas 1675 finished ahead of another Kuwaiti-trained runner Al Hamdanieh 1637 ridden by Eva Herresthal of Germany.


Manama plays host to third HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies World Championship race in 2017
Manama plays host to third HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies World Championship race in 2017

Nine compete for a berth in year-ending final

Manama, Bahrain - The Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club, Manama in Bahrain is the place where all the action will be on Friday, March 17 with three races in the name of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race being the featured events.


Oertel, Al Naboodah star in another Wathba Cup win
Antonio Fresu on AF Asheham

Owner Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah is enjoying a fantastic season, particularly with horses he has bred himself and trained by Ernst Oertel. The combination first struck again in the opening 1400m maiden at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday, March 12, with debutant AF Asheham who was never headed under Antonio Fresu.

Then in the 5th race of the night, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners race, they scored again.


Mullen makes the most on Dorhess De Brugere at Wathba Stud Farm Cup in Al Ain
Richard Mullen on Dorhess De Brugere

Richard Mullen, one of the Jockeys’ Ambassador for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, extended his red-hot form to Al Ain.

Mullen who rode three winners at Meydan on Thursday evening, struck again with a double in Al Ain on Friday, March 10, and one of his two wins came in the Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners race.


AF Ssayeb wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup
Fernando Jara and AF Ssayeb

Festival’s €1.2m Zayed Cup Jewel Crown winner RB Burn bags another Group 1 race in Abu Dhabi1

AF Ssayeb under Dubai World Cup winning jockey Fernando Jara gave owner-breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah another win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, March 5, 2017.


Danish schoolgirl wins HH Sheikha Fatima race; Paddys Day off to a winning start in Houston
Lisa Lindbjerg and Ruby AA

It was once again a winning start at the beginning of a new racing season in the US as Paddys Day demolished his rivals in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup-Grade 1 (Amethyst Jewel – the 1st Leg of the Triple Jewel) at Sam Houston Race Park, Houston Texas on Saturday, March 4.

The 2015 and 2016 winner of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Triple Jewel, Paddys Day, under Deshawn Parker, demolished his rivals to win the US$ 45,000 seven furlong Grade 1 contest comfortably.


All eyes on Paddys Day in HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Grade 1 Amethyst Jewel in Houston
Paddys Day ridden by Kelsi Purcell

All eyes will be on Paddys Day when the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival makes its 2017 debut in the US with the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup-Grade 1 (Amethyst Jewel – the 1st Leg of the Triple Jewel) at Sam Houston Race Park, Houston Texas on Saturday, March 4.

The Scot Powell-trained 6-year-old started 2016 with a win in this Grade 1 race last year and is again expected to put behind his poor form when racing in UAE at the end of last year and start on a winning note here.


AF Hakeem wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Al Naboodah in Abu Dhabi
Antonio Fresu and AF Hakeem

Owner-breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah struck again, this time with  AF Hakeem, to win the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course on Sunday, February 26.

Al Naboodah and trainer Ernst Oertel in fact completed a double on Sunday and one of their wins came courtesy of AF Hakeem who was never headed in a 1400m handicap with Antonio Fresu aboard the winner.


HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race on ice track called off
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship

Third White Turf Race Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland

Sunday’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race along with the other races on the card on the frozen St Moritz Lake in Switzerland was called off after a crack on the ice track threatened the safety of the horses and riders.


Boss Des Vialettes strikes again after a gap of over 26 months
Boss Des Vialettes

Boss Des Vialettes broke a barren run for over 26 months before posting a classy win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners in Al Ain on Friday, February 24.

The Helal Al Alawi-trained Boss Des Vialettes last won on his UAE debut in December 2014 in Abu Dhabi and after 9 win-less attempts, struck in the Dh 70,000 opening 1400m handicap on Friday.


Comoros rider dominates HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor 100 km event

Comoros rider dominates HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor 100 km event

Hassan Jumaa Hassan Al Hamadi from Comoros on 13-year-old grey gelding Layl De Tensonnives registered a dominant victory in Saturday’s, February 25, 100-km HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Al Hammadi and Layl De Tensonnives were in their elements right from the start and after the first 40-km loop they were ahead of the 61-strong pack that started in the morning. After that they dominated the 4-loop 100-km event and were ahead in every stage to finally win in three hours 36 minutes and 29 seconds.


HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies race on St Moritz snow track promises thriller
Nil Aziz

Seven professional lady jockeys along with the 2014 Fegentri champion spice up the ‘snow turf’ contest as the Swiss leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship takes centre stage in the third and final Sunday’s, February 26, action of the White Turf 2017 on the frozen St Moritz Lake in Switzerland.

Sunday’s 1600-metre HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship is the second of the two races in action on three Sundays at the picturesque ice top of the frozen St Moritz Lake organised by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.


Argentine Bastons wins HH Sheika Fatma Bint Mansoor Ladies 100-km ride
Argentine Bastons wins HH Sheika Fatma Bint Mansoor Ladies 100-km ride

Argentina’s Catalina Bastons won the HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup CEN 100 Km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Friday, February 24.

Riding 9-year-old chestnut gelding SM Jota Curado, Bastons prevailed in one of the most hotly contested ladies ride in which all the top five were in the running until the final minutes.


Two endurance rides under HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s banner on Feb 24 & Feb 25
Two endurance rides under HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s banner on Feb 24 & Feb 25 Cars will be up for grabs for the top finishers in the HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 100km Endurance Ladies Cup at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on February 24 and the 100km HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Race For Private Stables at the same venue on February 25 under the sponsorship of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

2016 USA Darley Nominees Announced
2016 USA DARLEY NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Paddys Day, winner of the 2015 Horse of the Year US Darley Award has once again been nominated for that category as well as for Best Older Horse in the 2016 US Darley Awards which is sponsored and supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

The Arabian Racing Cup announced the nominees for the coveted USA Darley Awards. These nominees were selected by the Cup Stewards as the best of Arabian Racing in the U.S. for the year 2016. Beginning next week, the Darley Voting Academy will review detailed statistics and performance data from the Arabian Jockey Club about these nominees and cast their votes via confidential ballots. 


Al Mehairi on Shaddad scripts win in HH President’s Cup endurance
Al Mehairi on Shaddad scripts win in HH President’s Cup endurance

Abu Dhabi, UAE - Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi riding 13-year-old bay gelding Shaddad scripted a great win over young Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri on 8 Minute to win the prestigious HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup, held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

The UAE riders dominated and took eight of the top ten places in the 160-km ride which earlier in the morning started with 205 riders drawn from all over the world.


Loraa strikes with President’s Cup win in UAE
Loraa strikes with President’s Cup win in UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE - Loraa, a 7-year-old chestnut mare by one of the UAE’s top locally-bred star Mawood, finally regained her Group 1 winning form of Europe with a fantastic win in the HH The President Cup, the AED 3 million Group 1 contest for Purebred Arabians at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday, February 12.

Loraa, running in the colours of young HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, lived up to the hopes of trainer Jean De Roaulle who expected a good run on Sunday.


Nil Aziz wins Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup
on White Turf
Nil Aziz wins Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup St. Moritz, Switzerland - Swiss trainer Mrs Franziska Aeschbacher was once again the winning handler when Nil Aziz under Vaclav Janacek stormed home to victory in the HH Sheikh  Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) on the snow tracks of the frozen lake of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 12.

Eight start in Sheikh Zayed Cup on snow tracks in Switzerland
Sheikh Zayed Cup

St Moritz, Switzerland - The premier race series of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival – the Sheijkh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup- kick starts on the snow tracks of the frozen lake of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 12.

Eight horses including some regular runners and past winners in the Festival contest the mile’s distance (1600 metres) on the snow tracks which will once again prove the versatility of the Purebred Arabian horse.


More members join IFHRA. Mentorship programme expands
IFHRA general assembly

General Assembly held in Abu Dhabi

Two new countries, Algeria and Spain, joined the ever-growing International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, taking the total number of members to 54.

This was disclosed at the first 2017 General Assembly held in Abu Dhabi, on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.


Over 200 riders for UAE President Endurance Cup on Saturday
press conference for the presidents cup 2017

Mercedes-Benz for winner, nine other 4WD cars also up for grabs

Abu Dhabi, UAE - A huge contingent of around 240 endurance riders will be vying for the prestigious HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup, which will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

That will be followed on Sunday, February 12, 2017 with an equally important set of flat races-HH The President of the UAE Cup for Purebred Arabians and Thoroughbreds at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course.


Sha’hir wins Wathba Cup in Pau, France
Sha’hir wins Wathba Cup in Pau, France

Pau, France - Sha’hir, under Mikael Forest, kick-started the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup series with a win at the Pau racecourse in France on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

The 1950-metre race is the first of the international leg of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, a race series of the Festival that aims at the grass-roots level to help develop Purebred Arabian horse racing around the globe.


ES Fatek in impressive win at Wathba Stud Farm Cup, Abu Dhabi
ES Fatek in impressive win at Wathba Stud Farm Cup Abu Dhabi, UAE - ES Fatek continued his impressive run while registering his second win in three starts and his latest win came in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course on Sunday, February 5.

O’Shea strikes on MH Tawag
Tadhg O’Shea on MH Tawag

Trainer Jeanne saddles winner in Wathba Stud Farm Cup

Abu Dhabi, UAE - The UAE’s champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea scored yet another win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course on Sunday, January 29.

O’Shea’s win came on MH Tawag, trained by Elise Jeanne, who celebrated a Group One victory with Faucon Du Loup in the Al Maktoum Challenge R2 on Thursday.


Al Qahtani rides Escoba to victory in
HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansoor ride
Mubarak Saeed Al Qahtani / Escoba and Zayed Saeed Al Houqani / JLB Noche

Top four riders awarded a car each Junior 120-km event

Abu Dhabi, UAE - Mubarak Saeed Al Qahtani representing Comoros won the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Junior and Young Riders Endurance Cup, a 120-km contest held at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi on Saturday, January 28.

Riding Escoba, a 9-year-old bay mare, the Al Jazira Stables 2 rider Al Qahtani was in dominant form and after taking the lead in the second of the 4-stage race, stayed in front to win from Zayed Saeed Al Houqani from Al Wathba Stables riding 10-year-old grey mare JLB Noche.


Award of the UAE President Cup for Falconry presented to
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival
Award of the UAE President Cup for Falconry presented to HH Sh Mansoor Festival

HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan presents trophy to Ms Lara Sawaya

Abu Dhabi, UAE - HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival was awarded the prestigious UAE President Cup for Falconry during the 4th The President Cup Falcon Competitions which was held between January 15-17, 2017.

HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Club presented the award to Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees.


Yalap Al Naif wins thriller in Wathba Stud Farm Cup
Yalap Al Naif wins thriller in Wathba Stud Farm Cup

Al Ain, UAE - In a thrilling finish, Yalap Al Naif under Apprentice jockey George Buckell won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race at the Al Ain race course on Friday, January 27.

The Wathba Stud Farm Cup was the opening 2000 metre handicap and the Helal Al Alawi-trained Yalap Al Naif under Buckell, won the Dh 70,000 race in the final strides. The winner denied stable companion, Al Gassimi who tried gallantly to lead throughout under Bruno Reis.


AF Ssayed leads 1-2-3 for Al Naboodah in Abu Dhabi Wathba Stud Farm Cup
AF Ssayed leads 1-2-3 for Al Naboodah

Abu Dhabi, UAE AF Ssayed under Dubai World Cup winning jockey Fernando Jara led a 1-2-3 finish for owner-breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

The Wathba Stud Farm Cup was the 5th race in Sunday’s meeting and the Dh 70,000 race was run over 1200 metres (Six furlongs).


Sweden’s Holmberg and Oman’s Al Balushi emerge victorious
Malin Holmberg on Shadan

Muscat, Oman - Sweden’s Malin Holmberg on Shadan and local lad Saif Al Balushi on RW Starry Night emerged winners of their respective races to herald the 9th edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Al Rahba racecourse in Muscat, Oman.

Holmberg, who was registering her 37th victory in 311 starts was on top in the Euros 30,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race run over 1600 metres.


Oman races kick-start HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s 2017
year of activities
Oman races kick-start HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival

HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies & Apprentice events on Friday, Jan 20

The 9th edition of the globe-trotting HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival begins with two races at the Al Rahba racecourse on Friday, January 20 on a day when the Oman Derby will also be run.

The Festival, run under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, will stage  the opening legs of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) series and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice Jockeys World Championship (IFHRA) series.


Al Naboodah registers 1-2 in Wathba Stud Farm Cup
Bruno Reis and AF Mukhifah

AF Mukhifah won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Owner Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah and trainer Ernst Oertel combined with four of the 13 runners in the 1200-metre conditions race and provided both first and second.


Al Qemazi wins Al Reef Cup
Al Qemazi wins Al Reef Cup

In a dominating display, UAE rider Mohammed Ali Ateeq Al Qemazi, astride 14-year-old Woodbourne Star Flash won the FEI CEI** 120 Km Endurance Ride Al Reef Cup for the in-form Al Reef Al-Ain Stables at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.
He also led a sweep by UAE riders who took the top three spots here on Saturday, January 14.

Saeed Sultan Shames Al Maamari, riding 13-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Shaddad was one second behind in second place and behind them came compatriot Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri aboard 11-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Tom Jones as 183 riders started the grueling race.


11-year-old Ameer Al Sraya wins Wathba Cup in Al Ain
11-year-old Ameer Al Sraya wins Wathba Cup in Al Ain

Ameer Al Sraya showed that at 11 he can still be a force to reckon with and the Khalid Abdulrahman Al Muhairi-owned horse did just that on Friday (January 13) in Al Ain when winning the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race.

The Wathba Stud Farm Cup was the opening 1400m handicap and the Helal Al Alawi-trained Ameer Al Sraya, who was always travelling strongly under UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea, won from stablemate Naiem under Patrick Cosgrave while in third place was Al Muwall’Aa under Goran Mesetovic.


More countries named hosts; 108 events spread over
6 Continents

Press conference january 2017

CALENDAR 2017

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival unveiled its calendar of events for the year 2017, which apart from 108 events, also reflects many new countries and venues that will see action both on and off the tracks.

Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director, HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, at a press conference held at the Eastern Mangrove Hotel in Abu Dhabi, said the calendar for 2017 is bigger and all the progress since the 2009 launch of the Festival has only been possible due to the initiatives and action by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.


Ubu Al Mels wins Wathba Cup in Al Ain
Ubu Al Mels wins Wathba Cup in Al Ain

In a grand treble win at the Al Ain race course on January 7, UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea also ensured a win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race.

O’Shea steered the Mohammed Ramadan-trained Ubu Al Mels to a nearly three-length win over AF Thobor under Paolo Sirigu while Richard Mullen on Extra Hope finished third.


Al Mozroui wins Al Hosn Endurance ride
Al Mozroui wins Al Hosn Endurance ride

Top UAE endurance rider Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui added another victory to his belt when he steered Preume De Paute to victory in the   Al Hosn Endurance Cup FEI CEI** 120 Km Ride held on Saturday, 24th December, 2016 at the Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi.

Saif and Ghanim Al Marri on Salam Banquetol crossed the line together with just one second separating the two in the 120-km event run in four stages.


Tha’er wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup
Tha’er wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup

Tha’er won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

The Dh 80,000 race was the only Purebred Arabian handicap on the card and was over 1400 metres. Tha’er, ridden by Sam Hitchcott for owner and trainer, Saeed Hadher Al Mazrouei finished ahead of Tm-Ac-Dc under Adrie de Vries while Mh Tawag under Tadhg O’Shea ran into third place.


AF La’Asae wins 2200m contest in Abu Dhabi and Mullen steers another Wathba Cup winner for owner Al Naboodah
Richard Mullen and AF La’Asae

On a day when horses from the Al Asayl Stables were in dominant form, AF La’Asae gave breeder-owner Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah a smart win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

After winning three races on the trot for Al Asayl Stables, Tadhg O’Shea looked set to make it four in the Dh 70,000 Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only as he was on the Helal Al Alawi-trained AK Adour in a 2200 metres conditions race.


Sniper De Monlau wins Zayed National Day Cup and Babel D’Aillas tops in Wathba Stud farm Cup in Al Ain
Sniper De Monlau and Royston Ffrench

Sniper De Monlau won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup while Babel D’Aillas won the Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners at Saturday’s, December 10, meeting at the Al Ain Racecourse.

Royston Ffrench aboard the Helal Al Alawi-trained Sniper De Monlau was spot on as he won the inaugural running of Al Ain’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup.


Sharaf Al Reef wins National Day Cup (Group 3)and Madjanthis leads 1-2-3 finish for Oertel in Wathba Cup
Sharaf Al Reef and Fernando Jara

Sharaf Al Reef and Madjanthis won the two races held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival as part of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club Racecourse meeting held on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Sharaf Al Reef was the surprise winner of the Festival-supported Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Group 3 race while Madjanthis led a 1-2-3 finish for trainer Ernst Oertel in the Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only.


Al Mazroui wins National Day Endurance Cup
CEN 120km National Day Cup Endurance Ride

UAE riders sweep top three spots

The UAE’s Saif Ahmed Al Mazroui, astride 11-year-old Ramaah, made a great rally in the final two stages to win the CEN 120km National Day Cup Endurance Ride for the MRM Stables at the Emirates International Endurance Village at Al Wathba here on Saturday, December 3.

The winner covered the distance in 4 hours, 18 minutes and 32 seconds at average speed of 27.89 km/hour and crossed the finish-line two minutes and one second in front of compatriot and stable companion Saeed Sultan Shames Al Maamari, aboard Shaddad in the 1-2 finish for the in-form yard. 


Three winners on UAE National Day for HH Sheikh Mansoor and MH Areeb wins Wathba Cup in Al Ain
MH Areeb under Richard Mullen prize giving

MH Areeb under Richard Mullen cruised home to win the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only, on a day when HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs celebrated the UAE National Day winning three races at the Al Ain Racecourse on Friday, December 2, 2016.

It was the Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners which opened the race meeting and the 7-year-old MH Areeb won under Richard Mullen. It was half a length that separated MH Areeb and AF Muwall’Aa under Szczepan Mazur with UAE Apprentice jockey Saeed Al Mazrooei third on Tamooh S. The winning time for the Dh 70,000 dirt contest over 1600 metres was 1:59.99.


Strong field of riders chase six 4WD cars up for grabs on 120-km National Day Endurance ride on Saturday
120-km National Day Endurance press conference

Some of the riders from the world along with a strong field of riders from the UAE will line-up the CEN 120-km National Day Endurance Cup to mark the celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the country’s National Day at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday, December 3.

The event is held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.


Mahabb-sired Shateh breaks Meydan track record in Group 2 Bani Yas
Patrick Dobbs and Shateh

Another success for Wathba Stallions

In a superb display of speed, Shateh, a horse bred by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and running in the colours of his son HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, demolished his rivals including Kahayla Classic winner AF Mathmoon in the Group 2 Bani Yas at the Meydan racecourse on Thursday, December 1.


Italian Simula wins HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup
Italian Simula wins HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup

HH Sheikh Mohammed, HH Sheikh Mansoor attend ride

Italian riders dominated with a first and third place finish in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup, a Two-star FEI 120-km event held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi emirate on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Veronica Simula riding 13-year-old mare Poets Corner Zsa Zsa won the 4-stage 120-km ride in a time of four hours 29 minutes and 10 seconds.



HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup gains FEI status
press conference

Over 100 riders for Saturday's 120-km event in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

Over 100 lady riders will start in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup, a Two-star FEI 120-km event at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi emirate on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Apart from the Ladies ride, which is officially the first such ladies event in the UAE to earn the FEI’s official tag, an 80-km FEI CEI One-star ride will also be held simultaneously on Saturday.


MH Tawag under UAE champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea bags Wathba Cup in Abu Dhabi
MH Tawag under UAE champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea

In a thrilling finish, MH Tawag under UAE champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday night, November 20.

O’Shea was in superb form riding MH Tawag for trainer Elise Jeanne in the 1600 meters conditions race carrying a prize fund of Dh 70,000.


Wathba Cup opens Al Ain race season RB Goliath cruises home
Saeed Al Mazroui and RB Goliath

It was the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners race that kick-started the Al Ain race course’s 2016-17 flat racing season on Friday, November 18, 2016.

The 7-race meeting with six races for Purebred Arabians opened with the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, a 1000m handicap with a prize fund of Dh. 70,000.

The Helal Al Alawi-trained RB Goliath under UAE Apprentice Saeed Al Mazroui scored a two-length victory over Saleem ridden by Dubai World Cup winning jockey Fernando Jara. Tm Ac-Dc was ridden to third place by Adrie De Vries.

 
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