H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival
Vasquez dominates HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards
Oman’s Al Wardi bags HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award for Best Jockey
Sam Vasquez carried away three trophies in the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards while Oman’s Azhar Al Wardi bagged the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award for Best Jockey in Houston on Sunday night.
At a glittering ceremony held at the JW Marriott in Houston, the 25th anniversary of the Darley Awards-the ‘Oscars’ for Purebred Arabian racing in the US - Vasquez was named Best owner while his horse TM Fred Texas won the Best 4-year-old colt/gelding for 2011 and the Horse of the Year award to finish on a grand note.
Over 200 guests from all over the world attended the awards ceremony which was being held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival.
The other big winner of the night was Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Golden Odessy was named Best 3-year-old filly in the 2012 HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards while Dixie Valentine won the Best Mare award in The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards.
Omani jockey Azhar Al Wardi won the Best Jockey award while English trainer Gillian Duffield was named Best Trainer in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards which honours women in Purebred Arabian racing.
Australia’s Maureen Milburn won the prestigious HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Lifetime Award’ for her service to Arabian racing and received a standing ovation.
Omar Al Shamshi, Deputy Chief of Mission at the UAE Embassy in the US welcomed the gather while Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival placed on record the Festival’s activities and thanked all those involved in the Awards ceremony.
“The introduction of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards is a visionary move and reflects the role played by HH Sheikha Fatima in giving equal opportunity to women all over the world. I thank HH Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for promoting the Purebred Arabian breed of horses and its activities,” said H.E Al Shamshi.
Apart from HE Al Shamshi and Ms Sawaya, Abdul Mohsin Al Dossary, Assistant Under Secretary of Sports at the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Abdul Raheem Al Hashemi of the General Women's Union, Talal Al Hashmi of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ali Moosa Al Khamiri of Dubai Equestrian Club, Patrick Buckley of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Stephen Bowey of Invest AD attended the awards and participated in distributing the prestigious awards.
The H.H Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian 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 Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE's General Women's Union, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The winners of the 2012 Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards:
- 3 YEAR OLD COLT OR GELDING: Born To Boogie MC
- 3 YEAR OLD FILLY: Golden Odessy
- 4 YEAR OLD COLT OR GELDING: T M Fred Texas
- 4 YEAR OLD FILLY: Sanddpiper
- OLDER HORSE: Grilla
- OLDER MARE: TM Super Bird
- OWNER: Sam Vasquez
- BREEDER: Todd Moak
- TRAINER: Ron Martino
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