UAE wins across the board in Suffolk FEI rides

The second of the Euston Park Endurance Rides, sponsored by Emirates Airline, took place this weekend in record temperatures. Organisers worked hard all day to keep riders, volunteers, stewards and staff cool and over 15 tonnes of ice was used to safeguard the welfare of the horses.

85 riders from eight nations competed in CEI 3* 160Km, CEI 2* 120Km, CEIYJ 2* 120Km and CEI 1* 80Km (an additional CEI 1* was also held on Saturday 17 June).  Despite the testing conditions over 60% of horses completed the rides over the weekend.

Foreign Veterinary Delegate, Ignasi Casas Vaque said: “I’m Spanish, and today really was hot, but I am very pleased with how it all went. The veterinary panel and treating vets were good and we had very few metabolic eliminations. Those that we did have weren’t serious and recovered fast. It proved that in tough conditions like today if the work is done in a proper way and people take care like they did here we can see good results.  I expected a much higher elimination rate – 60% is a great stat even in normal conditions.”

Treating Veterinarian President, Tom Eaton-Evans said: “The riders were very sensible given the conditions they faced, on what was an extremely hot day. Minimal treatments were required and it’s a credit to everyone for addressing the issues sensibly. We saw less than a handful of horses in the veterinary clinic, none required referrals and all have been declared fit to travel.”

Euston Park Endurance trialled a staggered start in the CEI 1* 80km classes, they were well received, although the majority of riders still opted for the mass start.

EGB Board Member, Nicki Thorne (GBR) said:  “The staggered start is a huge opportunity for riders who have not previously had experience at FEI level to start in a very safe way (away from the melting pot), gain confidence and enjoy FEI riding whilst removing a lot of the stress and worry that might prevent them trying FEI.”

The UAE had an incredibly successful day, winning all the classes and the Best Condition awards. Needless to say horses that have been trained in hotter conditions will have dealt best with the temperatures. The highest placed Brit was Nikki Malcolm on Oso Edith in the CEI 1*, she came fourth in a time of 04:19:58.

The winners of the four classes were:

CEI1* 80km (SAT) – Khaled Abdulla Ahmed Al Harmoudi (UAE) riding Magic Glenn Chisel in a total ride time of 03:26:24 (average speed of 23.26kph)

CEI1* 80km (SUN) – Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose (UAE) riding Razorback Mechano in a total ride time of 03:48:08 (average speed of 21.04kph)

CEI2* 120km – Mohd Matar Rashed Al Mazrooei (UAE) riding Diament Du Lauragais in a total ride time of 04:56:48 (average speed 24.26kph)

CEIJYR2* 120km – Saeed Salem Atiq Khamis Almuhairi (UAE) riding Rabdan in a total ride time of 06:00:46 (average speed 19.96kph)

CEI3* 160km –Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer (UAE) riding 21 Nik in a total ride time of 08:07:59 (average speed 19.67kph)

The entire prize fund for the Sunday rides was awarded based on FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822], as judged by members of the veterinary commission.

The top Prize Winners of the Best Condition Award in each class were:

CEI1* 80km – RAZORBACK MECHANO ridden by Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose(UAE)

CEI2* 120km – DIAMENT DU LAURAGAIS ridden by Mohd Matar Rashed Al Mazrooei (UAE)

CEIJYR2* 120km  – ZO GO DAYR ridden by Saeed Ahmad Rashed Abdulla Al Shamsi ( (UAE)

CEI3* 160km – 21 NIK ridden by Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer (UAE)

Nick Brooks-Ward, Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance, said: “I am thrilled that our riders and their teams dealt so brilliantly with the conditions today and I can’t thank the volunteers and wider team enough for how hard they worked.  We are committed to growing the profile of endurance in a positive way and to see that the live streaming on Facebook today attracted almost 9000 views around the world it’s clear that there’s huge interest out there.”

The next rides will take place on July 21st and 22nd.