Over three days in the beautiful setting of Euston Park, deep in the heart of the Suffolk countryside under a ‘Constable’ sky, riders from nine nations have been competing in five rides – a CEI3* 160km, two CEI1* 80km, a CEI2* 120km and a CEIYJ2* 120km.
Whilst today (Sunday) saw high temperatures the previous two days had been slightly cooler. Over the three days horses and riders experienced some great riding through this unique ‘breckland’ terrain which offers some of the best endurance tracks in Europe.
Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward said “We’ve had an excellent three days of competition here at Euston Park, including a very good CEI3* 160km entry. The excellent completion rate of 60% demonstrates the care that the competitors have taken with their horses under testing weather conditions which reached 30 degrees at times. Everyone came home safely which is all you can ask for. As always I am grateful to all of the officials and stewards for the part they play in making this a wonderful event which has created an excellent building block for the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival in August”.
Veterinary Commission President, Antonio Farrim said: “It’s been an excellent, extremely well organised event and I am very happy to be here, it is one of the best places I have been to. It was not an easy event because of the hot weather but there were no issues, all the horses are well and it was a very fair competition.”
The winners of the five classes were:
CEI3* 160km (Fri) – Ghanim Said Salam Al Owaisi (UAE) riding Sacha el Kandhaar in a total ride time of 06:39:52 (average speed 24.01)
CEI1* 80km (Sat) – Marijke Visser (NED) riding Castlebar Gameboy in a total ride time of 04:08:53 (average speed 19.29)
CEI1* 80km (Sun) – Ali Abdulrahman Belghuz riding Babolna in a total ride time of 03:19:46 (average speed 24.03)
CEI2* 120km (Sun) – Abdulla Ali Mohamed Ali Alamri riding Keeshan d’Aillas in a total ride time of 05:02:15 (average speed 23.82)
CEIYJ2* 120km (Sun) – Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei riding Upedro in a total ride time of 06:10:57 (average speed 19.41)
The entire prize fund for the 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:
Fri 13 July CEI3* 160km 27 Shadad ridden by Saeed Mohammed Khalifa al Mehairi (UAE)
Sat 14 July CEI1* 80km 155 Castlebar Gameboy ridden by Marijke Visser (NED)
Sun 15 July CEI1* 80km 189 Babolna ridden by Ali Abdulrahman Belghuz
Sun 15 July CEI2* 120km 62 Keeshan d’Aillas ridden by Abdulla Ali Mohamed Ali Alamri
Sun 15 July CEIYJ2*120km 114 Upedro ridden by Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei
More than 160 volunteers worked over the three days as course marshalls for the rides. This dedicated team offer up their time to support the rides and ensure they run safely and efficiently.
The next rides will take place August 3rd – 4th 2018 and will include CEI3* 160km, CEI2* 120km, CEIYJ2* 120km, and CEI1* 80km International Rides and 40km GER Novice, 40km GER and 80km GER national rides.