The first of four weekends of endurance at Euston Park, Suffolk, UK was completed today with 75 horses from nine nations tackling a range of FEI ride distances.
On Saturday (23 June) a total of 45 horses started in the CEI1* 80Km and CEI2*120Km. 51 horses started in the CEI3* 160Km, CEIYJ2* 120Km and CEI1* 80Km today (Sunday 24) and the completion rate for the weekend was 57%.
Having had just 7mm of rain in the last seven weeks, the ground on the tracks surrounding Euston was dry and dusty but despite predictions that the course would be tricky the rider feedback was that it rode well. The weather was dry and warm all weekend and the rides were a great test of the skill and care of riders and the fitness of their horses.
Winner of the CEI3* 160Km Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei (UAE) said: “The horse rode so well today and I am really pleased with the result. Euston Park is a great venue to compete at.”
On Saturday British rider Carina Kane took third place in her first FEI ride in the CEI1*80km. Carina said: “I can’t believe that we finished third, I came here with absolutely no expectations and just wanted to get round. We came all the way from Cornwall but it turns out it was definitely worth it.”
Event Director, Nick Brooks-Ward, said: “This was a great start to what promises to be a fabulous summer at Euston Park culminating in the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival on Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August—a celebration of all things Endurance. There’s huge excitement around the venue with this week’s news about us winning the bid to host the European Championships here in 2019. As ever huge thanks go to the Duke of Grafton for allowing us to use Euston Park for another year, to local land owners and all of our stewards and volunteers.”
Foreign Veterinary Delegate and Deputy Chair of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee, Ignasi Casas Vaque (ESP) said: “It’s been a nice relaxed ride with a competitive spirit but no one pushing their horses too hard. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the loops and it was a great sporting weekend. I was impressed with the level of care shown by riders and teams this weekend.”
Endurance GB Chair, Nicki Thorne, said: “British riders were well represented here this weekend, even though with the weather and conditions it felt like we were competing abroad at times! A special mention must go to Carina Kane for her great achievement, and to all the riders and crews who worked so hard and make our sport so special.”
The winners of the four classes were:
CEI1* 80km (SAT) – Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei (UAE) riding Birmann Aya in a total ride time of 03:23:24 (average speed of 23.6)
CEI2* 120km (SAT) – Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding SC Zeus in a total ride time of 04:47:24 (average speed 25.05kph)
CEI1* 80km (SUN) – Khalifa Mubarak Salem Sabt (BRN) riding Volkan de Candesir in a total ride time of 04:04:21 (average speed of 19.64)
CEIJY2* 120km (SUN) – Salim Said Al Owais (UAE) riding Dji’Nha De Fignols in a total ride time of 05:02:54 (average speed 23.77kph)
CEI3* 160km –Saif Ahmed Mohammed Ali Almazrouei (UAE) riding Quetzal Arvorig in a total ride time of 07:25:51 (average speed 21.53kph)
The entire prize fund for this weekend’s 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:
|Sat 23 June||CEI 1* 80km||72||Bon Jan Na’Do||Rashid Mohd Ibrahim Al Baloushi (UAE)|
|Sat 23 June||CEI 2* 120km||124||Afreet||Mariam Adnan Abdulkarim Al Raid (UAE)|
|Sun 24 June||CEI 1* 80km||143||Beduina Mt Noby||Raed Mahmood(BRN)|
|Sun 24 June||CEI 2* 120km YR||173||Dji’nha De Fignols||Salim Said Al Owais (UAE)|
|Sun 24 June||CEI 3* 160km||25||Alandar||Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis Saqer (UAE)|
The next rides will take place on July 13-15 2018 and will include CEI3* 160km, CEI2* 120km, CEIYJ2* 120km, and CEI1* 80km International Rides.
Full results can be found at eustonparkendurance.co.uk
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