The second day of International rides at H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival had the excitement of a CEI3* 160km and the first CEIO2* Team Nations Cup and Individual ride to be held in the UK.
Twelve teams entered the Nations Cup, representing Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and UAE.
The final standings were:
1st UAE – total riding time 15:14:30
2nd Spain – total riding time 17:10:11
3rd France – total riding time 18:19:51
4th Great Britain – total riding time 20:01:23
5th Czech Republic – total riding time 20:13:44
6th Portugal – total riding time 20:18:58
7th Norway- total riding time 21:50:01
8th Sweden – total riding time 23:00:31
The Individual first placed rider was Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan (UAE) riding Almazrouei in a total ride time of 04:41:29, and UAE riders took the next five finish places.
In the CEI3* 160km, the first placed rider was Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE) riding Sequinte in a total ride time of 07:01:53, UAE also scooped second place and Algeria third.
The first placed Best Condition horse in each class were:
CEIO2* 120km – Castlebar Tazzani riden by Shaheen Yayhya Shaheen Khalfan Almazrouei (UAE)
CEI3* 160km – Sequinte riden by Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (UAE)
Full results are available here: http://www.tawqeet.ae/events
On Sunday attention will turn to the 220+ riders in the National rides and Pony Club Championships. Vetting is starting from 08:00 and the first riders setting off at 08:30 in what should be a great culmination to a huge weekend of Endurance.
The H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival organisers are grateful to event sponsors Emirates Airline, Longines, Azizi Developments, Mubadala and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One for their support.