UAE’s Saeed Hamoud Al Khayari aboard 8-year-old Dahi was crowned champion of the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup 2018 sponsored by Emirates Airline. A memorable day for 24-year-old rider, as he registered undoubtedly his biggest career win.
Al Khayari completed the four loops in a time of 04:20:28, over two minutes ahead of his closest rival and compatriot Ahmed Ali Saif Al Nassiri, who finished second aboard Vista Du Barthas.
The purpose-built Dubai International Endurance city played host to the prestigious CEI** 120 km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai along with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council were at the venue to witness the ride.
Speaking after the win Al Khayari said: “This is one of the most important races in the UAE, and I am very pleased to have won such a prestigious race in front of the people of the UAE. There were over 400 participants, from all over the world, and it was a very strong field, with representatives from well-established local and international stables, and some top-ranked international riders, so this win was an important one for me.
“The final stage of the race was very tough and highly-competitive. The riders really picked up speed and were giving it their 100 percent to try and win.”
The 24-year-old added: “I would like to dedicate this win to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as to the people of the UAE.”
The first group of competitors set off on the 120 km, 4 loop course at seven am, the distance for the first loop was 40 kms, at the end of which the winner Al Khayari was in fifteenth position, he picked up the pace in the 35 km second loop, to finish in second position, and then he moved up a spot in the 27km third loop to take the lead, a position he held on to in the final 18 km loop as well.
The young rider who represents the M7 stables kept a consistent pace, with an average speed on the horse was 27.64 kms per hour, across the four loops, giving his trainer Mohammed Ali Subose plenty to celebrate.
The top 13 spots went to UAE riders, which was an impressive showing in a record field of 413 runners from close to 50 countries. Riders from across Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa participated in this 2018 running of the prestigious Dubai Crown prince Endurance Cup which is named for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.
The Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline was the highlight of the week long Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival, which featured a total of four rides. The other three rides were the CEN 100 km Dubai Crown Prince Ride for Ladies, the CEN 100 km Dubai Crown Prince Ride Restricted to Private Stables/Individuals, the CEN 120 km Yamamah Endurance Cup for Mares.
About Endurance Riding
Endurance riding requires the rider and horse to work in perfect harmony as a combination. They must manage pace to complete extreme distances in the shortest riding time while passing stringent veterinary examinations that ensure the horse is fit to continue. The event is divided into multiple stages.
After the completion of each stage, the horses are rested and refreshed and undergo a veterinary exam to determine if they meet the physical standards to continue to the next stage. The horse that finishes first, as well as all finishers, must successfully complete a post-race veterinary exam to determine they did meet the physical parameters set forth by the sport rules. It is only after the final veterinary exam that the official order of finish is determined and announced.
As part of the Meydan Group, the DEC serves to organise and host quality equestrian sports for the people of Dubai and the UAE in the disciplines of Endurance, Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. The DEC also supports international equestrian sports around the world. The DEC organises and promotes the sport of Endurance and all competitions held at Dubai International Endurance City. They also assist in the coordination and support of select international events. Through their subsidiary, the Emirates Equestrian Centre, competitions in the disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing are held, and riding lessons and training in equestrian sports are also offered.