Nasser bin Hamad Praises Results of UAE's Competitors and the Bahrainis
in Chantilly Endurance Race
HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affair, President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and Captain of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team, the UAE's participants for sweeping the podium of the Chantilly Endurance Race in France which held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team. The 120km prestigious race featured a broad pool of 100 elite participants from both genders, representing 21 countries from across the world, including Bahrain and UAE.
Triumphing in the event was Saeed Salim of UAE, who completed the race in 5 hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds, nearly one minute ahead of second-placed compatriot Saeed Ahmed Al Harbi (5:16.01), while their country fellow Salim Hamad Al Katbi came third in 5:31.04 hours. Elizabeth Hardy of Belgium finished fourth after crossing the finish line in 5 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds.
On this occasion, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed his utmost happiness at the performances displayed during the race as well as the wide participation from various studs from all over the world, pointing out that Bahrain Royal Endurance Team have achieved many objectives set out for participating in the event ahead of the World Championship which will take place in Italy in September.
He further added that the team has proved they are ready for the upcoming big event, adding that there were some weaknesses that would be addressed, while the strengths of the Bahraini squad will be boosted. "Chantilly Endurance Race is one of the leading endurance races and it always features stiff competition among all the participants. We are happy with the level of the displays showcased by all the participants in this race," HH Shaikh Nasser explained, praising the efforts of the Bahraini participants in the race as well as the team's technical and administrative personnel.
"The challenge in the event was high and it only confirms the outstanding level of development in the performances of the UAE's and Bahrain's participants. Bahrain Royal Endurance Team members gave their all in the race and we are happy with their results given the fact that we are here to prepare for the World Championship," HH Shaikh Nasser further added.
Furthermore, he congratulated Saeed Salim on his victory and his overall performance throughout the race, praising at the same time Bahrain's Dana Albinghadeer's sixth-place finish in the race. He also applauded Elizabeth Hardy of Belgium for finishing fourth.
It's worth noting that Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team came in the 13th position, while his teammates Rashid Jamal and Jaffar Mirza finished in the 15th and 17th positions respectively.
From their side, the UAE's participants hailed HH Shaikh Nasser's efforts towards developing the horse endurance sport and his keenness to Bahrain Royal Endurance Team sponsoring Chantilly Endurance Race.
PRESTIGE CUP ENDURANCE CHANTILLY 2019 - CEI** 120km
Sunday 7th of July, 2019
Chantilly Polo Club, France
The Prestige Cup Endurance Chantilly is becoming a « not to be missed » event with its Eco responsible CEI** 120km.
HIGH LEVEL SPORT
The Prestige Cup Endurance Chantilly was a good opportunity to train riders and horses, less than 5 weeks before the European Championship in Euston Park, Great Britain in August.
The organizing committee renewed its willingness to ensure a financial return to the endurance riders: 300€ entry fees have been refunded to all finishers.
Winner of the ride was SAEED SALEM ATIQ KHAMIS ALMUHAIRI (from UAE), riding RAS GIN (from M7 Endurance Stables)
First European rider on the podium is ELIZABETH HARDY (from Belgium) riding KRACK LC.
First French rider was ADRIEN BENEDETTI riding UZIM D’ALTARE who made it inside the top ten!
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
-71 riders and horses on the start line
-40 riders and horses finishing
-10 riders on the podium
-126km ride divided in 4 loops
-3 Forest: Ermenonville, Halatte and Chantilly
-20 officials of which 10 vets
-17 institutional partners
-16 sponsors and official partners
-8 animations, free for the public
-2 equestrian shows of the French Garde Républicaine
-more than 100 people from the organizing committee working on site and on the tracks
-almost 1 000 nights booked in the local hotels
ECORESPONSIBLE COMMITMENTS RENEWED
The Prestige Cup renewed and improved its 2018 commitments:
√ an eco-ride that preserves tracks, crossed green spaces and reduces environmental impact,
√ a fair ride which ensures a strict application of FEI rules, sport integrity and fair play compliance,
√ a cost efficient ride which is aimed to optimize resources and expenses, boosts endurance market, promotes a positive image of the discipline, and creates development opportunities for the region.
The Prestige Cup Endurance Chantilly has been approved by EQUURES label in 2018 and 2019 which rewards high environmental and animal welfare standards. The Prestige Cup Endurance Chantilly was the first equestrian endurance ride in the world to receive this label.
ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY
The organizing committee’s wish was to open the endurance world to more people and gather general public during this international ride. In order to entertain visitors, entrance was free, and animations happened all along the day: Polo games, carriage rides, ponies rides for kids, live music, etc. The GPS live tracking was displayed on a giant screen in the Village in order to enable the public to follow the ride when horses were in the forest.
EXCLUSIVE SHOWS: the Prestige Cup hosted 2 exclusive representations of the academic dressage performance of the French Garde Républicaine. Performed by 12 chestnut horses and riders, this show is the heritage of our French riding principles. The riders associate equestrian precision and military discipline with outstanding uniforms and horses.
Source: HH Sheikh Nasser Media Office and Prestige Cup Organization