Festival News

Charlotte New wins HH Sheikha Lateefa race in New Zealand
Wed, 04 Sep 2019
It was the first Group 1 race-day of the new racing season and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival race for ponies saw more 3000 fans cheering the young stars. Run over 300 metres on the turf course, nine young riders contested this race and the big prize was that the winner would be racing in the championship final in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital in November.   Fourteen-year-old Charlotte New on her pony Armidale H...Read more

Charlotte New wins HH Sheikha Lateefa race in New Zealand

Wed, 04 Sep 2019
It was the first Group 1 race-day of the new racing season and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival race for ponies saw more 3000 fans cheering the young stars.

Run over 300 metres on the turf course, nine young riders contested this race and the big prize was that the winner would be racing in the championship final in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital in November.
 
Fourteen-year-old Charlotte New on her pony Armidale Hitari finished first ahead of Jessica Lawrence on Slippery while Emma De Lautour on MacIntosh was third.
 
Charlotte hails from the famous Waikato District, an area famous for its horses and riders. “I am so excited and thrilled to be heading to Abu Dhabi in November to represent New Zealand in the final of the series. I am looking forward and will do my best to win there,” she said.
 
Legendary New Zealand jockey Noel Harris presented the trophy with Chris Watson, New Zealand’s IFHRA representative in attendance during the prize distribution.
 
 
“We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs for his generous sponsorship of the race and we also thank HH Sheikha Lateefa’s interest and the importance of her role as the young patron and ambassador for international pony racing,” Watson said.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Lightning Bolt wins Zayed Cup in The Netherlands
Sun, 01 Sep 2019
Italian lady jockey Chaira Careddu riding Afja’an made a spectacular debut to her racing career when she was involved in a dead heat with Hungary’s Cintia Mayer on Jaahez in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race on Sunday, August 25 at the Duindigt racecourse in The Hague in The Netherlands. In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s pre...Read more

Lightning Bolt wins Zayed Cup in The Netherlands

Sun, 01 Sep 2019
Italian lady jockey Chaira Careddu riding Afja’an made a spectacular debut to her racing career when she was involved in a dead heat with Hungary’s Cintia Mayer on Jaahez in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race on Sunday, August 25 at the Duindigt racecourse in The Hague in The Netherlands.

In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s premier ladies race series, the 21-year-old Careddu was making her debut as an amateur jockey and what a way to start in one of the most popular racing events for lady jockeys.
 
Both Carredu on Afja’an and the Hungarian Mayer on Jaahez ended the race with a thrilling finish and even the photo could not separate the two and both the lady jockeys have now qualified for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final to be held in Abu Dhabi in November.
 
If it was a double delight for the two young lady jockeys, Tadhg O’Shea also made it a memorable event as he notched up a double win in the Festival’s other two main races.
 
 
In the Festival’s feature race- the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup- O’Shea scored on Lightning Bolt- the 7-year-old son of Munjiz- a stallion that stands at Wathba Stallions owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
It was celebration time again for trainer Karin van den Bos, owner Landgoed Waterland and O’Shea as Lightning Bolt, a smart winner here in 2018, once again proved his class.
 
Earlier O’Shea opened his account on the big racing day for Purebred Arabians here in Duindigt by winning the Wathba Stallions Cup on Mazyoonah- owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and trained by James Owen.
 
The large number of Dutch fans also got their chance to cheer on as Jaicey Bosman from their country scored a smart win on Eldorado in the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Championship race and qualified for the Abu Dhabi finals.
 
The UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Her Excellency Hessa Abdullah Al Otaiba, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Margaret De Ruiter, Head of Dutch Arabian Horse Racing gave away the trophies.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Vasilevs wins Zayed Cup in Kazan
Sun, 01 Sep 2019
The A. Lyakhov-trained Vasilevs finished ahead of Tanely ridden by Ulubaev while in third place was Arabskaya Koroleva under A.V Ivanskoy. The winner completed the 1500-metre race in 1:51.2 and 12 Purebred Arabian horses started in this premier race of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.   In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race...Read more

Vasilevs wins Zayed Cup in Kazan

Sun, 01 Sep 2019
The A. Lyakhov-trained Vasilevs finished ahead of Tanely ridden by Ulubaev while in third place was Arabskaya Koroleva under A.V Ivanskoy.

The winner completed the 1500-metre race in 1:51.2 and 12 Purebred Arabian horses started in this premier race of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
 
In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race, thirteen year old Aleksandr Chernov on Pmadka TN scored a fine win. Chernoc, who now qualifies for the November final of this first-ever Ponies series, finished ahead of 14-year-old Dina Kharisova riding Avrora. Aybulat Shaykhutdinov on Shakhirizada took third place.
 
 
In the Wathba Stallions Cup, Barboskin Cer under Shabalkin won with Slavutich under Kappushev and Vodovorot ridden by Ivanskoy finishing in that order.
 
His Excellency Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, HE Vasil Shaikhraziew, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and other VIP guests attended the races that was held to mark the Tatarstan National Day on August 30.
 
 
Ms Sawaya thanked His Excellency Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, HE Vasil Shaikhraziew, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan for theior keen interest in Arabian horse racing. “Kazan is a great venue for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and the leaders here share the same ideals as our UAE leadership.It was another exciting race meeting on Sunday and we now move to Denmark for another leg of the Festival’s races,” she said.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Hajres wins Sheikh Zayed Cup, Bevan tops in ponies race
Wed, 14 Aug 2019
Hajres, under Jean-Bernard Eyquem, won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 1), the first ever Group 1 race to be held at Royal Windsor racecourse on Sunday, August 11, 2019 under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. Earlier in another race under the Festival – the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Cham...Read more

Hajres wins Sheikh Zayed Cup, Bevan tops in ponies race

Wed, 14 Aug 2019
Hajres, under Jean-Bernard Eyquem, won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 1), the first ever Group 1 race to be held at Royal Windsor racecourse on Sunday, August 11, 2019 under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Earlier in another race under the Festival – the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Championship race- Megan Bevan scored a smart win riding Motor Edd.
 
Hajres, the favourite from the yard of Elizabeth Bernard, managed to finish ahead of the 2017 winner Mehdaaf Athbah under Tadhg O’Shea. The latter came up with a spirited effort in the final effort but still fell short by less than a length as Hajres timed 1.50.18 for the distance of a mile.
 
Jockey Kingscote drove Macallan, the Swedish raider, to third place in the race which was the first ever Arabian Group 1 race to be run at the famous Windsor racecourse.
 
 
Earlier in the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Championship race, the 5th in the series, Megan Bevan did very well to win and qualify for the championship final to be held in Abu Dhabi in November, 2019.
 
Bevan motored ahead on Motor Edd to taste her first victory in six starts. Bevan and Motor Edd finished ahead of Sienna Sheppard riding Our Little Molly and in third place was Daniel Ellis on O'Flynn's Daughter.
 
The UAE Ambassador to the UK HE Mansour Abdullah Khalfan Belhoul, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director along with others gave away the trophies.
 
Ms. Sawaya said that the Windsor races were the third by the Festival to be staged in UK this year.
 
“The Festival’s races in UK began with the Wathba Stallions Cup, run at Chelmsford City in June and won by Mawarid. The second Wathba Stallions Cup was run at Lingfield Park on Saturday and ended in one-two for Delyth Thomas who owns and trains the winner, Callymay and the second, Kork MHF.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort
Abu Dhabi to host World Arabian Horse Racing Forum 2020
Mon, 08 Jul 2019
At the conclusion of the Bucharest Forum on Friday, the organisers of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival announced Abu Dhabi as the host city for the 2020 World Arabian Horse Racing Forum. Dr Abdulla Alraisi and Helal Alalawi received the Festival’s flag from HE Mahra Alshaya, Charge d'Affaires at the UAE Embassy in Romania and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of...Read more

Abu Dhabi to host World Arabian Horse Racing Forum 2020

Mon, 08 Jul 2019
At the conclusion of the Bucharest Forum on Friday, the organisers of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival announced Abu Dhabi as the host city for the 2020 World Arabian Horse Racing Forum.

Dr Abdulla Alraisi and Helal Alalawi received the Festival’s flag from HE Mahra Alshaya, Charge d'Affaires at the UAE Embassy in Romania and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
 
The event was attended by a number of UAE Ambassadors and over 300 members of the equestrian fraternity from around the globe representing 90 countries from the six continents.
 
 
"We can only thank His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs for the support this festival for Arabian horses," she said.
 
She also thanked Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates, President of the General Women's Union, the Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, which supports women activities all over the world.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya said that the Forum in Bucharest was very busy and distinguished and achieved many gains for the Arabian horses, and that this edition of the Festival has gained great importance because it coincides with the ‘Year of Tolerance.’
 
“Abu Dhabi, which hosted the inaugural edition, was chosen as the UAE is hosting Expo 2020,” Ms. Sawaya said.
 
After the inaugural three-day conference in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the Forum has been held in The Hague in The Netherlands in 2011, Berlin in Germany in 2012, Toulouse in France in 2013, London in the United Kingdom in 2014, Warsaw in Poland in 2015, Rome in Italy in 2016, Marrakech in Morocco in 2017, Madrid in Spain in 2018 and the just-concluded one in Bucharest, Romania.
 
 
Earlier on Friday the Forum’s staged its final session followed by a Workshop and then in the evening a gala party was organized to felicitate all those who attended the three-day event.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Festival races in Bucharest on Saturday
Mon, 08 Jul 2019
After three days of fruitful discussions during the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF) in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, the action will now shift to the Hippodrome Ploiesti on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The Hippodrome Ploiesti will stage flat races under the Festival’s banner as part of the ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race...Read more

Festival races in Bucharest on Saturday

Mon, 08 Jul 2019
After three days of fruitful discussions during the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum (WAHRF) in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, the action will now shift to the Hippodrome Ploiesti on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

The Hippodrome Ploiesti will stage flat races under the Festival’s banner as part of the ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race meeting and three different races, all part of world championships.
 
The Festival’s three races which will be held on Saturday are the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race and the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Championship race, making the ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race meeting one of the biggest for Purebred Arabian horses in the region.
 
Lady jockeys from around the world will once again make an attempt to win and clinch a spot in the final of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race to be held in Abu Dhabi in November. The lady jockeys competing here on Saturday are Belgium’s Anne Engels, Croatia’s Sara Gaovarini, Germany’s Silvia Pattinson, Hungary’s Virginia Drexler, Nadia Ibrahim from The Netherlands, Norway’s Silje Strand and Alyson Deniel from the United Kingdom.
 
 
The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race will see five Apprentice jockeys bid for the berth in the November final in Abu Dhabi. Bulgaria’s Valentin Atanaszoy, Pantelis Karamanos of Cyprus, Germany’s Melina Ehm, Poland’s Patrycja Klos and Octavian Sandu will give a lot of cheer to the host country.
 
The ponies and young jockeys in the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race are Mircea under Romania’s Ana Neagu, Bandeet under Romania’s Karina Fratila, Andre under another Romanian Theodora Maldea, Calypso under the UAE’s Sarah Al Jahouri, Morcovel under Romania’s Nicola Ivan and Star Light to be ridden by Iluna Korin of Belgium.
 
Commenting on the race day, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said: “We are looking forward to an exciting day and Romania and other countries in the region are sure to benefit from this World Forum and race event organized in Bucharest.”
 
The highlight of the second day at the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum was the session on Ladies in Racing. All speakers agreed on the great role played by the Festival in the empowerment of women in races, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the mother of the UAE.
 
Khuloud Al Nuaimi, Saleh Al Ghurair, Lara Sawaya, Maryam Ahrai from Morocco, Analisa Landuci from Italy and Nadine Frampton from Australia were part of the session.
 
In appreciation of the role of women in society and sports and the support of the UAE leadership, Khuloud Al Nuaimi said: "Emirati women and horses have a special relationship. In strength and endurance, they are two sides of a single coin, walking side by side, at a point where they draw their strength from each other and gain their ability to realize their ambition."
 
“In May 2015, the United Arab Emirates adopted a resolution establishing the Emirates Gender Council to ensure that UAE women continue to play a leading role in the development of the nation," she said.
 
"The Council was mandated to oversee the implementation of best practices and processes to ensure that federal institutions achieve gender balance goals, which will support the state's vision of becoming one of the top 25 countries in the world for gender equality by 2021."
 
"Since then, the country has made significant progress in its mission of empowering women in the labor force across the various sectors. Women in the country can now be classified as models for the rest of the world and a similar movement in the sports sector."
 
"By pioneering women's empowerment as a vehicle primarily through the Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy for Women's Sports- a non-profit government entity based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, much has been achieved,” she said.
 
"The Academy was founded in October 2010 and is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Academy is dedicated to promoting and facilitating women's sports in the UAE."
 
Thursday also saw two other sessions being held on Day two of the Forum. The session on Jockey Performances & Accidents Insurances was moderated Derek Thompson (UK). The panelists were Ian Patterson (South Africa /Cyprus), Remi Belloq (US),
 
Chris Watson (New Zealand), Dato Malek (Malaysia), Xavier Ziani (FR), Alexis Teitesserie (FR), Nils Rosenkjaer (Sweden) and Sonia Piani (Italy).
 
 
The session on Media, PR & Social Media was conducted by Philip Brennan (UK) with Yaqoob Al Saadi, AD Sports & YAS TV Channels(UAE), Abdelrahman Amin, Dubai Sports & Racing TV Channels (UAE), Ibrahim Omran (Al Ahram Sports, Egypt), Scott Burton, Racing Post (UK), Derek Thompson (UK), Ben Wong- Racing TV (UK), Cidinha Franzão (Brazil), Ash White-Bloodstock (UK) participating.
IFHRA Meet
 
On the sidelines of the event, the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) held a meeting under the chairmanship of Ms. Lara Sawaya and members of the Executive Committee, during which it decided to organize training for riding schools covering the six continents.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Important aspects of Arabian horse racing raised at World Arabian Horse Racing Forum
Mon, 08 Jul 2019
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum opened in Bucharest, the Romanian capital on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. About 300 experts, veterinarians, horsemen, trainers and media professionals from around the world are participating in the Forum.   Attending the Forum were HE Ahmed Abdullah Al-Matroushi, Ambassador of the State to Roman...Read more

Important aspects of Arabian horse racing raised at World Arabian Horse Racing Forum

Mon, 08 Jul 2019
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Forum opened in Bucharest, the Romanian capital on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

About 300 experts, veterinarians, horsemen, trainers and media professionals from around the world are participating in the Forum.
 
Attending the Forum were HE Ahmed Abdullah Al-Matroushi, Ambassador of the State to Romania; HE Mohammed Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman; Abdullah Alraisi Director General of the National Archives, Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR President, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Outdoor Promotion at the Department of Tourism and Culture Abu Dhabi; Khulood Al Nuaimi, Representative of the National Company for Feed and Flour Production and Marketing among others.
 
The Forum is being organised as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
 
The first session of the Bucharest Forum was on Breeding Session and was moderated by Derek Thompson. The panelists were Khalid Al Nabooda (UAE), Hassan Moussali (FR), Susan Meyer (USA); Analisa Landucci (Italy), Dr Mohammed Al Nujaifi (Iraq), Emanuel Cessac (FR), Thomasz Chamouliak (Poland), Mark Weeks (UK).
 
The speakers presented examples of their experiences in breeding of Arabian horses, where they all agreed that the process required expertise in addition to trying out successful experiments.
 
The panelists recommended the importance of ensuring all means of breeding to be of high quality, which contributes to the production of horses capable of achieving good results and this compensates the owner of his great efforts.
 
The second session on the opening day was on Rules & Regulations & Veterinary Services and was
 
 
Moderated by Philip Brenan (UK) the panelists were Hecham El Debagh (Morocco), Thierry Délégué (FR), Nelly Philippot (Belgium), Dr Ezadine Sedrati (Morocco), Dr. Geronimo Branescu (Romania), President of Sanitary Vet Authority, Bodil Blonqvift (Sweden), Mohammed Al Hashemi (Oman).
 
The debate was broad and varied, and speakers called for the development of laws and regulations to contribute to the development of Arabian horse racing around the world. They hailed the UAE races which they considered the best in the world.
 
The efforts of the UAE, initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, were commended for their support and efforts to develop and promote Arabian horses throughout the world.
 
Speakers also stressed support for the proposal to set up a race for young people under the age of 18 to create a large base by targeting this age group.
 
 
The session on Racing & Training Session was moderated by Ajay Anne (India) with the panelists being Antoine De Watrigant (FR), Richard Mullen (UK), Viorel Dabija (Romania), Dennis Madson (Sweden), Jean De Rouaille (FR), Ernest Ortel (FR), Mussabeh Almuhairi (UAE), Genny Haynes (UK).
 
Ace jockey Richard Mullen spoke about the role of the jockey and said the relationship between jockey trainer and owner must be strong and they should work as a team.
 
Mullen said he came to the UAE 20 years ago with the help of trainer Jackie Wickham, who taught him many horse secrets. ‘I was fortunate to ride horses owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. My family and me are proud to be Ambassador to the Festival,” he said.
 
"We have a long history with Arabian horses 150 years ago, but in the communist era these races had stopped since 1960. Now thanks to the Festival we have been able to revive them again in 2018," said Vorel Dabija, head of the Romanian Racing Federation.
 
"We are keen to maintain local breeding. We are making great efforts to develop our horse racing through the national stables. We currently have 350 horses and we import some horses from France," he said.
 
 
The three-day Forum ends on Friday and will be followed by flat races under the Festival’s banner as part of the ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race meeting on July 6, 2019.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
UK’s Deniel wins HH Sheikha Fatima race in Bucharest
Mon, 08 Jul 2019
Alyson Deniel from the United Kingdom rode Nordika to a classy win in the Romanian leg of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Hippodrome Ploiesti near Bucharest. The 48-year-old Deniel who won on Conderosa Millenium Silver in the second race of the 2014 HH Sheikha Fa...Read more

UK’s Deniel wins HH Sheikha Fatima race in Bucharest

Mon, 08 Jul 2019
Alyson Deniel from the United Kingdom rode Nordika to a classy win in the Romanian leg of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Hippodrome Ploiesti near Bucharest.

The 48-year-old Deniel who won on Conderosa Millenium Silver in the second race of the 2014 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World Ladies Championship series at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, once again won on Saturday here.
 
Nordika under Deniel completed the 1800-metre race ahead of Norway’s Silje Srand on Hesna Sultan.
 
“I am looking forward to the final in November and hope to do well for my country,” said the UK lady jockey recording her 28Th career win.
 
In the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race five Apprentice jockeys vied for a berth in the November final in Abu Dhabi.
 
 
Bulgaria’s Valentin Atanaszov on Ferment, a horse trained by Ivanov and owned by Mehmet Unal, finished ahead of Poland’s Patrycja Klos on Walala and in third place was Tornado under Germany’s Melina Ehm.
 
With Arabian racing make a revival here in Romania, the local fans had much to cheer for in the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race.
 
The ponies and young jockeys put up a spirited show in the shorter format and it was a clean sweep by Romania.
 
Morcovel under Romania’s Nicola Ivan finished first with Mircea under Ana Neagu and Andre under another Romanian Theodora Maldea in second and third place respectively.
 
Nicole will be representing her country in the Abu Dhabi final of the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship in November.
 
 
HE Mahra Alshaya, Charge d'Affaires at the UAE Embassy in Romania, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), Dr Abdulla Alraisi, Director General of UAE National Archives, Mr. Faisal Al Rahmani, Chairman of IFAHR, Mr. Mubarak Al Nuaimi, DCT Abu Dhabi, Khulood Al Nuaimi of National Feed and Flour Production & Marketing Co LLC, Mr. Mohammed Abdulla Al Masaood Automobiles, Mr. Khaled Al Nabooda, Chairman of Alaweer Farm among others attended the prize distribution ceremony of the Festival’s races which were part of the ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race meeting.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Bucharest to host 10th edition from July 2-7, 2019
Sun, 30 Jun 2019
One of the most important events in a packed calendar of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is the annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum and this year’s edition opens in Bucharest, the Romanian capital on July 2, 2019. Many aspects of Purebred Arabian racing will come under the scanner as once again experts connected with horse racing assemble in this 10th edition...Read more

Bucharest to host 10th edition from July 2-7, 2019

Sun, 30 Jun 2019
One of the most important events in a packed calendar of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is the annual World Arabian Horse Racing Forum and this year’s edition opens in Bucharest, the Romanian capital on July 2, 2019.

Many aspects of Purebred Arabian racing will come under the scanner as once again experts connected with horse racing assemble in this 10th edition of a truly international meet.
 
After the inaugural three-day conference in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the Forum has been held in The Hague in The Netherlands in 2011, Berlin in Germany in 2012, Toulouse in France in 2013, London in the United Kingdom in 2014, Warsaw in Poland in 2015, Rome in Italy in 2016, Marrakech in Morocco in 2017, Madrid in Spain in 2018 and now comes to Bucharest, Romania.
 
Organised as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum - Romania 2019 will be held at the Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest from July 2 to July 7, 2019.
 
“Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, this year’s forum will continue where it left and will seek to overcome more hurdles in the path of the progress of Arabian horse racing,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
 
 
“HE Dr Ahmed Al Matrouchi, UAE Ambassador to Romania, will inaugurate the Forum and among those attending are Viorel Dabija, Chairman of ARAC Romania, Dr Abdulla Al Raisi,
 
Director General of UAE National Archives, Mr. Faisal Al Rahmani, Chairman of IFAHR, Mr. Mubarak Al Nuaimi, DCT Abu Dhabi, Mr. Edward Hamod, General Manager of National Feed and Flour Production & Marketing Co LLC, Mr. Mohammed Abdulla Al Masaood Automobiles, Mr. Ali Al Mulla, Chairman of Areej Al Ameerat, Mr. Yacoob Al Saadi, President of AD Sports Channels and YAS TV, Mr. Abdelaziz Alhassan, General Sports Authority and Mr. Khaled Al Nabooda, Chairman of Alaweer Farm,” she said.
 
The Forum will see seven sessions being worked off over three days (July 3-5) and will culminate in a final Workshop. Apart from the Forum, the Hippodrome Ploiesti will stage flat races under the Festival’s banner as part of the ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race meeting on July 6, 2019.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

The World Arabian Horse Racing Forum - Romania 2019

At ATHÉNÉE PALACE HILTON BUCHAREST, July 2-7, 2019

Programme

July 2: Arrival of Guests from the 6 Continents 

July 3: Day One

10.00 am: World Arabian Horse Racing Forum inauguration

Messages by

HE Dr Ahmed Al Matrouchi, UAE Ambassador to Romania

Mr. Viorel Dabija, Chairman of ARAC Romania

Mr Faisal Al Rahmani, Chairman of IFAHR

Mr. Mubarak Alnuaimi, DCT Abu Dhabi 

Mr Edward Hamod, General Manager of National

Feed and Flour Production & Marketing Co LLC

Mr Mohammed Abdulla Al Masaood Automobiles

Mr Ali Al Mulla, Chairman of Areej Al Ameerat

Mr Yacoob Al Saadi, President of AD Sports Channels and YAS TV

Mr Abdelaziz Alhssan, General Sports Authority

Mr Khaled Al Nabooda, Chairman of Alaweer Farm

10.30 am to 10.45 am;

The Year of Tolerance presented by Dr Abdulla AlRaisi 

Director General of UAE National Archives

 
 

11 am to 12.30 pm: Breeding Session

Moderator: Dereck Thompson; Panelists: Khalid Al Nabooda (UAE), Hassan Moussali (FR), Susan Meyer (USA); Analisa Landucci (Italy), Dr Mohammed Al Nujaifi (Iraq), Emanuel Cessac (FR), Thomasz Chamouliak (Poland), Mark Weeks (UK).

 

2pm-3.30 pm: Session on Rules & Regulations & Veterinerary Services 

Moderator:Philip Brenan (UK); Panelists: Hecham El Debagh (Morocco), Thierry Délégué (FR), Nelly Philippot (Belguim), Dr Ezadine Sedrati (Morocco), Dr. Geronimo Branescu (Romania), President of Sanitary Vet Authority, Bodil Blonqvift (Sweden),Mohammed Al Hashemi (Oman)
 
 

3.45pm - 5.15 pm: Racing &Training Session

Moderator: Ajay Anne (India); Panelists: Antoine De Watrigant (FR), Richard Mullen (UK), Viorel Dabija (Romania), Dennis Madson (Sweden), Jean De Rouaille (FR), Ernest Ortel (FR), Mussabeh Almuhairi (UAE), Genny Hanes (UK).

 

WAHRF Welcoming party @ Radisson Blu, Bucharest 

 

July 4:

10.30am - 12 pm: Session on Jockey Performances & Accidents Insurances

Moderator: Dereck Thompson (UK); Panelists:  Ian Patterson (South Africa /Cyprus), Remi Belloq (US),

Chris Watson (New Zealand), Dato Malek (Malaysia), Xavier Ziani (FR), Alexis Teitesserie (FR), Nils Rosenkjaer(Sweden), Sonia Piani (Italy)

 

1.30pm-3 pm: Session on Media, PR & Social Media

Moderator: Philip Brennan (UK); Panelists: Yaqoob Al Saadi  AD Sports & YAS TV Channels(UAE), Abdelrahman Amin, Dubai Sports & Racing TV Channels (UAE), Ibrahim Omran (Al Ahram Sports, Egypt), Scott Burton, Racing Post (UK), Derek Thompson (UK), Ben Wong- Racing TV  (UK), Cidinha Franzão (Brazil), Ash White-Bloodstock (UK)

 

3.30pm-5pm: Session on Women in Racing 

Moderator: Nadine Frampton (Australia), Panelists: Anne Engels (Belgium), Victoria Larsen (Denmark), Nadia Brahim (Thé Netherlands), Elise Jean (FR), Salha Al Ghurair (UAE), Khulud Al Nuaimi (UAE), Meryam Herai( Morocco), Lara Sawaya (UAE)

 

 

July 5

10 am-11.30am: Session on Future & Innovation in Arabian Racing

Moderator: Philip Brennan; Panelists: Dr Abdulla Alraisi(UAE), Edward Hamod (USA), Peter Pond (Australia), Mubarak Al Nuaimi (UAE), Richard Lancaster (UK), Jon Henningsgard (USA), Ahmad Al Qubaisi (FR), Ali Almulla (UAE), Faisal Rahmani (UAE), Lara Sawaya(UAE)

 

12.pm-1.30pm: Workshop conducted by Lara Sawaya and Derek Thompson

 

7.30 pm: WAHRF Award Gala Dinner @ Le Chateau  Strada Turturelelor nr.11, Sector 3, Bucuresti

 

July 6: Flat Racing – ‘UAE Tolerance Day’ race meeting, HIPODROM PLOIESTI
Qualifies for final of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Brazil’s Jose Severo on Egyto LA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race in Sao Paulo on Saturday to book a place in the series final in Abu Dhabi in November. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and Severo steered Egyto LA to a smart win in th...Read more

Qualifies for final of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Brazil’s Jose Severo on Egyto LA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race in Sao Paulo on Saturday to book a place in the series final in Abu Dhabi in November.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and Severo steered Egyto LA to a smart win in the third race in 2019’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series.
 
Lorenzo of Puerto Rico on Gunther Rach finished second while Peru’s Apprentice jockey
 
Stephanie Hernandez on Catarina LA took third place.
 
 
In the Wathba Stallions Cup, another event supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Gaea Rach, under jockey J Sousa, scored an impressive three-length win, whereas Velozter under E. Pereira finished second. It was a happy day for owner Andre Lahoz Mendonca as the first two horses belong to him. Oneida Rach under V.Sousa ran in to third place.
 
The Brazilian jockey Severo, who brought cheers to the home crowd, said: “Since the start I had been following closely the other horses and in the final 100 meters Egyto LA ran better than the others and I managed to win.”
 
Stephanie Hernandez of Peru said: “Just being able to participate in the race was important because I have two more races to complete 51 and become a professional Lady jockey.”
 
 
This was the first international race in which Apprentice jockeys from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Puerto Rico attended and all participants thanked the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for the opportunity.
 
HE Ibrahim Salem Alalawi, Consul General of the UAE in São Paulo; Benjamin Steinbruch, President of the Jockey Club of São Paulo; Luciano Cury, President of the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA) and Almir José Ribeiro, Racing Director of ABCCA, attended the prize distribution ceremony.
 
HE Alalawi said: “I would like to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for their unlimited support for sport in general and equestrian events in particular all over the globe.”
 
 
“The event was very well received by the public of São Paulo. The support offered by the Festival will have a significant impact on the status of Arabian horses around the world. Finally, I would like to thank Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), for her support for this sport, the UAE envoy said.
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.