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Focus on weight control, injured jockeys
May 27, 2016
IFHRA unveils Racing Scholarship FundThe International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, at its General Assembly meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, unveiled an innovative IFHRA Raci...Read more

Focus on weight control, injured jockeys

May 27, 2016
IFHRA unveils Racing Scholarship Fund



The International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, at its General Assembly meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, unveiled an innovative IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) and also admitted 14 new members to the Federation.

An amount of US $100,000 has been earmarked for the IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund and is expected to initially benefit between 10-20 apprentice jockeys to spend around two months each with reputed mentors. The concept is based on providing students with valuable continuing educational opportunities in the event they choose a new path within horse racing and related industries.

Ms Lara Sawaya , Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA),  Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities, (IFHAR) said: “This Fund will help provide professional mentorship opportunities abroad for students who are currently enrolled in or who have recently graduated from an IFHRA member Racing Academy or national representative. The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new knowledge and experience in equitation and overall horsemanship, while learning about new culture and customs.”

Explaining details of the RSF, Mr. Remi Bellocq, General Secretary of IFHRA, said: “The Fund is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA members and employers within the horse racing and breeding industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorship which will be a long-term benefit to future careers.”

He further added that at the same time future employers will also benefit from students who have “experienced the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices the industry offers.”

The IFHRA meeting was held on the sidelines of the The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s sixth World Arabian Horse Racing conference held in Warsaw in Poland.

Meanwhile, IFHRA also admitted 14 new members to its body during this meeting including Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Slovakia and Sweden whereas the membership of two more countries, Bahrain and Switzerland, are pending.

The Federation also appointed Mr. Pat Buckley as the Vice- Chairman following the demise of Ms Susanne Santesson earlier this year.

At the outset IFHRA members were urged to provide details on a regular basis for the official website to benefit all equestrian aficionados.

The meeting also decided to form a sub-committee to look into the insurance aspect for participating apprentice jockeys.

IFHRA was founded in 2014 under the instructions of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and had a record number of 18 countries at the time of inception. It has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The next IFHRA meeting will be held during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, ADIHEX which will be held in Abu Dhabi from September 9 to 13, 2015. IFHAR Chairman Ms Lara Sawaya invited all IFHAR member-countries to make use of this opportunity and represent their countries at the IFHAR stall.

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UK jockeys fly to Australia, USA
January 07, 2016
RSF Mentorship ProgrammeHH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported initiative kicks off on January 7The much-awaited Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF, a first of its kind mentorship programme, initiated by the International Federation of Ho...Read more

UK jockeys fly to Australia, USA

January 07, 2016
RSF Mentorship Programme

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported initiative kicks off on January 7

The much-awaited Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF, a first of its kind mentorship programme, initiated by the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, kick-started with British apprentice Tom Marquand heading for his mentorship programme to Victoria, Australia on January 7, 2016 and Ryan Colley from York representing the Northern Racing College in Doncaster, heading to Lexington, Kentucky, US on January 18.

The 18-year-old jockey/rider Tom had a four-week mentorship programme, whereas Ryan attended an eight-week programme in Lexington, Kentucky, after taking a break as assistant trainer at Ruth Carr’s North Yorkshire Horse Racing stable.

The funding for the programme is being done by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.
As many as 12 candidates have been selected under the RSF programme from different countries and Tom was the first candidate to start off this eagerly awaited sponsored event. Tom was assisted in his training by Richard Perham of British Racing School of UK and Matt Hyland and Melisa Weatherley in Victoria, Australia. 

Any candidate between the age group of 18-29 and employed within the racing industry either as an amateur jockey or apprentice jockey or involved in some other racing activity is eligible for this scholarship fund. 
The His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival-supported mentorship programme lasts a maximum of eight weeks and takes place in a country other than where the incumbent resides. 
According to the RSF guidelines, the candidate should have finished at least one year or graduated from a racing academy based in his/her home country or other entity that provides horse racing or related industry workforce training.

Ms Lara Sawaya,  Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR),  thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential affairs, for his innovative initiative in evolving a plan to train and fund young riders.

 “The IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA member racing academies and employers within the horse racing and related industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorships which will be a long-term benefit to future careers. At the same time, future employers will also benefit from students who have experienced from the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices our industry offers,” Ms Sawaya said.
She added: “The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new training and experience within the horse racing industry and related disciplines, while learning about new cultures and customs.”

The board had received 19 applications for the scholarship scheme out of which the RSF Selection Committee zeroed down on 12 applicants representing different countries. Others selected are from Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

Obviously elated about the exciting opportunity ahead of him, Ryan said before his departure: “I’m really excited. It’s my first visit to America and I’m looking forward to seeing how their racing system operates. I’m told it’s very different from ours, so this is a fantastic opportunity to see it at first hand. My ambition is to become a starter in the UK and the experience I gain in America could provide me with a valuable foot in the door.”

Both the youngsters thanked IFHRA and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan  Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival for their extraordinary and unique venture which will help youngsters like them to learn new racing techniques.

Ms Lara Sawaya was immensely happy that the second student had already taken to the wings at such a short period with the first student still on the field. 

“The initiative of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is encouraging many youngsters to learn new skills in riding and providing them new opportunities to learn different riding skills from countries other than their own birth country,” she said while thanking His Highness Sheikh Mansoor for his financial and moral support for such a unique training programme.

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RECENT FESTIVAL NEWS
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 ...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...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...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, hors...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 Champion...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.