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RECENT IFHRA NEWS
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
Beasley steers Hawafez to victory
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Hawafez, produced to lead close home by Connor Beasley and sporting the colours of Salem Ali Murshed Al Marar for trainer Ridha ben Attia. “I won over 1400m here at Abu Dhabi on this horse in December,” Beasley said. “He w...Read more

Beasley steers Hawafez to victory

Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Hawafez, produced to lead close home by Connor Beasley and sporting the colours of Salem Ali Murshed Al Marar for trainer Ridha ben Attia.

“I won over 1400m here at Abu Dhabi on this horse in December,” Beasley said. “He was then third and caught in the final strides, both over 1400m. This drop in trip has suited him.”
 
In winning the 6-furlong race, Hawafez finished ahead of Ashton Tourettes under Fabrice Veron and Noof KB came third under Tadhg O’Shea.
 
 
Earlier, one of the biggest races of the season in the Capital, was highlighted by the 2200m AED 2,500,000 Group 1 HH The President Cup for Purebred Arabians. Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained Dubai-based Al Zahir was able to become the fourth horse to win the race more than once, defending the crown he first wore 12 months ago and defeating France’s Al Shamoos, winning of November’s rich Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (G1) organised by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
 
Retained by owner His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Jim Crowley was in the saddle on the winner once again as he made the winning move with 750m remaining and ultimately outstayed the aforementioned mare.
 
 
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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

Dupleix win kicks off Festival’s international calendar
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Dupleix, owned by the UAE’s Faisal Seddiq Al Mutawa and ridden by Jules Mobian won the year’s first international event of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival which was held in P...Read more

Dupleix win kicks off Festival’s international calendar

Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Dupleix, owned by the UAE’s Faisal Seddiq Al Mutawa and ridden by Jules Mobian won the year’s first international event of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival which was held in Pau, France over the weekend.

The 6-year-old son of Madjani won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Prix Wathba Stallions Cup- Haras de Gelos run over 1950 metres with a total prize fund of Euros 17,000.
 
The Charles Gourdain-trained Dupleix won with over two and a half lengths to spare from Jadeeda under Roberto Montenegro while in third place was Jaahez under Francois Bertras.

FESTIVAL TO STAGE 25 RACES IN FRANCE
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) hailed the success of year 2019’s inaugural international race in Pau and said, “It was a strong field that contested the race which is part of the Festival under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.”
 
 
Ms Sawaya said there will be 25 races in France throughout the year, including 21 races in the Wathba Stallions Cup, one for the Sheikh Zayed Cup, one leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Women's World Championship and one for the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ponies world championship series.
 
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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
ES Almas wins with a late run in Wathba Stallions Cup
Sun, 03 Feb 2019
It looked unlikely at halfway but ES Almas ultimately recorded a fairly comfortable victory, surging home under Richard Mullen, the pair having had only three of their 14 rivals behind them entering the straight. However, they m...Read more

ES Almas wins with a late run in Wathba Stallions Cup

Sun, 03 Feb 2019
It looked unlikely at halfway but ES Almas ultimately recorded a fairly comfortable victory, surging home under Richard Mullen, the pair having had only three of their 14 rivals behind them entering the straight.

However, they made relentless progress over the final 400m, hitting the front inside the concluding 100m to deny Ubu Al Mels, trained on the Al Ain track by Mohamed Ramadan.
 
Saddled by Khalifa Al Neyadi for Al Awda Stables, the 7-year-old mare was recording a second career victory having, on her final outing for Ibrahim Aseel, won a 1200m handicap at Sharjah on seasonal debut in November.
 
 
“She was a long way back early on, but always travelling nicely enough,” Mullen said. “Halfway up the straight I was pretty confident but the runner-up, Ubu Al Mels, proved hard to pass but my mare picked up nicely to be it front where it mattered. In fairness, the trainer was pretty confident and has certainly been proved right.”
 
 
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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

Dassan Da demolishes rivals in Wathba Stallions Cup
Mon, 28 Jan 2019
In the 1600m handicap restricted to horses in private ownership, the 7-year-old grey took up the running 450m out before powering clear under Emirati apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei. MH Tawag under Gerald Avranche finished over six l...Read more

Dassan Da demolishes rivals in Wathba Stallions Cup

Mon, 28 Jan 2019
In the 1600m handicap restricted to horses in private ownership, the 7-year-old grey took up the running 450m out before powering clear under Emirati apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei. MH Tawag under Gerald Avranche finished over six lengths behind while in third place was AF Motaghatres under Tadhg O’Shea.

Trained by Helal Al Alawi for Khalid Mohammed Rahma Al Shamsi, it was a third career victory for the 7-year-old and second in the UAE having won a virtually identical handicap last February, as well as a 2100m victory on an all-weather surface in Europe back in June 2016.
 
“We had a wide draw, but that has suited me as this horse does not like to be crowded,” Al Mazrooei said. “He has travelled so strongly throughout the race I was pretty confident from a long way out and that was a good performance.”
 
 
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 Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) along with Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club 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 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

AF Mozhell scores under Chaves
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, a 1400m handicap, opened the action at the Al Ain race course on Friday, January 18, 2019. ...Read more

AF Mozhell scores under Chaves

Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, a 1400m handicap, opened the action at the Al Ain race course on Friday, January 18, 2019.

AF Mozhell, owned and trained by Khalifa Al Neyadi, scored a narrow victory to give the Khalifa a third winner for this season.
 
Jockey Elione Chaves, doubling his tally for the campaign, settled the 4-year-old AF Mozhell just behind the early leader, AF Makerah, before gaining the initiative approaching the 200m pole, immediately seeing off that rival only for Nawwaf KB to emerge as the big danger.
 
 
The latter, with Ben Curtis riding for Helal Al Alawi, was closing all the way to the line, but the post appeared just in time for Chaves, who said: “Everything went very well for him today, the first time I have ridden him and—in fairness to the trainer and his team—they were confident of a big run.
 
It was pretty close at the end, but happily the line came just in time for us and this horse should improve as he was still quite immature.”
 
Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR Chairman and Al Ain racing chief, 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 Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and others 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 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.