Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, won the ninth renewal of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup CEI *** held at 160km, presented by Longines on Saturday.
It was the second consecutive triumph in the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup for Sheikh Hamdan, who became one of four riders to win the event twice.
He securing the victory over Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri, winner in 2012 and 2013, denying his attempt to become the first rider to win the competition three times.
MRM Stables secured three of the top four placements with finishes of first, third and fourth.
Held at the purpose built Dubai International Endurance City, and organised by the Dubai Equestrian Club, a member of the Meydan Group, the international event attracted one of the largest and most competitive fields in the history of the ride.
A total of 227 riders, representing 41 countries, began the ride at 7am. The 160km competition consisted of five loops in distances of 40, 35, 35, 32 and 18 kilometres.
Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, General Manager of the Dubai Equestrian Club said: “I would like to express my greatest appreciation on behalf of the Dubai Equestrian Club to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his generous support of endurance riding and this event. We also thank Saeed Al Tayer, Chairman of Meydan Group for his commitment to Dubai Equestrian Club.
Sheikh Hamdan receives the winning trophy from Juan Carlos Capelli of Longines for his win in the 9th renewal of the HH Endurance Cup Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum presented by Longines. (Dubai Equestrian Club)
""Each year the DEC works to improve and further grow this event. Our focus is not only on the sport here in the UAE but development around the world. More than 40 countries were represented this year and this is proof of Dubai’s commitment to endurance riding as an international sport.”
Other top competitors finishing in the top 15 were: Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi in third, Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum in sixth, Sheik Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, the winner in 2014 was seventh; and Sheikh Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa of Bahrain was 11th.
Past winners of the ride include Omar Mubarak Al Baluchi (2008 and 2011); Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (2009 and 2010); Abdullah Al Marri (2012 and 2013); Sheikh Rashid Bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum (2014); and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (2015).
As part of the event, the environmental campaign, My Arena My Environment, was launched in a team effort by the Dubai Muncipality and the Meydan Group. The campaign is a concentrated effort to clean and maintain the desert as a pristine environment.