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‘Very Special’ success for Al Khayari as Emiratis take Windsor by storm

18/05/2017
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SAEED HAMOUD SAEED AL KHAYARI described his success as ‘very special’ after leading home an Emirati top four in the prestigious endurance riding part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Great Park in the UK last week. Riding Dahi, Al Khayari did well to complete the CEI 120km 2-star event in a total ride time of 4 hours 47minutes and 48 seconds. All four Emirati riders finished a second adrift of each other with Saeed Mohammed Khalifa Al Mehairi taking second on Za’amahm while Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri and Mansour Saeed Mohammed Al Faresi placed third and fourth riding Tom Jones TE and Oued El Kebir Larzac respectively.

A total of eight Emirati riders competed in the event, but four, Rashed Theyab Ghanim Al Mazrooei, Salem Hamad Saeed Malhoof Al Kitbi, Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi and Ghaith Abdul Wahid Khamis, did not finish. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, both met with Queen Elizabeth II during the event. Al Khayari was thrilled to have won and said: “I had a really good ride today and it was a great result for the UAE. It’s a real honour to ride this lovely course in Windsor Great Park and to win at Royal Windsor is so very special.”

Royal Windsor endurance director Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We had a really good ride here. The rain overnight meant the going was perfect and welcoming. The novice riders enhanced the already very special atmosphere. As ever we are hugely grateful to the Crown Estate for allowing us to ride through Windsor Great Park, to the Kingdom of Bahrain for their support and to the volunteers, officials and everyone who makes this event the success it continuely is.” A total of 46 riders started, however, only 16 completed the 120km event. Bahraini rider Abdulla Mohamed Al Subaie won the CEI 1-star 80km ride on board Henham Romeo with a time of 3:46.24, with two British women riders, Beth Langley and Annie Joppe placing second and third respectively.

Langley rode HS Ametista and was way off the pace set by Subaie, completing the 80km ride in 4:25.22. Joppe, meanwhile, was a further four seconds adrift aboard Fantom. Langley was happy with finishing as runner-up and said: “I’m really pleased with my result, she’s a great horse so I was hoping for a good ride. The course was lovely, but deceptively difficult and technical to ride. There has been an amazing atmosphere here and it was really nice to have the graded riders and see them out on the course.” Sarah Davenport, aboard Blakeswater Wilfred, won the national 40km class in a time of 2:18.56.

Lisa Hayworth and Elaine Fry were second and third. Riding Kilteeven Ginger Mist, Hayworth completed the ride in 2:30.54, while Fry clocked 2:37.19 aboard Najmeh Bint Kray. Of the starting field of 103 in all categories, 54 horses completed the rides with the remainder either retiring or failing to meet the stringent vetting criteria required to qualify for the next phase of competition.

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