By Duane Fonseca


A talented team of riders will bid to defend the UAE's crown in next month's FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors 2021 in The Netherlands.

Saeed Al Muhairi, riding M7 Endurance Stables' Bingo De La Tour, win the 2019 renewal, a race in which the UAE reigned utterly supreme, claiming the top five spots on the final leaderboard.

This year the prestigious 120km event will once again be contested over four phases. Furthermore, it will run alongside the FEI European Endurance Championships for Seniors at Ermelo from 6-11 September.

The Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC) has announced that the final composition of the team will be announced on 1 September, which coincides with the final entry stage.

Five riders chosen from the nominated list will go forward to compete in the 120km FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors 2021 which will take place on 9 September.

A total of 115 riders and 140 horses from over 40 countries around the world are on the nominated list.

The DEC also announced that the UAE endurance team has partnered with Emirates Airline, a longstanding supporter of equestrian events, as the official sponsor of the team. The new partnership will see the ‘Fly Better Emirates’ logo featuring on the jerseys worn by the UAE riders and their crew members during the championship.

The strong partnership between the DEC and Emirates represents a significant step forward in the long-term and further development of equine sports.

Major General Mohammed Essa Al-Adhab, General Manager of the Dubai Equestrian Club, said: “We are proud of this sponsorship, which will undoubtedly be a qualitative leap that will reap its fruits in the future, especially in the level of endurance sport, where the UAE has reached a remarkable level after achieving many world titles. This partnership represents an important step in the growth of this sport, enhancing its presence and moving towards a new stage of development in the world

of endurance”

Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia, said: “Emirates has been committed to supporting the growth and development of equine sports in our home base of the UAE, and across

the world.

“We are confident that our support for the UAE riders taking part in this prestigious global event will help connect young people to equine sports from the ground up, develop talent locally, as well as inspire and encourage more participation across the sport.”