By Duane Fonseca

 

The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF) have released the programme for the 2022/23 endurance season, with the calendar comprising a total of 66 events, starting with a pair of qualifiers at Bouthib Endurance Village (BEV) on 25 October.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan approval of the activities at Emirates International Endurance Village (EIEV) in Al Wathba last week.

The aforementioned BEV and EIEV are part of a trio of venues, also including the Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC) in Seeh Al Salam, that host endurance competitions in the UAE. Bouthib will host 31 events during the season, with 27 scheduled at DIEC and EIEV serving as the venue to eight. 

Activities at DIEC get underway in the second week starting with a qualifier event on 1 November, followed by the 119km Al Wasl Endurance Cup for Private Stables and the 119km Seeh Al Salam Endurance Challenge (Open) on 2 and 3 November respectively.

EIEV hosts its first race in the form of the CEN 120km National Day Cup on 27 November and follows that with the CEN 100km HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Private Owners and Ladies competitions on 3 December.

BEV has a busy December ahead of itself with the CEI*** 160km and CEI** 120km rides on 11 December and the HH President of the UAE Endurance Cup Festival starting 22 December.

The prestigious Dubai Crown Prince Festival will run from December into January, with the 119km Ladies Ride at DIEC’s premises on 29 December, the last major event for 2022.

The Festival resumes with the Private Stables ride on 3 January, the Yamamah Endurance Cup for Mares on 4 January and the feature 119km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup on 7 January.

The Sheikha Fatima bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ladies Endurance Cup on 18 February and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners event that will take place the following day are two major events scheduled for Al Wathba.

February also witnesses the start of the world-renowned HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival that runs from 27 February to 3 March and includes four competitions, including the highly-coveted HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup, contested over 160km at DIEC, which closes doors for the season on 9 March with the Endurance Trainers Cup.

The Sheikh Zayed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Endurance Cup for Private Owners ride on 17 March is one of the major events on the annual calendar and will be followed by the Abu Dhabi Endurance Festival, which hosts the Ladies competition on 18 March and the season-ending Open event a day later on 19 March.