mardi 25 septembre 2007

Karin Boulanger Wins 2007 Monpazier!!

Image by Celine Clerc
Karin Boulanger and Armia are Firstto Finish the 7th Anual Monpazier 160km Endurance Race. The race, held Friday, 21 September, was held under beautiful skies and with great warmth of spirit!

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samedi 22 septembre 2007

UK: Fire crews save drowning horse

By Mark Smith
The owners of a horse which slipped into a canal have said they were terrified their beloved animal was going to drown.
Pepsi the horse lost her footing while going for a morning ride on a canal towpath in Leigh and plunged into the murky water.
Luckily owner John Gaskell was not riding her at the time, he had just dismounted so he could get past a tricky patch of overgrown trees, on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Plank Lane.
But poor Pepsi, a 15-year-old middleweight hunter, lost her balance and splashed into the brown canal.
The fire brigade were called and crews from Leigh spent a gruelling hour trying to get her out.

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mercredi 19 septembre 2007

Denmark prepares for Scandinavian Championship

The Scandinavian Championship will be held in Denmark this weekend.

Time schedule and starters list can be found at Denmark Riding Club website.

Lone Aalekjar, Chef d'Equipe for Denmark submitted these pictures of the Denmark on a training ride along the beach!

Lone will try to keep us posted on results during the weekend.

dimanche 16 septembre 2007

FRA: Néris. les Bains (FRA)


Camille Bethouart riding ISTINA DE JOUVENCE finished first at the 110km CEI** Néris. les Bains race this week-end. Following closely was Ludovic SAROUL on AMUNICJA and Nicolas TOURNAIRE on MAGUY DE LA PERRIERE.

The Best Condition award was achieved by AYTHYA DE GHAZAL ridden by Olivier BAEYENS with ISTINA DE JOUVENCE judged 2nd and KALIMBA DE MESSEY ridden by Horace PERRAUD BONIN 3rd.

60 teams started the event and there were 22 completions at the event.

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vendredi 14 septembre 2007

Metabolic Eliminations in Race Results - Why it Matters

I have noticed that there are a few discrepancies in the official FEI results of the recently completed FEI European Endurance Championships. In particular, this images shows a group of riders (the leaders) leaving gate 5 of the race - heading out onto the 6th and last phase of the event. The rider #05 is clearly out of Gate 5 riding toward the finish. The subsequent listing of #05 as pulled for Lameness at gate 5 is clearly erroneous in light of the image referenced above. The evaluation of lameness or metabolic elimination clearly did not occur during the gate 5 hold. This is a small error.

But, the listing of elimination for Lameness or Metabolic in the results of events over the coming 12 months is a very big deal. We now have a stipulation of qualification for the WEC which relates to penalizing riders (and horses) that receive metabolic eliminations from events. I am wondering how the FEI intends to monitor and certify the results of the events which occur in this time frame, as a metabolic elimination now can result in inability to attend the WEC.

The question becomes amplified if, as seems the case, the FEI allows errors to exist in the official results of championship events.


John Teeter

mercredi 12 septembre 2007

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Qatar Foundation supports Al Shaqab team at Portugal Open

Gulf-Times article

Published: Wednesday, 12 September, 2007, 01:55 AM Doha Time

Staff Reporter
QATAR Foundation (QF) extended its support to the Al Shaqab Endurance Team at Portugal Open 2007, according to an official of the foundation.
Qatar Foundation was the sponsor of this year's FEI European Endurance Championship ‘Open’ that started on September 8 in Portugal.
The prestigious event covers 160km, with over 80 riders from 20 countries. Qatar was represented by Qatar Foundation member Al Shaqab.
Al Shaqab entered seven horses and six top endurance riders – Fahad Munif al-Hajeri, Essa Ahmed al-Mannai, Abdul Rahman al-Sulaitin, Abdulla Towaim al-Marri, Hamad Ali Rashid al-Ardi and Atta Mohammed Peer. They competed fiercely and were leading for some time until the leading horse had to be withdrawn.
The gold medal was won by the French team, silver was awarded to Bahrain and bronze to Spain.
Sheikh Hamad bin Ali al-Thani, breeding adviser and board member of Al Shaqab, crowned the winning teams. He expressed his compliments to the organising committee for making this championship a success.
Qatari team leader Ibrahim Saaed al-Malki expressed hopes for the championship stating: “Qatar Foundation represented by Al Shaqab stud was keen to participate as an official sponsor and with a team of riders in this championship to show its support for this sport which is deeply rooted in the Arab

UK News: France takes dual European endurance gold

Carol Phillips, H&H website producer

12 September, 2007
France took both the European team and individual championship over the coastal plains of Portugal, while United Arab Emirates (UAE) rider Mubarak Khalifa Al Shafya became the new Open European Champion.

Mubarak Khalifa Al Shafya crossed the line with the 11-year-old gelding Zakah Zahara one minute ahead of Jean Phillipe Frances, who won the European title with Hanaba Du Bois.

Spain's Jaume Punti Dachs and Maria Alverez Ponton set a new record by becoming the first husband and wife team to stand on the medal podium in second and third place respectively.

The French team of Sophie Arnaud, Virginie Atger, Phillippe Benoit and Pascale Dietsch regained the European title they last held in 2003. Together with the World Championship, the title gives France a stranglehold over the sport's international silverware.

France's chef d'equipe Jean-Louis Leclerc, paid tribute to the achievement of the squad saying they had achieved "great things" at what he described as a difficult championship.

"Throughout the day it was very hot. The track itself was difficult. The temperature rose to over 30 degrees during the day and it was very humid. The terrain changed throughout and was not to be underestimated. The riders had to adapt their tactics to the changing circumstances throughout the competition."

The increasing success of the Middle Eastern countries was signalled with a silver medal in the open team competition for Bahrain. Spain took bronze in the open team event and silver in the European contest, where Switzerland joined them in third place on podium.

The British team finished in fifth place in the European Championship and sixth overall with three team riders completing the course. The highest-placed Briton was individual competitor Susan Hawes with Jade Rani in 18th. Team rider Fiona Hamilton (Sharifah) finished 20th, Chris Yeoman (Farouk De Lozelle) was 23rd, and Nicky Sherry (Shimmering Blue Jasmine) finished in 34th place. Jayme Bone fell by the wayside at vet gate three, while Sally Hall's ride ended at vet gate four.

samedi 8 septembre 2007

Images of the Finish

Nearing the Finish - It's a Race!!!

Top 5 riders arrived (UAE) - tons of energy. Sh Rashid (#2) 's horse Kevin de Narthou was pulled - telltale head bob - slight but there. Nice show of sportsmanship tho - a smile, 'yes, no problem, thank you' , and a handshake with the vets. Sh Ahmed is still on the trail, the 3rd team member now.

There's quite a bit of excitement for UAE - I'm feeling it too. It's not over yet, but they're doing everything right, and well, and with a high degree of professionalism and sportsmanship.

The top 14 riders are all within 15 minutes of the leaders!!

Merri's taking a few more photos, we'll catch the front runners as they leave and then head back to the main camp for the finish.

A little cooler, slight breeze, less humid -
I just talked to Darolyn - she's still hanging in there. Cheryl's doing great, as is Jan. :)

I have a printout of team standings as of VG 4,

1. UAE 17:0313
2. France 17:39
3. Bahrain 17:50
4. Belgium 17:58
5. Germany 18:06
6. Spain 18:08
7. Portugal 18:30
8. Suisse 19:15
9. GBR 19:17
10. Italie 19:21
11. USA 19:39
12. NED 20:51


vendredi 7 septembre 2007

European Championship: Bahrain Ready

Royal Endurance Team set for Lisbon event

BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team continued their training in Portugal for the FEI European Endurance Championship Open scheduled for tomorrow at 8.30am (Bahrain time), in Companhia das Lezirias, Lisbon.

The team, led by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had a practice session yesterday at the endurance village in Lisbon ahead of the upcoming six-stage event which will be over 160 kms.

The first stage will be over 35 kms, 23 kms for the second and fourth stages, while 27 kms is for the third, fifth and sixth.

Other riders representing the Bahraini team are Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, Yousif Taher, Mohammed Abdulaziz, Ghazi Al Dossary and Raed Mahmood.

Bahrain will be among top teams in the fray, including three GCC squads - the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The UAE team will be captained by Shaikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoom, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoom, Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoom, Sultan bin Saleem and Mubnarak bin Shafa.

Qatar will be represented by six riders - Fahad Al Hajry, Isa Al Mannai, Abdulla Al Sulaiti, Abdulla Al Harbi, Hamad Al Ardi and Atta Mohammed.

Prince Fahad bin Abdulla Al Saudi will lead a four-member Saudi Arabia's team of Bader Al Fard, Humood Al Shimmiri and Abdulla Bahim.

A meeting for the participating riders will be held today, to be followed by a three-hour veterinary inspections.

The Portuguese Equestrian Federation, represented by its vice-president, Paulo Branco, signed a deal last January with Qatar Foundation to sponsor the championship. The event was officially presented in Qatar in a press conference. Following the many applications, Portugal was the country chosen by the International Equestrian Federation to organise the championship. Coverage

dimanche 2 septembre 2007

FRA: Bourg d'Oisans CEI** Results

Florence Fabre riding Jonas de Carbesse are first to finish the 2007 Bourg d'Oisans CEI** race held 01Sep in the Rhones provence of southern France. Minie du Cambon, ridden by Sophie Watteau captured the coveted "Best Condition" (Meilleu re Condition) award for the day!

The race hosted 47 starters with 30 competitors completing the 120km course. More details and coverage may be found at