jeudi 31 juillet 2008

Libramont CEIO - CEI*** - CEI**- 2008

Libramont s'améliore d'année en année et attire les étrangers dans nos jolies Ardennes. La météo fut de la partie. Demain les résultats mais voici déjà les photos

Libramont gets better and better year after year. Foreigners are now coming to compete in the charming landscape of the Ardennes. Results and photos are here.

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samedi 26 juillet 2008

Bahrain Royal team to race in UK

BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team, led by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, will take part in the Thetford Endurance Race, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow in Thetford, England.

Shaikh Nasser, who is the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president and Thetford defending champion, announced this yesterday. The event continues the team's participation in prestigious European endurance races.

The race consists of two events - one over 120 kilometres and the other spanning 160km. Shaikh Nasser will lead the royal team for the second successive year after he won the last year's 160km race.

The event will be the Bahrain's third participation for the season. The first was the Bahrain Cup in England, while the second race was in Austria.

Shaikh Nasser will be riding his horse 'Sprite'. Expected to compete alongside him is Breef first vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who will be riding 'Sebastian'.

The kingdom's other participants include Shaikh Daej bin Salman Al Khalifa who will be riding 'Wishky', Yousef Taher riding 'Canada Coy', Mohammed Abdulaziz riding 'Kafir', Mohammed Al Thawadi on 'Ciscada', and Lorent Mosti from the technical team riding 'Bisk'.

Riders representing the UAE will also be participating in the race. They will be led by UAE vice-resident and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Qatari riders are other entrants from the Gulf.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Nasser assured that the event will be a good chance for the national team, along with brothers from the UAE and Qatar, to compete on the international stage, as he hoped that Bahrain riders will continue to bring the finest results, just as they had done last year.

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad led the team's training sessions at the race venue yesterday and did the required procedures to ensure the Bahrain team horses' health.

The official medical check conducted by organisers will take place this afternoon under the supervision of the International Federation of Equestrian Sports (FEI).

lundi 14 juillet 2008

Outback Qld's camel races set to begin - Full Story

July 14 2008

Camels and their trainers have begun arriving in outback Queensland for the start of the state's camel racing circuit.

Boulia Camel Races is offering $30,000 prize money for this weekend's races and another $50,000 will be offered next month at a camel endurance race in Hughendon.

There is another race meet in Winton later this month.

Camel racing identity Paddy McHugh says events are becoming more popular.

"Certainly when the horse influenza thing went through our phones ran hot for us to do more and more races," he said.

"It's gained in popularity but it will never give horse racing a run for its money, it's just a different industry you know.

"There is a serious side to it though, in the fact that Middle Eastern market is worth millions and millions of dollars to the industry."

Mr McHugh says high fuel prices may deter some competitors from making the trip to western Queensland.

"It seems the tourism hasn't really slowed down a great deal," he said.

"The camel people like to have a bit of a moan and groan, but you know $50,000, $30,000 at Boulia and Winton is another little bit as well, it's pretty good prize money.

"It's not as if there's a lot of them in the business so whoever wins makes pretty good money for three or four months of the year."