CROWN Prince and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday evening flagged off the second Crown Prince Endurance Horseride Championship.
The event took place throughout the night at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, and will conclude early this morning.
More than 40 riders, headlined by Royal Endurance Team captain and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, began the endurance season's first night race, which has been sponsored by Durrat Al Bahrain.
Also among the participants are Breef first vice-president and Al Khaldiya Stable captain Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and top riders Layla Al Reda, Rachel Lula, Jaffer Mirza, Noor Alddin, Shereen Fayez, Nezar Hassan, Mohammed Al Thawadi, Raed Mahmood, Abdul Samad, Ahmed Al Qaud, Fahad Ismail and Mohammed Nasser.
The 120-km championship features races for senior and junior riders, held over five stages.
The first two stages are over 30km each, followed by 25km and 20km legs. The final stage will be over 15km.
Two qualifying races also took place yesterday prior to the main event start after the mandatory veterinary examinations took place conducted by Breef officials.
The warm-up events were over 85km and 60km, with the first featuring three stages of 30km, 30km, and 25km distances; and the second comprising two 30km legs.
Also prior to the race flagging off, Shaikh Nasser and the Crown Prince held brief discussions, during which the Breef chief thanked the Crown Prince for patronising the event and backing Bahraini riders in different competitions.
The Breef chief also expressed appreciation to Durrat Al Bahrain for their generous support.