7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Sports News

Shaikha Najla claims Ladies endurance ride

BAHRAIN'S Shaikha Najla bint Salman Al Khalifa yesterday raced to victory in the 100-km Ladies Endurance Ride in Abu Dhabi.

The Ahmed Al Fateh Stable rider extended her impressive form to finish the race on top amidst a significant turn up of more than 80 riders from the UAE and other GCC countries.

Shaikha Najla was dominant in the race recording an average speed of 29-km per hour.

She was followed by Dana Mattar of Seeh Al Sallam of the UAE, while Ammar Stables rider Layla Josi rounded off the top three.

The event was divided into four stages of 33kms, 27kms, 24kms and 16kms each.

The Bahraini winner was congratulated after the race by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa.


Shaikh Faisal lauded the performance of Shaikha Najla and wished her further progress.

The race was part of the inaugural two-day Abu Dhabi Endurance Festival, which started on Thursday at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, with some of the top riders participating.

This was the first time such a festival of rides was held in Abu Dhabi. It started off with a 140-km Three-star Open Endurance Ride on Thursday which was the feature event.

More than 130 riders competed in the 140-km ride, held in five stages of 35kms, 34kms, 31kms, 24kms and 16kms each.

Apart from the 100-km race yesterday, a 120-km national ride for private owners also took place at the endurance village.

The rides were held under the patronage of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

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