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

Bahrain set for UK horse show

BAHRAIN'S delegation for the 2013 Royal Windsor Horse Show, to be held in the UK from tomorrow, arrived in London yesterday.

Some of the Kingdom's biggest names in equestrian and endurance have travelled to the UK to take part in this major five-day annual horse show, set to take place at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

They include Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee president and Royal Endurance leader Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Supreme Council first vice-chairman and Al Khalidia team captain Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

As part of the festival, the Kingdom of Bahrain is also organising a variety of competitions in endurance ride, showjumping and Arabian horse show.

The international endurance ride will be held at the Great Park. Supported by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the ride will attract competitors from the Middle East and Europe and will be held over 120 kms.

The Show Jumping event include entry from London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Peter Charles.

He will be competing in The Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix alongside other household names like Tim Stockdale, Tina Fletcher, Will Funnell, Trevor Breen and David McPherson.

These events are some of the many equestrian competitions that will take place over five consecutive days in this year's festival, which has a wonderful mix of International Carriage Driving, Showjumping, Equestrian Displays and first class Jumping.

Royal Windsor is the first major event of the equestrian season. It has 117 classes with an additional 20 championships. Over 3,000 horses and ponies compete at Royal Windsor in very prestigious classes.

Festival

Shortly after arrival, members of the Bahrain delegation visited the venue hosting the festival for the 70th consecutive time, having started in 1943 to raise money for war charities.

They also had meetings with the organising committee, headed by Simon Brooks where both parties finalised a number of issues.

Officials from Bahrain had already travelled to London last month to follow up the preparations to host the endurance event .

The Bahrain delegation includes Royal Endurance Team manager Dr Khalid Hassan, Shaikh Nasser Media Office and Information Centre director Tawfeeq Al Salehi, Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation general secretary Ghalib Alawi and equipment official Hussain Al Sakran.

This event is in line with His Majesty King Hamad decree to highlight the Kingdom's achievements in various fields, especially sports.

Dr Hassan said the Bahrain officials had completed most of the organisational procedures.

Meanwhile, Al Salehi reviewed arrangements with the organising committee to facilitate the media coverage of the show.

Al Salehi said the programmes will be highlighted by the Bahrain media team in Arabic and English through daily bulletins on Bahrain TV Sports Channel, Channel 55 and Radio Bahrain.






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