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

Riders set for new endurance season

MORE than 80 riders are set to compete in the opening event of the new Bahrain endurance horseracing season, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

This was announced yesterday by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef).

Tomorrow's race will feature two categories - the first will be the main competition which will be run over a distance of 120 kilometres. The second is a qualifying event set for 80km.

The event will be held under the patronage of Breef honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. It will be taking place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir, and it is scheduled for a 6am start.

Breef president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa is set to flag the race off.

The 120km ride is set to feature five stages. The first two will be over 30km apiece while the last three will be over 20km each.

In preparation for tomorrow's competition, the veterinary examination has been scheduled for this 3pm afternoon, to be held under the supervision of the endurance committee. All participating horses must be put through the screening process to ensure their overall health for the race.

Tomorrow's ride will be the first of eight endurance events this season.

Championship

The season-opener will be followed by a National Day Championship on December 14. The Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Championship will then be the first race of the new year on January 11.

His Majesty the King's Endurance Championship will then take place on February 8, after which a qualifying race is scheduled for February 22.

The Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa endurance ride will then take place on March 18; followed on April 4 by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's Endurance Championship.

The Season-Ending Ride will then be held on April 25.






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