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HH SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL – UK SPONSORSHIP CONFIRMED FOR 2017

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was excited to confirm today the details of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival events in the UK for 2017. The highlight of which is the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr1PA), which this season will be run as part of a full evening of Purebred Arabian racing at Chelmsford City racecourse. The Group 1 contest, with a £80,000 prize fund will be supported by the two HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak World Championship (IFAHR) series races for Lady and Apprentice riders as well as a further three Wathba Stud Farm Cup races. Staged on Saturday August 12 as part of Chelmsford’s successful music night series, the event will conclude with live music from UB40.

In addition two further full fixtures at Chelmsford will be sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, confirmed as Saturday July 15 and Saturday September 16. Last year was the first time Arabian racing had regularly been to Chelmsford City and proved a popular addition to the tracks fixture list with meetings attracting crowds of well over 1000 of family racegoers.

Fraser Garrity, Chelmsford City Racecourse Manager commented: “We’re so pleased to be working with ARO again hosting three Arabian Fixtures in 2017.  The three Arabian meetings at Chelmsford City Racecourse last year went incredibly well and it was fantastic to see the local community embracing the days.

“It’s a real honour to be a part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival events in the UK this year and of course we feel incredibly privileged to be staging the Group 1 HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup as the centrepiece of the 12th August raceday.”

He continued: “Since opening in 2015 we have been delighted to stage three Group races at Chelsmford City Racecourse, but we have never before hosted a Group 1 race of any kind.  So this is a really important landmark for us in our short history so far, and we really look forward to further building our already fruitful relationship with the Arabian racing community in the years ahead.”

ARO Director Genny Haynes was delighted to confirm the programme of UK events saying: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. The Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival has been an important addition to Arabian racing around the world and the tireless efforts of Festival Executive Director Lara Sawaya to promote the sport, has been welcomed worldwide. The UK continues to be at the forefront of Arabian racing and this Festival supports racing from the grass-roots to the very highest level.

She continued: “We are also extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Chelmsford City Racecourse. The whole team here embraced Arabian racing wholeheartedly last season – as did the local community, who gave us some of our largest crowds of 2016 and we look forward to all of our fixtures here this season.”

FORTA STUD EXTENDS RACE SPONSORSHIP FOR 2017

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to confirm today that Forta Stud will be increasing its race sponsorship with ARO for 2017. The first of two races will be the Forta Stud Restricted Maiden Stakes at Taunton on May 21, whilst the new addition, the Forta Stud Mares and Fillies Maiden Stakes will be held at the Season Finale at Huntingdon on September 23.

Forta Stud operates a small-scale breeding programme, based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, producing Purebred Arabian horses for racing and endurance. They also have horses in training in the UK and tasted their first success with their homebred mare, Aurora Forta, last year.

Forta Stud representative Allen Gordon-Cannon said: ‘Forta Stud is happy to announce that it will be sponsoring two races this year, and we wish everyone a successful season’.

Genny Haynes, ARO Director commented: “With prize money down to sixth place, these two maiden races offer great encouragement to our grass-roots competitors. Now in their third year of sponsorship with ARO, we welcome the continued and increased support by Forta Stud and wish them further success with their own racehorses in 2017.”

 

HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK (INTERNATIONAL) AWARDS CELEBRATE WOMEN ACHIEVERS IN HOLLYWOOD

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted for their Official Photographer and Media Executive, Debbie Burt, who was presented with the Best Lady Photographer Award by Santa Anita Park Chairman, Keith Brackpool at the dazzling awards show on Friday. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, along with the Arabian Racing Cup Stewards, celebrated the achievements of women in Arabian racing alongside the domestic awards for the US 2016 racing season at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, home to the Oscars. Three of the UK’s Arabian Racing Organisation nominees had been shortlisted for the event, Burt (also nominated for Journalism), Joanna Mason (Amateur Jockey) and defending title holder, Laura King (TV Presenter).

Burt thanked ARO, Lara Sawaya and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for their support adding “This initiative from HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak championing women in Arabian racing is a great addition to the calendar and it was my initial nomination that encouraged me to progress my photography from amateur to professional level. As well as my own magazine, I now write and supply pictures for numerous publications around the world, covering both Arabian and Thoroughbred racing. It is an honour to represent the UK in these prestigious awards and I hope that my work will continue to promote Arabian racing globally.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Director commented:”Debbie’s award is well deserved as she has supported ARO since 2012. Her photographs really capture the essence of the sport and are a huge asset in promoting Arabian racing, particularly in the UK.”

She  continued: “ARO is very proud of the record UK participants have at this global event and we thank Lara Sawaya, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and HH Sheikh Mansoor for their continued sponsorship of Arabian racing in the UK and around the world.”

In front of an audience of over 1000 guests, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley (International) Awards were presented to winners from Hong Kong, Algeria, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Poland, USA, UK and Turkey.

The winners of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley (International) Awards are:

Best 3-Year-Old Filly: Amirat Esahra (Algeria)
Best 4-Year-Old Filly: Naziq (France)
Best Older Mare: Sylvine Al Maury (France)
Best Lady Amateur Jockey: Ms Cindy Klinkenberg (The Netherlands)
Best Lady Apprentice Jockey: Kei Chiong Ka-Kei (Hong Kong)
Best Lady Professional Jockey: Ms Anna Pilroth (Sweden)
Best Lady Breeder: Mrs Dianne Waldron (USA)
Best Lady Owner: Mrs Deniz Kurtel (Turkey)
Best Lady Trainer: Mrs Jean-Francois Bernard (France)
Best Lady Photographer: Ms Debbie Burt (UK)
Best Lady TV Presenter: Josephine Chini (Sweden)
Best Lady Journalist: Stephanie Corum (USA)
Best Lady Endurance Rider: Mercedes Tapia (Argentina)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mrs Dorota Kaluba (Poland)

Photo: Debbie Burt receiving the Best Photographer Award from Keith Brackpool (c) Steve Heath

The Darley Awards is under the direction of Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Festival, and organised by Arabian Racing Cup, The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The  National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare  and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club,  Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf,  Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK DARLEY AWARDS – UK INVITATIONS ANNOUNCED

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) announced the following UK nominees, Joanna Mason, Debbie Burt and Laura King have been invited to attend the coveted HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards in Hollywood this week. The awards recognise the high achievement of women in Arabian horseracing worldwide during 2016.

Reigning ARO Lady Champion Amateur Jockey, Joanna Mason, is looking to uphold the UK’s strong record in the Best Amateur Jockey category, having previously been successful with Rachel King (2014) and Stefania Gandola (2015). Mason started riding Arabians in 2016 with a ride in the Texas leg of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship Series (IFAHR), finishing a close second. This experience fuelled her enthusiasm and she clinched the Ladies domestic title with five wins from 25 rides for a variety of owners, including ARO patron HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Mason admitted that the invitation hadn’t really sunk in saying: “It’s such an honour to be put forward for this award and I am really excited to be going to America. Thanks to the HH Sheikha Fatima race series introducing me to the sport, I’ve had a fantastic first season racing with ARO. I am really grateful to all the owners who supported me last season and am looking forward to defending my title in the UK this year.”

In addition to fulfilling the role as ARO’s Media and PR Executive and Official Photographer, Debbie Burt also publishes her own digital magazine, The Arabian Racehorse, covering domestic and international Arabian racing. This is the fourth time Burt has been nominated in the Media category and she was delighted to learn of her invitation saying: “It is through ARO and the original nomination for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards that my career as a racing journalist and photographer has flourished.”

She continued: “As well as my own magazine, I write and supply pictures for numerous publications around the world, covering both Arabian and Thoroughbred racing. It is an honour to represent the UK in these prestigious awards again, and regardless of the result on the 31st, I hope that my work will continue to promote and support the sport of Arabian racing globally.”

Dubai Racing Channel’s Laura King is attempting to retain her crown as Best TV Presenter; speaking at the close of the UAE racing season she said: “I’m very honoured to have been nominated for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards for a fourth time. As ever, competition will be tough, but I’m trying my best to defend it, as winning last year was a huge thrill. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year’s ceremony due to family commitments, but I’ll be watching on from afar and hope very much to be back in 2018. The very best of luck to all of the nominees, both equine and human.”

The Arabian Racing Organisation commented: “The HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards have been a great initiative to recognise the achievements of women in Arabian racing. ARO is very proud that our amateur jockeys have such a good record and our two previous winners continue to excel – Rachel King is now a successful jockey in Australia and Stefania Gandola will be taking out her ARO training license this season. Whilst we naturally wish all our shortlisted nominees every success on Friday, our best wishes go to all the nominees from every country whose endeavours, both on the track and off, are helping to raise the profile of Arabian racing around the world.”

The glittering Awards Ceremony and Gala weekend will take place during the 31st Annual Darley Awards from March 31 to April 2 2017 in Hollywood, California, sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Horse Racing Festival. According to Festival Executive Director, Lara Sawaya, the Darley Awards will be presented on March 31 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in front of 3000 invited guests. On April 1 the Grade 1 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stakes (PA) will be run at Santa Anita Park and on the evening of Sunday April 2, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards Gala Dinner will be held at the Beverly Hills Wilshire, Rodeo Drive. Further details will be available in due course from the Arabian Racing Cup’s website www.arabianracingcup.com

 

HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) Series Manama, Bahrain

The Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club, Manama in Bahrain is the place where all the action will be on Friday, March 17 with three races in the name of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race being the featured races.

While Bahrain’s best horses will vie for the prestigious His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Cup races, the large crowd will also witness lady jockeys from around the world compete in the ladies race held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

Last year’s winning horse Mlolshaan, a winner under Danish lady jockey Sabina Gammelgaard, is back again and this time will be ridden by Norway’s Silja Storen. The other riders who will be making a determined bid to win and qualify for the November finals are Belgium’s Anna van den Troost on Al Hamdanieh 1644, French jockey Delphine Garcia Dubois on Tuwaisan, Italian Ilaria Saggiomo on Kuheilan Aafas 1675, Cindy Klinkenberg of The Netherlands on Kuheilan Aafas 1640, Spain’s Beatriz Alonso on Kuheila’T Al Adiyat, Ireland’s Aine Dagg on Al Jellaby, Eva Herresthal of Germany rides Al Hamdanieh 1637 and Great Britain’s Ellie McKenzie will be on Al Ma’anagieh.

The Director General of the General Women’s Union, Ms. Noura Al Suwaidi hailed the support to lady jockeys from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

“The race will be run over seven furlongs with a cash purse of 15,000 Bahraini Dinars and this is the third race in this series after Oman and Houston,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).

“Bahrain is a prestigious venue for the HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race and it will be a great opportunity for the lady jockeys to contest on the race track here and also on a day when some of the biggest races of the Kingdom are being run,” she added.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with and sponsored by Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

Pictured is Ellie riding Norseman at Chelmsford in July 2016. (c) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship 2017

The 4th ladies race in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship 2017 (IFAHR) takes place on Friday 17 March in Manama, Bahrain and we are delighted to see UK represented by Ellie MacKenzie, fresh from her recent win at Wolverhampton and successful Arab racing during the previous last 2 seasons.

Many thanks to the driving force behind the Sheikh Mansoor Series, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival Lara Sawaya, who enables these wonderful racing opportunities to be enjoyed by so many international jockeys. Good luck girls!

To view all riders please click here.

HERITAGE ARABIAN RACING CLUB AGM AND CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS

The second Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Abu Dhabi this weekend was heralded as a great success by all those attending. Initiated by HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan just two years ago, HARC’s aim is to preserve the purebred Arabian of traditional type and bloodlines.

Deirdre Hyde, HARC’s Honorary Secretary and Breeding Manager at Wrsan Stables for HH Sheikh Sultan told the assembled members and guests that since the HARC became fully registered a year ago in Switzerland, it’s growth has exceed all expectations. The existing 15 participating countries have been joined by a further four – Italy, Romania, Spain and Uruguay – whilst another eight countries have expressed an interest in joining. She was delighted with the way HH Sheikh Sultan’s belief in a chance for all bloodlines to enjoy a sport that suits the Arabian breed so well has been embraced. Whilst she also acknowledged that each country requires help and support in different ways, she affirmed that HARC races benefit all levels of Arabian racing.

Genny Haynes, HARC Steering Committee member and Director of the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO), encouraged countries to fill in the HARC application form in order that a better overview may be gained of the possible HARC horse population worldwide and the organisations who manage them, stressing that there were no right or wrong answers.

In her report on UK activities she was proud of the uptake in domestic registrations, leaping from nine in the first year to 19 in 2016. This enabled ARO to not only continue it’s bonus scheme, but to hold it’s first ever race confined to HARC registered horses, which was given great national exposure when held as the penultimate race at ARO’s seasonal finale fixture. In addition ARO has reached out to the UK showing community when it supported two racehorse to riding horse classes at the Arab Horse Society (AHS) National Show at Malvern. ARO also had information leaflets available to support this initiative and both Haynes and ARO media executive Debbie Burt, visited the show and met with AHS Chairwoman Annette Dixon. It is hoped that ARO’s presence there, in particular it’s support and promotion of HARC, may be extended in 2017.

She confirmed that plans were in place to increase the number of HARC only races to three in 2017 and to continue with the bonus scheme. She was delighted that several ARO horses had contested HARC races abroad since the Club’s inception and hoped that further owners may be encouraged to take their chances overseas this year.

Following a full morning of discussion and feedback the afternoon conference session was entitled: Racing, Marketing & Breeding For HARC. Anna Stojanowska’s talk emphasised the importance of Dam lines, focusing on the Polish line of Sabda to Sephora and their influence around the world. Deirdre Hyde’s gave a brief, but informative overview on the History of Arabian Racing and the afternoon closed with Evie Tubbs Sweeney’s experiences of her successful HARC roadshows in the USA.

On Sunday the activities were centred around the 30th birthday celebrations for Monarch AH, starting with a tour of the stallion block at Wrsan Stables and a ridden display including showjumping and tent pegging, all featuring horses sired by Monarch AH. After lunch, there was a parade of Wrsan horses with Monarch bloodlines, culminating in the arrival of Monarch AH himself, surrounded by his daughters.

Haynes commented:”It has been a very informative and enjoyable weekend meeting with other member nations in support of the HARC initiative. ARO is delighted to be involved and to include our media representative, Debbie Burt and UK HARC breeders representative, Paul Simmons. Arabian racing faces many challenges and HARC’s support is welcomed, particularly in encouraging back owners and breeders to the sport in the UK.”

Congratulations to Vindetta

Congratulations to VINDETTA, highest points scorer for racing in the 2016 AHS Performance Awards. The seven-year-old mare is by Nivador Cardonne (FR) x Viny De Passerat (FR) and is owned by Linda Cross, trained by Adam Newey and was ridden by Will Pettis and Page Fuller in 2016.

To view the full results of the 2016 AHS Performance Awards please click here.

Seen here winning The Arabian Racehorse Magazine on issuu.com Handicap Stakes at Taunton.

(c) Debbie Burt

Win for Beverley Deutrom

Win for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley nominee Beverley Deutrom with Storm Troupour (US) in the Aud Al Touba Conditions at Al Ain Racecourse.

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