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Arabian performance horse winners parade in Newmarket 28 April

As part of this year’s Arab Horse Society’s Centenary celebrations,  AHS members with winners in all ridden disciplines will take part in a parade of Arabian Performance Horses on Saturday 28 April. It starts at 2.30pm in the O’Sullevan Arena at the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Yard, part of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing at Palace House in Newmarket.

This once-in-a-century event is generously sponsored by AHS Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum. One of his race winners from Shadwell will lead the parade of show jumpers, eventers (including Tomatillo, the clone of Tamarillo), endurance horses, dressage winners, Premium Performance stallions, World Arabian Horse trophy winners, and Horse of the Year Show Ridden Champions.

Anne Brown, co-ordinator of the Centenary Events programme commented: “The AHS is very grateful to Sue Molloy and the RoR team for allowing horses with Arabian blood to invade the sacred bastion of the English Thoroughbred. But then, the Arabian is at the heart of every racehorse pedigree!”

Admission to the Parade at Palace House also includes entry to the special Arabian horse exhibition: “From the Desert to the World” (open until 13 July) and all the other galleries of the National Heritage Centre.

The accompanying Arab Horse Society “Centenary” book is on sale at the Palace House shop..

Palace House Newmarket- opening times and prices:

Open 10am – 5pm daily

Adult Admission: £12 (AHS members with badge £10)   Children: (5-16 years): £7

Further information:

Davina Godwin: 07766 545432  davinagodwin@rocketmail.com

Anne Brown:      01832 358269   parade@gadebrookstud.com

Trainer Beverley Deutrom is a WINNER at The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards

The Arabian Racing Organisation is proud to announce Beverley Deutrom as the winner of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak International Ladies Award for Best Trainer at the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards. Beverley collected her prize at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood last night (6th April 2018). The awards are part of a glittering weekend celebration that puts the Arabian racehorse on the world stage and recognises the achievements of women in Arabian horseracing worldwide.

Beverley has been campaigning her horses across the globe and winning – she is a great ambassador for Arabian Racing in the UK; one of four ARO nominees that had been shortlisted for these prestigious awards that also included, Owner, Heather Philpott for her mare Unity Belle, amateur jockey, Ellie Mackenzie and photographer, Megan Rose. The magnificent Awards Ceremony sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Horse Racing Festival is part of a Gala weekend was live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California and organised under the direction of Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Festival.

Guests honoured the ladies who had been shortlisted to represent the categories based on their performances during the 2017 season; Best Breeder, Best Owner, Best Trainer, Best Professional Jockey, Best Amateur Jockey, Best Apprentice Jockey, Lifetime Achievement, Best Racing Journalist, Best Racing Presenter, Best Photographer, Best Endurance rider, Best Filly 3 years old, Best Filly 4 years old, Best Older Mare, and also a ‘Distinguished Award’.

It is a full weekend for guests who are also invited to attend the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stake Grade 1 at Santa Anita Park, in the Year of Zayed, the biggest Racing Day of Santa Anita Park Derby Day and a 10th Year Anniversary HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Gala Dinner at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Rodeo Drive.

The Arabian Racing Organisation is delighted for Beverley and that our nominees to have been recognised at this celebrated event.

ARO nominees announced for The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Short List

The Arabian Racing Organisation is proud to announce that 4 of their nominees have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards and have been invited to attend the presentation of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards in Hollywood on 6th April 2018.

Owner: Heather Philpott for her mare Unity Belle 
Trainer: Beverly Deutrom
Amateur jockey: Ellie Mackenzie
Photographer: Megan Rose

These ladies will be joining Arabian enthusiasts for a glittering weekend celebration that puts the Arabian racehorse on the world stage and recognises the achievements of women in Arabian horse racing worldwide.

The magnificent Awards Ceremony and Gala weekend will take place live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California and is sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Horse Racing Festival. Festival Executive Director, Lara Sawaya, will be with her team on Friday 6th April at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre where these prestigious awards will be presented in front of 3000 invited guests.

Guests will honour the ladies who represent the following categories based on their performances during the 2017 season; Best Breeder, Best Owner, Best Trainer, Best Professional Jockey, Best Amateur Jockey, Best Apprentice Jockey, Lifetime Achievement, Best Racing Journalist, Best Racing Presenter, Best Photographer, Best Endurance rider, Best Filly 3 years old, Best Filly 4 years old, Best Older Mare, there will also be a special ‘Distinguished Award’.

It will be a full weekend for guests who are also invited to attend the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stake Grade 1 at Santa Anita Park, in the Year of Zayed, the biggest Racing Day of Santa Anita Park Derby Day on 7th April and on the following day participants will be treated to the 10th Year Anniversary HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Gala Dinner at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Rodeo Drive.
The Arabian Racing Organisation is thrilled to be a part of this initiative and is very proud that their nominees have been recognised; we wish all shortlisted nominees every success for the awards at this celebrated event.

Unity Belle, Beverley Deutrom, Ellie Mackenzie (C)Equine Creative Media
Kayclaire winning at Chelmsford City (C)Megan Rose Photography

                       

UK HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK DARLEY AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to announce the following nominees for the coveted HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards.

Congratulations, and good luck to all nominees in the following categories:

Trainer

Beverley Deutrom

Owner

Heather Phillpott

Breeder

Heather Phillpott

Amateur Jockey

Ellie Mackenzie

Apprentice Jockey

Milly Naseb

Best 3 Year Old

Shomoos Athbah

Best 4 Year Old

Saleemah

Best Older Horse

Unity Belle

Best Journalist

Debbie Burt

Best Photographer

Megan Rose Photography

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anne Unwin

 

The glittering Awards Ceremony and Gala weekend sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Horse Racing Festival, will take place in Hollywood, California,

Festival Executive Director, Lara Sawaya, has confirmed that the Darley Awards will be presented on Friday 6th April at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in front of 3000 invited guests. Further details will be available in due course from the Arabian Racing Cup’s website www.arabianracingcup.com

ARO Official Starter Ryan Colley ‘kick starts’ his year joining the BHA as ‘Raceday Official’

ARO are delighted to announce that Ryan Colley has been accepted into the BHA fold – this is an exciting next step opportunity in what we think will be a very exciting career path.

Ryan has had plenty of experience in UK horseracing as Assistant to Ruth Carr and also a spell with Trainer Alan King. He has also experienced the start from the ‘other side of the tape’ having had a few rides (and wins) as an Amateur Jockey.

As the Official Starter for the Arabian Racing Organisation Ryan certainly honed his skills with ARO having been nurtured by BHA Starter Peter Haynes, ARO are incredibly proud to see him move on to the next stage in his career. A valued member of the ARO team, Ryan was successful in an application of a bursary generously sponsored by ARO sponsor HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan that allowed him the opportunity to experience a placement in America to hone his Starting skills.

The new role that will see Ryan move from Yorkshire to the Epsom area when he starts the new role on 1st March, he will join two other new recruits who will also take up positions as “Raceday Officials” – a combined cross Departmental BHA initiative, between the Equine Welfare Integrity Officer and the Starters Dept. Lee Jones; formally Trainer Tom George’s Travelling Head Staff (11 years)  and Lisa Kozak; Oliver Sherwood’s Travelling Head Staff.

The ARO team are thrilled that we will still be seeing Ryan throughout the coming season as his commitment to racedays will be part of his on-going training – his first outing for ARO in 2018 will be the season opener at Chelmsford on 21st April. ARO wishes the new team the best of luck in their new careers and we look forward to seeing which of our team will be joining the BHA next!

Pictured here starting the second race at Wolverhampton at the ARO opening meeting.

(c) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

ARO welcomes BHA attendance at Forum

The start of the 2018 season will feel closer for ARO participants following the annual Forum that was held this year at the Donnington Valley Hotel on Saturday 20th January. The event was well attended and some challenging and interesting questions were tabled by owners, trainers and jockeys who were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with a panel that comprised members of the ARO board, the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) and also representation from ARC (Arena Racing Company).

After a welcome from Chairman Charles Gregson who set the ‘sustainability’ theme the Forum embarked on a solid discussion of matters that are set to drive forwards the future of Arabian Racing in the UK

Introductions to new ARO team members were made after its recent restructure; Victoria Pettis who has now control of office administration, Willie McFarland, Operations Manager & Alison Lidderdale, who has taken up the role of Sponsorship and commercial Manager.

The fixture List was reviewed with updates from Willie alongside ARO Director Genny Haynes, Roderick Duncan (ARC Clerk of the Course for Doncaster and Southwell) and Emma Marley (BHA Head of Racecourse Operations). Roderick was able to put across a very informative response to the ‘other side of the card’ in terms of cost implications and how he hoped ARO and the Bio Security issue might move forward.

The Race Planning Committee and the initiative behind its implementation in late 2017 were introduced to the forum by Committee Chairman, and ARO board member Rachael Gowland (Marketing Communications Manager at the EBF), the 2018 Race Programme was presented by Willie McFarland.

2018 Rule Changes were administered by Genny Haynes, the three main areas being that 3 year old horses will not be handicapped until 4 years, Hands and Heels races will not be restricted and the possibility that substitute races could be utilised if required numbers are not met at declaration stage. Other confirmations included updates to the BHA Medical criteria – BHA 5 page mandatory medical, the adoption by ARO of the BHA RIMANI Computerised Doctors System and the BHAGI 11.2 Medical Criteria at Racecourses – bringing ARO in line with the BHA structure for these important issues on jockey safety moving forwards.

Questions from the Floor were moderated by ARO Director Paul Simmons, who held affairs together well with the assistance of the paddock bell – upholding and embracing one of the more traditional tools left in our racing heritage

Bio Security was a hot topic and one that Emma Marley; BHA Racecourse Operations was able to speak about with great authority. BHA course inspectors, Richard Linley and Peter Hobbs were also valuable in putting across a clear understanding of the requirements that racecourses have to meet in order to deliver stand-alone fixtures with Roderick Duncan (ARC) highlighting the significant costs involved too.

It was made very clear to all just how important working together is to achieve the best outcomes for all moving forward and the general consensus on all topics was that whilst ARO remains an amateur sport professional integrity is something that should most certainly be upheld for its future success.

A full write up of the Forum is being collated and will be made available to view.

For further information, please contact Alison Lidderdale, Sponsorship and Commercial Manager, at the Arabian Racing Organisation, on 07785 785 375 or at Alison@aroracing.co.uk

ARO trainer Collington flys the flag at the prestigious Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Arabian Horse Festival

 

The Festival is a celebration showcasing Purebred Arabian Horses, Arabian Horseracing and an International Arabian Horse Show.

Phil Collington who trains 6 year old Mith’haf Athbah is down to run on Wednesday 24th January in the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Arabian Horse Race Cup at Prince Sultan Arabian Horse Racetrack, Saudi Arabia.

Mith’haf Athbah enjoyed a successful end to his 2017 UK season in the colours of owners Athbah Stud by winning a group 1 at Chelmsford in a hard fought finish.

Background: The staging of an Arabian Horse Festival had been a vision of His Royal Highness, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for some years with the inaugural event took place in January 2008.

A celebration of the Arabian horse the festival promotes the development of a horse that has played such a vital role in the history and development of the Arabian culture.

Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin AbdulAziz Al Saud, The Festival is held every January at Al Khalediah farm, the headquarters of His Highness’s farms in Tebrak city, west of Riyadh.

The high class festival is considered the only one of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula and, more particularly, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Picture of Mith’Haf Athbah and Will Pettis winning the Arabian Racehorse Magazine Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.

(C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

Alison Lidderdale joins the Arabian Racing Organisation as Sponsorship and Commercial Manager

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomes Alison to the team following her appointment as Sponsorship and Commercial Manager. She will be based at the organisation’s office at Newbury Racecourse.

Lidderdale formally worked at the world renowned PR Agency Weber Shandwick (part of the Inter Public Group) and has more recently run her own business managing client campaigns in sectors that include horseracing, sports betting, transport, education, charity and digital marketing.

The appointment will see a restructure of the team at ARO with Genny Haynes stepping down from her position that has seen her at the helm for more than 10 years.

Lidderdale said: “This will be a challenging role and I will have big shoes to fill when Genny leaves at the end of February – she has achieved extraordinary things during her time and I very much hope I can continue her good works and reflect the extraordinary energy and passion she has brought to the role. I am sure I speak for all those associated with the organisation, when I say how valued her work has been.”

Lidderdale went on to express her pleasure at joining the team: “I have obviously been working and involved in the racing world for many years but I still recall my first day of Arabian Racing at Fakenham, many years ago now but it feels like yesterday. Since then I would like to think that I have acquired a suitable skill set that will see the Organisation move forward and grow in popularity. “

Lidderdale’s role will look to enhance the sponsorship offer and she will also continue to move forwards with the projects that Genny has implemented with the BHA and other industry bodies.

ARO Director Genny Haynes, said: “We are very pleased that Alison has come on board, her skill sets will I hope bring some new dimensions to the team and we all look forward to the 2018 season.

THE ROYAL CAVALRY OF OMAN HONOURED BY OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ARABIAN RACING AWARD

This afternoon at the Horserace Writers and Photographer’s Association (HWPA) Annual Derby Awards Luncheon, the Royal Calvary of Oman were honoured for their support and long-term commitment to Arabian racing with the Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing Award. The event which took place at the Lancaster London, is sponsored by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) and it is thanks to their involvement, that this prestigious award has been established.

The Royal Cavalry of Oman have been a supporter and sponsor of Arabian racing, both in the UK and internationally for over ten years.  The 2017 season was their best to date in the UK, finishing second in the ARO Owners Championship; with seven wins from four individual winners, their victories included two Group 1’s and a Group 2, and £118,676 in prize money. What has also significant, has been the growth of their breeding programme – producing their first ever homebred Group 1 winner, Nafees (who won the UK Arabian Derby on Doncaster St Leger day) and the Group 2 juvenile winner, Riyam.

Royal Cavalry UK Trainer, Said Al Badi, who was based in Berkshire for the summer, won the ARO Best Newcomer award and their team’s steady stream of winners and placed horses played its’ part in securing the ARO Jockeys Championship for David Turner and the ARO Novice Jockey title for Ellie Mackenzie.

Also recognised for their achievements this season were James Owen, Champion Arabian Trainer for the last two seasons; Ellie Mackenzie, Champion Novice Jockey and leading UK small owner-breeder, Heather Phillpott.

Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi said; “Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club is really proud to support for the fifth consecutive year The Horserace Writers and Photographers Association award ceremony. Congratulations to The Royal Cavalry of Oman for their achievement in Arabian Racing not only for their support in the UK but worldwide.”

ARO Chairman Charles Gregson commented. “We are delighted to see the Royal Cavalry of Oman honoured in this way as they have done so much to support Arabian racing here in the UK and we warmly congratulate them on this award. We are also extremely grateful to both the QREC and HWPA for recognising Arabian racing at this annual event.”

Salim Al Hakmani receiving the Horserace Writers and Photographer’s Association Award

(C) Zuzanna Lupa

The Royal Cavalry of Oman receiving the trophy for Sylvine Al Maury’s win in the 2017 Shadwell Arabian Stallions Hatta International Stakes, Gr1PA

(C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

ARABIAN RACING ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED AT QREC HWPA AWARDS

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to announce the four nominees who have been recognised for their achievements during the 2017 UK Arabian racing season at the annual Horserace Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) Awards, sponsored by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, which take place next month in London. The Royal Cavalry of Oman, James Owen, Ellie Mackenzie and Heather Phillpott have all had landmark seasons and they compete to secure the prestigious award which went to ARO patron HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2016.

Owen who recorded back to back ARO Trainer Championships and also owned and trained the Champion Arabian and Champion Mare, Dolfina D’Ibos commented: “It is an honour to have been nominated for the Arabian Award and I would like to thank Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for their generous sponsorship of Arabian racing in the UK. Thank you to my owners, including HH Sheikh Hamdan, for allowing me the privilege to train for them and a huge thank you my staff at home and to ARO who continues to work hard to push our sport forward.”

Mackenzie, who represents Racing Welfare as their Arabian Racing Ambassador and secured the Novice Jockeys title was overwhelmed saying: “It’s a tremendous honour and a huge confidence boost, plus it is a good stepping stone to build on for next season. I can’t thank Racing Welfare enough, as well as all the owners and trainers who have given me chances, and of course my agent Anna Wallace for her unceasing support.”

ARO Chairman Charles Gregson said: “We thank the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and also the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association for their support of UK Arabian racing, recognising the achievements of its’ participants in this way.

“The Royal Cavalry of Oman and Heather Phillpott have been long term owner-breeders here in the UK and it is wonderful to see both ends of the scale rewarded with their respective nominations. Both James and Ellie have had outstanding seasons and we extend our best wishes to all the nominees for the awards ceremony on December 4 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Royal Cavalry of Oman, James Owen, Ellie Mackenzie, Heather Philpott – (C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media.

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