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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 April 2019

Timeframe: UAE leaders of the future go racing

It's been 20 years since Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed sat together at the Equestrian World Endurance Championship in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid listens to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed during the closing ceremony for the Equestrian World Endurance Championship in Abu Dhabi. AFP
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid listens to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed during the closing ceremony for the Equestrian World Endurance Championship in Abu Dhabi. AFP

Twenty years ago this week, Abu Dhabi hosted the Equestrian World Endurance Championship, where Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed attended the closing ceremonies on December 11, 1998. Back then, the two had different titles. The present Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi was the Chief of Staff, while the Ruler of Dubai was the Crown Prince of Dubai.

The race was won by American rider Valerie Kanavy, with Italy’s Fausto Fiorucci second and Japan’s Daisuke Yasunaga third. The sport is long-distance racing for horses and riders up to distances of 160 kilometres. In 2012, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid won the event in Suffolk, England, leading UAE riders to a third consecutive team title.

In September this year, the event was held in North Carolina, but the endurance portion was cancelled because of the heat and humidity.

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Updated: December 13, 2018 04:59 PM

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