Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline Back for 2017 Renewal

 March 16, 2017 -The CEN 120 Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup ride is the highlight of a week-long Endurance festival scheduled for March 13-18 held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

Emirates Airlines are the sponsors of the prestigious race that brings to a close the Endurance season in Dubai.

Organised by the Dubai Equestrian Club, and held at the purpose-built Dubai International Endurance City, the festival invites participation from local and international horse and rider pairings in four separate rides.
These include the CEN 90 km Dubai Crown Prince Ride for Ladies scheduled for Monday March 13 followed by the CEN 100 km Dubai Crown Prince Ride Restricted to Private Stables/Individuals on Tuesday the 14th and the CEN  119 km Yamamah Endurance Cup for Mares on Wednesday March 15.
The finale – the CEN 120 km Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup will be staged on Saturday March 18, where a host of national and international star horse-rider combinations are expected to compete for the coveted title.
HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, after whom the event is named, has distinguished himself as an elite athlete in the world of endurance racing, winning several local and international titles and remains an inspirational role model. The Crown Prince has used his enormous reach as a popular leader and supporter of equestrian sport to help motivate Emirati riders to take up endurance.
A most recent example is the 17-year-old winner of the Gamilati Endurance Cup for Mares held last month, Hamdan Ahmad Al Marri.
HH Sheikh Hamdan is one of only four athletes to have won the HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup twice in 2015 and 2016. In 2014 one of his most significant wins came in the FEI World Endurance Championship in Normandy, France. Sheikh Hamdan also won his second CISM World Military Endurance title in 2014 and he continues to be an extraordinary ambassador for the sport.
As Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council HH Sheikh Hamdan works tirelessly towards creating an extensive platform for UAE’s sporting community to compete in a variety of disciplines, with the larger objective of promoting healthy living in the country.
Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, General Manager of DEC, said: “The Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival offers local riders the opportunity to compete at a high level, alongside some of international riders in the sport. Along with the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, this is the one of the well-regarded Endurance events in the region, and we strive to make it bigger and better every year.
“HH Sheikh Mohmammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council are great supporters of equestrian sport in the UAE, and we are deeply grateful to them for their enduring support.
“It is also a great tribute to our efforts to be joined once again by Emirates Airlines.  We thank them for their support and sponsorship of the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup on Saturday. We look forward to another successful renewal, and wish all competitors the very best of luck.”
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre, said: “Emirates has a long history with horse racing and equestrian sports, not only in Dubai but around the globe and we are honoured to support this year’s HH Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Cup. This race is a testament a horse’s endurance and a rider’s skills and Emirates is delighted to sponsor this excellent event and we are confident that this year’s race will be incredibly successful.”
About Endurance Riding
Endurance riding requires the rider and horse to work in perfect harmony as a combination. They must manage pace to complete extreme distances in the shortest riding time while passing stringent veterinary examinations that ensure the horse is fit to continue. The event is divided into multiple stages.
After the completion of each stage, the horses are rested and refreshed and undergo a veterinary exam to determine if they meet the physical standards to continue to the next stage. The horse that finishes first, as well as all finishers, must successfully complete a post-race veterinary exam to determine they did meet the physical parameters set forth by the sport rules. It is only after the final veterinary exam that the official order of finish is determined and announced. 

About DEC
As part of the Meydan Group, the DEC serves to organise and host quality equestrian sports for the people of Dubai and the UAE in the disciplines of Endurance, Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. The DEC also supports international equestrian sports around the world. The DEC organises and promotes the sport of Endurance and all competitions held at Dubai International Endurance City. They also assist in the coordination and support of select international events. Through their subsidiary, the Emirates Equestrian Centre, competitions in the disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing are held, and riding lessons and training in equestrian sports are also offered.