Sheikha Fatima Ladies Endurance Cup race held
(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, attended HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup – CEN 100 km – at the Emirates International Endurance Village Al Wathba.
The event, in which 90 UAE, GCC and foreign lady riders contested, was held to mark the 44th National Day of the UAE.
Argentina’s Milena Mendez on the 11-year-old bay crossbred stallion Moreno from Al Reef Stables won the Cup for the second year in a row.
Milena on Moreno, fifth at the end of the first 40kms, moved into second place in the second stage of 25kms but dropped to third in the third stage of 19 kms. On the final loop Milena started 14 seconds behind Poland’s Kamila Anita Kart on Othentik Du Fausset and fellow Argentine Sabrina Mendiz on El Pangue Beisk but her past connection with her horse seemed to have brought out the best in the final 16-km. The victory was by a narrow margin as the two horses were separated by just 30 seconds with the winner completing the 100-km distance in 3 hours 38 minutes and two seconds.
The UAE’s Mariam Jasim Al Ansaari on Horr Ibn Jahir finished second with Kamila Anita Kart on Othentik Du Fausset third. Argentina’s Maria Julia Sciaroni on Sugarsop De Sallaz and the UAE’s Sara Mohammed Al Jaber on Highland View Dolly finished fourth and fifth and all five top riders were awarded a 4WD car each.