Doha, AL SHAQAB Endurance Junior Team ended the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniorsat the fifth-place, in Tarbes, France, Saturday 27 July 2013.
Prominent riders took part at the World Endurance Championship for Junior, this weekend, making the race one of the most challenging of the year. The competition this year saw a large participation of many Arab countries.
The particularities of the tracks, to compare it with the flat tracks commonly used in the Arab states, have been very demanding. The Presence of mountains roads, hills, trees and river, pebbles roads along with dark areas in the forest had the athletes adapt their speeds to avoid any incidents. The weather also played a big part with temperatures and humidity soaring during the competition. Only 49 athletes of the 91 presents at the departure line concluded the race.
AL SHAQAB, home of the Qatar endurance national team was represented at the World Endurance Junior Championship by Sheikh Abdulla Mishal Hamad Al Thani with the stallion Quoka’in de L’Auronce, Khulood Mohammed Al Khori with the mare Quesbel du Vergnet, Abdul Hadi Hamad Al Marriwith Oscar du Guide, Nasser Jumah Al Mohannadi with Halte a Tout and finally Ali Mohammed Al Hammadi with the mare, Odyssee de Cruz.
AL SHAQAB team set up base in Tarbes 3 month’s prior the championship in order to give the horses and the riders the time to acclimate to the area and to the weather.
The CEIYJ**** was composed of 4 loops:
For starter a loop of 35 km raced at an average speed of 18.7 km/ hour followed by hold time of 40 minutes, another loop of 32 km with the average speed of 18.6 km/ hour followed by hold time of 40 minutes, a third loop of 33 km followed by hold time of 50 minutes&the final 20 km loop.
AL SHAQAB ended the first loop at the ninth place and concluded the last loop at the fifth-place.
The winner of the competition was Khalifa Ali Khalif Al Jahouri from the UAE that concluded the race in 6 hours and 34 seconds with an average speed of 19.96 kms/hour. MarijkeVisser from the Netherlands took the second place of the individual competition followed by the Australian rider, Erin Krahnen.
The winner of the Team race was the host-country: France followed by Belgium for the Second place on the podium, Spain reached the third place, Malaysia and Qatar finished respectively fourth and fifth.
Prizes and gifts were distributed during the closing ceremony on Sunday, July 28 2013 in the morning.
Special AL SHAQAB prize were awarded to the Australian rider, Erin Krahnen for the horse’s best condition and to support the Algerian rider for concluding the race last.
AL SHAQAB was the main sponsor of the FEI World Endurance championship 2013, as a result the last loop of the race was renamed ‘AL SHAQAB’.
At this occasion, Fahad Al Qatani, AL SHAQAB Director reacted to the good results shown by the AL SHAQAB youth team:“The qualification &participation of this youth teamat the World junior Championship 2013 is only the beginning of what we have planned for the future..Where it is important to care about the first place, the benefit and experience gained by crossing the finishing line of a world championship is a great and valuable achievement by itself. It is a dream for many riders to achieve such performance. They are already winners for achieving so much and for bringing Qatar and the endurance sport to the forefront of the world class elite.”