The ruler of Dubai won the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship, a 160km equestrian endurance race, at Britain’s Euston Park on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, racing on Madji du Pont, beat 152 riders from 38 countries to cross the finish line in seven hours.
The UAE team, consisting of Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum and Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, also won the team competition, completing two hours ahead of France.
“I only ever compete because I enjoy taking part in endurance. I do not go out to get a result; I go out to have fun. I do not try to change position but ride my own ride,” Sheikh Mohammed told reporters after the race.
“My horse gave me a wonderful ride – all the way through he felt incredible. I am very pleased with the result.
“I thought that the rain could make the course slippery which was another reason to take it steadily,” he added.
The 160-km endurance route comprises six loops between 20km and 38km, five of which take riders on different routes around the Suffolk countryside covering heathland, forest tracks, river meadows and open farmland.