By Claire Valdini
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum beats 152 riders in equestrian endurance race
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.
Heartiest congratulations to HH and his team.
Our good wishes and Congratulations to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Entire Team in the Success.
We wish more success on their future endeavors..
Regards and God Bless the Ruler and God Bless U.A.E.
Each day i get more impressed by him as i have seen him achieving and encouraging others to follow his example.
UAE is lucky to have such leaders.
Congratulations to HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, congratulations to the new World Champion!
I know how difficult it is to ride 160 km in such a speed, as I am an endurance rider myself.
All my best wishes, good luck and success to HH Sh. Mohammed and his family.
Doris and Al Azim
And what an amazing horse is Madji du Pont to have pulled that one off. I trust someone gave it a carrot.
My thoughts exactly, we need more rulers like him in this world of greed, disonesty, and two extreems,
at times I wish I was a citizen of his royal Highness, a man of high standard , beyound earthly ego,
I don't know the man other than on the news, but whenever he is on the news I follow the news till the end, I believe he is not of this earth.
May God keep him and his family safe, and may he find his reward in the hand of Allah.
What a hero and what an example to follow. There would be a night and day difference between the world how it is now, and how it would be if all world leaders were more like Sheikh Mo.