In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed and King Hamad attend HM The King of Bahrain Endurance Cup
Prominent riders from Bahrain and the UAE participated in the race, which was organised by the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) at Bahrain International Endurance Village, and sponsored by the GFH Financial Group.
HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday attended the 120-km junior and senior race of HM the King’s Endurance Cup. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid made these remarks when he attended HM the King of Bahrain Endurance Cup, alongside His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, praised the impressive development of endurance racing in Bahrain, thanks to the constant support and follow-up of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. On the sidelines of the race, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed met King Hamad in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan, President of the Olympic Committee, and the Bahrain Endurance Team Captain, H.H. Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, Honourary President of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF), crowned Salem Hamad Al Kitbi of Al Raood Stud as winner of HM the King Endurance Cup, featuring a 120-km course. After rewarding the winners, HH Shaikh Nasser expressed his utmost thanks and appreciation to HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, for sponsoring this race, stating that such a sponsorship was a source of motivation to all the participants to produce their maximum efforts. The event witnessed the participation of a pool of prominent local competitors as well as from UAE. The eventual victor completed the race in 4.07.50 hours, travelling at a speed of 29 km/h, leaving the second place to UAE's Rashid Al Baloushi (4.08.31), while third place went to his country fellow Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri (4.08.45).