PARIS- Captain of Bahrain’s Royal Endurance Team Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa praised the high performance of Bahraini horse riders in the 120-km held in Compiegne near Paris, in France. Nine Bahraini riders were among 144 contestants in the fray.
Shaikh Nasser said he was proud for the brilliant performance of his riders during the races in Compiegne. He pointed out that the team’s participation in Compiegne championship followed their outstanding success in Windsor race, in Britain.
He described the 160-km and 120-km races as very enriching, emphasising their significance for future international competitions.
Shaikh Nasser noted the fierceness of this event in all its stages with some of the world’s best riders in the fray, which added more excitement to the competition.
The Royal Team leader also congratulated riders from the UAE and other Arab countries which took part yesterday, and commended the efforts of their respective equestrian federations in the overall development of this traditional sport in the region.
He pointed out that he did not want to participate in the 120-km race to allow the Bahraini riders to benefit from the presence of the high number of competitors from all over the world and boost their self-reliance in such competitions.
The Royal Team Captain met the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and congratulated them on the leading places clinched by the Emirati riders.-BNA