Team Victorious rider Manal Fakhrawi clinched the King Endurance Cup over 160 kilometres.
Team Victorious won top three places in the 160km race with Manal leading the laureates in 6 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of Cecilia Garcia (6:31:30) and Jaafar Mirza (6:31:33).
His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) honorary president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa crowned Manal at a ceremony held under the patronage of the King and attended by Breef president Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.
Shaikh Nasser also presented trophies to the winners in the 120km race for young riders. Ahmed Saleh Al Nuaimi from Ruood came first followed by Abdulaziz Al Rumaihi from Al Zaeem and Hamad Hilal Al Khatri from Al Forsan.
The King’s Cup was held over four days at Bahrain International Endurance Village and featured several competitions over various distances.
Shaikh Nasser extended deep gratitude to the King for supporting equestrian sports, particularly endurance races that have witnessed landmark achievements during the era of His Majesty.
“Of all the championships, the King’s Cup is the brightest landmark in Bahrain endurance sports, especially since it is held under the auspices of the King,” Shaikh Nasser said before pledging to put in greater efforts to boost its standing.
He pointed out that the four days of the competition were filled with great excitement which reflects the impressive performances put out by the riders.
“At the same time, wide participation in the competition is a reflection of the development of the equestrian sport and endurance in Bahrain as a result of the generous care that the King accords it to this sport,” he added.
Shaikh Nasser had followed the five stages of the races and had been keen to motivate the riders to stretch their limits, put out amazing performances and heighten the level of the competitions.
Top winner Manal said she was proud and excited to win the King’s Cup and thanked Shaikh Nasser for his great support.
“Great excitement and strong competition were the attributes of the race all the way through,” she said.
“It was not a chance win, but rather the crowning of hard team work led by Shaikh Nasser. His great support helped me win the cup, and I would like to thank Team Victorious for their great efforts.”
Her next target will be Shaikh Nasser’s Cup.