His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has congratulated UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on winning the FEI World Endurance Championship in Pisa, Italy.
He also congratulated UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces Deputy Supreme Commander Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
He praised the UAE national team jockeys, Salem Al Ketbi, and Saeed Al Mansouri for winning the 160km race.
He also commended the efforts of the Royal Endurance Team jockeys Jaffer Mirza, Raed Mahmoud, Abdulrahman Al Zayed and Manal Fakhrawi.
Spain won the teams’ category, while Brazil and France finished second and third respectively. A ceremony was held yesterday morning at the endurance village to crown the winners.
It was a bittersweet event for Manal Fakhrawi who was on the verge of reaching the sixth and final stage of the race as her horse failed the medical test.
“I was close to the last stage had the horse not been injured before. I think that the competition was very tough,” she said, praising Shaikh Nasser for his support and leadership which had a positive impact on the team.