1. TAREK TAHER
Tarek Taher is from Saudi Arabia. He is Endurance rider and self-proclaimed co-founder of so-called TEIRA which means True Endurance International Rider Association.
He was elected as FEI Endurance Athlete Representative and member of FEI Endurance Temporary Committee.
2. MARIANNE IRONSIDE a.k.a. CAROL HAYTER
Marianne Ironside (also known as Carol Hayter) is from Great Britain, but currently live in France. She was the leader of so-called Clean Endurance group at the moment of the ride, although she is not a FEI official nor a FEI rider.
Recently she joined Tarek to work in his organization named TEIRA.
Half Truth of Clean Endurance
People from Clean Endurance are well known for their watchdog activities relating Endurance sport.
Above all, they check violations at competitions that take place in Group 7, mostly in UAE.
Usually, they carefully check all the results of all horses at all competitions in Group 7.
And as soon as they find information about the horse’s death, they immediately publish it (after confirmation in FEI database).
EXAMPLE 1: On 9 January Clean Endurance published information about horse’s death occurred on 4 January in Dubai:
EXAMPLE 2: On 14 January Clean Endurance published information about horse’s death occurred on 12 January in Abu Dhabi:
EXAMPLE 3: On 7 February Clean Endurance published information about horse’s death occurred on the same day in Dubai:
EXAMPLE 4: On 10 February Clean Endurance published information about horse’s death occurred on 9 February in Abu Dhabi:
So, Clean Endurance pretend that they honestly and openly publish all the information about every horse’s death.
But Clean Endurance published nothing about another competition that took place on 2 February in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.
This competition was heavily promoted by Tarek Taher:
So, Tarek declared that this competition will be held under “MY RULES = FEI RULES”.
Tarek also confirmed that women are not allowed to compete in Endurance rides in Saudi Arabia. How did the FEI approved this?
Spot the difference
Guess the venue:
Correct answer: this is the ride promoted by Tarek Taher in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia to be held under FEI RULES as Tarek promised.
What is the difference with UAE rides hated by Clean Endurance?
Perhaps this is enough to make it clear to everyone that there is no difference between the ride promoted by Tarek Taher and the rides in UAE.
Maybe, this is the reason why Clean Endurance did not publish anything about this competition?
As the saying goes, half truth is a whole lie.
But that is not all!
Marianne Ironside a.k.a. Carol Hayter has had her personal involvement in this competition!
She visited Al Ula and even worked at event (on the picture above she can be seen as a vet writer).
As we mentioned in the beginning, usually Clean Endurance carefully check all the results of all horses at all competitions in Group 7.
So, it’s hard to imagine that they didn’t check the results of all the horses after Al Ula ride – to be on the safe side!
It is widely known that sometimes a horse’s death is covering up by being put down only after the end of the competition!
We don’t know the real reason why Marianne-Carol and Clean Endurance did not publish the information about horse’s death that occurred the next day after the ride in Al Ula.
But it is a fact: a horse died, the date of death is confirmed in FEI database, and it is clear that the cause of death is directly related to participation in the competition.
Fair Endurance can confirm the death of 105XB12 – JABEL ALI (KSA) after the CEI2* 120 km ride in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.
Sadly, Clean Endurance was silent about this dead horse.
Note, that this horse has the FEI case which means that this horse was positively tested for Controlled Medication Substance.
You can check this information on FEI database: https://data.fei.org/Horse/Detail.aspx?p=46EF3F369C13C1F279AD322C73A8D582
Also please remember that the Al Ula ride has the huge amount of suspended horses for doping – seven horses at once!
JABEL ALI died on 3 February, and this information was updated on the FEI website on 5 February.
Instead of admitting the horse’s death in Al Ula, Tarek published an another post about horse deaths in UAE: