The last of the four Longines presented Euston Park Endurance Rides, supported by Emirates Airlines, was the largest to date, with 81 riders starting this morning’s ride (Saturday August 13). The four classes saw three wins for the UAE and one for Great Britain in what was the final of four rides and the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival.
Great Britain’s Kate Atkinson (19) from Clitheroe, Lancashire riding Tannasg Psyches Realm put in an amazing performance in her first ride in the popular Young Rider’s CEI2* 120km, which had a starting line-up of 15 riders. The Brit put in a steady performance with consistently fast times meaning she was ahead on each loop and finished first in almost exactly six hours, with an average speed of 19.95kph and a qualification for next year’s Junior World Championships in Italy, as well as scooping top prize in the Best Condition Award.
“I’ve never done that in my life!” said Kate of her average speed. “I’m still in shock. I really didn’t expect to win. I just aimed to complete and qualify for the Worlds. It’s my Mum’s horse and she let me have a ride on it! I knew when I went out on the last loop I was in first place but even then the qualification was more important than the place. But then I thought ‘this is too good to not try’. It’s just…. Wow!”
The FEI ride drew entries from 17 nations including Australia, France, Pakistan and Sweden and once again comprised four classes: the CEI1* 80km, CEI2* 120km (Young Rider and senior classes) and the CEI3* 160km. As riders set off in staggered start times from 06:45 the weather looked promising with warm sunshine, a strong breeze and plenty of cloud cover. It didn’t disappoint. Conditions remained consistent all day and the organisers’ decision to drop the yellow loop was proven totally vindicated as the rest of the course rode extremely well.
Foreign Veterinary Delegate, Gerhard Van Der Westhuizen (RSA), said: ‘It was a really successful day today from our point of view. We had no emergencies, no invasive treatments, no serious injuries and we only saw two horses for treatment in the clinic (at their own riders request.) I’d always rather see a higher rate of horses not progressing to the next round and no horses in the clinic – to me that’s a sign that the team did its job really well: And just look at the horses now after the race, you can see they’re in top condition.”
The winners of the four classes were:
CEI1* 80km – Salim Said Al Owais (UAE) riding Syamp De La Maltorne in a total ride time of 03:06:16 (average speed of 25.77kph)
CEI2* 120km – Sh. Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum (UAE) riding Ajayeb in a total ride time of 04:36:42 (average speed 26.02)
CEIJ2* 120km – Kate Atkinson (GBR) riding Tannasg Psyches Realm in a total ride time of 06:00:54 (average speed 19.95kph)
CEI3* 160km –Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose (UAE) riding Usmir De Montegut in a total ride time of 07:22:43 (average speed 21.68kph)
The prize fund of £54,500 was, as always, awarded entirely based on FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822] and the winner of the CEI 3, Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Subose, was also presented with a stunning Longines Master Collection watch.*
The top Prize Winners of the Best Condition Award in each class were:
CEI1* 80km – Kurrency MI ridden by Ahmed Yousef Al Bloushi (UAE)
CEI2* 120km – Shaddad ridden by Sh. Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum (UAE)
CEIJ2* 120km – Tannasg Psyches Realm ridden by Kate Atkinson (GBR)
CEI3* 160km – Mont Rainbow ridden by Ahmad Mohd Ahmed Belqaizi (UAE)
Full results can be found at www.eustonparkendurance.co.uk
Nick Brooks-Ward, Event Director at The HPower Group, said: “ What a way to end the series of four rides here. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was incredible. I’m so grateful to our sponsors and the HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Festival for everything they provided here this weekend. Last night’s rider’s party was a fabulous way to thank everyone that’s been involved, everyone who’s worked so hard behind the scenes and our competitors and their teams, and the lotteries were so much fun.
“It was a real privilege to have His Grace The Duke of Grafton with us today to present some of the prizes and his stunning Estate has provided the most wonderful setting for these rides.”
Photo & text: eustonparkendurance.co.uk