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Re: [RC] This is worth reading - Leonard.Liesens

No no Steph, in 2002, this was Bowman who won ridden by Sh Hamdam (Dubai). And the horse was lame at the final trotting. After that the horse was entered several times on big event (including Aachen preride, I remember) and was always lame.

But for the rest, I would agree. There are some bizarre connections.

Leonard, www.endurance-belgium.com


2002 WEC - won by Abu Dhabi royalty

2004 WEC - hosted by Dubai, the winning horse (ridden by Abu Dhabi

royalty) was tested positive for drugs (in bizarre and secretive

manner which resulted in the winner being ousted 20 minutes before

the closing ceremony to the surprise and embarrassment of Abu Dhabi)

2006 WEC (Aachen) - both Dubai and Abu Dhabi spent the summer in

Germany training for the event, but the week before the race Dubai

determined that Abu Dhabi could not enter a rider, it would only be

Dubai riders (royalty) entered, per a letter of agreement written a

decade early that gave authority to Dubai to manage UAE's endurance

program) (or so the story went)

2006 - an article was published (in a Dubai/Al Maktoum owned

newspaper) alleging that an Abu Dhabi stable (royalty) used drugs

2008 WEC - once again, only Dubai was represented in the WEC

2009 - Al Maktoum (Dubai) was busted for drug use

2009 - the newspaper that published the 2006 article is punished.