All nations represented by the FEI have been invited. 41 nations have
formally entered to participate. Several more have indicated interest.
Around 200 horses and riders are scheduled to compete. All of the
continents except Antarctica will be represented.
The host nation will transport at their expense all horses and up to 27
riders, grooms, owners and team officials per the 6 horses allowed per
team. Stabling, fodder and bedding will be provided for the horses for up
to 3 weeks before until 1 week after the ride as well as food and
accommodation for 1 groom per 3 horses for the same period. The rest of the
grooms, riders, owners and officials will be given food and lodging for up
to 1 week before and 3 days after the ride. Information and Assistance
booths will be provided at both Abu Dhabi and Dubai airport to assist
arriving competitors and support staff for easy passage through
immigration, issuing of visas and to provide transport to their hotels.
Travel arrangements will be made through Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau with
offices located in the Federation.
The main venue of the ride will be the beautiful Ghantoot Racing and Polo
Club located about halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Secretariat
will also be located in the administrative offices of the clubhouse and
stands of the racecourse. Horses will be stabled in groups according to
import health groups in the various stables on the grounds. The main
groupings will be Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America,
Australia, Africa Asia and the Middle East. Hay and fodder will be
provided by the organizers with hay and grains being brought in from
various areas including Europe to feed the horses.
Training trails have been established from the stabling areas into the
nearby desert and beach area. These are set up so the various health groups
can train separately to keep the horses fit and ready for the ride. Timing
of use of these trails will be staggered so all will have an equal chance
to prepare their horses.
The head quarters hotel will be the Jazira Beach Hotel located about 5
minutes from the stabling venue. All countries will be given some
accommodation there to allow grooms access to the horses. FEI officials and
Organising Committee officials from the Federation will also be located
here. As the total demand for rooms will be very high, most of the visitors
will be accommodated in nearby hotels within a 20-25 minutes drive from the
main venue. Vehicle rental offices will be established in the hotel lobby
of Jazira to allow easy access to vehicles. Provision will also be made for
rental of cell phones etc. for the visitors.
The ride itself will be held on 10 December 1998. The First Veterinary
Inspection will be held the day before. The Closing Ceremony will be held
on 11 December in the evening. Workshops and meetings are planned for the
days prior to the ride, exact scheduling as yet to be worked out.
The start of the ride will be from the Ghantoot area out into the desert.
All Veterinary Check points will be located in the main Vet Gate area
located in the desert near the area known as Seih Assalem. The trail will
consist of a number of loops (4) out from this area and return for each
Vet-Check. The trail will consist of undulating terrain of firm sand with a
few areas, which cross deeper dune sand hillocks. The areas of deep sand
will be short in duration, usually less than 500 meters and at no point
will be farther than 2 km. More than 90% of the course will be firm sandy
base. Altitude differential will be virtually non-existent. The finish of
the ride will be at the Vet Gate area. Horses will be transported back to
the stables by vehicle.
The Vet Gate area will be a virtual village in the desert. All amenities
will be present here with restaurants, media facilities, sponsors chalets,
veterinary clinic, shops etc., all available for the comfort and
convenience of competitors and spectators alike. Each team will have their
own shaded crewing area with cooling devices for the horses and riders.
Timing of the ride will utilise the newly developed computer system, which
will provide up to the minute statistics and results. Monitors will be
available to provide that information to spectators and crews.
There will be more than 25 FEI International Officials and Veterinarians
from all over the world present to monitor the ride. These Officials have
been carefully chosen to include the most knowledgeable, experienced senior
In addition to the many experienced FEI Official Veterinarians available to
screen the horses before, during and after the ride, the Federation will
have a world class treatment team headed by Dr. Martha Mischeff of Dubai
Equine Hospital available to provide the finest of veterinarian care.
Martha will have at her disposal not only the facilities of Dubai Equine
Hospital for referral but also a first class fully equipped field hospital
on site at the vet gate provided by the UAE Federation. This facility will
have a full range of laboratory equipment allowing immediate assessment and
treatment of any emergencies. Provision is being made to accumulate some
research data regarding these horses as it is a unique opportunity to
gather data on this many horses with a history of having shipped so far.
This will give equestrian sport valuable data to assist horses in
international competition in the future.
The Organising Committee has arranged to bring a media person from each
country as well as many internationally recognised equestrian journalists,
photographers and television crews. A number of international television
outlets including CNN are planning to have crews present to film for their
respective outlets. Exposure to the world for this Championship should be
very large. In addition a Closing Ceremony of major proportions with
internationally known artists is being prepared. To be held in Zayed Sports
Center a crowd of more than 30'000 is expected.
Place and time of start
Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, Abu Dhabi
Thursday 10 December 1998 at 04:00
UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation
P.O. Box 3234
United Arab Emirates
Tel. (971 2) 661 800
Fax (971 2) 655 700
H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mr Faisal Seddiq Mohammed Samea Al Mutawa
For more information:
Mr Jim Bryant DVM
Veterinary Inspection: 9 December 1998 a.m.
Final Veterinary Inspection: within 30 minutes of the
Peden Bloodstock Ltd
Tel. (44 1252) 844 042
Fax (44 1252) 844 043