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Located at Al Khalediah Farm, Tebrak, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (K.S.A), the Prince Khaled Endurance Cup will be the premier FEI ride on the K.S.A calendar this year.

The event which will take place on January 27th is a joint venture between the Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival and Intl. Endurance Equestrian Events.

The event is patronized by His Royal Highness, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin AbdulAziz Al Saud. (... more)


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More than 400 horses compete in Saudi fest

Kansas City Star, Associated Press
By DONNA ABU-NASR
Associated Press Writer

photo Hassan Ammar, AP: Jockeys compete with their horses in the Al-Khalediah Endurance Ride in Tebrak 110 km (69 mile) east the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.

At a green oasis in the desert outside Riyadh, a dazzling array of Arabian horses with colors ranging from dark gray, coffee bean black and warm honey have competed all week in an extravaganza designed to celebrate Arabian horses. 1`

The second Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival features a beauty show, races and an auction. The popular animal is intrinsic to this region's culture, and one that, according to ancient Bedouin legend, God designated as one of the "glories" of the earth.

The event, which began last Sunday and ends Friday, was hosted by Prince Khaled bin Sultan, the son of Crown Prince Sultan, at his Al Khalediah Farm which has more than 900 Arabian horses. More than 400 horses from 18 countries took part in this year's festival.


photo Hassan Amar, AP: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan is seen during an interview with The Associated Press at the Al-Khalediah second international Arabian horse show in Tebrak, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. The event, which began last Sunday, is hosted by Prince Khaled at his Al Khalediah Farm which has more than 900 Arabian horses. More than 400 horses from 18 countries took part in this year's fest.

"This is one of the biggest such gatherings in the world," Khaled said of the festival.

The prince, who is also the kingdom's assistant defense minister, has for the past two decades been buying Arabians from the United States, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, and bringing them to the land where many Saudis believe the horses belong.

The prince regularly competes in international and smaller competitions and has won scores of prizes: 22 championships in 2006, 26 in 2007 and 36 in 2008.

In December 2007, his Layan al-Khalediah won the title World Champion Filly at the Salon du Cheval World Arabian Championships in Paris, becoming the first horse bred in the kingdom to win an international prize.

The event in Saudi Arabia was an opportunity for the prince to showcase his own horses, housed in stables at Al Khalediah. The prince's sprawling, 4,200 acre farm on the edge of Tebrak, 70 miles west of Riyadh, includes an equine hospital and a wildlife reserve.

Khaled sold 32 of his horses at an auction held Sunday that fetched 5.2 million riyals ($1.4 million). A Saudi businessman paid 3 million riyals ($800,000) for one of the horses - a white-gray mare called Anasta Nile Pearl.

"The festival is extremely professional. It's a wonderful addition to the international horse community," said Scott Benjamin, a Canadian animal scientist and one of the judges. "The quality of the horses is world class."
photos Hassan Ammar, AP: Jockeys compete with their horses in the Al-Khalediah Endurance Ride in Tebrak 110 km (69 mile) east the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.


The Al Khalediah Festival Cup Prince Khaled Cup Endurance Challenge 2009..continued

Al Khalediah Farm, Tebrak, which is 90km from Riyadh on the road to Makkah (Holy place), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (K.S.A). provieds excellent facilities and infrastructure, the venue is set to provide excellent facilities suited to overseas and local participants, officials and visitors.

The Prince Khaled's Cup Endurance Challenge 2009 will be a door opening event to the FEI World Class Endurance in the K.S.A. In the challenge, riders will have to plot through various terrains, undulating slopes and sandy areas in the subtropical cool air in the morning and night. The Looping will be marked with flags prominently at strategic points to guide the riders for looping distance and direction. Along the trails, there will be designated water points providing drinking water and ice water for cooling at approximately every 5km. Throughout the course, riders will need to go through compulsory stops after each loop called Vet Gate, for cooling their horses, whilst ensuring the safety and welfare of their animal from the checks performed by a highly expert team of endurance veterinarians. Endurance sport is still fairly young in K.S.A. and as part of the state?s efforts to promote sports tourism, the staging of The Prince Khaled?s Cup Endurance Challenge 2009 will help boost this sport in the Kingdom.

The managing directors of Intl. Endurance Equestrian Events are two well-known figures in the equestrian world, Ahmed Ali Al-Hammadi and Mohammad Essa Al Adhab both are FEI four-star Grand Jury members along with chief steward and Technical Delegate. They have more than twenty years of working experience in equine industry.

The Timing System from Intl. Endurance Equestrian Events is best in the world due to its handling a heavy load, it can handle unlimited number of horses per race, and it can handle more than 20 horses each 5 seconds on the arrival gates or vet in gates. This system is robust and it has managed successfully Endurance races more than 13 years in U.A.E.

Intl. Endurance Equestrian Events has already conducted endurance rides world wide in countries such as Qatar, Egypt ,Malaysia and now in recently world endurance championship ( WEC) 2008 in Malaysia. Now in K.S.A. it will perform its job in The Prince Khaled's Cup Endurance Challenge 2009.


RESULTS

1Abdulrahman Ibrahim AlHawasKSAAnwar Almamlakah6:23:06
2Mohammed Tahous Al NuaimiQATIn Situ6:45:55
3Thafer Dweih AlBakryKSANawy6:47:55
4Adbulrahman Saad Al SulaiteenQATJamila De Jalima7:01:27
5Ali AlHashemKSAAlfaraa7:08:04
6Mohammed Abdullatif AlOmairKSALiath7:54:03