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2008 Al Nahyan Ladies Challenge II
Images by Steph & John Teeter

February 8 - Round II

(official results)

(top six finishers)
1. Sue Sidebottom (GBR) 3:49:13
2. Reem Shaban Ibahim Hasan (UAE) 3:49:23
3. Kayleigh Smigh (GRB) 3:49:52
4. Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi (UAE) 3:49:52
5. Shamsah Awad Al Otaiba (UAE) 3:50:04
6. Sheikha Hissa Bint Sultan Al Nahyan (UAE) 4:03:51

Gallery Round I || Gallery Round II

Abu Dhabi: The Second Round of the Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Challenge endurance ride for ladies will be held on Friday and will be followed by two endurance courses for FEI judges at the Al Asayel Endurance Village (AAEV) in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Salem Al Ketbi, AAEV Organising Committee President said Friday's event is expected to provide some exciting fare as the tussle for overall champion enters a crucial phase.

Friday's 100-km ride will get off to a mass start at 6.30am and the ride will be run in four loops of 30kms, 30kms, 24kms and 16kms. Two Qualifier rides will also be held on the same day.

"We have 14 lady riders from the 31 who started who will be looking to garner some more points in the three-round Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Challenge," he said.

Explaining the challenge, Lara Sawaya, Managing Director of Tasweeq, said "Winners of each round will gain 130 points apart from the first prize money of Dh 30,000.

Additionally, 50 Bonus Points for a rider completing all three Rounds of the Challenge and 100 Bonus Points for a rider that completes all three Rounds of the Challenge with the same horse will be awarded," Sawaya said.

"Another 45, 30 and 15 points respectively for the top three best conditioned horses will also be added while a Dh 10,000 award for the Best Conditioned Horse winner of each round is also on offer," she said.

Ladies Challenge - Round 1 - Results

1Afra Khalifa Al Suwaidi/UAE03:18:00
2Reem Shaban Ibrahim Hasan/UAE03:18:34
3Kayleigh Smith/Great Britain03:26:00
4Bayan Abdulla Abbas Ahmed/UAE03:26:50
5Aliya Ali Mohd Yusuf Al Marzouqi/UAE03:29:04
6Sue Sidebottom/Great Britain03:32:41
7Maria Fernanda Villar/Uruguay03:45:41
8Kimberley Dean/Great Britain03:48:49
9Sheikha Maryam bint Omer Al Qasimi03:53:41
10Liz Taylor/Great Britain03:54:44
11Margaret Wade03:54:57
12Jacqueline Dircks/Great Britain03:55:11
13Alison Jane Buckley03:55:25
14Martha Mary Misheff/United States03:55:37
15Nouf Mohd Khamis Al Dhaheri/UAE04:02:09

Rider Fall Down

(Round I - Steph's Sad Story)

This was my pull code. Really and truly. (I think AERC needs to be a little more creative minded in their pull codes. Just think of the possibilities.)

Actually it was a little more complicated than falling down. This was my first honest runaway, and it was a doozie :)