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Shaikh Nasser will lead today some of Bahrain's finest riders at 6th edition of Best Endurance Dillingen
12 : 59 PM - 22/06/2013
Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa today (JUNE 22) will lead some of Bahrain's finest riders at the sixth edition of the Best Endurance Dillingen 2013 in Germany.

The event, due to take place at the Military training area in Dilingen District, will see more than 60 riders from around the world vying for glory, including members of the Bahrain Royal Team.

This day-long festival consists of three races over 80 km, 120 km and 160 km, as the Bahraini team members are all lined up in all three rides.

The 160km ride will be divided into six stages, including 35km each for the first and second stages. The third and fourth will be over 25km each, while each of the remaining fifth and sixth stages will cover 20km.

Spearheading Bahrain in this ride will be Shaikh Nasser, along with Abdulrahman Al Saad, Abdulrahman Al Zayed, Yaqoub Al Hammadi, Hood Buchiri, Isa Al Hazza, Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Mohammed Al Khatry.

The remaining Royal Team riders are Raed Mahmood and Ghazi Al Dossary, both set to compete in the 120km ride, while Jaffer Mirza and Ali Bu Safar in the fray for the 80km section.

Crown Prince of Dubai Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and his father Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and reigning world champion, are also among favourite entries today in addition to riders from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic.

President of the Event Stephan Schelldorf and director Belinda Hitzler have been looking for the perfect venue to hold this event, and they finally came up with the decision to have it at the military training area of Bundeswehr.

But logistically, this venue for the organisers is a challenge, not only because of the floods, but also due to the lack of the infrastructure and other standards that must be met for an international ride.

FEI veterinarians, judges, stewards and technical officers have been appointed, while the marking of the race course and other technical issues were finalised by the organisers.

Dr. Jan Duvenhorst of Germany, Tanja Younes of Tunisia, Katalin Horvath of Hungary and Sabine Lotter of Germany are ground jury officials, while Harald Grinschgl of Austria is the foreign judge.

Ann-Helen Mayer of Germany was appointed technical delegate,

Stephan Schelldorf is the course designer, while appeal committee head is Ilka Fichtel, also of Germany.

Chief Steward is Zsuzsana Banyai, with Hans Sichermann, Helga Sichermann, Ute Schwarz and Helmut Schwarz, all of Germany, being stewards.

The veterinary commission is headed by Dr. Yassine Montemri of Tunisia, and includes Hungaria's Dr. Zsolt Szebeni, Dr. Emilia Pierni of Italy, Mohammed Al Hamad of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Daniele Gagliardi of Italy, Germany's Dr. Martina Zink, Dr. Donia Amr of Tunisia and Schmidberger Klaus of Germany.

Meanwhile, registration and veterinarian examination took place at the endurance village yesterday. The racing action gets underway today at 7am (Bahrain time) with the 160km ride.

The 120km race will begin at 8am, while the 80km race has been scheduled to tip off by 9am. The riders will have to finish all their respective stages and pass the veterinary examination to have an official final ranking.

After each round, the horses are presented to the veterinarian at the so-called 'Vetgate', but only if the horse has a pulse of 64 or below.


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