Search KuwaitPR.com

Home >> Entertainment

Bahrain's Al Hashemi Crowned Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup Champion in AlUla

Bahrain's Al Hashemi Crowned Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup Champion in AlUla

Monday, March 6, 2023/ Editor -  

Share

Home >> Entertainment
• GCC rider produced a strong performance on Leon to claim victory and hold off a Spanish one-two which featured highest-placed female Maria Ponton Alvarez in second place  
 
March 4, 2023:  Mohamed Abdulhameed Al Hashemi from Bahrain held off a strong Spanish challenge to claim overall victory in the 2023 edition of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup, the flagship endurance equestrian event which took place at Saudi Arabia's ancient city of AlUla, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra.
 
Al Hashemi completed the four loops of the challenging 120km route on his ride Leon in a classified time of 05:47:54, at an average speed of 20.696 km/h, finishing 20 minutes ahead of Spain’s Maria Ponton Alvarez, the highest placed female in second place on Bolchoi El Akim (+00:20:01) and her compatriot Omar Rodrigo Blanco on JM El Sobrino in third (+00:20:02).
 
The fourth edition of the world-class event was held in the presence of HH Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Abdullah Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation. HH Prince Abdullah presented trophies to all three podium finishers, AlHashemi, Alvarez and Blanco, alongside Amr AlMadani, CEO for the Royal Commission of AlUla (RCU), and Gérard Mestrallet, Executive Chairman AFALULA.
 
HH Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Abdullah Al Saud, president of the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation said: “I congratulate this year’s champion and all those who participated this year on this extremely beautiful yet challenging route. 
 
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup is one of the biggest endurance events on the Saudi Equestrian calendar and this year’s event underlines Saudi Arabia’s journey as a leading hub for equestrianism, and as a host for major international events.”
 
Amr AlMadani, CEO of the Royal Commission for AlUla, said: “This event put the eyes of the equestrian world on AlUla and we are delighted that this year produced such high quality action.
 
“This edition was also special as it highlighted the extensive efforts being made to develop the equestrian space in AlUla, with real evidence of our commitment to creating a working hub, developing local talent and building an end to end experience for equestrian sport and leisure in AlUla.”
Al Hashemi, the Endurance Cup champion for 2023, was delighted with the performance. He said: “It was much hotter than I expected, and the terrain was very difficult but thanks to God, my training team and the support of the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, I was able to succeed.  
“I would also like to thank the support of the Royal Commission for AlUla for their dedicated support and hard work to make this week so special for riders, horses, crews and equestrian community,” he added.
 
Spaniard Alvarez, who finished runner up for a Spanish one-two, said: “It was a really good week, it was a true endurance test and this week was really perfect. We came here to run our race and we wanted to do it our way, and now we can relax and enjoy the moment.” 
 
This year saw five local riders participating as part of the development programme under RCU’s equine strategy which offered training, advice and technical support as well as extensive competitive experience. Underlining RCU efforts to empower and involve the AlUla community as part of its wider equine objectives, 40 locals also participated in stewarding and vet assistance roles on the event after being shortlisted from a group of over 80 youths for a rigorous training programme in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation ahead of the event.

Previous in Entertainment

Next in Entertainment


Home >> Entertainment Section

Latest Press Release

Advanced Technology Company (ATC) Partners with International Extracorporeal Lif ...

KIB participates in the “Digital Innovation in Kuwait's Banking Sector” conferen ...

Ooredoo Kuwait Champions Innovation by Sponsoring Kuwait University's SABS Team

GoPaint Global Campaign Ignites Creativity: Huawei Inspires Digital Artists Worl ...

Ooredoo Kuwait Champions Local Sports Talent with Junior Football Tournament Spo ...

KIB opens a new branch in the Sabah Al-Salem area

Burgan Bank Records Operating Profit of KD 106 Million in 2023

In the Spirit of National Pride: Ooredoo Kuwait Sponsored Kuwait University's Na ...

Burgan Bank Crowns Its Second Kanz Millionaire and Winner of KD 1,500,000 Prize

KIB promotes financial literacy among Murouj visitors

Ooredoo business Takes Center Stage in Kuwait's Business Development Scene, Nurt ...

Burgan Bank Urges its Customers to Adopt Safe Banking Practices and Stay Wary of ...

Ooredoo Kuwait Celebrates National Days with a series of exclusive offers and at ...

KIB: Investors' eyes are currently on the apartment and light industrial sectors

Burgan Bank Announces New Partnership with VOX Cinemas

JAECOO and Al Babtain Group Holding Sign Collaboration Agreement to Launch Off-R ...

KIB announces winners of Al Dirwaza account Monthly Draw

KIB Launches February Promotion for Visa Credit and Prepaid Cardholders

The HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 3: The only wireless earbuds you'll ever need

ICSID Committee Makes a Rare Annulment of a Previous Judgment Only 5% of Annulme ...