The final day of the Rushford Estate’s June event drew to a close with competition taking place in CEI3* 160km, CEIYJ2* 120km and CEIYJ1* 100km sections. The standard of horsemanship remained high in the pared-down field of riders, with consistent rides across Rushford’s tracks making for a good day of sport.
The headline class, the CEI3* 160km, was taken by Salem Malhoof Alkitbi (UAE) and Majic Richardo. The 9-year-old Australian-bred grey gelding looked well throughout, starting out keen and eager and settling into a confident rhythm by the second loop. “It was amazing,” Alkitbi said after he finished. “The horse was very good around all the loops – he is strong! He’s done one 160km in Dubai, and this is his second now. I’ll be coming back for the rides in July and August for sure – it’s an amazing track and village, and the people are so nice.”
In the CEIYJ2* 120km, Rashed Saeed Hamad Saeed Alketbi (UAE) took the top spot with Erij Ennasr, an 11-year-old chestnut mare by Sarki D’Espiens. “The last loop was my favourite part,” said Alketbi. “Erij Ennasr went very well today. I have been riding her for two months now, and I think I will be coming back [to Rushford] for the next two rides.”
Khalfan Juma Mohammed Khamis Beljafla (UAE) won the CEI1* 100km with Helenico Ratch. “It was a very good ride, the horse was very, very good today. I have been training hard with this horse recently. I like the venue here; I look forward to returning,” said Beljafla. He completed just ahead of M7 Stables teammate and yesterday’s CEI1* victor Saeed Salem Almuhairi aboard Easy Du Val Arbin.
Yesterday, on the first day of rides, Hamdan Ahmad Al Marri (UAE) had a textbook ride on F3 Endurance Stable’s Vik Des Rochers to take the CEI2* 120km with ease, while Saeed Salem Almuhairi (UAE) triumphed in the CEI1* 100km with M7 Endurance Stable’s chestnut mare Cr Crispy. For the full report please click here.
Event Director, Nicholas Brooks-Ward, commented, “I am thrilled with the success of the first rides here at our new venue at the Rushford Estate. We have had a great weekend of competition in a world-class setting prepared by the best team around. There was a high standard of horsemanship all-round, and many congratulations must go to our riders for their successes. A lot of work has gone into the provision of the new showground, which is beautifully set in front of Rushford Hall, and thanks must go to all involved.”
Ground Jury President, Brian Dunn, said, “A truly remarkable Endurance event at the inaugural Rushford Estate Endurance venue, with great facilities for horse, rider, crew, officials and visitors. The course was in great shape and the vet gate proved to be excellent, and looks to become the permanent venue for the UK future of Endurance. A very competent and friendly Organising Committee who provided the very best of facilities – well done to Nick Brooks-Ward and his team from HPower!”
For complete results please click here.