HH Sheikh Hamdan Lands Second Consecutive CISM World Military Endurance Championship

UAE Riders Claim Team Title in IPIC Empowered Event

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, added his second CISM World Military Endurance Championship victory to his long list of endurance riding honors as led the UAE to the gold medal in the team division in the 120km event at the Dubai International Endurance City.

Riding Aghaab, Sheik Hamdan led nearly from start to finish as he completed the course in 4 hours, 33 minutes and 36 seconds. His margin was a little more than a minute faster than runnerup Sheikh Juma Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum aboard Alhambrad Windfaerer. The UAE’s Salman Ali Al Sabri on Qosmik Rio was third to complete the sweep of the top three spots. Finishing fourth was Bachir El Mekhtafi of Lebanon on Persiam El Nefous and Sergey Buikevich of Kazakhstan was fifth on Oan Armor.

A roster of 70 riders, representing 25 countries, competed in the second renewal of the CISM World Military Endurance Championship. The international competition was empowered by Meydan Pillar Partner, IPIC (International Petroleum Investment Company) and organised by Meydan Group’s Dubai Equestrian Club (DEC) alongside the military sport body, CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) and the UAE’s Ministry of Defence.

The competition got underway at approximately 7:20am, following a 20 minute delay due to heavy fog.

As the riders completed the 40 km first loop Sheikh Hamdan was second as he finished in 1hour, 36 minutes, and Sheikh Juma was a close third. Sheikh Hamdan gained the advantage in the second 40 km loop with Sheikh Juma taking second. The pair continued in first and second spots in the final two 20km loops as Salman Al Sabri gained third place in the third loop.

Sheikh Hamdan won the inaugural CISM World Military Endurance Championship in December 2012 as Sheikh Juma was fourth that day. Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Abdul Rahman Mohammed Zayed finished second and third respectively.

Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, Deputy General Manager of DEC said: “Dubai Equestrian Club hosts regular high-profile, international endurance events and we were delighted to welcome the best military riders in the world to our city for this prestigious competition.

“The victory of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum highlights the UAE’s long-standing international success in this discipline and we would like to extend our thanks to CISM, the UAE Ministry of Defense and all the participating countries for contributing to the overwhelming success of the event.”

Officials from IPIC were on hand to present the trophies to the winning riders.

"We congratulate HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for winning the CISM World Military Endurance Championship, demonstrating the leading role the UAE takes in international endurance racing," said Khadem Al Qubaisi, Managing Director IPIC. "This event underlines IPIC`s commitment to supporting a wide range of sporting activities in the UAE, bringing the achievements of UAE athletes to wider prominence on both a local and international level."