Breef stepps up its prepration to host the Crown Prince Endurance Cup

Manama, April 7 (BNA) — The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Beef) has stepped up its preparations to host the Crown Prince Endurance Cup on Friday.
This night ride is the concluding event of endurance race of the 2012/13 season and is set to take place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir.
The prestigious event is open to all riders and is covering a total distance of 120km. It comprises five stages, with the first and second stages covering 30km each, while each of the remaining three will be over 20km.

The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) Endurance Committee, headed by Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, has been working on daily basis to prepare the village ahead of the race.

This weekend’s event is patronised by the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Breef president Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, meanwhile, highlighted the significance of this event and its popularity among stables.

He asserted the importance of the upcoming event, which will be for the Crown Prince Cup, and vowed to provide all forms of support to the federation to ensure this ride is a big success.

And following the great success over the past five years in the Crown Prince Cup, Shaikh Faisal noted that the night rides have special taste with different environment that has its influence on the competition.

Shaikh Faisal believes the competition for this weekend’s race will be fierce as all the riders are presently having serious preparations.

The Breef president also noted that his stable has been training hard over the past few weeks and in accordance to the plan for this race.

He lauded the efforts and contributions of the team members in past achievements.

Shaikh Faisal stressed that the Crown Prince Ride is one of the largest and most important races in the Kingdom, especially as it comes at the end of the season.

Shaikh Faisal noted that specific strategies need to be set up for night rides, and wished everyone success.

He expressed thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, for his support for the activities of the federation and all riders.

Shaikh Faisal also stressed the continued backing of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President, which is an incentive for everyone to achieve their aspirations and goals.

Yaqoub Yousif Al Hammadi was crowned champion last year, pulling off another tremendous victory to secure a royal double after winning the King’s Cup ride early in the season.

The Royal Endurance Team rider secured his double after ups and downs in this five-stage night ride. Al Hammadi completed the event ahead of Al Khalidia Stable riders Fahad Ismail and Raed Mahmood, who settled for second and third places, respectively.


Bahrain\’s national showjumping team returns home from Saudi Arabia

Manama, April 7 (BNA) — Bahrain’s national showjumping team returned from Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia, with a respectable fourth-place finish in the GCC Championship, part of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Show Jumping Festival 2013.
The nationals completed the three-day event behind champions Saudi Arabia, runners-up Qatar and third-placers the UAE, with four faults which denied them a place on the podium.
Khalid Al Khatry, riding Bashayer, led Bahrain’s hopes in the championship. Others spearheading the Bahrain team were Muslim Ali on Pascal, Adnan Al Alawi on Mikla and Salman Faraj on Bahrain BDF.

The festival was hosted at the exclusive Nofa Equestrian Resort. A location befitting an event of this stature.

Despite their failure to finish in the top three, the Bahraini quartet’s result was praised by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation’s Showjumping Committee head Ghalib Al Alawi.

Al Alawi said the team had an honourable participation in Riyadh, where some of the region’s top riders were in the fray.

He lauded the performance of the Bahraini riders in the championship, which has noticeably improved compared to previous events, and given them experience and confidence for future competitions.

The event provided the opportunity for riders from Saudi, the Gulf and the rest of the world to develop their talents and exhibit their skills in three separate tournaments.

The Festival did not only feature equestrianism, one of the world’s most prestigious sports, but also provided a wide range of other activities for visitors.

The Festival has been organized by the Higher Organizing Committee headed by His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Bin Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Many events and activities were allocated along with the festival, including a village exclusively designated for families, special market for the productive families in order to promote and sell traditional Saudi crafts-work and home-made food and many others to revive the ancient Arabic heritage.

It also allocated many recreational competitions, prizes, and raffles. In addition to that guests had the opportunity to meet and communicate with Sports and Entertainment celebrities who attended the festival.


Alba Supports Festival of Golf

Manama, April 5. (BNA) — Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)’s commitment to highlight Bahrain’s reputation as a key hub for golf tournaments gained pace with its sponsorship support for the ten-day Festival of Golf held in celebration of Awali Golf Club’s 75th anniversary.
The Festival of Golf was held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The ten-day event included the prestigious Bahrain Open and Bahrain Ladies Open championships, the Captain’s Invitational, Mixed Open, Corporate Day Pro Am tournament, and culminated with a gala dinner and dance on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Two teams from Alba participated in the Corporate ProAm tournament and reached third and fourth place respectively. Team A comprised Abdulrahman Amin, Marius Esterhuizen, Chris Kelby and Ali Al Shaer. Team B included Rob Lane, Ateeq Mujali, Rashid Al Qutaimi and Salah Al Shaer.

Commenting on Alba’s sponsorship support for the ten-day Festival of Golf, Alba’s Strategic Supply & Planning Manager, Marius Esterhuizen said:
“Alba would like to congratulate the management and members of the Awali Golf Club on their 75th anniversary, and also, for the added achievement of being the oldest golf course in the region. The Awali Golf Club has played a foundational role in building a strong following for golf in Bahrain and in raising the kingdom’s profile as a golfing destination. Our sponsorship of the Festival of Golf reinforces our continuing support for a variety of sports across Bahrain and in strengthening the sporting culture within the kingdom.”

Alba consistently provides financial backing to sporting tournaments in Bahrain and across the region as a tangible demonstration of its corporate social responsibility initiatives.