Abu Dhabi: Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was crowned winner of the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship for the Individual and Team categories during today’s honouring ceremony at Euston Park in Suffolk, UK.
Sheikh Mohammed, who led the UAE team to harvest gold, was given a warm welcome upon his arrival to attend the ceremony which kicked off by screening video shots from various stages of the 2012 FEI event. The screening was concluded with Sheikh Mohammed galloping to victory riding the 12-year-old Madji Du Pont followed by Sheikh Rashid Dalmouk Al Maktoum and Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri.
1st Vice President of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) John McEwen presented Sheikh Mohammed with the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship gold medal for the individual category. McEwen also presented the silver medal to Sheikh Rashid Dalmouk and the bronze medal to Ali Al Jahouri. Winners also received prizes from Longines.
Concluding the equine event for 2012, FEI Endurance Director Ian Williams congratulated endurance champions and praised their performance.
Sheikh Mohammed greeted riders from Oman and France commending their efforts as praise-worthy rivals. His Highness stepped down heading to greet Margaret Wade, the Australian rider who was injured during her participation in one of the endurance events.
Entering the ceremony grounds on horseback led by Dubai Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE riders then received gold medals for winning the team category. Gold medals went to Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority H.H. Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Rashid Dalmouk Al Maktoum.
The French and Omani teams were also honoured with silver and gold respectively.
FEI Endurance Director Ian Williams thanked Longines, Meydan and Emaar for their support and efforts in making this event a huge success. Williams announced that the next 2014 World Endurance Championship will be held in Normandy, France.