The San Rossore Racecourse in Pisa is one of the great equestrian endurance venues in the world that is rich with racing tradition dating back to 1829. It now hosts several world endurance events including the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018, supported and sponsored by Meydan. The Toscana Endurance is the platform for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival, the most prominent ride on the UAE endurance calendar. The 2018 running includes a series of prestigious rides on July 27th, 2018 in Pisa, including a CEI2* 120 km ride and a CEI1* 81 km ride.
Meydan Group has been the headline sponsor for the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle in 2016 and 2017, and this year they have announced a record-breaking prize pool of 1 million Euros, doubling last year’s prize and incentives fund for the festival.
Azizi Developments, a major Dubai-based real estate developer and Pillar Partners of the Dubai World Cup, will also be sponsoring the Festival as part of its partnership with Meydan that extends to international events. “We are honoured to be part of a significant sporting event such as the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival. Through our relationship with the Dubai World Cup and sponsoring the Al Quoz Sprint, we have experienced the beauty and brilliance of equine sport. We look forward to expanding on that by co-sponsoring at Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 on what will surely be a historic affair of horsemanship and athletic excellence.”, said Mirwais Azizi, Chairman of Azizi Group.
The His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival is one of Meydan Group’s two key endurance events in Dubai organised annually by the Dubai Equestrian Club. The other is the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival. Meydan Group has ensured that both festivals now have international editions held at premier endurance venues in Europe.
“San Rossore is a beautiful venue and we look forward to returning to Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 and the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival. It is a very important event on the endurance calendar and showcases some of the top athletes of the sport.” – Mohammed Essa, general manager of Dubai Equestrian Club.
Meydan Group has been sponsoring, organising and hosting world-class equestrian events in the disciplines of flat racing, endurance, dressage, show jumping and eventing. These objectives are in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
His Highness’s contribution to the world of equine sport has been incomparable and, as a result of his unstinting patronage and guidance, the sport of endurance riding has been steadily increasing its footprint. These events are more than just endurance rides. They act as the platform upon which sporting, economic and commercial links are strengthened between the UAE and Europe.