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.
Euston Park in the United Kingdom is gearing up to host Britain’s largest and Europe’s richest endurance festival, between August 16 and 19, 2018.
With 1 million pounds announced as the prize and incentives pool, the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival boasts the highest-ever prize money offered for an endurance festival in Europe.
The 2017 running of the festival saw a remarkable 356 riders from 32 nations participate as well as 150 national entries. These numbers made it the largest endurance event ever held in Europe. Riders from as far afield as Australia, South America and the United States travelled to the UK for the festival. This year, the numbers are expected to be even higher.
The three-day festival features the best International, National and Pony Club Riders. An Athletes village supports the festival, offering top international riders the very best facilities and infrastructure. The Endurance Festival is located in the beautiful parkland of the Euston Park Estate and includes CEI3 160 km, CEIO2 120 km, CEIOYJ2 120 km, CEI1 80 km and CEIYJ1 80 km International Rides. National rides have also been scheduled along with the Pony Club National Championships.
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.