Wednesday 04 January - 11h01 | Lulu Kyriacou
More death and disqualification in Dubai
Despite the efforts of reformers such as Sheik Sultan at Bou Thib, the rest of UAE endurance continues to be hit by horse death, rider disqualification and low completion rates. This is in the days leading up to an FEI 160Km CEI 3* to be held in the country.
Shortly before Christmas there were reports of a further horse fatality to add to those already recorded in 2016 and this has now been confirmed by the FEI database where the horse is listed as deceased.
The latest incident, officially labelled as a Catastrophic Injury (CI) occurred at an FEI competition in Al Wathba, UAE, during the Al Dhafrah CEI 2 * 120 KM ride. Castlebar Tailwind, ridden by Saeed Ali Saeed Al Subousi and owned by Zayed Bintouq Al Marri from Al Marri Stables sadly died on the first loop of this ride. We have guessed that he broke his leg and had to be euthanised but there has been no official confirmation of what happened.
Today, during a CEN (National event) on the first day of HH Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Endurance Festival in Dubai, the Race for Ladies recorded speeds of well over 30kph in several cases, including from Belgian rider Elizabeth Hardy who finished second and posted a speed of 35kmp coming into the third gate of the 100km ride.
Even more disturbing was the disqualification of Emma Finnie, the British rider currently being investigated by Endurance GB (EGB) after recent accusations of her kicking an exhausted horse to finish while it was wearing an extremely harsh looking metal chain noseband. On this occasion she has failed to complete the ride as she was disqualified for forbidden assistance on the course, one of several riders caught doing this according to the live results.
The question must be asked again, why three other British riders, including the EGB board member responsible for welfare, are riding at the Festival and therefore appearing to support these activities.