His great interest contributed to the establishment of races in many countries of the world

The President's Cup for Purebred Arabian Horses.. A Model of Khalifa's Support for Heritage Sports

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The purebred Arabian horse races are among the most prominent sports competitions that enjoyed the support of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, as they witnessed in the past years a great boom in the level of global participation, most notably maintaining the wonderful momentum in the midst of the developments of the emerging Corona virus pandemic.

The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, continued the march of unlimited support for horse racing in particular, as the President’s Cup series of purebred Arabian horses was established for the first time in 1994 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace. Who was keen to highlight the importance of the purebred Arabian horses and celebrate them on a global scale.

The UAE plays a leading international role in preserving Arab heritage sports of all kinds, in terms of strengthening national identity and spreading the values, traditions and culture of Emirati society as a kind of soft power for the state, translating the vision of the wise leadership to preserve the heritage and history of parents and grandparents, and spreading the culture of Emirati society in various countries. world and promote it.

Equestrian sport is the most prominent heritage sport that the UAE attaches great interest locally and globally, as many events and tournaments are organized inside and outside the country, whether they are purebred Arabian horse races, endurance championships, horse beauty, or show jumping.

The great interest of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, in the President's Cup for purebred Arabian horses, contributed to the great spread of the series of races at the world level, which is the largest in size and in terms of the value of the prizes, and is characterized by the diversity of its spread in various tracks and international horse fields. Since 1994, with the aim of highlighting the importance of the purebred Arabian horses, elevating their stature and celebrating the heritage of the UAE on a global scale, they became the most important classic races in the world.The President's Cup series for purebred Arabian horses witnessed the sublime patronage of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, and the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and in light of the great interest and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with the aim of raising the stature of the purebred Arabian horse and enhancing its presence in the world racing scene, and supporting owners and breeders to take care of Arabian horses, in support of the approach of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, and the Cup races are held under the umbrella of the Committee The organization is headed by Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni, and Faisal Al Rahmani, Advisor to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, General Supervisor of the Races.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, laid a solid foundation for the UAE’s support and interest in Arabian horses in the country, the region and all continents of the world, and to provide the best stimulating environment for breeders and owners in all countries of the world to preserve the Arabian horse breeds and to spread them in regions and providing the most important races, services and prizes for them, given the Arab horse’s association with the traditions, legacy and culture of the Emirates, the Gulf and the Arabs in general. The world, where it is currently present in North and South America, in Europe as a whole, in Russia, and in various Arab countries with 28 tours.

The series attracts elite horse owners, and the best horses compete in its titles under the supervision of elite trainers and jockeys, as it is hosted by the world's historical tracks for various stations in Arab and European countries, and 28 copies of it have been held so far.

• The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, established the President's Cup for purebred Arabian horses in 1994, and the great interest and support of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, contributed to the cup's spread in many countries of the world.


• The Cup sought to highlight the importance of the purebred Arabian horses and to raise their profile and celebrate the heritage of the UAE on a global scale, until it became the most important classic race in the world.

The Cup since 1994.. 28 years have witnessed many achievements

The first leg was among the most prominent in the 28-year history of the Cup, when the omnipotent horse (Akbar) won by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al-Mualla, the first winner of the Cup race in 1994, while in 2019 it achieved, after the conclusion of 12 stations, a large audience of 250 thousand Spectators from the floor of the world tracks.

In 2020, the total number of horses participating in the series of races over 12 stations reached 205 horses, despite the challenges of the Corona pandemic.

On the other hand, its 28th edition was held in 14 stations on various international tracks.

The legend “Al-Anoud” is considered the greatest achievement, who monopolized the precious cup for four consecutive years in the years: 96, 97, 98, 99, along with “Ezel” who won the cup for two consecutive years 2001 and 2002, and free twice in 2005 and 2006, and Al Qaher, and the Persians “Ark” Dussel”, the horse “Menciou El Mori”, Nizam, the rapacious mare, Dynamite, Nirwan, Gernin, Seraphine de Bon, and Nishan Marra.

The American Yancy Carter is the most successful coach in the race, all of which came through Al-Anoud.

Al-Anoud is the holder of the record time for the race distance of 2,200 meters, which is 2:23:49 minutes, which she recorded in February 1996.

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