Azizi Developments has sponsored the opening rides of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival as part of the developer’s Pillar Partner Agreement with Meydan.
The sponsorship covers two of the four rides of the festival which started on 28 December, 2017, and will culminate in the HH Endurance Cup on 6 January, 2018 in Dubai.
The Pillar Partnership that was recently signed extends across a broad spectrum of equine sports including flat racing, endurance, and equestrianism.
The festival, which began as a single 160km ride for the HH Endurance Cup 11 years ago, has now been extended to four.
As part of the sponsorship, Azizi presented the opening races of the festival – the 100km race, restricted to private stables and individuals held on 29 December, and the 100km HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup for Ladies held on 29 December, at Dubai International Endurance City.
Mirwais Azizi, chairman of Azizi Group, said: “We are delighted to partner with Meydan in honouring HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s commitment to endurance sport through the Festival.
“The competitions made for an exciting spectacle and the quality of the winning performances sheds light on the high level of commitment the participants have to the sport.
“The festival has proved to be an excellent opportunity to display talent, encourage participation and raise the bar for endurance riding on a local and international level.”
The festival is an annual tribute to the impact HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has had on the sport of endurance riding, and equestrian sports worldwide.