France and Spain took Team titles...
An exciting day unfolded on September 9 at the FEI World Endurance Championship Young Riders and Juniors in Ermelo, the Netherlands as 74 riders representing 20 countries competed in the 120km event.
The young athletes from France won the Team gold, and Saeed Salem Almuhairi of the United Arab Emirates captured his third consecutive Young Rider championship aboard Haleh, a 10-year-old Arabian mare, owned by M7 Stables. Haleh also won gold at the FEI Endurance World Championship in Italy earlier this year with Salem Hamad Saeed Al Kitbi.
Team Malaysia won the silver behind France, and Belgium earned the Team bronze.
In the Individual medals, Abdulla Ali Alamri on Tonki Dee Boo Basil of the United Arab Emirates won the silver, and Rut Badia Marfa on Addhy El Ziryab of Spain finished in the bronze position.
In the FEI Endurance European Championships, also in Ermelo, Spain's Soy Coll Angel & Warren Hill Chayze were victorious. France's Vincent Gaudriot and Spain's Maria Alvarez Ponton took silver and bronze respectively. Spain took Team gold, with France in second and Italy third.
The course at Ermelo challenged the Young Riders as they had to successfully navigate varying terrain and the environmental conditions throughout the day.
Horses and riders completed four loops to comprise the 120-km course, with a mandatory veterinary checkpoint at the end of each loop. The course took riders through open fields, wooded sections, and hilly terrain. The welfare of the horse is paramount in all Endurance events and these Young Riders, and their crew members carefully managed the equine athletes throughout the day to ensure their success.