H.H. Sheikh Mansour Festival supports disabled jockeys

ARCADIA, California, 8th April, 2018 (WAM) — The H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Santa Anita Park donated US$50,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) on the sidelines of the H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley International Awards Stakes $100,000 Grade 1 race which was held on Saturday, April 7 here at the Santa Anita Park racecourse in Arcadia, California.

“In addition to promoting the Purebred Arabian horse racing around the world the Sheikh Mansoor Festival is dedicated to celebrating jockeys as some of the finest professional athletes in any sport. It gives us great pleasure to support the PDJF,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies.

“We thank His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates, President of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for their support,” she added.


The PDJF is governed by an independent board comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry.

The mission of the PDJF is to promote awareness of the needs of permanently disabled jockeys through public advocacy; to provide financial support to permanently disabled jockeys to help defray everyday expenses associated with living with a catastrophic injury; to provide financial support and assistance in obtaining medical coverage for permanently disabled jockeys; and to promote medical research dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries within the horse racing industry.

Abdulla Al Subose, UAE Consul General in California, Mohammed Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Oman, Sheikh Hamdan Al Sharqi, Edward Hamod, Director of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Global Promotions- Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Ahmed Al Qubeisi of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Nadim Lahad of Emirates Airline, Mohammed Abdulla of Al Massood Automobiles, Dr Stephano Daneri of Equicare Veterinary Services, Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) were present along with the jockeys who took part in the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Stakes race during the hand-over of the check to PDJF.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors.

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