The opening day of the endurance race of the FEI World Equestrian Games in North Carolina, USA, saw the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed competing to defend his title. The Crown prince was defending his title that he had won for the endurance race in 2014. The category was the individual one and was held in Normandy, France.
This year, the opening ceremony was held at the picturesque town of Mill Spring, a two-hour drive from Charlotte in North Carolina. This year’s race saw active participation from riders drawn from about 40 countries. The 120-km race was the first in the series of events comprising the quadrennial equine sports festival. The games are expected to run on until September 23.
More than 500,000 spectators are expected to gather at the venue to witness equestrian excellence. Emiratis are renowned to be expert riders as the top seven world rankings in endurance horse racing categories are dominated by them. However, there was a pall of grey in the weather owing to the expected hurricane that is anticipated to make landfall this week.