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California Senate commends Year of Zayed,HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s activities

The highlight of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Darley Awards Gala Dinner held on Sunday, April 8 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel’s Ballroom in Hollywood, Los Angeles was a commendation received from California State Senate.

Amidst an evening of music, dance and distribution of awards, Keith Brackpool, Chairman, of the Santa Anita Park handed a framed certificate of the California State Senate’s commendation to Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) in the presence of HE Abdulla Al Subose, UAE Consul General in Los Angeles.
 
A California Senate Resolution moved by Senator Edward P. Hernandez, O.D. acknowledged and commended the efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan –the Founder of the UAE and a passionate promoter of Arabian horses.
 
The year 2018 is being celebrated as Year of Zayed as it marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed.
 
The activities of the Festival in the name of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs including the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes for Purebred Arabian horses at Santa Anita Park, the Festival’s 90-plus races around the world, its support along with Santa Anita Park for the Permanently disabled="disabled" Jockeys Fund (PDJF) totaling $ 275,000 over the last three years, were commended by Senate in the Members Resolution dated April 7, 2018.
 
The UAE envoy HE Al Subose and the Festival’s Executive Director Ms. Lara Sawaya thanked the initiative by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and the strong support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Mother of the UAE as the factors for the success of the Festival.
 
The Gala Dinner was also the stage for the Festival to honour all the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Ladies International Award and the US Darley Award winners, representatives of the sponsors, the UAE mission in Los Angeles, the media and all those associated with the Festival.
 
Later Derek Thompson, the renowned horse racing commentator conducted the American Racing Cup’s 28th Annual Stallion Auction of nominations of some top Arabian stallions, thanks to the donation of these breedings by their owners/stud farms. Once again it was Munjiz topping the auction with US$ 13,000 while the night’s proceeds collected were around US$ 40,000.
 
On Saturday on the sidelines of the Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood also received a certificate of appreciation for her support to women and equestrian activities.
 
Apart from HE Abdulla Al Subose- UAE Consul General in California, HE Mohammed Al Suwaidi -UAE Ambassador to the Oman, 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, Nadim Lahad of Emirates Airline, Khalid Al Hussein- GAYSC representative, Mohammed Abdulla of Al Massood Automobiles, Dr Stephano Daneri of Equicare Veterinary Services and American Racing Cup Stewards, US Arabian horse racing connections and over 400 guests from around the world attended the Gala Dinner.
 
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, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, , Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
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