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“A touch of the Middle East comes to Britain”

For the first time ever the glamour and excitement of Arabian racing, the elegance of Arabian showing and the grit and determination of Endurance are being brought together at the new Arabian International Horse Festival at Fontwell Park, West Sussex in June of this year.

The Festival, which will take place on 14th and 15th June 2003 will bring together the three disciplines in which the Arabian Horse excels; Racing, Showing and Endurance; for a spectacular feast of equestrian competition combined with a unique cultural experience at one of Britain’s most beautiful racecourses.

The Racing, which will include Group Races, will take place over the weekend with prize money of over £20,000 on offer.

A truly international field in the 160-kilometre Endurance Ride will ensure that competition is top flight. The FEI’s three-star grading of the ride which will take place over both days, starting and finishing on the Fontwell course, offers countries a last chance to qualify for the European Endurance Championships in September.

The third strand is showing. The Festival will incorporate the third International Arabian Horse Show which is already an established international event in its own right, attracting entries from all over Europe and from as far abroad as Australia.

Wonderful shopping from a wide variety of trade stands including a selection of quality Middle Eastern themed stands will be available to visitors, as well as the opportunity to experience a touch of mystique through the presentations by Arab States Tourist Boards. The shopping and exhibitions will offer an insight into Middle Eastern culture through food, dress and traditions, making the Arabian International Horse Festival an unforgettable occasion.


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