All-women endurance horse race on March 7

A file photo of an Omani endurance rider

An all-women endurance horse race will be organised in Barka on March 7, according to a press release from the Oman Equestrian Federation (OEF).

The race will witness a total of 44 riders compete over a distance of 80km and will be conducted according to the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) rules and regulations. Some of the participating riders are from the neighbouring countries.

The veterinary examination of the horses will be held a day before the event. The race will kick off at 6.30am and will be held in three stages. The first stage will cover 40km, while the remaining 40km will be split into two legs of 20km each.

Dressage event held:

The OEF recently organised a dressage competition, which is one of the equestrian disciplines at the Olympics.

A total of 46 riders from different cavalry units and private stables took part in the event.

Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport in which the horse and its rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. The FEI considers it as the 'highest expression of horse training'.

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