TOP Arab lady rider Anna Wallace, of Angmering, has been chosen to represent Great Britain in a new series of International Arab Races this year. The H.H.Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship series will feature 11 races all over the world, including countries from Australia to Poland. It will culminate in a glittering final in Dubai.
Twelve lady riders from 12 different countries will ride drawn horses at each event, with the winner of each going forward to the final in Dubai later this year.
Anna, who has won the Arab Lady Rider for the Year title in Brita in the past, last year combined riding winners with training her own horse, Kings Cavlier, owned by her father, Brian.
She rode King’s Cavalier to her first victory as a trainer at Nottingham and he went on to perform consistently throughout the season.
Anna has chosen to ride in the Newbury leg of the World Championship Series, because some of the other tempting overseas options clashed with her plans to enter and run her own horse in raced in this country.
This prestigious race at Newbury will be run directly after the top throughbred race, the Lockinge stakes- and offers the largest purse ever for a handicap race run under BHA Regulations for Arabian Horseracing.
“I’m looking forward to it. The horses will be provided by trainers here and will be drawn with riders, so it is all totally random. I will be competing against top lady riders in the sport of Arab racing from all over the world. But I will be on home soil and a track I know. I’d love to make it through to the final and represent Great Britain in Dubai too.”
Last year she only narrowly failed to regain her title as Champion Lady Rider.
For full story see West Sussex Gazette equestrian page May 9