RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presided over the ceremony of the Equestrian Club’s Grand Annual Horse Race in Riyadh on Friday night. The event was held at the King Abdul Aziz Racetrack in Janadriyah.
Upon his arrival at the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Equestrian Center, he was received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, chairman of board of directors of the Equestrian Club, and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior.
Trophies were presented to Hassan Issa Al-Buainain, who rode a horse named “Al-Nashas” to a first place finish in the race for locally bred horses, and another to Abdurrahman Abdullah Al-Makhdhoub, who rode “Hipo” to victory in the contest for imported horses.
The event was also attended by a number of princes, ministers and civil and military officials.
Riyadh is keen to develop its sports industry as part of reforms to diversify the economy beyond oil exports and create a more modern, dynamic society.
Earlier, the sports authority said in a statement that it is a way to share Kingdom’s historic and cultural legacy with the world.