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An impressive panel of speakers including Marcel De Bruyne, Director of Belgium Jockey Club, Yasser Mabrouk, Head of Arabic Department, Technical Manager, ERA, Kia Schirmann, Director, German Jockey School and Chief coach for Apprentice jockeys of the Festival, Pat Buckley, Racing Director, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, and Richard Mullen, UAE Jockey and Festival Ambassador, shared their expertise.

preventing every accidents “but you can minimize them". The emphasis should be on training, licensing, rules, fitness and health which could probably help in number of accidents being reduced, he added. Marcel stated that by their very nature "accidents are accidental" they are not stoppable but could be avoided.

Mullen explained that accidents are part and parcel of racing, though he felt injuries were very rare in flat racing as against jump racing. “As competitors we all want to win, but there is a fine line between bravery and stupidity," he said.

Schirmann (above) felt factors like planning properly ahead of the race and walking the course beforehand can contribute to avoiding such mishaps.

Buckley (above) added that onus was the riders themselves. "The jockeys should concentrate more on the course and take extra precautions.” Mabrouk said that there is no way of

Other suggestions included improvement of the jockey equipment; Apprentice jockeys should not ride unraced horses, unification of the safety measures around the globe, further training for apprentice jockeys and medical preparedness at the stables and racecourse to attend any untoward incident.

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.

The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.