PRINCESS HAYA TAKES THE REIGNS AT EQUESTRIAN GAMES

22 AUGUST 2006

The World Equestrian Games got off to a spectacular start on Sunday, as Jordan's Princess Haya oversaw a stunning opening ceremony in the German city of Aachen. A total of 800 riders and 900 horses from over 60 countries have descended on the town for what promises to be the most successful year so far for the event.

King Abdullah's half-sister, who is president of the International Equestrian Federation, even hinted that she might one day return to competition herself. "Very soon I will get my boots and jacket on again," she said. "You never know."

Princess Haya, who is one of the only riders to have competed in both the show jumping and endurance events, has obviously been putting her winning spirit to good use ever since being elected IEF president earlier this year, as the 2006 games are expected to be the first to break even. "The team at the International Equestrian Federation has been one of the most experienced and talented and I really enjoy being part of this family," said the pretty royal at Sunday's ceremony. "It does make up for my not being on the field."

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The Jordanian royal said she hadn't given up on the idea of returning to competition herself. "Very soon I will get my boots and jacket on again," she said. "You never know"Photo: © RexClick on photo to enlarge
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Top riders from all over the world took part in the opening ceremony. Over the next few days some 900 horses will be put through their pacesPhoto: © AFP
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