Riding Aghaab, Al Maktoum emerged victorious from the field of more than 100 male and female riders of different nationalities when the race concluded around 4.00pm local time.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum handed the winning trophy to the winning rider, who was also presented with a stunning Longines Gold Conquest Classic Chronograph by Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines' vice president.
Cups were also presented to the second, third and fourth place finishers and the Sheikh hailed their performances and those of everyone competing in what was another hotly-contested and entertaining event.
Organised by the Dubai Equestrian Club and held annually at the Dubai International Endurance City in Saih Al Salam, the Endurance Cup is a true test of stamina and equestrian excellence and the highlight of the Dubai endurance season.
The race attracts over 100 riders of different nationalities and features some of the most significant names from the world of horse and endurance racing.
Swiss watch brand, Longines is the presenting partner of this flagship event, as well as being the official timekeeper of all equestrian events organised by the Meydan Group.
Capelli, said: “Longines is proud to be the presenting partner as well as the official timekeeper and watch of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Endurance Cup. Our brand and this elegant and exciting event share common values such as tradition and performance”
Endurance riding requires the rider and horse to work in perfect harmony as a team. They must manage pace to complete extreme distances in the fastest time while passing stringent veterinary examinations that ensure the horse is not under fatigue and stress.
Beginning in the early hours of the morning, the Endurance Cup Race is divided into five stages in which riders have to cover a distance of 160 kilometres and manage their speed to the best advantage. This involves a huge amount of patience and precision and also observes the amount of familiarity that exists between the rider and his horse.
At the end of each stage of the race, the horses are rested and refreshed and checked by a vet to ensure that they are not over-exerting themselves and to determine if they meet the physical standards to continue to the next stage.
The horse that finishes first, along with all finishers, must then successfully complete a post-race veterinary exam to determine they did not fail to meet the physical standards set by the competition. It is only after the final veterinary exam that the official order of finish is determined and announced.