AlUla: World’s best riders, horses, and trainers all competing in two epic long-distance competitions

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup returns to the limelight in AlUla this week and audience anticipation is reaching new heights ahead of another fabulous weekend in the ancient oasis.

Organised by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) in partnership with the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) and Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF), the Endurance Cup is a flagship event in the global endurance circuit. Besides the world’s best riders, horses, and trainers all competing, there’s the largest prize money in endurance event history on offer – making this record-extending fifth edition unmissable.

With the wait almost over and the action about to begin, AlUla Moments has now given those attending even more reasons for excitement – detailing everything they can expect to experience during this “sensational spectacle”.

Rami AlMoallim, Vice President of Destination Management and Marketing at RCU, said: “With the 2024 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup just days away, we can promise that this edition it will be incredible for everybody involved. This isn’t just a prestigious sporting event – it’s a special occasion where we bring sport together with culture, art, heritage, and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. Sporting events have always been about providing fun-filled moments, and this is precisely what people will experience this weekend. We have a sensational spectacle in store for all.”

Live from AlFursan Equestrian Village, 200 of the world’s best riders from 51 countries will embark on a 120km CEI 2* competition on Saturday in what promises to be the ultimate test of rider and horse against time and terrain.

With the coveted Endurance Cup awaiting the winner, participants must strike a balance between speed, stamina, and strategic pace management while chartering AlUla’s breathtaking yet challenging terrain. More of the same follows on Sunday. An additional 160km CEI 3* distance event featuring 67 riders launches the build-up to the eagerly awaited 2026 FEI World Endurance Championships in AlUla.