Although HRH Princess Haya has not been riding competitively over the last few years, She is still very active as a rider whenever Her busy schedule and Her family obligations allow Her to. Both Her children ride and have a great interest in wildlife and animals. She presently plans to share Her passion with the kids which should give Her an opportunity to spend more time in the saddle again.
In the last decade, HRH Princess Haya has emerged as one of the most successful racehorse owners in Europe.
Since 2004, horses carrying Her distinctive green colors have amassed well over 200 victories, including several of the most outstanding European champions of recent years.
Foremost among these is New Approach, who raced in HRH Princess Haya’s colors throughout 2008. Trained in Ireland by Jim Bolger, New Approach won the Epsom Derby – perhaps the most iconic flat race in the world – before adding the Irish and English Champion Stakes to his haul later that season.
New Approach’s heroics went a long way towards helping HRH Princess Haya claim the title of Champion Owner in Britain in 2008. Following his career on the track, New Approach retired to stud and the performances of his first crop of runners in 2012 have marked him out as one of the most promising young stallions in the world. Appropriately, one of his first major winners was HRH Princess Haya’s Newfangled in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Truly, 2008 was a memorable year for HRH Princess Haya, as She was also represented by the outstanding miler Raven’s Pass (expertly handled by John Gosden, who trains the vast majority of HRH Princess Haya’s horses).
To date, She has owned seven Group/Grade 1 winners. This group also includes the 2010 Arlington Million hero Debussy. In addition, HRH Princess Haya has enjoyed further big race success in America courtesy of Donativum’s Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf triumph while Her horses have notched up four victories at Royal Ascot.
In this year’s Epsom Derby, Romsdal, carrying Her colors, finished a very good 3rd, behind Australia.
In 2007, HRH Princess Haya was made an honorary member of the English Jockey Club while in 2009, She became the first patron of the Retraining of Racehorses charity.
Furthermore Princess Haya was last year appointed as a patron of FEGENTRI, the international amateur riders’ association which promotes 60 races worldwide each year to support separate points based championships for men and women. HRH Princess Haya is only the second appointee to the position of patron in the 56 year history of FEGENTRI.
Beside these appointments HRH Princess Haya also fulfills the following roles and functions, to name a few:
- United Nations Messenger of Peace
- Global Humanitarian Forum, Founding Member
- Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Chairperson
- International Humanitarian City, Chairperson
- Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Chairperson
- Haya Cultural Centre, Chairperson
- Tkiyet Um Ali, Chairperson
- UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council, Chairperson
- International Paralympic Committee, Member of the Honorary Board
- Chain of Hope, Honorary President
- Land Transport and Mechanical Union, Honorary President
- Princess Haya Biotechnology Center, Honorary President
- Princess Haya Cultural & Islamic Centre, Honorary President
- FEI President (2006-2014)