ABU DHABI, 2nd March, 2018 (WAM) — The second day of the 5th FBMA International Show Jumping Cup 2018 concluded with success for the UAE, with its leading equestrian competitors achieving seven wins and top places.
The Cup’s winners and leading riders come from around the world, including from the UAE, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Denmark, Russia and Norway, and this year saw the highest number of international participants from 25 countries. A total of 147 riders and 180 horses are participating at the Al Forsan Complex.
The Cup is held annually under the patronage of the “Mother of the Nation,” H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).
The Cup aims to showcase world-class and home-grown Emirati equestrian talent, and 58 of the UAE’s leading show-jumpers are participating in the three-day event.
Fourteen-year-old Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi from Abu Dhabi, the only UAE qualifier for the upcoming Youth Olympics in Argentina, won the “CSIJ-A One Round with Jump Off” category. Following his win, he commented, “I have been preparing myself and my horse for the whole season for the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup, and I am pleased that our hard work has paid off. When you select a horse for a competition such as this, you are selecting a teammate, and you must work together. I have been riding for nine years and competing for six, and I look forward to further success in many future competitions.”
The Cup provides a platform for young riders to be inspired and to compete at the international level, and young Emirati riders have especially shone this year.
Fourteen-year-old Eisa Omran Al Owais from Sharjah, who was placed on the first and second days of the Cup, said, “I am proud to represent my country in the FBMA Show Jumping Cup this year, and I am pleased with my results. I have now started preparing for next year when I move up to junior level. Horse riding is very important to my family, and I was inspired by my father and brother to be the best I can. I hope that I can inspire upcoming young riders in this amazing sport, which is a major part of Emirati culture, in the past and present.”
The first category was won by Hamad Ali Al Kirbi from the UAE on the horse, Grande Cherie PJ, with winning times of 34.60 in round one and 23.00 in round two. Second place went to Farhang Sadeghi from Iran on the horse, Manon Lescaut, with times of 33.73 in round one and 23.10 in round two.
The second category was won by Abdul Rahman Ahmed Ameen from UAE, riding Carolien D, with times of 37.02 in round one and 22.16 in round two. Second place went to Imad Gharib from Syria, riding Quattro 3, with times of 35.77 in round one and 22.88 in round two.
The third category for children under the age of 15 was won by Omar Ayman from Palestine, riding Stella 514, with winning times of 65.99 in round one and 38.59 in round two.
Second place went to Eisa Omran Al Owais from the UAE, riding Avelon, with times of 64.10 in round one and 38.69 in round two.
In the second half of Day 2, the fourth category was won by Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi from the UAE on Al Bariz, with winning times of 67.58 in round one and 34.38 in round two. Second place was awarded to Dominic Nazir Bechara from Austria, riding Don Junior MFS, with times of 70.48 in round one and 36.66 in round two.
The fifth category, one round against the clock, was won by Tina Lund of Denmark, riding Payse Heutiere, with a time of 50.88. Second place went to Anna Gorbacheva from Russia, riding G’s Fabian, with a time of 52.15.
The final category of the day was won by Tina Lund of Denmark, riding Woulon L, with winning times of 41.09 in round one and 28.50 in round two. Second place was awarded to Cecilie Hatteland from Norway, with times of 41.27 in round one and 28.98 in round two.
All events are “Concours de Saut International,” CSI, in line with a ranking system for international show jumping competitions.
The competition concludes tomorrow.