This prestigious show is inspired by H.H.Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Al Nahyan and is being hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 10th, 2017 - Al Forsan International Sports Resort will host the first Al Shira’aa International Horse Show on January 11th. The event goes on till January 14th, this four-day event will have daily sporting highlights from national and international top senior show jumping riders. This event is inspired by H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Al Nahyan and her family’s love for horses and pursuit to support the future development of equestrian sports and events in Abu Dhabi. Entrance to the event is free during all days.
Over 142 international and local riders who have participated in Olympics, Asian Games, Grand Prix and World Cups, will be taking the reins of 300 horses, one of the largest gathering of horses at an event in the UAE. There are 50 riders in the final Grand Prix, which will starts at 6.30pm on Saturday. This Grand Prix will be with two rounds and one jump-off. Fences will reach maximum 1.60 mtrs, as it is also the prestigious qualifier for World Equestrian Games.
“This event highlights the value of friendship, direct dialogue and mutual respect between people from different communities and cultures. We encourage the whole community to gather here, support our riders, push our young ones to get active, and explore their city and the world beyond through the friendships we will be cultivating,” says Christine Stibi, Al Shira’aa Horse Show Event Director & creative brain and ‘Horse sport & Philanthropy’ mission developer from Germany.
Several members of the royal family from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman, as well as FEI President Ingmar de Voss and Member of the German Football Bundesliga Team ‘Eintracht Frankfurt’, German Ambassador and Dutch Ambassador will all be present at this high profile sporting event. The Al Shira´a Horse Show Cultural village will also attract families, riders, visitors and tourists.
“This event is at par with international equestrian standards and we at Al Forsan are delighted and privileged to host this prestigious show in Abu Dhabi. These four days are going to be really interesting not just for the riders and participants but the whole community. We are looking forward to some close finishes during the ‘Grand Prix’ and we wish all the participants the very best,” stated Mr. Rashed Al Qubaisi, General Manager of Al Forsan.
“The Al Shira´aa Horse Show will be watched worldover, as it will be streamed live on horse channel, clipmyhorse.de from Germany. It is the first time ever in UAE and in GCC that Clipmyhorse will cover a Horse Show hosted in the whole Middle East area. Also ‘Class Horse TV’ the only TV horse channel in the world will be with us for the first time ever in GCC,” added Christine.
Aside from promoting the equestrian sport, one of the major aims of this unique event is to instill the value of friendship between different countries and cultures and to kick off the first ‘Friendship Sport Event Trips’ to bridge and bring the world together in Abu Dhabi.
Furthermore, kids and teenagers can participate in a painting competition related to the German-UAE event theme ‘Make A Difference - It is in our hand’. The winners will be announced as well as the top 30 masterpieces will be showcased between 24-25th of February at the prestigious follow up horse show organized by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sport Academy.
Al Forsan is open seven days a week and welcomes all visitors with complimentary resort access and parking to experience the fantastic range of facilities. For general inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 800-ALFORSAN.
Top international and local riders at the event have participated in Olympics, Asian Games, Grand Prix and various events of international repute:
Alexander Ornichenko Ukraine Olympic Games Participant Hongkong 2008 / London 2012 / World Equestrian Games Cannes 2014
David Will Germany / Joerg Naeve both multiple International Grand Prix Winner
Ramzy Al Duhami (KSA) Olympics Third with the Team in London 2012
Kamal Bahamdan (KSA) Olympics Third with the Team in London 2012 / 4 th Olympics individual
Khalid Al Eid (KSA) Olympics Third Individual, Sydney 2004
Abdulla Al Marri (UAE) competing in the World Cup Goetheburg 2008 / 3rd with the Team in Asians Games 2006
Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum (UAE) 2nd Asian Games in Guang Zhou 2010 / 3rd Team Asian Games 2006 Doha (UAE) Participant World Equestrian Games Lexington 2014 /winner 5 Star UAE Grand Prix Ghantoot 2015
Mohammed Al Kumaiti (UAE) competing three times in the World Equestrian Games ( Jerez 2002 / Aachen 2006/ Normady 2014) 3rd with the Team in Asian Games in Doha 2006
Mohammed AL Owais (UAE) Multiple International Grand Prix Winner, three times Grand Prix Winner in Qatar/ Winner World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix Sharjah 2012
Abdulla Humaid (UAE) 3rd Team Asian Games 2006 / Qualified 2002 Jerez World Equestrian Games
Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi (UAE) Youth Olympic Games Participant 2010 Singapore
Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi (UAE) Youth Olympic Games Participant 2010 Singapore /qualified World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014
Sheikh Ali Al Nuaimi (UAE) qualified for Youth Olympic Games / Two times 1st Place Emirates Championship Sharjah 2016 and Al Ain 2009
Frederic David (France) 1st place Nations Cup Team Al Ain 2016
Ahmed Al Hamsho (Syria) Olympic Games Participant London 2012