The prestigious Cup finished its second day with intense competition at the world-renowned Al Forsan International Sports Resort
3 March 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The second day of the fifth edition of FBMA International Show Jumping Cup 2018 has concluded with fantastic success for the UAE with a total of 7 wins and places from its most talented equestrian competitors.
Winners and placed riders were from around the world including UAE, Palestine, Great Britain, Portugal, Denmark, Russia and Norway. This year has seen the highest number of international participants from 25 countries. A total of 147 riders and 180 horses have gathered at the impressive Al Forsan complex.
The esteemed Cup is held annually under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the UAE General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.
The Cup displays world-class, home-grown Emirati equestrian talent which is deep-rooted in the nation’s culture. A total of 58 of the UAE’s most talented show-jumpers will participate in the three day event.
Alongside the competition, the Cup’s Equestrian Village, the family-centred activity zone which is free for guests, includes games and competitions for children as well pony riding, competitive fun races, face painting and horse-shoe throwing. In addition, over the weekend, event attendees can enjoy fabulous music and delicious food from some of the best food trucks in the capital.
The Cup is organised by FBMA with platinum sponsors, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), and Longines. Gold sponsors are Al-Shira’aa Stables, Al Forsan, Telecom partner Etisalat, Strategic partners UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF) and Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and supporting partners Healthpoint and Etihad Airways.
“Etisalat’s participation in this prestigious sports event falls within our ongoing strategy to support community initiatives, especially the ones targeted at Emirati women. We are committed to providing Emirati women with support on all levels related to health and wellbeing,” said H.E. Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting General Manager, Etisalat Abu Dhabi.
He added that Etisalat is very pleased to be participating this year as a main partner, as part of our efforts to support the vision of the wise leadership and the UAE Vision 2021 that calls for women’s empowerment.
14 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 the whole season for the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup and I am pleased our hard work has paid off. When you select a horse for a competition such as this you are selecting a team mate and you have to work with two hearts together. I have been riding for 9 years, competing for 6 and I look forward to success in many more competitions to come.”
The FBMA Show Jumping Cup is a platform for young riders to be inspired and compete at a high international level. Young Emirati riders have particularly shone this year.
Eisa Omran Al Owais, 14, 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 pleased with my results. Now I start preparing for next year when I move to Junior level. Horse riding is very important to my family and I have been inspired by my father and brother to be the best I can. I hope I can inspire upcoming younger riders in this amazing sport that is a big part of Emirati culture, from the past and to now.”
Results from Day 2:
First category was won by Hamad Ali Al Kirbi from UAE on horse Grande Cherie PJ with winning times of 34.60 for round one and 23.00 for round two. Second place went to Farhang Sadeghi from Iran on horse Manon Lescaut with a time of 33.73 for round one and 23.10 for round two. Third place was awarded to Joao Maria Marquilhas from Portugal riding Franciscus Sylt E with a time of 36.42 for round one and 23.31 for round two.
The second category was won by Abdul Rahman Ahmed Ameen from UAE who rode Carolien D with times of 37.02 for round one and 22.16 for round two. Second place went to Imad Gharib from Syria riding Quattro 3 with winning times of 35.77 for round one and 22.88 for round two. Third place went to Humaid Abdulla Al Mheiri from UAE on horse Caravelli with times of 39.90 for round one and 25.53 for round two.
The third category for children aged under 15, was won by Omar Ayman from Palestine, riding Stella 514 with winning times of 65.99 for round one and 38.59 for round two.
Second place went to Eisa Omran Al Owais from the UAE with horse, Avelon and winning times of 64.10 for round one and 38.69 for round two. Third place went to Emirati rider Saif Awaida Mohammed Al Kirbi riding Al Mazyouna with winning times of 66.89 for round one and 29.60 for round two.
In the second half of Day 2, the fourth category was won by Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi from UAE on Al Bariz with winning times of 67.58 for round one and 34.38 for round 2. Second place was awarded to Dominic Nazir Bechara from Austria, riding Don Junior MFS with a time of 70.48 for round one and 36.66 for round two. Third place went to Mohamed Sultan Al Yahyaee from UAE on horse Bordeaux with times of 69.13 for round one and 33.80 for 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 of Russia on horse G’s Fabian with a time of 52.15 and third place went to Emma Finnie of Great Britain riding Kalyso de Bois with a time of 53.68.
The final category of the day was won by Tina Lund of Denmark riding Woulon L with winning times of 41.09 for round one and 28.50 for round two. Second place was awarded to Cecilie Hatteland from Norway with times of 41.27 for round one and 28.98 for round two. Third place went to Anita Annika Sande, also of Norway, with times of 40.07 for round one and 29.11 for round two.
All events are ‘Concours de Saut International’ (CSI), in line with a ranking system for international show jumping competitions.
The final day of the competition continues tomorrow.