Anita Annika Sande and her horse ‘For Cash 2’ from Elite Stable was victorious in the closing competition of the 15thweek of the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League held at the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club.
Riders of all categories participated in the competitions as they strove to acquire more points in order to improve their overall ranking. This National was the final competition where riders had the opportunity to accumulate points before the Longines Final, marking the end of the season in two weeks’ time.
Sultan Al Yahyai, General Director of the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club and Hussam Zummit, Representative of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF) presented the prizes to the riders.
Norway’s Anita Annika Sande and her 13 year-old horse ‘For Cash 2’, from the Elite Stable, won the One Round Jump Off for Division 1 with jumps placed at 140 cm. 23 riders participated, of which eight managed to complete the main round without any faults. Three of these riders succeeded in completing the jump off round without faults with Anita Annika Sande jumping to first place with a time of 39.46 seconds. Denmark’s Tina Lund and her horse ‘Carallo’ from Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club came in second finishing the Jump-Off in 39.95 seconds.
Saudi rider Abdullah Al Sharbatly and ‘Chap 47’ from the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club won first place in Thursday’s One Round Against the Clock class where the course was designed with obstacles at 135cm height.32 riders participated in the event, of which 11 riders succeeded in completing the round without any faults.
The One Round with Jump Off class saw the participation of 24 riders who flew over jumps placed at a height of 135 cm. Seven riders tied in the Jump Off, of which five completed without any faults. Tina Lund took the lead riding on ‘Payse Heutiere’ finishing the round in 34.53 seconds. Second place went to Mandara Equestrian Club’s Moh’d Fadi Al Zabibi from Syria and ‘Ulac De Montsec’.
In the One Round Against the Clock for Division 1 riders, with jumps set at a height of 125 cm, 24 riders participated with 14 of them succeeding in completing the round without any faults. Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club’s Ali Abdalla Al Khadim and ‘Doxanne B’ came in first place.
The Two Phases competition for Division 1 riders with jumps set at a height of 120 cm, the UAE’s Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi and his 9-year-old horse ‘Snapp Jack’ from Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club came in first while his fellow club member Egypt’s Mohammed Ashraf Abdalla Ashraf on ‘Carlotta’ secured third place. Second place went to Mhd Osama Al Zabibi and ‘Toulana’ from Mandara Equestrian Club.
In the first competition of One Round Against the Cloc, riders from three categories participated – for Division 2 and Junior riders, the jumps were set at a height of 125 cm, while for riders competing under the Young Horses (5-6 years old) category, jumps were set at 120 cm. Amongst the Division 2 riders, 16 participated but first place was secured by Syria’s Youssef Sawas riding ‘Elton’ from Al Ali Stables. From the 22 Juniors that competed, the American rider Ayman Nasser from the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club came in first with his13-year-old horse ‘Brandy’. 27 riders with young horses also participated in the round and the first place went to Tina Lund and ‘Celvita Z’.
In the Two Phases competition for the three categories’, 10 Division 2 riders participated but it was Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club’s Imad Gharib from Syria and ‘Quattro 3’ who won first place. 16 riders participated in the Juniors’ category with Mhd Osama Al Zabibi and ‘Paprica’ securing another win. This class also saw the participation of 25 riders in the young horses category. Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Maktoum and his horse ‘Invictus DXB’ from Emirates Equestrian Centre came in in first.
Australian wonder mare Winx signed off her brilliant career in the best possible fashion when dazzling the crowd in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.
Winning for the 33rd time in succession, and the 25th time at Group One level, Chris Waller’s pride and joy has rightly been afforded superstar status by the Australian media.
The seven-year-old, who survived a scare on Thursday when kicking out at railings and leaving a hole in an advertising board after her final gallop, came with her customary run from half a mile out, as the grandstands began to erupt.
Rounding the bend widest of all, Hugh Bowman pressed the button with a furlong and a half to run and his partner began to hit top gear, sprinting clear to beat Kluger with plenty in hand, scoring by a length and a half.
A tearful Waller told Sky Thoroughbred Central: “It’s hard to explain without getting too emotional. She’s just an amazing horse for everybody to be part of and I’m just a small cog in the wheel.
“My team do an amazing job, it’s rare they get the accolades they deserve.
“I thought about everything except winning – you don’t set yourself up for these big wins, you just do your job.”
Bowman added: “We came here as confident as we’d ever been and what a journey it’s been. It’s hard to believe it’s the end.”
Part-owner Debbie Kepitis said: “This is a fairytale ending, we weren’t sure if we’d get that, but how wonderful is that girl? She is the most amazing, supreme athlete I think I’ve ever seen.”
As we head into the final three weeks of the show jumping season with the weather heating up, you’ll be able to find a nice getaway in the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club’s indoor arena.
Held under the supervision of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF), this two-day event will be the first of three nationals held in Sharjah. Witness some awesome riding both indoors and out with competitors jumping fences up to 140cm. Thanks to the cool, air-conditioned stands, you’ll be able to watch two days of the equestrian sport at its finest.
This week’s show will boast of 11 classes to cater to a variety of riders and horses – Advanced riders (Division 1), Amateurs (Division 2 & Novice Division), Juniors (riders between 14 – 18 years old), Children (riders below the age of 14) and Young Horses (4 – 5 & 5 -6 years old). All riders will be competing for their share of a prize purse of AED 140,000.
For more information on the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League or to learn about upcoming shows, visit www.emiratesequestrian.com or call the UAEERF Jumping Department on 02 666 1800 between 9am – 4pm.
What: The Emirates Longines Show Jumping League