Show jumping season is set to come to an end with Emirates Longines Final in Sharjah

David Cooper 24/04/2019
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Final hurdle: Eman Al Muhairi riding SERC

The spectacular show jumping season is set to come to an end with Emirates Longines Final in Sharjah. The last show in the UAE’s show jumping calendar is upon us with the Emirates Longines Final 2019 is set to take off from Thursday, April 25th until Saturday, April 27that the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club.

Held under the supervision of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF), the three-day event will feature two classes for every category – Juniors, Children, Novices as well as Division 1 and 2 riders will be put to the test. All riders will be competing for their share of a prize purse of AED 281,000. The event will push riders of all ages and skill sets to give it their all in order to prove themselves before the season’s end. This is one event fans won’t want to miss as they won’t get another chance to watch this breath-taking sport live until September.

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 EmiratesLongines Show Jumping League Final
When: Thursday, April 25thfrom 2:30pm onwards; Friday, April 26th from 1:30pm onwards and Saturday, April 27th from 1:30pm onwards

Where: Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club
Cost: FREE
Parking: Free parking available within walking distance to main arena

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Overcoming hurdles: Sultan Majed Al Awani

Mohamed Salem Mohamed Al Hosani’s seven-year-old horse ‘Celvita Z’, representing the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club won the final competition for Young Horses in seven-year-old category on the 16thweek of the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League.

The two-day event saw riders and their horses compete in ten different classes. The event was held under the supervision of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF) and sponsored by Longines, the Official Time Keeper and presenting partner of the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League competitions. Male and Female Riders from various equestrian clubs and centres took part in the competitions.

Sultan Al Yahyai, General Director of the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, and Hussam Zummit, representative of the UAEERF presented the prizes to the winners.

‘Celvita Z’ and her owner Mohamed Salem Mohamed Al Hosani came out on top in the category of seven-year-old Young Horses during the Competition Over Two Rounds class which included two rounds with jumps placed at 135cm. Ridden by Danish rider, Tina Lund,  from the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, ‘Celvita Z’ won first place by completing both the rounds without faults, and ending the second round in (42.31) seconds. The second place was taken by ‘Diamond Way’ from the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club who is owned by Nadia Abdul Aziz Taryam and Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi with the latter riding the stallion in the competition as well. They also succeeded in completing both rounds without any faults and finished the second round in (45.24) seconds. Third place went to Alice Debany Clero riding ‘Hera FBH’, who is owned by Creno Horses and represents the Emirates Equestrian Centre. They also completed both rounds without any faults and took (46.48) seconds to finish the second round.

‘Miss Chello’, owned by the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, successfully earned the title of ‘best six-year-old young horse’. Greek rider, Dimitrios Natsis, ‘Miss Chello’, completed the first competition of One Round Not Against the Clock on the first day of the show without accruing any faults and went on to compete in the Competition Over Two Rounds on the second day. He completed the first round without any faults, but in the second round committed a fault with four penalty points, finishing in (46.56) seconds. In second place came ‘Center’ and his owner and rider, Sheikh Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qassimi, from the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, who ended the second round in (58.14) seconds with seven faults in total in which five were from Round 1 while the other two came in the second round. Third place went to Rashed Moh’d Al Romaithi and ‘Valentine’, owned by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club who ended the second round in (48.34) with eight faults.

‘Joep V D Elsakker’ owned by Sheikh Abdulla Jamal Al Neami came in first in the Competition Over Two Rounds for five-year-olds, which included two rounds with jumps set at a height of 120cm. The UAE’s Sheikh Ali Jmal Al Noaimi, rider of ‘Joep V D Elsakker’, completed the second round in (56.44) seconds. In second place came ‘Quidam Jr.’ and his rider and owner Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi, who completed the second round in (47.63) seconds with four faults in the first round. ‘Emirates Pride’, owned by Abdulla Al Marri from the Emirates Equestrian Centre, with his rider, the USA’s Alice Debany Clero came in third after completing the second round in (61.44) seconds with fourteen faults, five of which were committed during the first day of the competition.

Sultan Majed Al Awani, from the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, and his horse ‘Carodas Z’ won the Juniors’ category in the One Round Against the Clock class with jumps placed at a height of 125cm. 23 riders participated in the competition, of which only four completed the round without faults.

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Rise to the top: Tips from EliteSquash Middle East

Now under new management Elite Squash Middle East, affiliated with EliteSquash UK and spearheaded by world-renowned coach Hadrian Stiff, is tailoring bespoke squash lessons for groups and individuals. Here, Stiff gives us tips to improve your game, no matter what stage you’re at.

EliteSquash Middle East, now under new management, helps players at all levels to improve their game with a variety of lesson structures. Coaches put emphasis on players learning to relax their body during a game in order to find rhythm and timing is at the start of every session. This also allows natural movement patterns to emerge from where technique can be added and guided. A relaxed but sharp player is still able to be deadly and intelligent on the court and use the ease of movement and skill to solve the technical and tactical challenges. Whether you’re just beginning your squash journey or a seasoned pro, these tips will help make you a better player.

Top five tips for beginners

Grip and Swing – A comfortable and relaxed grip and swing will maximise options, skill development and shot delivery.

Position – Getting your body in to a ‘side on’ position when hitting the ball increases your ability to hit straight and close to the side-wall which moves the opponent into the back corners.

Lunge & Timing – A comfortable ‘step-in’ to the ball, followed directly by a swing will create an easier shot for yourself.

Follow through – Relaxing your swing after hitting the ball helps when hitting deeper into the backcourt.

T Zone – Getting used to moving to the T Zone after each shot will increase your chances in dominating the play.

Top five tips for intermediate players

Serve variation – Use a few different styles of serves, to keep your opponent guessing, lob and fast variations will give you an advantage.

Pace variation – Using less power and more height helps develop better length hitting.

Follow the ball – Make sure to watch the ball after you hit it, especially when’s its behind you.

Four corners – Learning to play in the open corners of the court (furthest distance of your opponent) will improve your game drastically.

Be mindful – Use mindfulness practice apps to improve learning and performance on and off the court. Squash is a mental game as well as physical.

Top five tips for professionals 

Warm up – Use the warm up to prepare both the body and the mind ready for the match, spend at least 30 minutes doing this.

Relax – Bring more relaxation into movement and swing to increase your skill and movement efficiency.

Connect shots – Each shot needs to be connected to the next. In practice, ask yourself what is this shot doing and why. Build up a rhythm.

It’s not about winning – Avoid focusing purely on winning, instead focus on a great process and stay in the movement of each rally, that’ll improve your game.

Use squash for life – Squash is extremely challenging. Face each challenge with a growth mindset to be constantly improving, both on and off the court.

A sample lesson, lasting 45 minutes, is available which will cover an initial consultation for understanding the session theme, a warm up screening, timing drills, technical adjustments and conditioned games before a full review from the coach. Along with coaching sessions, players will also be able to enter into future tournaments and a squash league. Sessions are held at various venues throughout Dubai including the flagship venue at the Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay.

For more information and to book a session head to www.EliteSquash.me

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