The sixth edition of the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup kicked off on Thursday, as the Al Forsan International Sports Resort gets set to host three days of intense competition and talent.
Welcoming 166 riders from 28 counties, the trophy winning commenced as the winners of the first three categories were announced in Abu Dhabi.
In attendance was HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, President of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain ladies clubs.
She said: “It has been a delight being here today, witnessing the opening of the sixth edition of this incredible Show Jumping Cup.
“We have been fortunate enough to not only observe both local and international talent, but welcome the community of the UAE to the family-friendly Equestrian Village.”
The action got under way with day one seeing a total of five categories compete. All events are ‘Concours de Saut International’ (CSI), in line with a ranking system for international show jumping competitions.
The day began with a CSI Children’s class (CSICh-A) for riders aged 12-14, which saw eight riders compete. The first category was won by local talent Abdullah Hamad Ali Al Kirbi with a time of 59.40. Second and third places went to Syria’s Layth Ghurayeb and Emirati Saif Abdulla Mohammed Al Shamsi, who registered times of 61.08 and 63.95 respectively.
The second round – CSIJ-A class – with a total of 37 riders, saw first and second prize go to UAE nationals Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi and Sultan Majed Al Awani, who completed two faultless rides each.
Jumping fences at 1.25m, Al Marzooqi clocked 47.14 in his first round followed by 27.22 in his second, while Al Awani registered 49.61 in his first round and 27.75 in the second.
The podium was completed by Jordan’s Mohammad Amjad Al Mommani, who timed his first round at 47.70 and his second at 28.15.
The afternoon’s competition began with the third category – the Ladies National Show. Featuring 62 riders, the top spot was won by Noof Hamdan Al Maheri from Al Hamra Equestrian Centre, followed by Syrian rider Lilac Kojak from Al Ali Stables, and in third spot was Emirati Shaika Fuad Al Midfa, representing Sharjah Women Sports Club.
The free event also saw families gather at the ever-popular Equestrian Village, which provides visitors with a fun equestrian-themed activity zone, featuring games and competitions for children of all ages.
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