The 5th edition of the Al Shira’aa Horse Show 2022 (*4) has kicked off on Thursday 27 and will run till January 30, 2022. The championship is being held on the fantastic facility at Al Forsan International Sports Resort and will be chaired by Omran Ahmed Al Owais and moderated by Khaled Ali Al-Junaibi.
Around 220 athletes from 19 countries compete in Al Shira’aa Horse Show, along with 305 horses. The 4-star show includes six competitions, with €232,000 allocated to top winners in the contests. The event coincides with an international show-jumping championship in the two-star category, which includes 8 competitions with awards totalling €65,500, as well as an international championship for young jumping horses, in the one-star category. It further features 6 competitions, and prizes worth AED 70,000 allocated to winners. Other international competitions in Al Shira’aa Championship have AED 29,000 allocated to winners.
Jury and designer
The championship jury is chaired by the Emirati international referee Khalil Ibrahim, assisted by 4 international referees and a foreign referee delegated by the International Federation. The competition tracks are designed and built on the field by the Portuguese designer, Bernardo Costa Gabriel, with the assistance of international jury. Fields are supervised by Ali Mohajer, assisted by 5 international supervisors.
Witness Riding Stars in the Championship Field
The 5th edition of Al Shira’aa Horse Show 2022 (*4) will have the following prominent participants:
– German Rider David Will ranked 24th in the world, and a member of the German National Team in the Nations Cup final in Barcelona in 2021, and a member of the German team in the Nations Cup Rotterdam. He came first in competitions 217 times.
– Italian Rider Emmanuel Gudiano, ranking 85th internationally and winning the first place 355 times. He is a member of the Italian National Team in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and a participant in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, North Carolina 2018, and the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.
– Dutch Rider, Bart Bless, ranking 67th internationally, and a member of the Dutch National Team in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ in St Gallen.
– Dutch Rider , Jur Vreiling , ranking 60th globally, and winning the first place 176 times, and a member of the Netherlands National Team in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. He took part in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, North Carolina 2018 and is a member of the Netherlands National Team in the London Olympics in 2012. He also participated in 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington (Kentucky) as well as the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.
– Saudi Rider Abdullah Al Sharbatly, ranking 146th globally, and a member of the Saudi National Team at the London Olympics in 2012, participant in the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, and the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. He won the silver medal in the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, and took part in the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, 2011 FEI World Cup Finals in Leipzig, Germany, and the World Cup in Geneva in 2010.
– Emirati Rider Hamad Ali Al Karbi, member of the UAE National Team in the Asian Games Jakarta, member of the UAE National Team in the final of the Nations Cup in Barcelona 2018, member of the UAE National Team in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup 2020, member of the UAE team in the Nations Cup in 2022, and a winner of the silver medal.
A step forward:
Al Shira’aa Stables considers the 5th edition as another leap towards the highest standards of excellence in show jumping, as it achieved the FEI distinction level for three times. Al Shira’aa also reached another level on success as it provided more assistance through sponsorships to the first national team, and sponsored the children’s team, the junior team and the youth team, in addition to sponsoring the Group G Finals for the same categories. The Stables expanded internationally to Europe and sponsored the Hickstead Championship, the most prestigious show jumping championship in the UK.