Abdullah Sharbatly, Saudi Arabia’s Olympic showjumper, claimed a stylish victory in the CSI4* ranking class on the second day of the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show after a thrilling jump off on the well-named, Crazy Quick.
The sun had well-and truly set over the Al Forsan International Sports Resort show venue in Abu Dhabi as Sharbatly and Crazy Quick romped to a fourth victory of their 2017-18 UAE Tour.
The class, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Presents International Jumping with Jump Off, saw riders vying for FEI world governing body ranking points with the first 25 finishers automatically gaining entry into the big, show-concluding Grand Prix on Saturday.
Sharbatly, an Olympic bronze medalist and World Equestrian Games silver medalist, was one of only six to make it through to the jump off from a starting list of 33. Jumping after a smooth and deceptively quick round from Belgium’s classy Peter Clemens and Corelli in a time of 37.88 sec, Sharbatly and the ever-willing Crazy Quick flew round in 36.73 sec.
Others came close to his time, putting together edge-of-the-seat attempts to lower the mark, including Saudi Arabia’s third placed rider, Ramzy Al Duhami on Ted in 38.41 and the UAE’s fourth-placed Mohammed Al Kumaiti on Newton Abbot in 38.69 sec but no-one was able to knock Sharbatly off the top spot.
Frenchman, Frederic David and Equador van’t Roosakker were fifth in 42.52 sec and Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum from the UAE continued her fine run of form in this competition, with a jump off time of 48.64 on Cobolt, which was good enough for sixth.
Sharbatly, who has only ridden Crazy Quick since October last year, heaped praise on his horse following the prize giving.
“I’m really happy today and very glad,” said Sharbatly, who has cut a swathe through the UAE Tour on the horse, winning once at the Al Ain international show in December and twice at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club international last week.
“I brought the horse a couple of months ago and I rode him only in five or six shows. We are a perfect match together. The first class I rode him in was a ranking class in Morocco and he immediately won it and I feel unbeatable with him, like if I’m clear nobody can catch me.”
Despite their fledgling relationship, Sharbatly has already earmarked Crazy Quick as his horse for the World Equestrian Games, held this September in North Carolina.
“Yes, I think he will be my horse for the Games, I really get such a good feeling from himi” said the Saudi. “We are a perfect partnership.”
Source: Press Release by Sarah Tregoning for Al Shira’aa International Horse Show
Photo: © Al Shira’aa International Horse Show
Categories: CSI 4*