The third annual CSI4* Al Shira’aa International Horse Show has been confirmed for January 9-12, 2019.
Held once again at the Al Forsan Equestrian Centre in Abu Dhabi, the event is set to attract some of the biggest names in showjumping.
Swedish star, Henrick Von Eckermann (SWE), who won the show-concluding Longines Al Shira’aa Grand Prix in 2018 on Chacanno is just one high-profile athlete expected to return to the UAE capital.
Other international competitors include the Uk’s Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby winner William Funnel, the UAE’s Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, and Egypts’s Sameh Al Dahhan and Abdel Said.
The show, which is held over four days, features classes for Young Riders and Juniors as well as Young Horses in addition to four star competitions. Spectators can watch the action in the main arena and visit the Al Shira’aa Village for free children’s entertainment, food trucks and tack shops.
In an exciting new addition for 2019, the show schedule will also feature a Derby class, which is expected to prove a hit with spectators and competitors.
“The Al Shira’aa International Horse Show grew exponentially in its second year and we are very excited to announce the dates for the third renewal which we anticipate to be even bigger and better,” said international showjumper, Mohamed Ahmed Al Owais, who is the show’s Sports and Technical Director. “While this event is designed to compliment the other shows on the UAE Tour, we also ensure that it reflects the Al Shira’aa ideals of inclusion, professionalism and best-practice in the sport. It is a delight for us to hold an event that is equally as enjoyable for spectators and competitors and offers state-of-the-art facilities for horses.”
In a change to the 2018 event, the Al Shira’aa Showjumping National Championships will precede the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show. A competition designed to give local riders and horses a chance to compete on a big stage, the programme will see the UAE’s up-and-coming riders compete in a National Class (120cm) and a Ladies’ Class (110cm). Then, in order to provide an opportunity for an even wider spectrum of capabilities, there will be a Newcomer Class (80cm).
“The addition of the Al Shira’aa Showjumping Championship will allow us to focus on one of Al Shira’aa Stables’ guiding philosophies – the support, promotion and development of local equestrian talent,” said Al Owais, Festival Sports and Technical Director.
The Al Shira’aa International Horse Show is sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation showjumping partner, Longines and supported by the Mother of the Nation and the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA).
Source: Press release from Al Shira’aa International Horse Show
Photo: © Al Shira’aa International Horse Show