Al AIN, United Arab Emirates-Wednesday, February 15th 2017 [ ME NewsWire ]
International Olympic showjumping riders have landed in the UAE to compete alongside national superstars for the prestigious President of The UAE Showjumping Cup presented by Longines, of which the Swiss watchmaker is also the Official Timekeeper and Watch. The event is in association with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Emirates Equestrian Federation.
Under the Patronage of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club, the FEI-affiliated event hosted by Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club comprises of four days of intensive competition, equestrians will put themselves against the clock and compete on the region’s toughest showjumping courses to win the coveted annual trophy from the 15th- 18th February.
CSI05* and CSI2* classes are scheduled, with the prestigious final of The Longines International President Cup Grand Prix of Al Ain set to kick off at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th February. With fences 1.6m high over two rounds to decide the champion, spectators and equestrian fans are assured a high-octane sporting event with the crowd glued to their seats.
Be sure to catch our UAE World Equestrian Game qualifiers such as Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi, Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi, Abdullah Al Marri, Hamad Al Kirbi, Moftah Dhaheri and Abdullah Humaid Al Muhari who will ride for the UAE team, competing against Germany, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and 16 other countries amongst which are Olympic rider and team gold medalist of 2016, Philippe Rozier.
In addition to the outstanding UAE team, Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, a UAE National Champion and bronze medalist represented the UAE in the Asian Games, will also be competing. Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum was a double medalist in the second Asian Games, where she won silver in both team and individual. Sheikha Latifa represented the UAE for the first time as a team at the World Equestrian games and was the first showjumping rider from the UAE to compete at the Olympics.
Luxury brand, Longines – a long-standing supporter of global showjumping – will be an exceptional partner in increasing the prestige of The President of the UAE Showjumping Cup presented by Longines to international status. Away from the arena excitement, VIP areas, retail zones and pop-up restaurants are on offer to ensure a day at The President of the UAE Showjumping Cup presented by Longines is an event for all to enjoy.
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The President of the UAE Showjumping Presented by Longines: A four-day showjumping extravaganza of CSI05* and CSI2* challenges, speed stakes, Nations Cup and Grand Prix. Combining exhilarating sport with VIP sections, retail zones and plentiful food and beverage outlets, the event is a calendar-must for equestrian fans and their families.
LONGINES: The Swiss brand’s long-standing involvement with the equestrian world dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. In 1912, the company partnered for the first time with an international showjumping competition and since then, has become synonymous with the sport. Today Longines’ involvement in equestrianism includes showjumping, flat racing, endurance, eventing, dressage, driving and polo competitions. www.longines.com
EMIRATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION (EEF): The EEF supervises the organisation of equestrian and racing activities in the UAE to build a large base for equestrianism and to help the current generation of riders to keep pace with the developments of the sport in modern times. The Federation looks forward to developing showjumping by organising local and international championships and also by training the UAE riders in overseas camps and to encourage them to participate in international competitions. www.emiratesequestrian.com
ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL: Working towards building a sporting environment to enhance the practice and programming for all segments of the community, and to implement best and latest international systems to promote competing at local, regional and international levels. www.adsc.ae
AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING AND GOLF CLUB: Founded in 2007, the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club is committed to becoming a recognized recreation and sports facility in the Gulf region. Truly excellent facilities offering equestrian lessons, shooting, rugby and an 18-hole golf course with a 9-hole academy golf course, plus outdoor pools, tennis, soccer, a gym and beauty salon makes this a world-class venue to keep the whole family entertained. www.aesgc.com