One of the biggest events on the UAE show jumping calendar, the Dubai International CSI-W-Show Jumping Championship, held every year in January, will be held this year from January 8 to 10, 2009 at the Emirates Equestrian Centre, Seih Salam, besides International Endurance City, near Bab Al Shams, Dubai. The Championship is being organized by the Dubai Equestrian Club in coordination with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation.
Two most important features of this three-day event are the inclusion of the Qualifier for FEI World Cup which will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009 and the Grand Prix- FEI World Cup Arab League Qualifier which will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009.
An amount of Dh 475,000 has been earmarked as prize money for the Dubai Championship.
The FEI World Cup Arab League Qualifier will he held this year only in two Middle Eastern countries and the UAE will play to three events to be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Two more events will be held in Qatar before the final being staged in Las Vegas in USA in April.
As many 51 jumpers from nine Arab countries are taking part in the Dubai event including from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman apart from the UAE.
Some of the Category A jumpers participating in the event from the UAE include Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, Sheikh Shakboot Al Nahyan, Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi, Ahmed Ali Al Junaibi, Khalid Ali Al Junaibi, Majed Sultan Al Awani, Muftah Al Dhahir, Saif Omar Thabet, Rashid Ahmed Al Hosani, Mohammed Rashid Al Suwaidi, Abdullah Mohammed Al Marri, Arif Ahmed Jassim, Omran Ahmed Al Owais, Mohammed Ahmed Al Owais, Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Hamad Ali Al Kirbi, Mohammed Abdullah Al Kumaiti, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Ameen, Omar Ghazi Khoori, Adel Khamis Ali Saeed and Mohammed Abdullah Ketait.
Three UAE riders from Category B who are vying in the championship include Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi, Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Mohammed Abdullah Ketait.
The three-day championship will feature seven categories of show jumping. The fist day will feature Welcome Stakes and Two Phases with total prize monies of Dh 45,000 and Dh 75,000 respectively. Second day will witness Speed Stakes (Dh 45,000 prize) and Qualifier for FEI World Cup (Dh 75000). Third day will feature Accumulator (Dh 75,000), Consolation Trophy (Dh 25,000) and Grand Prix- FEI World Cup Arab League (Dh 125,000).
The first two days the competitions will start at 4 pm where as on the last day they will begin at 3 pm.
Officials for the event include the following:
Ground Jury: Mr. Paul de Benedictis, President, (UAE), Mr. Karim Badaro (Libya), Mr.Khalil Ibrahim Murad (UAE) and Mr. Aziz Haroun (UAE), members.
Rolan Sugrue (GBR), Foreign Judge, Mr. Robert Ellis (GBR), Course designer, Lt. Col Ronnie MacMahon (IRL), Appeal Committee President with Christine Gruber and Hassan Moussa as members, Ali Mohajer (IRI), Chief Steward and Dr. James Bryant (CAN) as the FEI Veterinary delegate.