Tent Pegging World Cup Qualifiers-Group A: Oman, Yemen, Jordan qualify for World Cup

An Omani rider in action

Yemen riders displayed their craft and consistency to emerge overall champion at the three-day ITPF 2018 Tent Pegging World Cup Qualifiers-Group A, which concluded in Salalah on Thursday.

Hosts Oman picked up silver on all the three days to finish overall runner-up while Jordan took the third spot in the five-nation qualifiers.

Having finished as the top three teams, Yemen, Oman and Jordan, qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

According to the International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF), the top-three teams in Group A qualifiers will be joined by seven more teams, to be decided by three more qualifiers, for the Moscow World Cup next year.

qualify

Officials and guests with the top-three teams after the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the Tent Pegging World Cup Qualifiers-Group A in Salalah

Hosted by the Oman Equestrian Federation (OEF) under the auspices of the ITPF, the three-day Group A qualifiers saw Yemen riders garner a total of 532 points after picking gold medals on all three days. Oman riders had to be content with 498.5 points and three silver medals while Jordan had a total of 399.5 for bronze.Yemen's Bilal al Sabri was adjudged the best rider of the qualifiers.

On Thursday, the sword classes had Yemen clinch the top honours with 116 points followed by Oman with 102. Jordan had 85 while the Great Britain team, which included one woman rider in Jenna Copley, came fourth with 68.5. Qatar finished last with 64.

And on the final day of the qualifiers that included Indian File, lance and sword competitions, Yemen riders once again took the gold with 281 points. Oman was second with 270.5 followed by Jordan with 216. Qatar was fourth with 215 and Great Britain ended up with 198.5.

Speaking after the second-place finish, national team coach Mansoor al Mahrouqi said, “I am satisfied with the results as it was a tough competition. We need to be better prepared for the Moscow worlds and we will organise more camps for the team.

“We will know all the teams who will take part in Moscow by end of January when all the qualifiers will be completed.” 

The coach said, “Our core of the team will remain the same with Hamad al Riyami, Hilal al Balushi, Ali al Balushi, Safwan al Maamari and Omar al Hasani.”

H H Sayyid Mohammed al Busaidi, the Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, was the chief guest on the concluding day and gave away the awards in the presence of Sayyid Mundhir al Busaidi, the OEF chief and

Mohammed Issa al Fairuz, the ITPF chairman.Fairuz said, “It was a successful event with all the teams coming up with a good show. The first three qualifiers for next year's World Cup have been spotted and we now wait for the remaining seven teams from a pool of 14 teams in the qualifiers that will be held in Australia, Sudan and Saudi Arabia respectively. Russia will directly qualify as the host nation.”

muscat daily recycle