For the first time in over 35 years, Oman proudly hosted the showjumping World Cup qualifiers (two-star) at Al Rahba racecourse in Barka.
It was held under the auspices of Tanfeedh (National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification), in cooperation with the Olympic Equestrian Training Centre, Oman Equestrian Federation, Ministry of Sports Affairs, Oman Olympic Committee, Royal Cavalry of Oman, Ministry of Tourism and Seven Store under the wider international umbrella of FEI – The International Federation for Equestrian Sports.
Participating riders were from Oman, the UAE, the UK, Jordan, Egypt, Ireland, the US, Poland, Holland, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait.
“We are always seeking different ways to support showjumping in Oman and this international event truly shone a spotlight on the regional equestrian community. And of course none of this would have been possible without the generosity and vision of our partners,” said Sultan Hamood al Touqi, Oman’s Olympic medalist rider and show jumper.
Founded in 2017, by the Olympic Equestrian Federation training centre and with the support of Tanfeedh, Muscat Showjumping Series is part of a long-standing tradition revered by equine fans.
The rousing finale for the Grand Prix saw Omani rider Hamood al Touqi, UAE rider Hamed Ali al Kirbi and UAE Rider Salim Ahmed al Suwaidi take home the grand prize and winning trophies for the World Cup Qualifier. After 18 cities of Arabian rider tournaments across the MENA region, the two leading riders from these countries will go on to compete on the global stage in Los Angeles, US in 2020, for the championship finale.
Muscat Showjumping Series offered spectators a chance to be entertained with a weekend of outstanding and top-notch demonstrations from aspirant riders.