The mind coach on mental preparation for competitions
Introducing our new partner
The Show HuB
Issue 1- oct 2016
Mark Barsby: Bringing new ideas to UAE horse sport
Behind the scenes of Issue 1
Page 4 : FBH Stables - Ali Bin Hamoodha chats about his passion for breeding and the new partnership with the show hub
Page 8 - Abdulla Al Marri - Taking on a new approach with summer training
Page 10 - Al Asayls summer in competition and new youngsters
Page 14 - Harley North-Bryans summer with Marion Hughes in Ireland
Page 16 - An Irish summer by Dujumping's Declan Cosgrove
Page 18 - Pony club in the UAE
Page 20 - Safety and Beta tests
Page 21 - Applications of the month
Page 22 - Cristina Calin - The dressage warm up
Page 26 - Al Marmoon - Volunteers make the difference
Page 30 - Teri Mason - MSc, PG Dip, BSc (HONS), MCSP, HCPC, ACPAT CAT A - The importance of stretching
Page 32 - Show Preparation and resident Mind Coach - Rachael Gritt
Page 34 - Interview with talented racing photographer Shamela Hanley.
Page 36 - Showjumping, dressage and eventing in the UAE
Page 40 - Qatar in the Rio Olympics 2016
Page 42 - October calender
Page 48 - Mark Barsby - we tour the new AL Habtoor Polo Resort and club
Page 50 - Meet the UAE Polo Team and learn the Rules of the game.
Page 58 - Classifieds
Special Note: Thank you to all the freelancers and support from those in the sport that have helped putting this issue together. Declan Cosgrove, Teri Mason, Racheal Gritt, Abdulla Al Marri, the list goes on!!
Contributing editor and freelance journalist
Amy Mathieson has been riding and involved with horses her whole life and has worked in equestrian journalism for the past 10 years. She studied English at Exeter University, where she was sports editor on the university paper for two years. Amy moved into a career in journalism shortly after leaving university and took up a role at Redpin Publishing, which produces local monthly equestrian magazines. She was there as deputy editor for nearly two years before joining Horse & Hound on the news desk in January 2008. She worked at H&H for eight and half years, progressing up to become news editor for her final two years at the publication, writing about all areas of equestrianism, with a specialty in racing and show jumping. She left H&H in March to start a new adventure in Dubai.
Rachael Gritt - The Mind Coach
Producer and content director
Abby Blom - UAE Show Hub Founder and General Manager.
Abby started the UAE Show Hub in October 2014, and it has been built from passion and dedication to the equestrian sport in the Middle East. Enhancing the sport and bringing it to the global audience is her end goal. Abby has ridden show ponies nationally as a young girl in England and trained at Advanced Medium Dressage level. She competed up to Foxhunter back in the UK and has performed for H.H Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the private opening ceremony of Meydan WC 2011 and at the education for Borders conference at the Burj Khalifa. Her equestrian passion has been ingrained since birth.
Welcoming our new sales manager - Emily Bright
Having been brought up riding show horses in England, Emily gained an appreciation for equine conformation and movement. In 2002 Emily decided to delve deeper into the bio-mechanics of the equine athlete, training as an equine sports massage therapist with world-renowned equine physiotherapist Mary Bromiley. Thanks to many years experience selling advertising, Emily's own accompanying website became the UK's leading platform for the equine massage industry, promoting therapists and bringing together the various methodologies. Emily now looks forward to building the Show Hub's community further.
Contact - email@example.com
Annie Haresign has wide range of experience with horses and coaches in a number of disciplines ranging from dressage and western riding to show jumping and polo. But the love of horses was supplemented by a long career as a TV and Radio broadcast journalist working with the British Forces and was an embedded war-correspondant reporting from all over the world. Annie combined her career and passion by producing a two year series of magazine articles with accompanying web-films for Western Horse UK. Teaching has always been Annie's passion but she's recently left her UK role as a Lecturer in Media and Communications to coach equestrian sport full time here in the Middle East.
Cristina Calin - The dressage warm up
Welcome to the first edition of The Show Hub - Equestrian. The Middle East's first fully digital equestrian magazine! We will be covering Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Polo and Arabian Showing and larger events in Racing & Endurance. The Show Hub was created back in October 2014, born from passion and dedication for the equestrian sport in the UAE. We provide punctual information to those that seek it whilst providing information to the avid rider looking for competitions and family equestrian days out. We look forward to building on our experience over the year by adding other GCC countries and events to our coverage. The website will be the hub of GCC equestrian with start lists, results photography bloggers, live streams, horses for sale and much more. www.uaeshowhub.com. We look forward to sharing the season with you!
General Manager / Founder
Qatar in the Rio Olympics 2016
The Show Hub
est October 2014
Image Credit - Dirk Caremans
Image Credit - Tara Hamilton
It was a ‘no brainer’ – Ali had to buy and invested in 25 hectares of prime German countryside and began building the dream. Four years later, the ‘state of the art’ site is a purpose-built breeding and training yard. It also makes the perfect base for Ali when he spends the summer months traveling and competing abroad.
FBH Youngstock enjoying the summer pastures - Click and play.
Abdulla Al Marri and Sama Dubai FBH at the CSI5* Presidents Cup Feb 2016
Confirmed in foal this season
Why The Show Hub, and where do you see it down the line?
“The Show Hub is my first stop for equestrian news, results, shows and live streams. I was more than happy to develop this great incentive with Abby Blom who started this from the beginning. Hopefully, our partnership will prosper and take this idea to the next level. The new concept will better and develop the equestrian sport whether it’s for riders, horses and enthusiasts within the UAE and down the line globally”.
Your Team Rider Abdulla Al Marri; how did you meet and what enthused you about him as a rider?
“I am truly blessed to have worked with Abdulla Al Marri and entrust him with my young horses. Within the past 3 years we have achieved a lot of international results that would make any owner proud. We communicate very well together and we have the same goals and work ethics when it comes to our horses. Over the past 3 years, after developing the horses, we have won three consecutive ‘7-year-old Grand Prix’ competitions, with three different horses, which is a testament to the rider and management behind them”.
Jubilee FBH by Clarimo ask x Contender
I'm exceptionally proud to be associated and now partnered with one of the most respected people in equestrian sport in the UAE. It’s no surprise when you experience the atmosphere surrounding Ali Faraj Bin Hamoodah (known as Ali FBH) and his team - professionalism, kindness, support and vision.
FBH Stables, derived from Ali’s father's initials, has grown and developed over the years into an organization that something Ali and his family is extremely proud of today.
Ali FBH is known in the community for his support and passion for equestrian sport. He is committed to channeling riders on the correct career path, particularly in show jumping.
But you can’t jump great heights without having a great horse. Ali is more than aware of this and has been developing a breeding programme to rival any European yard.
“In the past, riders have had to rely on buying-in horses from Europe, but nowadays with the amount of breeding farms owned by locals across the globe we have amazing young stock coming up through the ranks” says Ali. “I originally never appreciated good breeding, but I was intrigued and after learning all that goes into pairing the perfect mare with the perfect stallion, you soon realise that there is an ‘art’ behind this process”.
Breed, temperament, correct movement and the heritage dating back generations of bloodlines - this is something that Ali has spent countless hours researching. His journey in the search for perfection took Ali traveling across Europe, meeting all the top breeders and gaining information to help make his next choice. Ali started with a small number of mares liveried in different yards in Europe. This soon became quite costly and daily monitoring of the youngsters was impossible.
How did the growth start with the breeding program?
“I was fascinated by horse bloodlines and how it can affect the modern show jumper. Information nowadays is so accessible (pedigrees for example), the more I learned, the more I wanted to create something that is UAE owned. My aim was to be ‘up there’ with breeders where this trait has been passed down from generations before. I dedicated a special trip to visit the best breeders in Europe, while collecting information and buying from their special lines. I’m still in touch with these breeders and discuss breeding plans yearly.
We have acquired one of the best dam lines in France, Netherlands, and Germany so I am pleased to have the proper set up and diversity of breeds in order to offer clients, particularly from this region, the best horses. Maybe that’s my way to offer support to the sport as best as I can”.
How many foals do you breed annually?
“Every year it varies, sometimes you will get 8 mares pregnant and sometimes just 4 will successfully foal”.
How do you choose your Sires on an annual basis, what's the process?
“We follow the WBSH ranking on a monthly basis and see what dominates the list. We have in mind which dam / sire combination works with what. We also following the YH classes around the world and note down the sires that stand out. After that, we go throw a filtration process and match the best sire to one of our mares”.
The question we all want answered - will FBH be working towards the Olympics?
“We are not thinking that far ahead, we are taking one step at a time for the time being, we are prepping Sama Dubai FBH for the WEG in 2018 and we will take it from there”.
Introducing you to our new partnership
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Sheikh Hassan Al Khalifa at the Royal Windsor CS14*
Team Z7's Cordano winning the young rider bursary final 2016 Image credit - Team Z7
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Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi and new mare Cacharel are second in the CSI 1* Germany -
Abdulla Al Marri and Baynounah FBH at Knokke Hippque. Image credit One Shot
Diva Rosa is second with Joao Maria Marquilhas at the CSI0 3* in Lisboa, Portugal
Al Asayl's Show Jumping's Tam Tam De Bacon and Joao Maria Marquilhas at the CSI0 3* in Lisboa, Portugal
Maitha Al Hajri and Randi's Rebel had superb results in Knokke and Italy
Summer Gallery :-
The winners of CSI1* Silver 2 (1,20m) at the Baltic Tour. First place; Ali Bin Hamooda (UAE) with Adventure FBH
Team Z7 breed two Irish World Championship
Team Al Shiraa'a Arabians at Mention 2016 -
Fahera (TS Apolo x Epy) and Magic ma Cherie (Windspress Mirage x Elettra) were placed first and third in the mare's eight-year-old and above class - Image credit - Menton press
Team Al Shiraa'a placing on numerous occasions over the summer in Germany - Images courtesy of Team Ali Shiraa'a
Team Z7's Acorad wins the puissance at the Dublin Horse Show. Image credit Shamela Hanley.
Al Ain FBH Wins the Grand Prix final for the seven-year-old horses - Image credit FBH Stables
Team Al Shiraa'a Arabians Lola wins Gold at the Finals at The All Nations Cup in Aachen
Team Al Asay's Frederick David wins the six bar challenge on Saxo De La Roque at SOPOT CSI 5* Poland - Image credit Al Asayl
The show plan
"The plan was to start at the Stephex Summer Tour in Knokke (Belgium). The tour is originally four weeks, but we decided to do the last two weeks of the tour. The show has three rings and it has classes from CSI 3* 2* 1* and young horses, plus they have a training arena where you have a course set already. This was ideal as we could use it whenever we needed.
After the two weeks in Knokke, we decided to
take a week off in Sentower Park; it's where the show in Obglabeek takes place, so it's a perfect place, to keep the horses ticking over before their next shows.
We planned a month of shows in Italy where horses will jump three weeks each. Rotating horses is a great way to do a tour like this. Our first stop was in San Giovanni 2*, which was followed by a CSI3* in the same venue. We competed in San Giovanni last year and it was a wonderful show with two arenas and permanent stables. A new show in Italy, another 2* also called Montefalco, was then followed by a 3*. All the shows had young horse classes, which worked perfectly with our plan.
After the six events, the horses went back to Deauville at Haras du Houlbec, a stable that has all my youngsters. The horses go there for a break before flying back to the UAE. At this time the vets see them and do the final check-ups before
they come back to the UAE to participate in our new season".
Video of one summer course and a fun training video
Thank you to ONESHOT for these super Images www.oneshot-online.com
Simply the most beautiful horse I have ever ridden, and her her soul and heart is as beautiful. We found her with FBH Stables' owner Ali in Holland and it was love from first sight. I was in the car of the stable owner Emile Hendrix when Baynounah was walking to the arena with her rider, I knew nothing about her at the time, but I had a connection the moment I saw her. Once I got on her, I knew I was riding something special, she is not the biggest horse but she fits me well. I asked her owner about her breeding and he said Numero Uno is the sire (which is also the sire of Narcissist FBH), and her mother line is by Grannus (which is Sama Dubai's mother line) so for us is was the perfect mixture of blood lines.
Until now she has been improving tremendously and she managed to jump double clear in three six-year-old Grands Prix this summer. We have high hopes for her.
rIDDEN BY aBDULLA aL maRRI
Originally called "Come to Picobello", and as many know, the Picobello stud bred the one and only Hello M'lady ridden by previous number in the world, Scott Brash. A special horse with a strong character that lies in her granddam side (Heartbreaker), she bought by FBH stables as a six-year-old. She managed to be placed in the six-year-old Grand Prix in Cervia in Italy. As a seven-year-old she grew to show more of her talents getting placed regularly in seven-year-old Grand Prix classes in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. In the summer of 2016, she went to Europe to shine as a true talent, jumping clear rounds in Knokke (Stephex tour in Belgium). Her highlight was winning the seven-year-old Grand Prix in San Giovanni (Italy) against former world number one Pius Schwizer and Italian number one rider Luca Moneta.
Abdulla Al Marri
AL Ain FBH
Bay mare, 25/06/2009 (Contact vd Heffinck x Orlando Z)
Bay gelding, 27/04/2007 (Numero Uno x Cash)
Taking on a new approach this summer
Our shining example of a true horseman in the UAE. Abdulla Al Marri is a champion, mentor, trainer and an inspiration to many on the circuit in the Middle East. We spoke to Abdulla about his young horses, how he plans their season with the utmost care and designs a training schedule to suits the needs of each individual horse.
Abdulla starts by telling us about his summer tour in Europe.
"At the beginning of my summer, I usually see what horses I have; I choose the best plan and set goals for each one of them individually. After knowing the horses I'm working with, I choose certain shows that will help me gradually improve them and have them peak by the end of the summer tour. The choice of venue usually depends on previous visits to that or by a recommendation from a good friend who's judgement I trust."
"After discussing our options with our team trainer Alice Debany and the horses' owners, we decided to take a new approach where we chose shows that we could stay and compete for two weeks in a row, putting our young horses as a priority. They then
become used to the environment of the show and by the second week, concentrate better on their jumping efforts".
The Training Plan
"Our plan is to get the horses fit and ready at our trainer's farm in La Baule (Le Creno), it's a fabulous facility with big paddocks and turnout for the horses.
We can jump on the beach and get the horses excited about jumping after a long break. (See
Dark bay mare, 10/05/2010 (Numero Uno x Swart)
A horse bought by FBH stables by Numero Uno, this horse has so much character. He is one of the sharpest horses I have ever ridden, but he also has a heart like a lion. When it comes to jumping, he knows what to do, the faster you go the better he jumps. He is consistent whenever he jumps you can always expect a clear round from him. As a seven-year-old he managed to finished second in the best combinations category in the FBH Holding League. He also won numerous international and national classes. As an eight-year-old he started doing some Longines ranking classes with great results. His best weekend was in the CSI international show in Abu Dhabi in 2015, where he won two classes out of three in the young horses classes including the Grand Prix.
Catch Me is a horse I bought as a five-year-old, but to be honest I wasn't madly In love her. I was about to send her back to her owner after she wasn't particularly impressive in her early career. However, I decided to listen to the people I trust when it came to developing young horses. My long-time trainer Alice thought we should be patient and work on improving her. This lead to her coming on dramatically in a very short period of time, which lead me to the conclusion that horses need a chance to prove themselves to you, and you need willing to give them a chance. She went on to become the second best UAE young horse in the FBH Holding league by winning more than five young horses classes. She then went to Europe and finished second in one of the most difficult French young horse Grand Prix at Fontainbleau. As an eight-year-old she kept improving and she is currently jumping in Longines ranking classes and has been placed in CSI Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain.
AMS Catch Me
Chesnut mare - 26/02/2008
Black mare 01/01/2005
Thank you to Brand Infiniti for the images- http://www.brandinfiniti.com
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Sama Dubai FBH - Bay Mare 25/03/2007 (Stakkato x Land Capital)
This is a horse of a lifetime. I was in Germany looking for horses in the summer of 2011 for few friends of mine and I had already invested in three horses in 2009 and 2010 (Quapitola, Alaska & Sierra). I wasn't planning to buy any horses that summer. However, I had a phone call from a friend of mine, whom I bought Sierra and Alaska from, so I decided to pay him a visit as it wasn't too far away from where I
We had no less than 10 horses between the ages of four and six, but he said to me he had a special four-year-old by Stakkato I was interested. This is the sire of Sierra and also the sire of Shakira (owned by Mohammed al Hajri) and the UAE champion in 2010. I tried his horses, but I had that four-year-old in mind. I kept waiting for her to come out of the stable but she never did. After we had tried all the horses he offered, I asked about her. He said she was a bit more expensive, and I told him I wouldn't leave before I had seen her.
When she came out, she was huge. I didn't expect her to be that big, especially with my small build, but once I was on her, I realised how level-headed she was and how amazingly balanced she was for her age. After a few jumps I told him that I wanted her.
Sierra was one of the first horses I ever bought, and one of the kindest. She is by the famous sire Stakkato, who won the German championship twice.
She always showed amazing talents as a young horse, which made Shaikha Latifa Al Maktoum take an embryo transfer from her. Through that process she got one of her favourite horses: Calaska by Kalaska De Semilly, her Olympic ride.
She also has few other progenies, Carizma and Cassius by Diamant De Semilly, Cawakib by Stakkato and Elise by Eurocommerce Singapore. As a sport horse she was always tried her best for me and whoever rode her, which also included Shaikha Latifa and Alice Debany) Her best achievements came when she was nine years old, where she finished fifth in the Grand Prix of Riyadh , and also coming second in the UAE Championship in 2015.
AL ASAYL SHOW JUMPING
Al Asayl Show Jumping (AASJ) is a professional show jumping team based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
AASJ pride itself on breeding its own stock, carefully sourcing and producing future talent according to its ethics. The aim is to continue the breeding programme using the foundation mares, and
create a team of horses that can compete at an international level.
During the spring, after lengthy discussion, a management decision was made to send a few of the horses to Portugal this summer to provide the competition horses with the relevant experience and exposure. The horses went with rider Joao Maria Marquilhas, who is based at a beautiful facility in Herdade das Sesmarias, Portugal. In the planning stages, the team made sure that each individual horse had specific classes that would improve their performance over the summer, in order for them to come back to the UAE with renewed confidence and enhanced capabilities.
"Previous experience has taught the that, especially with young horses, a three -ay show is not ideal, so we picked the classes carefully and were flexible with changing the plans, depending on the feedback we received from the rider," says a spokesman for the team. "It worked out to be a very industrious, positive and progressive summer season for our horses that competed in Portugal. All of them have improved, achieving good results, and have continued to build their skills and experience."
Image credit María González- Laguillo
Goals for the UAE Season
Our goal is always to keep the welfare of the horse at the forefront of our training and management programme, while aiming for consistency and excellence in our performance at shows.
Franciscus Sylt E (Indoctro x Emilion) will be aiming at the six- and seven-year-old classes. We will show him at 1.30cm and try to use his speed skills to win some classes.
We will, of course, choose suitable classes for our stable stalwart, Oman de St Maudan (Damiro B x Rocky du Carel).
W Diva Rosa MFS (Wallenberg x Emilion) will be aimed at the big international shows, as was the case last year, but with the new goal of jumping the CSI3* Grand Prix. She is more mature and experienced this season.
AASJ continue to breed yearly with the aim of producing some good youngsters for the future. On the back-burner, we have a very nice four-year-old year filly, Hasina Bella MFS (Chin Quin x Heartbreaker), who is coming along very well and who will be competing in Holland during the winter. We also have a half-brother to our mare Diva Rosa MFS, who is a three-year-old gelding called I’m One In Emilion (I’m Special de Muze x Emilion). He has recently been broken in and is already showing some talent. Along with other youngsters and a nice band of broodmares, we hope to build a team of consistent, rideable sport horses for the future.
Image credit - Reem Al Sultan
Introducing Blue Love True
Franciscus Sylt (Indoctro x Emilion) our six-year-old needed more experience to improve his technique and confidence. He has been competing in his age classes, starting at 120cm in May, progressing gradually, and is now successfully jumping in 130cm classes.
W Diva Rosa MFS (Wallenberg x Emillion) has gained a huge amount of experience in 140/145cm Grand Prix classes achieving some great results. Notably:
21 May - 1st 140cm CSI* Barcelos,
26 May - 2nd 145cm CSIO3* Lisboa
29 May - 3rd 140cm CSIO3* Lisboa
17 Jun - 2nd Campanhia des Lezirias
17 Jul - 9th GP 145cm Vimeiro CSI2*
21 Jul - 2nd 140cm Vimeiro CSI2*
1 Sept - 2nd 140cm Vimeiro
2 Sept - 4th 140cm Vimeiro
After two weeks at Vimeiro she had a break returning there in September to perform successfully.
Tam Tam De Bacon (by Mr Blue, AES-approved Stallion). Joao Maria Marquilhas began competing on Tam Tam and had some good rounds in the 130cm classes, moving up to the 140/145cm where he achieved some great results. This was a new partnership for Joao, but he was able to engage very quickly with this horse.
28 May - 4th 130cm CSI* Barcelos
28 May - 8th 135+ CSIO3* Lisboa
18 Jun - 2nd 140cm CSI* Campanhia das Lezirias
1 Jul - 6th 140cm CSI* Coimbra
2 Jul - 2nd 140cm CSI* Coimbra
3 Jul - 10th GP 140cm CSI* Coimbra
15 Jul - 145cm CSI2* Vimeiro
21 Jul - 2nd 140cm CSI2* Vimeiro
As we all know, it is extremely hard deciding what to do with our competition horses during the summer months here in the UAE, due to the hot climate and lack of training shows. It must be remembered that they are athletes and it is, therefore, not recommended, especially with young horses, that their training comes to a complete standstill for several months each year. We are happy that we made the decision to take our horses on this tour and are convinced that the benefits will prove to be considerable.
Image credits to Brand Infiniti, Tariq Ayoub & Maitha Al Hajri
Blue Love True (Toulon x Mr Blue) out of our own mare, Capriola, joins our band of AASJ horses this season in the UAE. Brought up through the ranks by Nicole Caris in Holland, this nice mare has jumped very successfully. We will aim to show her in the five- and six-year-old classes here in the UAE and we look forward to her arrival.
Tell us a little about Cartier and how the two of you partnered up?
Cartier came from Zabeel and was known for being a difficult ride. He was my mum's horse for the first year we had him. However, after a year of me begging to ride him, my mum finally gave in and I "stole" him from her straightaway. He's still a quirky ride, but he's taught me patience and has developed my riding skills. We've progressed from meter courses to 1.30m and he's been wonderful."
Do you plan a career in the sport?
My dream would be to become a professional show jumper and it would be amazing if I reached that level, however, if I don’t, I would still want to be involved in another way.
What did yours days consist of?
A normal day would include riding before lunch, then helping out with anything around the yard after and most weekends would be spent at a show.
Marion Hughes Training in Ireland
Sixteen-year-old Harley North-Bryan spent the summer with renowned Irish trainer and Olympic rider Marion Hughes.
How did you start training with Marion Hughes?
"Marion is not only an inspiration to me, but a long-term family friend. I grew up with her daughter Molly since the age of three, and Marion always helped with my riding.
I went over to Hughes Horse Stud on my own for the first time for the summer in 2013, and every year I feel I've gained more and more experience and loved every moment of it.
How do you feel European competitions differ from those in the UAE?
"There are many differences, but also several similarities. In Europe there is a greater focus on pony classes, and the pony years are taken very seriously. European competitions have many more riders, too, which makes the level of competition higher".
What are you working on this summer? As in grids, schooling, gaining experience ?
"My main aim with Marion each summer is to gain as much experience as I can. Thankfully I gather more and more each year, and I'm lucky to be in my element being around horses all day, every day. It also helps riding a variety of horses and ponies, being at different shows and being around experienced riders."
How long have you been riding and competing in
I moved here five years ago. I began with riding school ponies at Emirates Equestrian Centre, competing in the show jumping training shows and the occasional one -day event. Then once I began riding Cartier (three years ago) I moved onto the affiliated shows, starting by competing in the beginner’s tour for one season and the small tour for the other two.
What was your favourite show while you were in Ireland?"
"We go to the Dublin Horse Show every year, it's an amazing week, especially when the Irish team have massive success like they did this year. We also went to the Europeans, which was also great."
Zac and Digby
No DUjumping horse trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to the best horse show in the world, bare in mind I’m not biased, ‘The Royal Dublin Horse Show’. Not only did the team see the best Irish national horses but also international horses on display. Horses of all ages, shapes and sizes accompanied with great “craic” and atmosphere especially during the glorious Aga Khan Nations Cup, one of our pupils commenting: “I’ve never seen a competition like it”.
An Irish Summer
By Declan Cosgrove
Montage of summer
The DUjumping team has been super busy all summer riding, training and scouting new horses for their pupils in the Emerald Isle of Ireland.
First stop for DUjumping was back at my old workplace, ‘Linda Courtney Cadam Sporthorses’. Situated in County Antrim, Linda’s yard offers a huge range of facilities and horsepower. We could not help but notice the numerous horse pictures, trophies and medals hanging on Linda’s walls as we had coffee at her farmhouse discussing summer training.
Linda told us she jumped in the Nations Cups many years ago in the Middle East along side other Irish greats such as Dermott Lennon - just when the circuit was starting up. Linda recognized the determination she saw in riders back then: “It’s no surprise the Arab countries are now winning big 5-star competitions”.
Training started the next day and very quickly our students; sisters Maya and Livia where jumping and looking forward to their first show. Some of their mounts had jumped Grand Prix’s such as LCC H2 and other horses like ‘LCC Puss In Boots’ jumped very successfully in Lanaken at the World Young Horse Championships.
The sisters did not go unnoticed and received a warm Irish welcome not only at LCC but also at the shows all over the country. They were at ease and rapidly formed a bond with their new summer mounts getting valuable experience and mileage.
The DUjumping dressage team flew in on the final days of Dublin show and first stop was that of Anne Marie Dunphy’s stable - the current Irish National Grand Prix champion and team manager of the ‘Irish pony and young rider dressage teams’ in the heart of horse county, Kildare. Here Zac got the chance to ride ‘Ramazotti’ the current national medium champion; a beautiful mare that danced around Anne’s arena under her watchful eye. No stay at Anne’s would be complete without seeing her beautiful Grand prix gelding ‘Urbanus’, so we just couldn’t help but hang around and watch her school her wonderful animals.
Our dressage hunt led us on to see some animals with a unique history; one even had a starring role in Game Of Thrones! However, ‘Digby’, a beautiful chestnut stallion belonging to Rosemary Gaffney, was to be Zac’s ‘jewel in the crown’, he just had to have. A horse reserved for London 2012 Paralympics, which had been produced by Rosemary previous to her accident and found the change to Para riding super easy.
Our horse hunt took us all over Ireland. The team got to see and experience the wild ponies of Portmore Lough and visited some famous yards finding brilliantly produced animals. The decision on what to purchase was not easy. One of the horses purchased for Livia, ‘SSH Heartbeat’, a super, little, young rider’s gelding was everything a young lady’s horse should be; handy, careful, quick, brave and most important of all pretty for a young girl! We cannot wait for his arrival to the UAE and I’m glad to see an abundance of horses at this standard in Ireland.
The end of an Irish summer approached, with that, the teams returned back to Dubai. DUjumping awaits the arrival of these stunning horses to get ready for the coming season.
The Dujumping family in Ireland
To join EEC please come to the open evening for renewing and new membership is 2 October at 4.30pm at Sasi's, EEC.
Desert Palm Pony Club (DPPC) is an official overseas centre having 36 members who meet at least once a month to attend rallies run by BHS-qualified instructors to improve their riding and stable management skills.
The members range in age from eight to17 years old and are progressively working through their riding tests and achievement badges.
The members regularly compete in dressage, show jumping, hunter trials and one-day events, which are a combination of all three disciplines in one day.
The children are encouraged to arrive early for rallies and competitions and to fully prepare their ponies.
Pony Club leader Lorraine Jackson said: "When we are not working towards badges and tests, we have lots of fun, and some of our activities include gymkhana games, bare-back riding, treasure hunts, overnight camps and trips to the beach!" The Pony Club is represented in 27 other countries around the globe and is the largest association of young riders in the world. All clubs and centres practice the same scales of training with a real emphasis on teaching children to look after and take proper care of their ponies. "This makes it a powerful club progressing equestrianism sport in the country.
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Pony Club members at EEC enjoying some fun activities
Pony Club in the UAE
The Pony Club's growth in the UAE brings a new excitement for youngsters and potential equestrians. So who will be following the British Horse Society rules and run as official centres? Well, DPPC (Desert Palm Pony Club) and EECPC (Emirates Equestrian Centre Pony Club) have been working closely together for some years now and are already established with members.
Both clubs hope that further Pony Club Centres will open in the UAE so that more children can have access to inter-club events.
As the doors open at St. Regis Equestrian & Polo Resort in Dubai, we speak with the new riding school manager Mark Barsby. "We will be acquiring the official Pony Club status, and look forward to collaborating with the other official stables in the Emirates," he says. "We will be aquiring the official Pony Club status also, and look forward to collaborating with the other official stables in
Al Marmoom Equine Therapy is also a fantastic facility that will be adopting the Pony Club initiative, it will bring a new bonus to the badges with its greenhouse farming area for children, as well as many other encouraging team activities. AL Forsan in Abu Dhabi is run as an official BHS Club and also offers adult certifications for various levels.
The Pony Club started in 1929 and is the benchmark for most talents across the equestrian disciplines.
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Sasha Day and Zebadee
The Emirates Equestrian Pony Club has been established since 1978. Holding the reins is the senior instructor with EEC, Jenne Ford, a qualified BHS instructor. Rosemary Clarke, also a qualified BHS instructor, works with Jenne to create and deliver all the Pony Club activities within the centre.
There is a total of 50 members, ages ranging from six years old to 18 years old. All members are in groups suitable to their age and ability, meeting once every two weeks. This enables the activities to be given at the correct level for each member. The success of this system was highlighted last season with every single member gaining achievement badges and progressive tests. EEC has many visiting international coaches and Pony Club members train with them on a con
tinual basis, which is a fantastic opportunity for young people. Through the season it holds special events for Halloween, Festive Holidays and other National days, so there is a lot going on with or without the ponies. The highlight of the calendar is the Pony Club camp. Members sleep at EEC in tents and look after the ponies, learn lots, have lots of fun and not much sleep!
Rosemary has been involved with the Pony Club for many years both as a mum and an instructor and was nominated and voted onto to the Equestrian Council board for Pony Club as a committee member for centre membership the UK and internationally. This is a role Rosemary is very passionate about. Centres within the UAE are very welcome to contact Rosemary for her guidance and more information giving the benefits of pony club within their establishments. Contact - Lucy Goler at head office on email@example.com
Last season a training evening was held at EEC for all people teaching within Pony Club. It was attended by three centres, and a visiting coach from the UK who held standards setting the course. It was said to have been a very valuable session that helped everyone attending to understand the level the children need to be at to pass the progressive tests and keeping up the standards set by the UK. This season the plan is to hold a similar event.
We will keep you posted on all that's new at the Pony Club and of any clinics and courses that become available.
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Pony Club Badges & Certificates 2016
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Various grading as set by the British Equestrian Trade Association
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Level 2 (brown label) offers a low risk level of protection so is considered suitable for low risk situations - not including jumping, riding on the roads, riding young or excitable horses or riding while inexperienced.
Level 3 (purple label) is considered appropriate for general riding, competitions including eventing and working with horses. Level 3 body protectors should prevent minor bruising that would have produced stiffness and pain, reduce soft tissue injuries and prevent a limited number of rib fractures.
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The free FEI RuleApp has been launched on the Apple Store and on Google Play, When in doubt on legalities within show jumping, dressage, eventing, reining,para dressage and vaulting, this application gives you all the information you will ever need on the spot. It allows users to view the latest FEI rules and regulations in a “virtual bookshelf”, both online and off line, on mobile devices.
The search capabilities make it extremely easy for any user and also gives a print option: we all still like to have the paper in our hands.
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Warming up for a dressage test with Cristina Calin
Balkan Dressage Champion
A great education is learning from numerous professionals and taking a technique that works for you & your horse. We spent a morning with Cristina Calin a BHS intermediate instructor, who has been in UAE for 13 years in which time she has won more than 200 different classes from novice to intermediate 1. At the moment she is aiming to qualify with Webster, owned by Reem Alabbar, for the World Equestrian Games in 2018
Is your warm up at shows any different from what you do at home?
"Horses can surprise you. They are living creatures so you might have to change something, sometimes. But not in general my warm-up doesn’t change I don’t act any differently. I work along the same lines as if I am at home. Each one of my horses is different. Some, like Athena, only needs 15-20 minutes to be ready. She is a young mare, very focused and so natural. Others , such as Filou, will need at least 45 minutes as he is older and huge, so he needs longer period to warm up. However, I don’t spend my whole warm up in a test outline. Horses are like us, they can start to ache, too. By the time you get into the arena the horse is tired and will try to go on its forehand.
So, how would your usual warm-up look?
"I start by walking in long reins for 10 minutes. Most of the time I take my feet out of stirrups to get a deeper seat. Then, I begin few walk-halt transitions so I make sure I have my horse’s attention. I am very strict on square halts. Sometimes, when they feel lazy, I do few steps of rein back and a straight into few steps of piaffe to get them more active behind.
I begin in a slow trot, focusing on rhythm and looseness. I like to feel like I’m riding a giant wobbly jelly. Every muscle on my horse’s body should be relaxed and I should be able to speed up and slow down with him on the same warm-up frame where the head is stretched out, while still remaining round and working over the back. I do the same at canter. I prefer warming up on straight lines rather then circles. I think is more natural for the horses. I then gradually lift him up into collection and work on more advanced movements. I like using a very forward leg yielding for both, trot and canter. I don’t necessarily focus on the crossing of the legs. I focus on the sitting on his back legs at trot and the correct jump of the back legs at canter. Five minutes before I go in the arena, I just walk on long reins. It happens sometimes that is a delay on my starting times. I usually go back to my walk-halt transitions until we are ready to go in and try not to let anything stress me out. as I don’t want my horse feeling that. In general I don’t get affected. I enjoy what I do as long as my horses are happy. I like competing but I like the challenge more.
Is it any advice you would suggest for dressage riders in the UAE?
"For those that don't already, try to prepare and tack up your own horse for shows. It is amazing what you can learn about your horse's mood when you're on the ground and around them."
When does your horse’s warm up starts?
"The moment we arrive at the show venue. Feeding is part of the warm-up. If my starting times are around my horse’s lunch or dinner his inner time clock will not be happy if he is missing the feed, which can lead to a grumpy horse. So I give a little snack 30 minutes before getting on.
What about the rider? A snack before riding?
Cristina: Oh yes I plan my “feed” too! I consider myself an athlete so I am very serious about my diet, especially on the day of the show. Fried food is out of the question. It.s hard sometimes, especially when the show venue has amazing burgers or fries. I usually snack on protein bars and peppers, weird I know, on my way to the show. And plenty water.
Do you ever take your horses for a walk around the arenas before riding?
"Yes, I do try taking my horses for a quiet walk in-hand around when I get there. Not necessarily to show the place but to have some bonding time.
I personally prefer warming up on straight lines rather then circles. I think it is more natural for the horses.
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Marmoom volunteers make the difference
Location: Al Marmoom Initiative, Al Qudra Road, Dubai (15min drive from Arabian Ranches)
But Lisa isn’t alone on the quest to provide alternative therapy and activities for Dubai’s less abled residents. Along with the Centre’s small staff are more than 100 volunteers who have donated their free time to help the students make the most of their visit. “We really cannot function without our awesome volunteers. They make the students enjoy their sessions and give them confidence in their learning”.
University student, Reem, an Emirati, has been volunteering for 6 months. “There are a limited number of centers for disabled people here in our country. But this is changing and I want to make a difference and embrace disabilities in our society. I don’t ride horses but I help with the stable management courses and in the green house. It’s really great fun and you see the impact that your help makes”.
British born, Pam has been living in Dubai for more than 10 years. “I have a couple of hours spare each week in between work and family commitments but I always make the time for volunteering. Now my children are aware of the value of helping others and I also get to be around horses again in a very relaxed and supportive atmosphere. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d enjoy volunteering so much – but now I feel I’m part of the Marmoom family too”.
Lisa agrees: “Our volunteers do become part of our team here. We depend on them and very much appreciate their help. In fact, we’ve just introduced our new ‘Pay-back’ scheme. For every hour donated, we will offer vouchers towards our Horse courses for volunteers. Our Head coach will progress everyone through a horsemanship program and then a Riding program covering a number of disciplines. We know that our thanks is always enough for our dedicated volunteers but we want them to know how appreciated they are”.
Currently five special schools, including more than 90 students are offered therapy sessions at Al Marmoom. It’s hoped that with more horses due to arrive shortly and with the Greenhouse project developing quickly, even more students will be able to participate in what can only be described as ‘life changing’ opportunities at the center. All the sessions are free of charge for the students but the Centre does rely on additional support from individuals and Corporates.
The Al Marmoom Initiative is determined to expand their success by offering their therapies to more students in the future…perhaps you can help?
“We are always in need of more volunteers so if you’d like to see what we do, please contact us as we’d be glad to show you round and sign you up!” Email your contact details and any experience to email@example.com and the Centre staff will be in touch. Volunteering with us is fun and not hard work. I’m sure you’ll gain as much from each session as our students do”.
The team at Al Marmoom is clearly proud of what they’ve achieved so far and have ambitious plans to become a Centre of Excellence and the region’s leader in recreational and vocational therapy for Special-needs. They’re already associated with the UK’s highly respected ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’, ‘British Horse Society’ and ‘Pony Club’ and plan to run courses, competitions and coaching programs to help others achieve their goals no matter how big or small they may be.
By Annie Haresign
In a quiet corner of the desert, just a short drive from the city, is a non-profit organization, that’s providing recreational and vocational therapy to local special-needs children and adults. A Bahraini professional whose own son has downs syndrome realized the untold benefits of horse therapy. The desire to allow other adults and children to experience this too was the inspiration behind the now fully functioning Centre known as the ‘Al Marmoom Initiative’.
But this is no ordinary therapy center. The compact site, nestled between two Royal Endurance yards, has outdoor sand arenas and Greenhouses, as the teachers here are riding instructors, farmers and gardeners. Here at Al Marmoom, students can develop their skills by learning how to handle horses, ride, carriage drive and of course, all about horse care. And in the Centre’s latest Green house project, ‘green fingered’ students grow and harvest fruit, vegetables and flowers as a fully functioning Social Business.
“We’ve been open for one year now and already we have a waiting list for students” says Centre Director, Lisa Kingsley. “It’s incredible what the students get from interacting with the horses and the progress that’s made in just a short period. Our Green house project is launching now and we hope to plant and grow a number of crops with our students. It’s their Greenhouse to develop and become a social-business where they farm and sell their own home-grown produce”.
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When to stretch?
These stretches can be done regularly to maintain range of movement and prevent injury and as part of a maintenance program. They can also be used after injury, post-surgery and to restore range of movement, as part of a rehabilitation program under the guidance of your vet or physio. For horses in work, the exercises can be performed before or after exercise.
8 stretches for your horse
Where to stretch/safety?
Stretches should be performed in a safe, enclosed area with escape routes e.g. a large stable, round pen or small arena. The surface should be level and flat, with non-slip flooring, such as rubber matting, deep bed, or an all-weather
How to stretch?
Begin gradually. Over time you can increase the range of motion by moving the bait further. Encourage the horse to hold each position for a few seconds, returning to a neutral position before the
Wear protective footwear, leather with good sole grip. Use food bait, like carrots, cut into strips. With some horses a hand protector such as plastic milk container cut in half can be used as a gauntlet. For pelvic tilting, you can use a blunt edged stimulator such as the back edge of a hoof pick or just strong thumbs/fingers.
What is core stability?
Normal and effective movement in the horse needs each and every structure to be working optimally. This requires symmetrical pain-free movement through the full range that the horse's conformation allows.
Optimal movement requires stabilisation of the joints by deep muscles in the spine. Co-contraction of larger muscles in the horse's back and abdomen are necessary for limiting movement in the horse's spine, yet transmitting strong forces from the spine to the hind limbs during movement. This is known as core stability. If these muscles work in a co-ordinated way they will efficiently support the thorax, gut, spine and rider. When the spine is supported in this way, it is free to move efficiently which will allow the thoracic spine (under the saddle) to laterally bend and the lumbar spine (behind the saddle) to flex and extend to allow the pelvis to tuck under the horse and achieve an optimal length of stride behind.
This support from the abdominals and spinal movement will also allow the horse to come up through the withers and come off his forehand. This co-ordinated movement of the spine allows the horse to laterally bend to stay straight on the circle and allows space underneath to allow the hind legs to travel underneath. It will also create topline muscle, giving the joints core support, reducing stress and likelihood of injury.
By TERI MASON MSc, PG Dip, BSc (HONS), MCSP, HCPC, ACPAT CAT A
Chartered human and veterinary physiotherapist
References/ further reading –
Dynamic Mobilisation in Cervical Flexion: Effects on Intervertebral Angulation.
Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD; LeeAnn J. Kaiser, MS; Michael Lavagnino, PhD; Narelle C.
Stubbs, PhD. (2010) Equine vet. J.
Evaluation of intersegmental vertebral motion during performance of dynamic mobilization exercises in cervical lateral bending in horses
Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD; LeeAnn J. Kaiser, MS; Michael Lavagnino, PhD; Narelle C. Stubbs, PhD http://avmajournals.avma.
Dynamic mobilisation exercises increase cross sectional area of musculus multifidus. Stubbs, N.C., Kaiser, L.J., Hauptman, J. and Clayton, H.M. (2011) Equine Veterinary Journal.
Activate Your Horse’s Core. Narelle C. Stubbs, PhD & Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD (2008). Sport Horse Publications, Mason, Michegan.
Mid cervical: flexion:
Chin between carpi
Mid cervical: Side bending
What exercises can I do to help improve core stability in my horse?
Dynamic mobilisations or baited stretches using a carrot or foot are literally an active movement caused as a result of bribing the horse! There are many stretches that can be performed, and you may have been shown, however, it has been proven by Hilary Clayton and Narelle Stubbs that using up to three each of these exercises with a hold for three to five seconds; five days per week has the benefit of the following:
Increase the range of motion between the bones in the neck and back called vertebrae.
Strengthens the muscles that move and stabilise or support the joints between the vertebrae when the horse is moving.
Initiate co-contraction of stability muscles for proprioception and/or rehabilitation
Improve your horse's posture, self-carriage and balance.
Cervical/ thoracic/ lumbar:
Chin between fetlocks
Cervical/ thoracic/ lumbar:
Teri Mason is based in Abu Dhabi - UAE - For further info contact: +971 56 303 6886 - Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Core Stability in the horse
psoas and pelvic muscles
Upper cervical flexion:
Chin to chest:
Buckets and stored water
Truck and trailer registration
Veterinarian phone number
Jack for trailer
Halter & spare ropes
Shipping boots and wraps
Safety pin and sewing kit
Camera and mobile
Tendon/fetlock and over reach boots
Hay and haynet
Stud chain and chifney
Trailer first aid kit
Hat or cap
Equine first aid kit
Studs and key plus spares
For your horse:
Test booklets/dressage tests
Beverages and snacks
Hoof pick and grooming kit
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Work of a genius - Shamela Hanley
"Shamela and her Grade A Connemara ,Vinny"
Super image of a young show jumper, captured by Shamela at the perfect time at The Dublin Horse show , Ireland
Your parents are in the equestrian industry, did this influence the direction you took, or was it for the love of horses?
I don't feel that it had a huge influence on me, it just meant I was lucky enough to work with and ride horses from a young age. I've always loved horses and I'm glad my parents are supporting me through all the decision that I'm making towards my future career, which will be more focused on racing rather than photography. Even if my father wasn't a jockey, I still believe I would have somehow found my way into the racing industry.
Did you ever consider being a jockey growing up?
I have considered it and still do consider it, especially in jump racing! I still hope to raceride competitively in the future.
You have a horse now, can you tell us a little about him?
Rathcline Reve, his stable name is Vinny, a five-year-old, Grade A Connemara, 16.2 hh, dapple grey gelding. He is definitely the definition of a "bomb-proof' pony' and the love of my life. He is the most quietest horse you would ever sit on, though he does get cheeky if you don't have a packet of polos for him.
If you choose one discipline to do with Vinny, what would that be?
Show jumping all day everyday. "we focus on show jumping as we are a bit rubbish at dressage, even though we do like to think we look like Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin at times".
Image credits and front cover launch edition by Shamela - www.shamelahanleyphotography.com
Do you remember the first picture you took and with what camera?
I vividly remember the first camera I had was an old disposable Kodak when I was about 7seven years old that I used to take random pictures of stable cats and horses. Then when I was 12 I managed to save enough pocket money to buy my first proper Canon camera.
That moment you knew you wanted to be a photographer, was it a special image or something someone had said to you?
During my first trip to Abu Dhabi Racecourse (about four years ago now) I was snapping random pictures of the horses and jockeys then posted them onto my Facebook page. The next week I went back to the races and was approached by Lara Sawaya- The Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, "She loved my pictures and straight away encouraged me to keep improving on my skills by signing a contract to take pictures for them and to also inspire other young people into photography". I still work closely with the Festival promoting Arabian Racing around the world through my photographs.
Where will we most likely see you this season and who will you be working with and for?
This season I will be based in Dubai working in racing as well as still doing a lot of photography work for The Sheikh Mansoor Flat Racing Festival and Al Ain Racecourse as I am the official photographer there, as well as freelancing. It's always a safe bet that you can find me on any of the UAE's racetracks, although, I will make more of an effort to get to international show jumping events as well.
Earlier this year you were nominated in the International Photography Darley Awards, how was the experience, as you flew to the States?
It was my second time being invited to Los Angeles for the Darley Awards, even though I didn't win an award this year, I will do whatever it takes to be nominated again next year. The short trip to America also included a full days racing at Santa Anita Racetrack, which has easily become one of my favorite tracks I've been to.
We've heard your new camera is your new baby, what's so special about it? What's in your camera bag?
For the past year, my target was to eventually buy the camera which I finally managed to do through hard work and determination - it is the camera of my dreams and I still can't believe I have it! In my camera bag I now carry three camera bodies - my Canon 1DX mark2 (which is my new/main camera body), Canon 5D mark3 and 5D mark2. As well as this I have four lenses including my 70-200 mm recently my favourite sporting lens, 100-400 mm, 24-105 mm for wide angles and my 50 mm for those creative shots with lots of detail. I also bring my laptop to edit pictures in between races, this makes for a very heavy bag but they are all of my essentials.
Shamela Hanley The young photographer stealing the limelight in the UAE
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The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games did not disappoint. The showjumping was a highly competitive discipline with a lot of surprises in both team and individual phases.
This games course designer, a Brazilian, Guilherme Jorge asked a lot of questions causing trouble in the early stages for even the most experienced competitor, such as French rider Penelope Leprevost who was unfortunately unseated in the first round. This came as shock, as she was a favourite going into the games.
Team Qatar made their country proud with fantastic performances in their Olympic showjumping debut. The team jumping held on the 16, 17 and 19 August 2016 promised much hope for team Qatar following their recent successes in championships and world cups. However they did not come home with a team medal but finished in 9th place, which was a great result for such a young team.
Hamad Al Attiyah the youngest member of the squad making his Olympic introduction at the age of 21, didn't get of to a very good start, 8 faults in the first qualification/team round with the 13 year old gelding, Appagino. This was disappointing as he had superb performances throughout the year with this partnership and team Qatar had high hopes for such a talented young rider.
Bassem Mohammed partnered Dejavu, a 12-year-old gelding by Heartbreaker. They advanced to the individual stages, qualifying after round three with 13 faults and began their individual round with a clean slate. Unfortunately two rails in the next round stopped them going any further.
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The Qatari hope for a medal then fell on the last their last two riders Sheikh Ali Al Thani and Ali Al Rumaithi.
Ali Al Rumaithi competed with a 10-year-old mare, Gunder. Ali rides this powerful mare beautifully; not chasing the time giving Gunder every opportunity to jump clear but with that came unfortunate time faults and resulted in an impressive 16th individual place.
Sheikh Ali Al Thani was one of 13 riders going into the final round with his 11yr old bay gelding, First Division, by Andiamo. A horse full of blood that took the limelight in his stride that never seemed tired or upset with the long trip to Rio or the high level of jumping. Sheikh Ali did a superb job with keeping his horse fresh, careful and well prepared for the games, jumping clear in both individual final classes resulting in him getting through to the jump off with five other riders.
The jump off was as nail biting as ever, as a lot was at stake for these 6 riders all with a chance of Olympic glory. Nick Skelton was first to enter the jump off arena and really put the pressure on jumping a superb fast clear round with the stallion Big Star, a winning Olympic partnership of team gold London 2012. The remaining five riders couldn’t catch Nick, the 58-year-old rider for Great Britain. Sheikh Ali had two rails off and finished in 6th place. Peder Fredricson of Sweden won silver riding All In and Eric Lamaze of Canada took bronze on his mare Fine Lady S with the fastest four faults.
Rio 2016 was an astonishing achievement for the Qatari showjumping team debut. They did their country proud, meeting one of their main goals. The team trained by Jan Tops in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands showed great skill in their sportsmanship and horsemanship gaining great experience and achieving a dream for such a young team, It is sure Olympic glory awaits them very soon.
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The AESGC Equestrian Club was opened for riders in September 2007 with the vision to provide excellent horsemanship and equestrian skills in a fun environment with quality instruction.
From the beginner to the expert, riding at the AESGC offers a new level of instruction, experience and enjoyment. Since 2010, the AESGC Equestrian Club has hosted many local and international show jumping competitions; the biggest event the club has held was the prestigious President of the UAE Show Jumping Cup 2013.
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Al Forsan International Sports Resort from indoor and outdoor training areas to the fully-floodlit polo field and world-class stable facilities, the Equestrian Centre at Al Forsan International Sports Resort has been designed to meet international standards and create the perfect environment for those who love horses.
An eco-friendly 800-seat indoor arena may be Al Forsan’s crown jewel, but the centre also has 169 stables – offering a full livery service for members – its very own full-size polo pitch, as well as 39 English-and Irish-bred horses for all manner of lessons.
Al Forsan is also a training facility like no other - students of all skill levels are trained in a wide range of equestrian disciplines including riding, polo, show jumping and dressage.
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The Desert Palm Riding School provides stabling for 25 private livery horses and 45 riding school-owned horses. The riding school horses were selected from the UK as being suitable for beginners and intermediate riders alike. All of the horses are kept in top condition by a loyal team of grooms and instructors and are housed in Spanish style buildings, air conditioned in the hotter summer months and covered in bougainvillea. The school has the luxury of grass turn-out paddocks, a rarity in the UAE.
There are five floodlit standard arenas and one large one housing two dressage arenas and a show jumping course. Three full-time Instructors, all British Horse Society-trained and qualified (and a pool of part-time instructors), provide lessons for students of all standards, with classes starting for children aged from five years. Unaffiliated competitions and events, such as the Spinneys Cup one-day event and a branch of the British Pony Club, are held frequently in the winter months and attract the region's leading riders and horse enthusiasts.
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Emirates Equestrian Centre, P.O. Box 292, Dubai, UAE
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EEC is at the top of its game. You will find excellent equipment for training in dressage and jumping; a quality maintained cross-country course with 21 challenging fences, an International-sized show jumping arena and five additional areas to fulfill all your training needs. Hacking is literally on the doorstep and with a lake and tracks close by, the desert is yours to discover. As a fully-approved British Horse Society Centre in the Middle East, you will find a high standard of training offered by our qualified Instructors. We cater to all levels of riders, from beginner to advanced.
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There will be 500 stables within this picturesque development. Made of high quality and robust materials, these luxurious stables will provide a comfortable environment for the horses to live in. Windows will add natural light, and the vaulted ceiling will provide additional ventilation and give the sense of space and fresh air.
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Located in the Al Mushrif area, just 10 minutes from the city center, the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is a tranquil oasis in one of the Gulf’s most up-to-date and beautiful cities. The Club covers a vast area and provides members with a relaxed and restful atmosphere away from the hustle of modern day life. As the name implies, the Club was originally established as an equestrian centre, but over the years, due to the encouragement and support of the late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Club has enjoyed steady and sustained development. What was once an undeveloped sandy area is now arguably one of the finest recreational parks in the entire Gulf region.
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Mandara Equestrian Club (MEC) is an ISO certified private equestrian club providing multiple equestrian services such as horse riding school, competition training, beauty horse training and showing, livery services, equine equipment and transportation. MEC provides an encouraging and nurturing environment for students to reach their potential. With events such as fundays and gymkhanas, MEC provides multiple opportunities for riders to improve their riding abilities.
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The Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, the first equestrian club in the UAE, was established in 1982 at the initiation of H.H. Shk. Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
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What's to come from the New Habtoor?
On the 9th December 2014, The Al Habtoor Group announced the build of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club Project costing more than 993 Million Dhs.
It’s been two years in the making but the six million square foot development, designed to be the best in the Middle East for all equestrian athletes, is preparing to open its doors to its first customers.
The venue houses a ‘state of the art’ Polo Club and academy, Riding School, 500 stables and will no doubt live up to its ‘elite’ design and status. The first livery horses and their owners will no doubt be looking forward to utilising the wide range of facilities including 70 turnout paddocks, multiple lunging areas, 5 horse walkers and 2 international competition arenas not forgetting the 4 polo fields, riding and exercise tracks.
However this Equestrian Centre may give first impressions of being ‘exclusive’ but with pricing structures to suit every pocket, Al Habtoor’s new Club is ensuring inclusivity and viability; guaranteeing every stable will be the ‘hottest’ horse property for dedicated equestrians in the region.
Ask any Real Estate agent and they’ll agree that ‘location’ is everything; this Dubai-based Club ‘ticks the box’ with its convenient position behind The Villa Community with access from the ‘611 Emirates’ and ‘Dubai-Al Ain’ roads. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club not only seems to have it all but can be reached and enjoyed from all over the UAE – making this a prime equestrian facility for the future.
My Day: This lucky Editor was invited to spend a morning with the latest edition to the Al Habtoor team, Riding School Manager, Mark Barsby. Mark is known to many Dubai equestrians for his horsemanship skills, hard work, sense of humor and known as one of the best in the area. It’s no surprise that Mark was selected to head the new riding school facilities and together with Senior manager, Adam Snowdon, they’ll no doubt create a professional, fun packed atmosphere catering for all international, local and expat riders.
The Future As I sat in Marks office, it was time to discuss details and what he has planned for the Riding programme.
“Here at Al Habtoor we are creating a focus around the riding school with super new ponies I’ve sourced from Europe this Summer. We are joining the British Horse Society and the Pony Club scheme as our plan is to nurture young riders and build a base for inter-club events to support this goal”.
The teaching and fun won’t be just on special days says Mark: “We’ll be providing training days on a weekly basis. Wednesdaynight will be for those looking to improve their skills in Dressage and Show Jumping. On Fridays – fun shows for all, with classes for in-hand showing, best turned out pony as well as displays that see stunt riders and Spanish horses entertaining the crowds. And of course, no show is complete without a ‘horse and hound’ class making Fridays a real fun day for all the family”.
Al Habtoor with be providing events that entice not only the Equestrian but provide entertainment for all members, visitors and guests of the St Regis hotel that’s at the center of the complex.
For the adrenaline fan, Mark may well have some exciting news. “There are talks of constructing a cross-country course which would give us additional ODE (one-day events) Hunter Trials and Cross Country courses”.
And for the more experienced equestrian, they can look forward to various clinics held by top riders from the UAE, as well as professionals coming in from abroad. So anyone stabled at the facility will have competitions, clinics and fantastic facilities all on their ‘door step’ on a weekly basis.
Looking further ahead into the future, Al Habtoor are looking to support the National schemes with the Federations as soon as the arenas are finished and are planning on scheduling Internationals events at the start of 2018.
You’ll not be surprised that I left Mark and the Al Habtoor complex full of excitement. This venue will be one to watch – Showhub will keep you posted!
The excitement builds as we open the doors on a new venue!!
Stables - show barn
Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
The Tour As Mark guides me on his tour of the Club, he confesses about being excited about it’s future; “A lot of areas that may have only been dreamed of are on the cards and will be put in place at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club so watch this space!”.
And space is exactly what Club members will enjoy, as the sheer size of the site is breath taking. Mark points at a few areas along the way telling me: “You will have 2 graded and watered tracks that go around the whole of the perimeter, giving you the possibility to hack your horse for over an hour without even crossing the same path”. These tracks are lined with lush green palm trees and greenery – a rider’s equestrian oasis in the making.
Further on we view the horse walkers, the paddocks and an area I have to stop and ask about: “We plan on a 40-meter swim pool for the horses in the future, well I sure hope they get the approval for that, as swimming is such an amazing way to keep your horses in tip-top condition, not only for fitness but it would be a major benefit for those of us that are still in the country at the height of summer; giving another way to exercise and rehabilitate”.
Our final destination was the new stable areas – nothing spared in size, build, and quality; exactly what you would expect to see. The stable blocks been designed with the horse in mind and located on a slight incline to make use of the regular breeze – so far, I’m impressed.
Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. She is an avid polo player, patron of team UAE and plays with a handicap of 0.
H.H Sheikha Maitha started playing at the age of 17, during one summer when a friend introduced her to the sport. Her Highness didn't revisit the game again until 15 years later. She then took the sport up seriously in December 2011, stick and balling and playing chukkas, from there she jumped straight into medium goal.
By July of 2012 Maitha was in the UK playing the 20 goal Warwickshire Cup. Rumours abounded among the polo world that this was a prelude to a high goal campaign in 2013, and for once the rumours were true.
Cut to 2013 and Maitha’s UAE Polo Team are playing the Queen’s Cup and the Gold Cup. They took their opener against defending champions Cortium with a resounding win. Maitha scoring no less than two goals, much to the crowd’s delight.
The first semi-final ticket of the 2014 Cartier Queen's Cup went to UAE Polo Team who beat El Remanso, 11-8 at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
H.H Sheikha Maitha had a goal from day one which was to win the Gold Cup in Dubai.
In 2016 she achieved her goal. UAE Polo Team were the champions of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2016 after defeating Mahra in a great final by 10 goals to seven at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
With a superb teamwork performance, patron HH Sheika Maitha's team achieved a deserved victory to win the most important polo trophy in the Middle East for the first time.
Birth Date 28/02/1982 is a Argentine professional polo player with a handicap of six- goal.
Matias started playing when he was just seven years old. Growing up he played polo with his dad and brother. He later went on to win tournaments such as the French Open, Nations Cup in Argentina where he was very proud to be playing for his country. He has also won the Gold Cup tournament in Deauville.
Matias was delighted to be part of the UAE Polo Team and winning the Gold Cup Tournament in Dubai 2016. Matias is looking forward to the upcoming season with UAE Polo Team. He feels the team will be coming back stronger and hungry to have another successful season together.
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H.H Sheikha Maitha is looking forward to the new season and is ready to fight for the title again.
Introducing The UAE Polo Team & Players
Fighting for your Goals!
Birth date 28/06/1997, is a British professional polo player with a handicap of three- goal.
Jack started playing properly when he was about 11 with his dad playing a season of 8 goal tournaments. His debut in high goal was when he was 16 he played for the injured twelve oaks patron, Stefano Marsaglia, with Magoo Laprida, Inaki Laprida and Marcus Di Paola. His first real job in high goal was the following year in 2015 when he played for Zacara with patron Lyndon Lea, Juan Martin Nero and Rodrigo Andrade. So far he is yet to win the high goal in England but he's hoping that playing next year with Talandracas alongside patron Eduord Carminaque, Pelon sterling and Sapo Caset that might change. So far one of his most memorable achievements is winning the Gold Cup in Dubai, "It was a great tournament to take part in," says Jack. "Playing with a team like UAE made it even better, as not only the players were amazing but everyone involved was such good fun." and just in general very nice people. He has also won the 12 goal Victur Ladurum trophy in england, and a few other low and medium goal tournaments.
Birth date 12/18/1976, is an Argentine professional polo player with a handicap of nine (formerly 10).
Monteverde has played polo from a very early age and turned professional with a 5-goal handicap traveling to Europe.
Today, Monteverde, has grown into one of the world's finest defensive players, is well known for his outstanding work rate and horsemanship on the field. So far in his career, he played for teams including La Martina, Ellerstina, La Dolfina, Zacara and currently plays for Alegria Polo Team during the Argentinian Open. He is also based in Dubai with the UAE Polo Team which he has been playing for the last four years.
Lucas has won a numerous amount of tournaments over the years. he had a few outstanding wins during the Argentina Open from 2005-2007 and again in 2009.
He has also won some big tournaments such as the Gold Cup in 2005 with Dubai Polo Team and The Queen's Cup in 2011 with Talandracas Polo Team.
There have been many more wins such as The Gold Cup in Sotogrande, Gold Cup in Deauville, Hurlingham Open, French Open and of course an amazing Win at the Gold Cup Dubai 2016, This was an extremely special moment for Lucas as he has been with the team from the beginning and he says the team feel like his family.
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The rules of polo are set up for the safety of the of the horse and player!
A polo team consists of 4 players, which are all given a position of responsibility. The offense is the rider at the front of the group and the defense is the man at the back. The number on the shirts indicates that area. 1 - the most forward, 4 - the most defensive, 3 - by custom is the on-field captain and the highest ranked player…the number 2 - well that’s the player that does a bit of everything!
Typically there are 4 - 8 chukkas in a match and each one last 7 minutes of actual play, because it's such a fast-paced game, the players change their horses after each chukka. Exceptional Ponies, in a low-goal game, can sometimes double-chukka. However, if the pony seems to be tiring before the end, the player may change horse but he must wait for a lull in the game before changing at the sidelines. Time-out or a stop in play is not given, so the team plays on with 3 riders for the time it takes to change ponies.
The game itself rests on two umpires that ride along side the match keeping a close eye on the maneuvers that are made, a third referee will be stationed on an elevated platform midfield.
A free hit towards the goal is set from a distance by the umpire following a foul.
Explanation of penalties
1 30yd hit to an open goal
2 40yd hit to an open goal
3 60yd hit to a defended goal
4 A hit from the spot where the foul was made
5 A hit from the center of the ground.
This is used when the defending team is attacking from their own half 5b.
High Goal match (18-40) goals made in 5 -8 chukkas
Medium Goal (9-15) goals made in 5-6 chukkas
Medium/Low goal (up to 8) 4 - 6 chukkas
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Winners ‘Dubai Polo Team’ Played
Saturday 11th June 2016
Dubai Polo Team v La Indiana
SCORE: 12 - 11
Players in the team -
Rashid Albwardy 2
Kian Hall 1
Adolfo Cambiaso 10
Juan Martin Nero 9
The ‘Cartier Queen’s Cup’ is one of the world’s leading polo tournaments. Every year, since 1960, HM The Queen has attended and presented the Silver cup to the winning team on every occasion. British Polo at it’s best held in the most amazing grounds of the Guards Polo Club, in Windsor Great Park, Surrey. When you see a team with players like these, you instantly know how exhilarating the play is going to be and this was certainly the case on the day.
A superb win and rounded off by one of the best winning shots of the season by 10 goaler, Adolfo Cambiaso. UAE polo teams always shine in Europe every year and at home, matches attract a lot of spectators to various clubs. Polo seems to take on a far more relaxed persona in the Middle East and hold interest not just for the avid equestrian. Competitions cater for the whole family and are locally rated as one of the best days out. Friday afternoon games host hundreds of families and car-park picnics on the grounds of Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, Desert Palm and the latest edition, the shiney, new Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
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