America to Australia By Samantha Kettle
Flanders Embryo Auction
The Show HuB
Issue 5 - February 2017
World Equestrian Games 2018
"Any horse that reaches the grand old age of 30 deserves to be celebrated"
est October 2014
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.
The Show Hub
Welcome to the second 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 a passion and dedication for the equestrian sports 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!
4/5 Longines Equestrian Collection
6/7 World Equestrian Games 2018
10/11 Flanders Embryo Auction
12/13 British Polo Player James Harper
16 GCC Results
17 Equestrian Apps
19 Arab League Leader Board
22 America to Australia
26 Dressage Champ
30 Monach AH Turns 30 years Old
36 Hoof Cracks & Stress Factors
38 Global Champions League 10 Million Euros Prize Pot
40 Sharjah Rulers Cup News
Producer and content director
The Show Hub Founder and Executive Director
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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer & Sales Emily Bright
an Equine Sports Massage Therapist with world renowned Equine Physiotherapist Mary Bromiley. Thanks to many years’ experience selling advertising, my own accompanying website became the UK’s leading platform for the equine massage industry, promoting therapists and bringing together the various methodologies. Since moving to the UAE 4 years ago I have had the pleasure of leasing a dressage horse and attending the many equestrian events across the Emirates including riding for the Pink Caravan.
Contributing freelance journalist
Andrew is new to equestrian sports and the region having only recently moved out to Dubai in Augusts 2016. After completing a degree in Geography at St Andrews University, Andrew worked as an analyst for an investment bank in London. He subsequently studied Engineering and spent several years working in the Oil & Gas industry. He has always had a passion for communication and loves researching and writing, especially about topical issues. Andrew has a great love of the outdoors and spent much of his free time roaming around the farmland and stables near his home in Scotland with his beloved beagle Oscar. Andrew joins The Show Hub as a freelance consultant and bringing a variety of communication and business experiences.
The Longines Equestrian Collection
The Official Watch of the President of the UAE Showjumping Cup presented by Longines.
A model inspired by the equestrian world
The Swiss watch brand Longines is proud to be the Presenting Partner and Official Timekeeper of the President of the UAE Show Jumping Cup presented by Longines, which includes a FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping qualifier.
The Official Watch of the event is a model of The Longines Equestrian Collection, a line which offers a genuine allegory of the equestrian world in tribute to the deep bonds the brand has forged with it.
Longines' history and the history of equestrian sports have indeed been intertwined for over a century. It was therefore natural for the brand to dedicate a collection to this passion. The various models of The Longines Equestrian Collection are linked by their references to the equine world. Shapes and materials derive their inspiration from symbolic elements of this environment, like a sublime echo of the world of horse lovers. Longines thus celebrates the elegance of riders and their mounts.
The diamond-set steel case of the Official Watch of the President of the UAE Showjumping Cup presented by Longines houses a quartz movement. Its mother-of-pearl dial enhanced by blued-steel hands is adorned with diamond indexes. This watch is fitted with an overstitched brown leather strap matching a typical riding outfit.
United Arab Emirates
The first FEI World Equestrian Games™ took place in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then, WEG has been staged a further 6 times. The 2018 games will be the second time the USA has hosted the event.
Individual and team medals across all disciplines.
Arguably the best known of the equestrian disciplines. Riders will compete in a test of speed, precision and athleticism across a course of 10-13 obstacles.
Considered the pinnacle of horse training with rider and horse performing from memory a series of pre-determined movements. The event will also feature a freestyle event to music. Riders will compete for individual and team medals.
The triathlon of equestrian sport, tests harmony between horse and rider together with precision, agility and technique across the disciplines of dressage, cross-country and jumping.
The oldest competitive equestrian discipline requiring extraordinary judgement and skill on the part of the driver who steers a team of four horses in a 3 phase competition: dressage, marathon and obstacle cones.
The 160km “marathon” of equestrian sport requires deep understanding between horse and rider.
Gymnastics, performed on and in harmony with a horse, where riders perform static and dynamic exercises in breath-taking displays of coordination, strength, suppleness and balance.
A demonstration of manoeuvres that highlight the attributes of the reining or ‘ranch type’ horse.
Para-Equestrian Dressage (Para-Equestrianism)
Para equestrian dressage riders compete at one of 5 individual grades, based on level of ability.
WEG Medals Count
The current medal count (as of 2014) of the FEI World Equestrian Games includes a total of 5 team and individual medals won by the United Arab Emirates in Endurance; ranking the UAE in 12th place.
*Medal count is sorted by total gold medals, then total silver medals, then total bronze medals, then alphabetically. The table doesn't count events before 1990.
*More about the FEI
Founded in 1921 Fédération Equestre Internationale is the international governing body for equestrian sport worldwide. It has 133 affiliated National Federations and oversees 3,500+ international events annually. There are over 90,000 athletes and horses registered with the FEI across a total of seven disciplines: Jumping, Dressage & Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving & Para-Equestrian Driving, Endurance, Vaulting & Reining. The current President is Ingmar De Vos.
World Equestrian Games Tyron 2018
Abdulla Humaid Al Muhairi
The World Equestrian Games™
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle will take place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) from 10 to 23 September 2018.
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar. It combines eight World Championships at one event and includes the FEI* disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining on the competition schedule.
Already qualified UAE riders who will be given the chance to compete in Show Jumping at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018. Be it in the individuals or the team competition.
Nearly 1000 horses will compete at the Games across all disciplines. Both riders and horses competing at WEG go through a rigorous selection process, and each participating country sends teams that have distinguished themselves through competition as the nation's best in each respective discipline. Many qualifying competitions began worldwide at the beginning of this year.
“The Tryon International Equestrian Center, created by Mark Bellissimo in Mill Spring, North Carolina is situated on a 1,600 acre site at the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The venue has 1,200 permanent stables, 12 arenas including a floodlit international arena with a potential spectator seating capacity of up to 12,000 and VIP seating for up to 1,500, a covered arena with 5,000 seats, and has a world-class cross country course that will be used for both Eventing and Driving. The venue is surrounded by hundreds of miles of equestrian trails for Endurance. The venue contains excellent facilities for athletes and spectators including restaurants, hospitality, accommodation, retail and resort amenities. An on-site state-of-the-art veterinary facility is currently under construction. Organizers and state government officials project more than 500,000 visitors over the 14 days of WEG.”
Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi
Abdulla Ali Marri
Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi
Hamad Al Kirby
Moftah Al Duhari
FBH STABLES Abdulla Al Marri qualifies for the World Equestrian Games 2018 - Mabrook!!
So what is Embryo Transfer (ET)?
Embryo transfer enables the horse owner to breed from their mare allowing her competition career to continue while a recipient mare carries the pregnancy to term. The valuable competition mare (donor) is inseminated and 7 or 8 days later the young embryo (a blastocyst) is flushed from her uterus. It is then transferred into the healthy uterus of a recipient (surrogate) mare by the process called Embryo Transfer (ET).
There are many benefits to embryo transfer, not only to allow the donor mare to continue competing, but also to make it possible for several pregnancies to occur per year.
The unit at Sharjah Equine Hospital is headed by Prof Twink Allen CBE, BVSc (Syd), ScD (Cantab), FRCVS, who has devoted his life to equine reproduction research.
Prof Twink is globally recognised for his work in equine reproduction. He has made a huge contribution to our understanding and knowledge of the physiology, endocrinology and immunology of equine reproduction. Prof Twink facilitated the very first embryo transfer in 1971 and he now spends 9 months of the year based at Sharjah Equine Hospital. With him works his former Senior Research Associate and Partner, Dr Sandra Wilsher BSc (Hons) PhD and Dr Florencia Rigali DVM from Argentina. These two skilled lady scientists handle and manipulate the embryos in the laboratory.
The team expects multiple ETs to take place at the Reproduction Laboratory during the 9 month season. Some embryos, rather than being transferred immediately, will be frozen for transfer at a later date, possibly after shipment to embryo transfer centers in England or Europe. Currently, relatively few equine embryos are frozen (cryopreserved), compared to the number that are collected and transferred immediately into recipient mares.
For those keen on creating tomorrow's champions, Flanders Foal Auction, Belgium, in partnership with Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, will be offering buyers the opportunity to bid on a selection of 21 embryos from the strongest showjumping dam lines in Europe. Four have direct lineage from Olympic medallists. The purchased embryos have already been transferred into surrogate mares in Europe and the resulting foals will be flown to their new owners at a pre-agreed age.
This Embryo Auction is the first of its kind in the UAE and it was open to everyone. It took place at 4.30pm on the10th February. Bidding was available in 3 ways, either from within the room, via internet or by phone. Link to video The Sharjah Embryo Auction Emirates 2017/02/10
* At the time of writing, approval for UAE export/import of frozen horse embryos is being sought Worldwide, Thoroughbred horses are only permitted to breed via natural mating as laid down by the ruling International Authority.
In more worldwide reproduction news, in December, polo player Adolfo Cambiaso, who leads the team La Dolfina, won the prestigious Argentine Open Polo Match at Palmero while playing 6 clones of the same champion mare. These ponies, cloned from Cuartetera, are named Cuartetera 01-06.
Polo, unlike horseracing, allows cloned animals and the technique has become increasingly popular since 2013. Professor Katrin Hinrichs, a vet at Texas A&M University in College Station who specialises in reproduction and is therefore known as a Theriongenologist, produced the first cloned pony Cambiaso rode in a polo match.
She says” breeding a great stallion to a great mare is still the best way to make better horses, however.” “Cloning is a sideways move,” she told Science Magazine. “It doesn’t improve the breed.”
"However, it’s great to know that there are 6 clones that were born normally and are healthy enough to do that kind of athletic competition."
Catch the results and follow up in March's edition
With the Embryo Auction taking place at Sharjah Equine and Racing Club later this month (10 February), The Show Hub visited Sharjah Equine Hospital to meet the team behind the breeding facilities and learn more about the procedure itself.
Sharjah Equine Hospital was established in 2003 under the patronage HRH Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah. As well as its exemplary clinical facilities, it offers an internationally acknowledged breeding centre. This Reproduction Laboratory is a separate building adjacent to the hospital and offers a number of reproduction services, one being embryo transfer.
British polo player James Harper, who played in the first ever England International in Dubai, at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club in December, talks to The Show Hub about polo in the UAE.
How did you get into polo?
“I've always ridden. I started riding in the Goodwood Pony Club and did a bit of everything gymkana, tetrathlon and one day events. I started out in polo on a New Forest pony called Donut, who I evented too. He liked to do everything very fast!”
What’s been your most memorable win?
“I played for Halcyon Gallery a few years ago and beating Zacara with Facu Pieres in it in the quarters of the gold was a special moment. I'm still waiting to win the Queens or Gold Cup, though.”
Do you enjoy playing polo over here?
"Dubai has a special place in my heart as it was one of the first places I travelled to. I was only 19 and I stayed there until I was about 27. I made a lot of good friends.
“Dubai is very different to all the other places I travel to because it changes so much. The locals involved in the Dubai seen have a real passion for polo and it's great to see.”
How do you think the sport is growing in the UAE?
"I've played at Ghantoot for many years, but the scene was very different then. No-one used to mix and we just played tournaments amongst ourselves. It's good to see that the season has opened up and it seems like there are a lot of big teams here now. Dubai is really making a big effort with the horses and facilities."
What did you think of your most recent trip?
"I was very impressed with the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club when we played at the match there. Obviously it's not finished yet but it will be amazing when it's done. It has really good facilities to get people learning at starting polo, which is great.
“Unfortunately, this trip I was very sick and spent most of the time in the hotel room. I wasn’t feeling too great for the game either [which the home side won 7-4], which was a real shame as the boys I went with were in good spirits. It was a lot of fun and Mohammed [Al Habtoor, patron] really made an effort to make us feel welcome.”
Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
UAE Polo Team wins the McLaren Cup
4th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE: UAE Polo team is the new champion of the McLaren Cup, first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, after defeating Desert Palm by 8.5 goals to 8 in the final held this afternoon the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
In a very tough and even match, the half goal difference (granted by handicap), was vital for UAE Polo to claim the third trophy in a row.
HH Sheika Maitha team won the Gold Cup in 2016, the Presidents Cup this year at Ghantoot and now the McLaren Cup.
Team made up by Ali Al Merri, Jack Hyde, Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera fought hard till the very end against Desert Palm to achieve the victory.
Patron Tarek Albwardy, along with Martín Valent, Alejo Taranco and Santiago Laborde didn´t make things easy to UAE Polo and were really close to take away the game.
In addition to the result, the top scorers of the match also prove how even was the game with Matías Benoit and Guillermo Terrera for UAE and Martín Valent and Santiago Laborde in Desert Palm scoring 3 goals each.
Terrera was the MVP of the match and Jessica, owned by Ghantoot Polo and played by Terrera in the 4th chukker, was the best playing pony.
The top scorer of the McLaren Cup was Alejo Taranco (Desert Palm) with 23 goals and Ali Al Merri (UAE) the patrons top scorer with 4 goals.
UAE Polo: 1.5-1/ 2.5-4/ 3.5-6/ 7.5-6/ 8.5-8
1 - 3 Jan 2017 - Al Rayyan QAT - CSI4* - W
2016/2017 Arab League Calendar
6 - 10 Oct 2016 - Rabat MAR CSI3* - W Morocco Royal Tour
5- 7 Jan 2017 - Abu Dhabi UAE - CSI3* - W
30 Nov - 3rd Dec 2016 - Riyadh KSA - CSI5* - W
29 Sept - 2 Oct 2016 - Tetouan, CSI3* - W Morocco Royal Tour
14th - 16th Jan 2017 - Sharjah UAE -
CSI3* - W
23 - 26 Nov 2016 - Riyadh, KSA - CSI3* - W
27-29 Oct 2016 - Hurghada Egypt CSI3* - W
Chukker App offers the results of the best polo tournaments around the world. Receive instant results for all high goal polo seasons in Dubai, UAE, UK, Spain and Argentina.
20 - 22 Oct 2016 - Hurghada Egypt CSI3* - W
26 - 28 Jan2017 - Dubai UAE - CSI3* - W
13 - 16 Oct 2016 - El Jadida MAR CSI3* - W Morocco Royal Tour
26-29 Oct 2016 - Mostaganem Algeria CSI3* - W
App for the fans of Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian horse racing in the UAE. Receive live updates on all racing action across the UAE racetracks: Abu Dhabi, Meydan, Jebel Ali, Sharjah and Al Ain.
Please click the small cidle buttons for results of the individual events
2 - 4 Feb 2017 - Dubai UAE - CSI3* - W
2- 5 Nov 2016 - Mostaganem ALG - CSI3* - W
27 - 29 Dec 2016 - Doha QAT - CSI4* - W
FEI Leader-boards - Arab League
Sheikh Ali Al Thani
Abdulrahman Al Rajhi
Ramzy Al Duhami
Khaled Abdulrahman Almobty
Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan
February 2017 Calender
Click the link for the 2016/2017 Annual Calendar
As the 2016 UK flat racing season came to an end, Godolphin branched out to Australia and America. William Buick (Godolphin’s other retained jockey) jetted off in November to Melbourne to catch up with the team where they succeeded endlessly, winning four Group 3 races - despite one of their better horses, Scottish claiming an injury and missing out on a Group 3 race. Unexpectedly, however, stable mate Francis of Assisi, the 6yo by Danehill Dancer stepped up to the plate and won team Godolphin the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Grp3 at Flemington, making jockey William Buicks’ long travel very worth it. On another note trainer Charlie Appleby has been crowned ‘International Trainer of the Year’. What an incredible achievement for Charlie, Godolphin and the entire team, claiming Group 1 victories in Dubai, France and Great Britain in 2016.
During the month of November Godolphin’s other retained jockey, James Doyle, jetted off to California for the Breeders Cup meeting at Santa Anita Park. I was fortunate enough to meet James over there and get a few days off work. The ambience of the meeting was something of the unimaginable, the weather was perfect and the scenery incredible! Two horses had flown over to represent the UAE home team, these were; Home of The Brave – a 5yo by Starspangledbanner, trained by Newmarket based Hugo Palmer and Dutch Connection – a 5yo by Dutch Art, trained by Lambourn based Charles Hills. Both horses ran respectively but the competition over there was high! Still, a great experience for all connections and extremely lucky to get the opportunity to go.
Without a doubt 2016 ended with various changes within the UAE’s racing firm, but possibly for the better! James Doyle is now based in Australia for John O’Shea and the Australian Godolphin team. James will be stepping in for previous retained jockey James McDonald who unfortunately has received an 18-month global ban from riding. They say everything happens for a reason, its definitely true. James is now riding for an amazing world class Group 1 winning trainer and the entire experience is incredible. Being at the end of the world however, it does mean I will be racking up the air miles as making a commitment to move is out of the question for now, I am off to Spain with two young horses to compete in the Sunshine Tour! James Doyle will continue to ride in Sydney and will eventually go to Melbourne when needed for Godolphin for up and coming major race meetings such as the Golden Slipper.
From America to Australia
By Samantha Kettle
The set up for Godolphin in Australia is huge! Trainer John O’Shea is based in two training facilities due to the large number of horses, these being Warwick Farm and Osbourne Park. Osbourne Park is beyond beautiful (see photos!), the horses are so relaxed and John’s methods are incredible, it was so refreshing to meet such a leader. When I say leader it’s because, not only does he lead his horses to success, he leads his staff with motivation and respect. Something which is vital to having a successful team.. don’t I know! I had an amazing morning on the facility…despite the bugs! I even got to meet Hartnell! For those of you who don’t know, Hartnell was Winx’s biggest competitor in the Melbourne Cup in 2016, he is a winner of one Group 1, two Group 2’s and three Group 3’s. Hartnell started his career in the United Kingdom and has blossomed in John’s team here in Australia. He was such a character out on the track and trots around like an absolute super star, he’s just beautiful! On another note there was some very exciting two year olds that James galloped so there are definitely exciting times ahead, and I’m sure the move over here for James will be hugely worth it.
"My main goal is the World Equestrian Games and then the Olympics," says Mo, without hesitation. "Longer-term I would like my own dressage yard somewhere in the Emirates.”
Mo has visited Dan in Europe four times since he relocated.
“He looked and said 'who are you?'," laughs Mo. “In the following visits he was pleased to see me, but was clear to me that Dan didn’t want to return to the UAE”.
Mo's plans to bring the horse back to the UAE last September have therefore been put on hold for another year.
Mohammed was awarded Top Emirati Rider in the Dressage Championship of 2014/15 presented at Sharjah and has an impressive haul of trophies.
When we ask him why dressage, it turns out there are other horses he's interested in.
A quarter-horse named Sweetheart sparked his interest in the discipline, which he took to novice level in 2012. And he's made it this far on his own.
“My parents think horses are a waste of time and money," adds Mo. "My mum wants me to study and focus on my career. They can see my passion but everything I have achieved I have funded myself."
Everyone that knows of Mohammed Ahmed will know about the love of his life, his big bay beauty "Dan", so it was a natural place to begin on discovering more about the home-grown dressage talent himself.
Dan (aka Midnight to Tolando) was bought by Mohammed within UAE in 2013, having recently arrived from Switzerland. Dan had only competed in prelim in UAE and Mo says he was "like a camel on wheels for the first year then began to grow his wings". This is when Mo had to learn to "sit-tight". Within the first few rides, Mo knew Dan was the right horse for him and could feel the potential of them progressing through the levels together. He had ridden him for the summer while Dan's owner was away. He knew he had to have him, so had no hesitation in buying the horse as soon as he came up for sale.
Dan began his training at Desert Palm Equestrian Centre, where he was stabled, with resident instructor, Sean O’Sullivan. They made good progress, says Mo, thanks to Sean's “brutally honest feedback”, which Mo says definitely made him a better rider.
When Sean left Desert Palm, Mo carried on with Dianne Breeze and together they started playing with the more advanced moves. “Dianne would say with Dan they needed to harness his power and sensitivity," says Mo.
They reached medium competing and began doing some medium advanced at home. Mo recalls their first few competitions where he pulled him out of the class during the warm up as he knew Dan would “drop-him.”
Later in 2016 Mo sent Dan to be trained in Europe.
“I find dressage not only works for your body physically it also challenges your mind as you’re constantly being asked questions from your horses and having to answer them in an instant," he says. "What works one day with one horse might not work the next day so you have to find different lines of communication and understanding.
"The ultimate goal is still the same; for you and your horse to become one and make it look effortless and graceful”. Locally he says he looks up to Farah Al Khojai's riding ability.
"She went to the Asian Games and has successfully competed internationally but she has great feel and genuinely loves her horses” he adds. "I also admire the late Franz Rochowansky, former chief rider of the Spanish Riding School, Olympic dressage trainer and master in the art of classical dressage. He used to train Carl Hester. I’ve read lots of his books and seen training
videos and he is all about classical training. He gets the best from the horses’ because he built
such relationships with them and they wanted to do it naturally, not because they were forced. This creates happier, healthier horses.”
Mo also has interests in other disciplines.
“I also own two rescue Arabians," he says.
“I couldn’t sleep that night. I met a stallion and I couldn’t stop thinking of him. I woke up early
the next morning and went straight to the stables to negotiate. I paid more than I should but couldn’t walk away.”
Mo has had this horse in rehabilitation since he bought him in 2015 and has recently shown
promise as a successful endurance horse.
The other horse has ulcers.
“They are grade five, severe, even the vet was shocked," he says. "I took over ownership and
moved him to Desert Palm Equestrian Club until he began making progress. He will have plenty of time off and he too will be racing next season.”
In the words of the great master Franz Rochowansky himself “there is only one way to do things and that is the correct way.”
Mo, we look forward to seeing your story unfold both in the dressage arena and endurance
GRAND AGE OF 30
Any horse that reaches the grand old age of 30 deserves to be celebrated, but for Monarch AH this is particularly true. Orphaned at just three weeks of age, this little power-packed bay colt overcame the odds and became not just a champion racehorse who set three track records, but also a champion sire and grandsire. In USA where he was born he is recognised as a Living Legend whilst his sons and daughters are still sought for the remarkable heritage they represent.
How many stallions have been sold with their own complete herd of mares? This happened to Monarch not once but twice and on that second occasion, fifteen years ago, Monarch took to the skies and returned to the desert lands of his ancestors to join the newly formed Wrsan Stables of HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he lives to this day.
When Monarch AH arrived in the United Arab Emirates in December 2001, he entered a new phase of life, but of course he was blissfully unaware; he is a laid back character, easy to handle yet proud and with a great joy in life, he carries his 30 years with ease. In USA, for Magness Arabians, he had achieved outstanding success as a racehorse, winning 19 of 23 starts of which 14 were Stakes races and 3 Darley Championships he also set two track records. When he retired to stud in 1993 he was an instant success and shot to second place in the US leading sire tables behind his sire Wiking. Six short years later he had ousted Wiking to become Leading Sire, a position he held for the next three years until he was exported to UAE. That same year he was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame to join both Wiking and his dam Sasanka, and he was the first sire in US Arabian racing history to have progeny win over $1,000,000 in a single season.
(MONARCH AH x CASH ON THE SPOT)
Stallion bay 2008
Monarch sons and daughters have been running successfully on UAE racetracks ever since. His son Qassam W’rsan has been a winner this racing season, whilst another son Al Khattar W’rsan is a highly successful dressage horse. Wrsan Stud has been built around his many wonderful daughters.
We wish Monarch AH many more years gracing his paddock in Wrsan where he continues to be lord of all he surveys.
Image credit to Polish Horse Breeders Association.
Al Khattar W’rsan with rider Line Moen – The Gold Champion of All Around Classic
Click to subscribe
To subscribe to the
of The Show Hub - Equestrian
Email us at email@example.com adding your email address.
bad foot conformation
trauma to the coronary band
incorrect balance of the hoof
lack of exercise
Types of Cracks
Grass crack: generally superficial, they can start from the ground and move upward in the hoof. They are typically very thin and don’t penetrate into the wall.
Sand crack: similar to the grass crack but start at the coronary band and move downward.
Heel crack: this tends to be painful to the horse and can often be attributed to ‘short shoeing’ where the heels of the shoe does not cover the heel of the foot.
Quarter crack: this crack can be the most difficult to manage and can relate to bad conformation of the wall and resulting pressure to the area, imbalance, coffin bone defects, fractures, keratomas.
Toe crack: when a horse overloads or puts excessive weigh on the toes.
Examining the Hoof
visual examination or via a hoof tester
examine the entire horse to determine his stance and the condition of the body
access the environment the horse is living and working in
access how the foot moves
perform an evaluation of the shoeing and trimming methods used
Several types of treatment options are available for repairing a hoof crack:
Removal of the hoof wall to make the hoof non-weight-bearing below the crack
Removal of the crack by removing the offending wall
Rasp or burn across the top of the crack
Stabalise the crack by nailing across the crack, using clamps, applying sutures, patching the defect or placing screws across the crack.
It is important to note that if the horse has a bleeding crack it should not be covered by any type of material until it is completely drained and medicated.
High quality hoof supplement
Left & Right Quarter crack treated by Al Bouraq with suppression in the crack itself and the hoof, with heart bar shoes to release pressure of the wall.
What is a Hoof Crack?
The outer portion of a horses hoof is very similar to a human fingernail and grows from the coronary band downward and begins as epidermic cells. There are no blood vessels in these cells, they get oxygen and other nutrition from the exchange of fluid that occurs with the dermis that lies underneath.
The epidermis cells that are located closest to the surface of the hoof get overloaded with proteins, which cause the cells to die. This can create drying and hardening of the hoof wall. Just like a human fingernail, the growth can be trimmed and filed without causing pain, as long as the living tissue that is located beneath is not disturbed.
Hoof cracks are common, and they aren’t specific to one breed or sport. However, horses that race or perform a heavy workload are more likely to suffer from hoof cracks that those who do not participate in strenuous activities.
Hoof Crack |
The league was launched last year to bring a “modern and dynamic new force” to show jumping. Top riders from different countries competed together on teams for the first time in the sport’s history.
This second season of the league will have classes take place on two days instead of one, doubling the GCL action. And for the first time GCL riders will be able to earn Longines world ranking points as well as extra prize money. The winning team at the end of the championship series, will now be able to net €2 million from the overall GCL bonus pot.
Another change for the series is that teams can now change horses and/or riders for the two GCL classes, aimed to “trigger more intensive tactical battles”.
The series kicks off in Mexico and April and concludes, once again, in Doha at Al Shaqab in November.
A memorandum of understanding was signed recently between the GCL and the sport’s governing body, the FEI, giving FEI approval of the league’s rules.
As a result of this the previous complaint by the GCL to the Belgian Competition Authority has been withdrawn. The GCL filed the complaint alleging the FEI had breached EU competition law by using its rules to prevent riders and horses from competing in events not approved by the FEI by imposing a so-called “exclusivity clause”.
GCL founders Jan Tops and Frank McCourt said: “We are pleased to have reached consensus with the FEI and appreciate the genuine efforts that have been made to achieve this agreement and resolve outstanding issues. We thank everyone involved for their efforts in reaching this outcome.
“We are very much looking forward to working with the FEI and to building a healthy, strong and sustainable future for our sport and all its stakeholders in the modern sports landscape.”
FEI president Ingmar De Vos added: “We are very happy that this long-running saga has finally been resolved to the satisfaction of both sides and that the Global Champions League is now officially an FEI-approved series.
“The new memorandum of understanding with the GCT/GCL also now means an end to the legal issues between us, which has to be good for the future of the sport. The FEI was always of the belief that there was room for co-existence between the current FEI series and the GCL and, with the signing of this, now we can turn the page and look to the future. It’s a great step forward and ends a period of uncertainty for athletes, organisers and FEI officials.”
Show jumpers will be competing for a €10.5 million prize pot
as part of the Global Champions League this year, a series which is newly-approved by the FEI.
How does it work?
The first part of the League will be on the opening day of each event and this CSI5* 1.50/1.55m class will see teams’ combined scores taken forward to the second class.
After the League riders have completed their rounds, the class will open to individual riders. All riders in this class will be chasing Longines world ranking points and prize money.
The second part of the GCL competition also doubles as a qualifier for the LGCT Grand Prix. It will be a CSI5* 1.55/1.60m class. This takes place on Saturdays at every event before the LGCT Grand Prix.
The overall winners of the League competition will be the team with the least combined faults and quickest time.
Only the top 25 riders from the League and individual starters in the second class (which is the second round of the GCL competition) will qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix. The LGCT Grand Prix will feature one round and a jump-off. All riders who qualify for this, from both the League and individually, will start on a clean zero score.
Sharjah Ruler's Cup 2017 - Special
Qualified at the Al Shira'aa International Horse Show January 2017
UAE's qualifiying riders so far:
Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi
Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi
Abdulla Al Marri
Moftah Al Dhaheri
Abdulla Humaid AL Muhairi
Hamad Al Kirby
Save the date...
WEG Tyron USA 2018 - September 10th - 18th 2018
Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club's indoor arena
Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club (SERC) welcomed 1000 + spectators over the weekend to one of the most anticipated events of the equestrian season. The dedicated and friendly team housed at SERC have worked continuously over the years to develop a strong family feel and have succeeded in creating a welcoming venue for socializing and competitions.
We spoke with Sultan Mohammed Khalifa Al Yahyaee – General Manager and member of the Sharjah Sports Council, who highlighted the special comradery amongst the team and the support they exhibit for encouraging growth in local as well as visiting riders. The latest event was the 17th International event that the club has hosted over the years and Sultan Mohammed Khalifa Al Yahyaee fondly recalled how it all started with just the one grass arena. Fast forward to today - three separate world-class arenas (indoor, outdoor and grass) are home to four of the six riders to have already qualified for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tyron USA.
Click to go direct to WEG 2018
Many stores exhibited
We caught up with one of the riders that has already qualified for the World Equestrian Games at the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show.
Sheikh Ali Al Qasssimi with Cacharel - “I didn’t think my second chance would come round so soon after qualifying a few years back. Two weeks before the event I lost my horse Co -Jack, which was devastating. Qualifying this time on my new mare Cacharel, who means a great deal to me, is just the best feeling. I bought Cacharel back in the summer and was unsure on what heights she would succeed in. She shocks me everytime I ride her. Cacharel may be small, but she has the heart and passion of a true warrior and I couldn't be prouder that I qualified with this little mare. Now we have been given this great opportunity we will start to prepare for the event. First things first; we must now qualify as a team.”
We wish them and the other qualifiers the best in their future plans and will follow them over the coming months.
Day 1 Vet Check
There were a large number of entries to this year’s event with18 GCC horses and 310 local horses presenting to the Vet check. The vet check took place in one of Sharjah’s elite outdoor sand arenas on the morning of the 18th and went through to the afternoon.
13 of the GGC horses made a show to the check with an unfortunate fail for KSA’s Chicago 84 owned by Abdul Rahman Al Rajhi. Another surprise was the no-show from KSA rider Khalid Al Eid who had entries for 4 of his horses.
A great start to the competition with the FBH Young Horse Special Two-Phase Class for 6 and 7 year old horses. The YH Class was sponsored by Ali Bin Hamoodah of FBH Stables who has a strong dedication to the development of young horses in the UAE:
“I am committed to channeling riders on the correct career path, particularly in show jumping. It starts with producing and supporting the young horses and providing the classes for them to progress. This is of utmost importance and it’s great to be able to work with a club that shares that same vision”.
As the day went on, Sharjah Equestrian Club had more spectators enjoying the venue's entertainment and comfortable spectator areas. Indoor and outdoor classes took place in the world-class arenas which take center stage at the club.
Ramzy Al Duhami
Winners on the day included global talents such as Ramzy Al Duhami from Saudi Arabia who was awarded a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ramzy took the first Sharjah Sports Council Grand Prix Qualifier win in a time of 68.35s onboard Deejay; a grey gelding that is full of athletic scope and shows amazing promise for the Saudi’s future.
Ramzy won over 8 classes over the weekend, giving him the top results by any one rider.
Salim Al Suwaidi & Snapp Jack
Longines Patrick Aoun & Micheal Pender on Acorad 3 Winners of the Shourooq Puissance
Longines Patrick Aoun presenting Jörg Naeves with his Grand Prix title, pictured also Dr Ghanem Al Hajri & Sultan Al Yahyaee General Manager of Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club- Sharjah Media @serc
Ahmad Hamcho on Wasabi
Sheikh Ali Al Qasssimi on CARPE DIEM A
Five riders took on Big Red (a bright red wall starting at 1.70m) including Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club's very own Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi on Carpe Diem A.
Also in the line up was Micheal Pender; a young rider who has been compared to Irish superstar Berthram Allen. "Mikey" as he is
known by his Z7 team members rode Acorad 3, who has won the Elite Dublin Horse Show Puissance on two separate occasions.
Ahmad Hamcho, riding Wasabi (previously ridden by Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al Sharbatly) was also an interesting contender in the mix. The final competitors included French-born Clement Boulanger on Triggy Happy Wind and circuit favourite; Tina Lund from Denmark.
The Shourooq Cup - Puissance was held on Friday evening at 20:00 UAE local time (20th Jan). The indoor arena was filled with an electric atmosphere prior to the commencement of the action. Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club (SERC), surpassed themselves this year by adding a dazzling display of laser lights and dramatic music to set the stage for the competing riders. The wall was initially set at a daunting 1.70m; a fearsome challenge for even the most accomplished of riders. The first rider knocked out was Denmark’s Tina Lund who couldn’t clear the 1.70m height. She was shortly followed by Ahmad Hamcho who had two refusals at 1.95m. Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi riding Carpe Diem A cleared at 1.95 It was a first for both horse and rider and he must be congratulated for such a valiant display.
Michael Pender and Clement Boulanger also cleared 1.95m and the decision was then made to take the wall up to 2.17m – a serious upping of the ante. The only horse to clear that dazzling height was the infamous Acorad; last year’s winner of the Sharjah Rulers Cup- Puissance and two-time winner of the Royal Dublin Horse Show- Puissance. Michael Pender who rode Acorad was seriously impressive and deserves immense respect for his stunning victory in the Puissance and also for claiming various other wins over the weekend.
Mikey Pender on Acorad 3
The Shourooq Cup
The Final Day
Saw crowds turning up to support their favourite riders and to watch the much anticipated CSI3*-W Sharjah Ruler Cup (Presented by Longines) World Cup Qualifier. Patrick Aoun, Regional Brand Manager for Longines - Middle East, was on hand to award the winner’s trophy. Mr. Aoun is a dedicated supporter of show jumping in the region and his knowledge and passion for the sport is unprecedented. His attendance at the event was greatly appreciate by the equestrian community.
This year’s CSI3*-W Sharjah Ruler Cup (Presented by Longines) World Cup Qualifier went to Jorg Naeve; a German-based rider who regularly attends the UAE’s Internationals each year. Jorg was riding his super grey mare Carena 11 and the round was pure poetry-in-motion to watch. All spectators were kept on the edge of their seats as Jorg stepped up a gear and took a leap of faith to clear the final fence in the thrilling jump off.
The night’s events were made even more special with an enthralling warm-up from the marching police band prior to the Big Class action. As the flood lights dimmed, the opening ceremony began with laser lights and dramatic music, which filled the indoor arena with an electric atmosphere. The theatrical display really showcased the capabilities of this world-class venue which promises to host even greater UAE show jumping events in the years to come.
Earlier in the day, spectators experienced a variety of classes and witnessed the crowning of the victors in the Al Shira’aa Stables Junior, Children’s Final, Sharjah Tourism Final and the Longines Grand Prix. The Shadwell Final, a CSI3*- W class which had a height of 1.45m, saw twenty riders compete with the win going to Ramzy Al Duhaml onboard Ted. The KSA rider, who had already gained 8 placings over the weekend, had a phenomenal event overall and should be congratulated and thanked for exhibiting such skill and grace in the arena. Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club (SERC) were honoured that Shadwell Committee Chairman and H.E Mirza Al Sayegh attended the ceremony to award the first Shadwell-sponsored Cup at Sharjah.
1. CSI4* in Al Forsan (11.01. - 14.01.2017)
2. CSI3* in Sharjah (19.01. – 21.01.2017)
3. CSI3* in the Emirates Equestrian Centre (26.01. – 28.01.2017)
4. CSIO5* in Al Ain (15.02. – 18.02.2017)
It was a truly memorable weekend, and spectators are encouraged to attend the next event at SERC – The Sharjah International Show Jumping Championships 2017 from the 9th - 11th Feb 2017. Based on the magnificent show and precedent set over the last four days, the upcoming event promises to be an inspiring, family-friendly, professionally organized extravaganza which can be enjoyed by both equestrians and non-equestrians alike.
Please See below links to full results of the competition