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Capturing more facilities in the UAE as BHS accredited riding establishments for training and exams
The Show HuB
Issue 10 - mARCH 2018
Alaa Mayssara - Fights for the dream
est October 2014
Producer and content director
The Show Hub Founder and 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.
4-6 - Osama - Force to be reckoned with
8-11- Alaa Mayssara - New faces with purpose
12-14 - Sandie Robertson - Mind Coach
16-17 - Clinic of a lifetime with Robert Smith
20 - 29 - BHS celebrating 70 years
30-31 - UKCC Coach Course in UAE
32 - 36 - Sharjah 19th Arabian International Horse Festival
38-43 - Portrait of a handler with Muhannad Almanadily
44-45 - Tent pegging UAE
46 - 47 - Olympic Farrier - Haydn Price
48-49 - Al Marmoom Intiative
50 - Compete in Holland with Mas Van Veenendaal
52 - Equestrian Photographer - Nour Al Masri Ghrayeeb
Welcome The Show Hub - Equestrian. The Middle East's first fully digital interactive equestrian magazine which shines a light on the community of Equestrianism in the UAE! We cover 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. 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 years by adding other GCC countries and events to our coverage. The new website is due to be launched over the next couple of months www.uaeshowhub.com. We look forward to sharing the experiences we encounter on our journey to helping build and promote the equestrian sports in the region.
A huge thank you to our contributing writers in this months issue, Sandie Robertson - Mind Coach, Anne Haresign - Al Marmoon, The Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center, The British Horse Society, Ruth Taylor, Sonja Smalldone and our superb photographer Nour Al Masri Ghrayeeb. Front page image thanks to Esther Lammers.
1. To what do you owe your success this season?
First of all, I’m from an equestrian family, my father supports me a lot by giving me the right horses and time. I won’t forget the favor of Mandara Club of providing me the best horses just like Paprica and Flash Gordon.
2. How do you plan which show to compete on which horses?
Together with Captain Fadi and depending on the level of each show, my priority was leading the junior classes then my vision upgraded to the higher level, this started during this international successful season.
3. How long have you had Paprika?
For one year now.
4. Tell us about her character?
It’s too much ( lady ) jealous when treating others, spoiled with too much love, sharp, clever, and fast reacting.
5. How do you prepare for the shows? Any tips on exercises?
This mare has a lot of quality, so nothing special before shows. By the way, we don’t jump at home, just some ground poles.
6. Do you have a favorite horse?
Paprika is my favorite, we succeeded together, she’s my lovely loyal friend, fighting for me and never lets me down.
Image credit Nour Al Grayeb
Osama & Paprika winning round in the 2017 FBMA International event.
Video courtesy of Clipmyhorse
Osama & Paprika FBMA 2018 - Image Credit to Nour Al Ghrayeb
Osama Zabibi is one of the young riders in the region that stands out for his phenomenal courage. He takes turns and strides out on every corner to win a class, Osama can hold a crowd and make the competition fierce. On a few occasions I have overheard the comments when he is last to go in a speed class "Osama is in last, we may as well go home".
Osama's victories this season
9th Feb 2018 - CSIJ-A - Sharjah - Paprika - 1st
8th Feb 2018 - CSIJ-A - Sharjah - Paprika - 1st
18th Jan 2018 - CSI2* - Dubai - Lady Blue - 2nd
6th Jan 2018 - CSIJ-A Grand Prix Table A - Abu Dhabi - Paprika -1st
5th Jan 2018 - CSIJ-A Two Pahse - Abu Dhabi - Paprika- 1st
28th Dec 2017 - CSI1* Two Phase - Al Ain - Lady Blue - 1st
28th Dec 2017 - CSI1* Table A - Al Ain - Calvaro - 2nd
21st Dec 2017 - CSI2* Two Phase - Lady Blue - 2nd
An Undeniable Talent
7. With the loss of Lady Blue, how did you keep your mindset and still place without fail week after week?
I won’t forget the late Lady Blue, we started together jumping the big classes winning in the internationals like Al Ain and Dubai. Sadly the horse had a heart attack and a fast death during the SERC international last month. It was a kind of horse everybody used to love. However, we had to go on finding the way to keep going on and I hope that Flash Gordon will replace the loss of Lady Blue.
8. What are your goals for the future?
Staying in this world ( a world of horses ) with its full means, and to continue the track of Captain Fadi as a big level rider and successful dealer.
9. Any interesting youngsters that you're working on at home that you are excited about?
In Mandara Equestrian I believe that we have some talented horses from good breeding lines. Hopefully, they’ll be the coming ( Calvara, Lady Blue, Butterfly, and Chactino) who trained for years with Captain Fadi.
10. You're an inspiration to the younger riders, what advice would you give to them?
Talent is not enough, but hard work. Winning is hard, losing is easy, so follow the hard track and always remember 'ride more'.
11. Anything you would like to say?
I owe the United Arab Emirates a lot, the leaders, the people riders and the Emirates Equestrian Federation. I feel as though I am living in my home country surrounded by my big family so let me finish by saying 'thank you UAE'.
As the International season in the UAE comes to a close, we say goodbye to the many new faces that came to experience our world-class facilities and competitors. One talent being the Egyptian rider Alaa Mayssara who quickly settled on the scene with his friendly nature and a horse that turned heads in the arena, his 10 year old KWPN gelding, Dittorio S.
I first met Alaa at Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, where Alaa stabled his horse during their stay. Despite having access to a groom, I noticed that Alaa was doing everything himself which, for a 5* competitor, is almost unheard of. Understandably I was keen to learn more.
Alaa is a self-made rider with strong ambition and a belief that you should always follow your dreams no matter what life throws at you. At the tender age of four, Alaa started riding as his father thought the hobby would be a great sport for them to enjoy together. As the young Alaa progressed his natural ability shone through and years of dedicated training followed.
His talent and commitment did not go unnoticed. Alaa was approached by the Egyptian Police Federation who offered him support with a superstar of a mare, Karta. He went on to be leading rider in the Arab League winning many Grand Prix’s including Abu Dhabi, Damascus, Lebanon, a few in Cairo as well as further afield in Eastern Europe including the Czech Republic. Alaa reached such a level that he was chosen by the Egyptian Federation to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Unfortunately, this wasn’t their moment and they failed to qualify, but he was happy with the results and experience they gained. Sadly, the revolution in Egypt at the time meant the Police Federation could no longer support Alaa. The mare had also had reached the age of 19 so he decided to retire her.
His passion for the sport is undeniable when at this point he made the decision to push forward and go at it alone. A daunting prospect without funding or a wealthy family to support you! As fortune so often favours the brave, Alaa and a friend decided to buy a couple of horses to ship home.
Egypt in the UAE
With space for a third horse on the costly freight pallet Alaa was forced to make the phone call to a friend to make the pallet up to its full capacity. With little time to spare, the friend told him to ‘pick a 3 year old’ so they could get on with the shipping. The youngster was Dittorio S, his now World Equestrian Games qualified superstar.
Alaa broke the horse in himself, trained and brought him up in Egypt. In 2013 the horse was showing some serious potential so furthering his education in Europe was paramount. Alaa had been working with Karim Zogby in Holland previously but decided to make the move full time to France with Dittorio S. “Leaving my wife and 2 young children at home to follow a dream was not something I took lightly however, my father always said, you take the good with the bad in life and always be an inspiration to your children”.
So to France
Together in Europe, he now had the opportunity to qualify for the World Equestrian Games and he made this his target for the near future. As a rider with no funding, Alaa would work at the stables in return for transport, livery and hotels to keep his dream alive. Dittorio S, as a 5 years old, competed in Young Horse classes across Europe and as a 6 year old at the Young Horse Championships in Lanakan. Alaa was happy with their performances but decided that he was not quite ready for the 7 year old classes, so he took his time concentrating on their flatwork.
When Dittorio S hit 8 years old he decided the time was right and began working closely with Olympic bronze medallist, Herve Godignon who pushed them to CSI2* and ranking classes. Turning 9 last summer, Alaa and Dittorio S entered their first 1.50m class in Sanmorin, Slovakia, followed by the CSI4* with an impressive clear in the 1.50-1.60m Grand Prix. Alaa said he was extremely pleased with his efforts. Onto San Giovanni in Italy with a 3* and two 2* events. The pair were ready for the Nations Cup CSI5* Gijon, Spain, where with only one fence down they received an official qualification for the World Equestrian Games in Tyron later this year.
The second he qualified the whole story changed. Congratulating him were the people who said he could not achieve this result and had driven him forward. Offers came his way but he felt strongly that the horse he brought so far and with the bond they had formed, they had more to achieve together and so he wouldn’t be accepting any of them.
Mental and physical fitness in both rider and the horse continue to be of high importance, Alaa said: “I have found mind coaching in previous times to be of great benefit. When you suddenly put a title on your goal such as qualifying for the World Equestrian Games, then things can be nerve-racking, and it isn’t always so easy to keep that feeling in the arena under control, and your time in the arena is key as it passes in the blink of an eye.”
Alaa is now sponsored by CIB (Commercial International Bank) who he says has ‘the right spirit’, they didn't just go after Alaa for being a star, they truly believe that all sportsmen in the region deserves a chance and wholeheartedly support him on his journey to his ultimate goal. Alaa is also sponsored by Cavalor Equine Feeds and Products. Moving on I ask Alaa how you plan for one of the most important days in your career so far? His emphasis is on the performance of his horse and whatever that takes along with his own mental wellbeing. “You need to know when enough has been achieved and to pick the shows carefully to give the maximum experience and always always finish on a good note. By nature, we put pressure on our horses in the big classes, too much leg, too much hand forgetting its a huge deal for the horse also. You have to appreciate what the horse gives you”.
Maintenance can be a big expense with farriers, grooms, vet care, physio, supplements along with using the right feed for maximum nutrition, the list is endless so of course I’m hugely grateful to my sponsors for their support.
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“Put simply it’s my job to keep top riders at the top, and get aspiring riders to the top”
2. We should feel a degree of nerves and excitement.
Learn to accept that that feeling means you are ON, that your reflexes are sharp and you are ready.
Do some breathing exercises before getting on and before entering the arena will keep you thinking clearly.
Implementing this exercise to your daily routine will work wonders in controlling day to day stress and anxiety on and out of the saddle.
Breath in for a count of 3, hold for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 3 ( do it a few times over)
Here are 3 simple effective Top Tips that will give your confidence an instant boost.
1. Think of a time when you have felt excited and notice that feeling in your body. Then think of a time when you have been scared and do the same.
Learning to recognise what we actually fear is a really useful tool, as adults we forget it recognise excitement or nerves and often mistakenly label it as fear.
“ Feel the fear and do it anyway” Is one of my favourite mantras.
With spring season well under way it’s a time of year where enthusiasm builds, but so does self-doubt.
I am going to share with you some of the techniques that I use with riders around the world helping them achieve their goals, dreams and riding ambitions.
Blocking out weekends in your diary to compete is super exciting, but can also be incredibly daunting.
Do you make excuses…?
Are you really ready to step up a class but find endless reasons not too?
Is it tempting to have your trainer ride or compete for you?
Do you have a new season’s wardrobe already and fear your stunning new white breeches will never see the light of day?
Or maybe (and was my personal favourite) they need a new saddle!
Perhaps the twitch of an ear, or the slightest stumble on uneven ground is the excuse you have been looking for not to go to the impending show. “They aren’t quite right” you try to convince yourself.
I am not going to make any friends with this next statement but here it is – STOP LYING.
We can become very skilled at lying to ourselves, and actually get to the point where we NEARLY believe it.
But our argument falls to pieces when we don’t go to the show, or we put the breeches away unworn again, or you watch someone else ride YOUR horse and THAT feeling is there.
You know the one I mean don’t you!
That feeling in the pit of your stomach that’s hard to smile through, the one that travels alongside the voice in your head that says “I wanted to go but I am not good enough”
Well I am here to tell you how to silence that voice in your head and rock those sparkling white breeches for all to see.
Self-doubt affects riders at every level, add a little confidence crisis in to the mix and we can have a full blown storm raging around inside our mind.
Whether you are making your first team appearance or you’re starting out and going to your first show the thoughts are the same, the feelings are the same and the good news is that the remedies are the same!
Here are 3 simple effective Top Tips that will give your confidence an instant boost.
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3. If your mind can’t see it, then it’s no surprise that you feel you can’t do it!
Visualization techniques are how astronauts are trained! If they can imagine going to outer space then we can imagine being the fantastic winning rider you know you are!
Keep it simple at the beginning, remember a day you rode particularly well that has a really positive emotion attached to the memory.
Let yourself dwell on every detail, remember the sights, sounds, touch and smells. Our sub conscious needs positive input to stay healthy and this is a great way to start.
Only open your eyes when you actually FEEL what you FELT on that day. Do this daily and you will be surprised by the results.
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The British Horse Society education system produces a happy, healthy horse capable of performing at full potential. Our commitment to the health and happiness of the horse lies deep within the heart of the BHS system.
Developing a true understanding of the horse through education and experience is the foundation of success. At The British Horse Society we understand that when we care for our horses, they will care for us.
They will compete with grace and courage –
And here are the results of true horsemanship…
In the FEI World Rankings in 2014 Team Great Britain was
A spectacular achievement for any country.
Number One in Showjumping,
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Number One in Dressage
For 70 years, The British Horse Society has worked tirelessly to build our knowledge and understanding of the horse…this beautiful and powerful creature that brings so much joy to all our lives.
The British Horse Society has a proud heritage. Our global education system for equestrians has its foundation in 70 years of knowledge and experience.
I would like to tshare our secrets with you.
I will share with you our global education system for equestrians and the results it brings for those who use it
It all begins with horsemanship…
It all begins here….when our horses are very young.
Number One in Eventing
The Queen seen presenting the BHS Queen’s Award for Equestrianism to Nick Skelton. Nick’s dedication to his horses is inspirational and his Gold medals in London and Rio on Big Star are testament to his remarkable horsemanship.
Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of The British Horse Society
The knowledge to care for each individual horse is central to the BHS system. The horse is an individual. We do not ask the horse to fit our education system; we fit our education system to the horse. We educate our equestrians to adapt their knowledge and experience to each individual horse. Our coaches, stable managers and riders learn to adapt their approach to the individual horse. This is the secret of success.
Since 1947 The British Horse Society has been capturing the wisdom of the ages to share our equestrian knowledge with you. And today we have an education system known as Complete Horsemanship.
The goal of Complete Horsemanship is the fundamental understanding of the horse.
The British Horse Society’s Equine Excellence Pathway delivers the comprehensive knowledge to fully understand the horse. It provides practical,
real-world skills within a structured platform.
The Equine Excellence Pathway offers the opportunity to progress your career from Foundation through to Performance.
Let’s begin with the Stable Manager: 5 stages from groom to professional stable manager
This BHS Equine Excellence Pathway will take you step-by-step through every stage of learning about the horse. You learn how he behaves and what he needs to fulfill his potential.
The person taking care of the horse is as important to the horse as the rider.
He needs people who understand him.
This is why the BHS education system places such an emphasis on understanding the horse.
Our stable managers, coaches and riders learn to always place the needs of the horse above all else. This education is the great secret to success.
So how does it work…
His health and happiness is our priority.
In the BHS system the care and management of the horse is Number One. Number One. To understand the horse we must understand how he works – biomechanics – nutrition – behaviour.
This qualification also provides the skills to run a business…and make a profit. An essential part of stable management.
The knowledge and experience that is crucial for the development of equestrian sport is delivered and certificated by the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway.
Performance Coach: 5 stages from Foundation Coach to Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship
The BHS Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship will have mastered all the stages of management of the horse as well as all the stages of riding – dressage, showjumping and cross country.
Here is Carl Hester, Performance Coach extraordinary.
Our Performance Coach is the expert in teaching the horse and rider as a combination. The coach sees the unit – horse and rider – and adjusts the approach to fulfil the potential of both.
This is exactly what Carl achieved with Charlotte and Valegro.
Carl is the Complete Horseman.
Performance Rider: 5 stages from Foundation to Performance
The Professional Rider Pathway provides the skills and knowledge to develop the rider in any discipline – showjumping, dressage and eventing.
Performance riders at Stage 5 are proficient in both riding horses on the flat and over fences in all 3 Olympic disciplines.
This pathway provides the qualification for riding at a competitive level as well as producing young horses for clients
The Equine Excellence Pathway is a sympathetic system of riding always keeping the welfare of the horse at the heart of riding.
You will understand what the individual horse can do…and what it cannot do. And adapt your riding to fit the horse. Throughout the system the rider will develop a ‘feel’ for the horse by riding many different horses and understanding them as individuals.
This qualification will teach the rider to react to each horse, putting the horse first at all times.
In addition to The British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathways we also offer the BHS club accreditation system.
This system is internationally recognised as the highest standard for riding clubs throughout the world. Receiving BHS Accreditation recognises that you have achieved the highest standard of coaching and stable management.
Our international system ranges from one star, which is the first rung on the ladder, to five star as a British Horse Society international training and exam centre.
1* Pending Accreditation
2* Regional Riding Centre
3* Regional Training Centre
4* BHS International Training Centre
5* BHS international Training and Exam Centre
The FEI describes this as 2 hearts:the heart of the horse and the heart of the rider
This photo captured the special moment when Nick Skelton and Big Star won Individual Gold at the Rio Olympics
Two hearts in perfect harmony
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The BHS has 756 Accredited Clubs Worldwide
UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Italy, USA, UAE, Singapore, China, Hong Kong China.
BHS Coaches train in over 30 countries worldwide
Yana Shuhaylo- Al Marmoon Initiative
Hala Kastali - Mandara Equestrian Club
Nadra Al Amro - Al Qurum Equestrian Club, Muscat Sultanate of Oman
Sophie Hill - Al Asayl Stables
Tina al Qubaisi- Dhabian Equestrian Club
Khalid al Qubaisi - Dhabian Equestrian Club
Majd Sabri Badnjeki- Mandara Equestrian Club
Hazar Al Sabouni- Mandara Equestrian Club
Fabienne Bruce - Al Marmoon Initiative
Mirijam Redinger- Al Asayl Stables
Equestrian Coaching Course Delivered in the UAE
Mandara Equestrian Club Abu Dhabi recently hosted a coaching course for 14 equestrian coaches, this was an exciting opportunity for coaches from Mandara and further afield to work towards the UKCC Level 1 coaching qualification (awarded by SQA). 3 days of the coaching course were delivered in November covering the required coaching elements of the qualification.
This course was the vision of Martin Arnott an international Show Jumper, UKCC level 3 showjumping and British Eventing coach and fully trained in coach development by horsescotland tutoring UKCC courses in Scotland. Martin recognised the lack of training opportunities for coaches in the UAE and worked with Oatridge Agricultural College, SRUC in Scotland to ensure coaches from out with the UK could be registered and obtain the SQA awarded coaching certificate in equestrian coaching.
The SQA, (Scottish Qualifications Authority) award internationally recognised qualifications and are the awarding body for the coaching certificates for candidates registered in Scotland.
In February the coaches from the Emirates and beyond, attended their coaching assessment having completed their online portfolio. Coaching assessments have been successfully completed and we wait to confirm success of the coaches once the course has been internally verified.
The course was possible as the coaching qualifications can be assessed through an online portfolio allowing the tutors to maintain contact and work with coaches post the course once the tutors had returned to the UK. It is exciting when modern technology allows the advancement of equestrian coaching out with the UK. The online system Onefile was implemented by horsescotland and aligns with SQA, allowing the remote development and assessment of portfolio work.
The coaching courses deliver all the required elements of the UKCC level 1 to 3 coaching qualifications and are certified by SQA as the awarding body, they aim to develop the skills of coaches, from the basic principles of coaching and how we work with people as an assistant coach, through to coaches working at the top end of the sport developing riders for competition and long term training plans.
10 Nationalities represented on the course, from 3 different Emirates and one from Oman. Congratualtions to all the participants named below:
Image credit Mandara Equestrian
These are pure coaching courses and there is an expectation that coaches will seek alternative training in the technical aspects of the sport and their equine knowledge. In the UK this would be evidenced by coaches achieving BHS horse care and riding qualifications and relevant riding experience to the level they will coach. The aim of the qualification is to develop coaching skills with an expectation that all round equestrian knowledge will run alongside this.
The coaching courses aim to develop coaches who can use effective questioning skills to develop riders who can think for themselves, a good coach knows when to tell and when to say nothing at all. Effective coaching develops riders who can self-assess and allows them to have a good relationship with their coach who they trust and know they can ask questions of. It is a two way process and seeks for coaches to have a better understanding of their riders needs and how they learn. Happier riders equals greater progress, happier clients continue riding, coaching makes a difference.
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"Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival hailed a big success"
By Gulf News
The 19th Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival held at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club1st - 3rd March 2018.
The elite festival was held under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and sponsored by Sharjah International Airport Authority (SIA).
The participating horses were judged by a committee who traveled to the emirate from 8 different countries. The criteria they looked for in the Arabians were based on Type Marks, Head and Neck Marks, Body and Topline Marks and Leg Marks for movement. Accumulated points were then added (ranging from 1-20) which chose the Winning Champions of each section.
SIA has supported the festival for many years and the growth at which this show is gaining is down to the immeasurable running and passion for the Arabian horse from the event host Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club.
It really has been a remarkable event and showcasing some of the most exquisite lines in the world.
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Colt 2 & 3 years
Gold Champion -Gabel Athbah
By - EKS Alihandro - Meqbilat Athbah
Owner -HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al Saud
Breeder - Athbah Stud
Filly 2 & 3 years
Gold Champion - Seranza
By - Kanz Al Bidayer - Evening Serenade
Owner - Al Baydaa Stud
Breeder - Michael Byatt
Mare more than 3 years
Gold Champion - Emandoria
By - Gazal Al Shaqab - Emanda
Owner - Al Baydaa Stud
Breeder - SK Michalow
Yearling Filly 0 -1year
Gold Champion - LR Era De Excalibur
By - Excalibur EA - Expected Beauty
Owner - Khalid Saeed Abdullah Alsayed
Breeder - Las Rosas Estancia, Uruguay
Yearling Colt 0 -1year
Gold Champion - D Bareq
By - FA EL Rasheem - Royal Emira
Owner - Dubai Arabian Horse Stud
Breeder - Dubai Arabian Horse Stud
Stallion more than 3 years
Gold Champion - Equator
By - QR Marc - Ekliptyka
Owner - Al Baydaa Stud
Breeder - SK Michalow
What is it?
Tent-pegging is the name for mounted skill at arms, based on the cavalry sport of removing wooden 'tent pegs' from the ground on horseback, using a sword or lance at the gallop.The sport is around 2,500 years old, developed by Asian armies who relied on their skill with the lance to defeat their enemies. Today's peggers are competitive, though a little less bloodthirsty!
United Arab Emirate - UAE
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - KSA
Morocco - MRC
Oman - OMN
The teams battled it out over three days. On the first day all the teams competed to be the champions of the lance with 3 rounds completed individually with horse and rider and 3 rounds as a team.
The main aim was to gallop 80m in a time under 6.40 seconds and pick up the peg with the lance for a maximum of 6 points in time. Each rider completed 3 rounds individually and their scores counting towards the overall team event. Then the four riders completed 3 sections side by side to pick up the four pegs in a time of 7.00 seconds.
The results from day 1
The second day was the sword sections. As per the first day each rider completed 3 sections individually and 3 rounds as a team. Results for the sword sections were:
A special thank you went to Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Zayad Bin Mohamed Khailfa Al Nahyan for presenting prizes and awards.
For further information on events in the UAE or to join in with some of the fun, you can contact Boutheib Academy on the website link below.
The Boudheib Academy organised and hosted the 3-day 'Gulf Friendship Tent-Pegging Cup' from the 7th-9th December, 2017 for 4 competing countries.
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Tent Pegging in the UAE
A modern approach to a traditional craft
Haydn Price,Olympic Farrier
Could you ever envisage the day when you witness your farriers equipment involving not just the traditional hammer and anvil, but also the use of technical so ware and computers?
But has Farriery also moved with the evolution in understanding? Sadly, the answer is probably not,given that in the majority of cases if all else fails the normal procedure is likely to t a bar shoe!
However there is a growing army of practitioners the world over that are expressing interests in obtaining a greater understanding by involving themselves in research projects that are putting some farriery treatments to the test.
In recent years we have seen much more emphasis placed of the effects of appropriately applied treatments involving varying shoes and trimming techniques and now have evidence to support the applications of adjuncts to practical farriery such as shoe pro le, positioning, pad sand packing to name just a few.
In general terms when it comes to applied farriery if in any doubt then the normal procedure is to “ t a bar shoe”.
Whilst a bar shoe may well be appropriate, more often little or no attention has been given to the clinical condition and more importantly the individual structures that are often involved to ensure that it is the appropriate treatment. A successful outcome following poor performance and/or lameness can only be achieved as a result of a collaboration between professionals. In recent years we have seen a quantum
leap in diagnostic capabilities with veterinary practitioners, most having a multitude of equipment and technology at their disposal in an attempt to identify the primary cause and to target the appropriate treatment process.
If not then think again because there has been something of a revolution within the Farriery profession over recent years, where some of the more traditional theories are at long last being put to the test. It is commonly acceptable that in the past practical farriery has relied on anecdotal evidence to support the way in which treatments, both ongoing and specic, have been implemented. Many of these have been handed down over generations and whilst some clearly have a place, many can be misplaced in the modern world.
We also have a much greater understanding of how limb and joint loading can be influenced through appropriate shoeing protocol, how pads and packing effect not only the visible external structures, but also the internal components that render horses sound and fit to compete.
With more and more technological capabilities
in gait analysis systems we can measure comparable individual limb loading and calculate asymmetry’s in power output unseen to the eye. Working with our veterinary colleagues we can then often isolate the underlying cause and work toward giving an appropriate platform to the individual limb reducing, and in some cases even eliminating the potential for poor performance and eventual lameness.
Evidence based farriery has certainly arrived....... Now where is that computer?
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Haydn Will be in Dubai from the 29th-30th of March, to book your appointment contact the Equine Performance & Rehabiltation Center.
By Annie Haresign
2018 started in the party-mood with the annual ‘Festival of Fun’ where students, their families and carers all join together to celebrate the past 12-months achievements.Riders demonstrated their skills, the greenhouse hosted cooking lessons and of course there was plenty of activities ranging from puppet shows to drumming classes. Of course, the Al Marmoom Initiative is known for its hospitality so it was no surprise to have an unplanned visit from His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammad who drove in to say hello as the event was being set up.
'MARMOOM: MAKING IT HAPPEN!’
Thanks to the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai , Al Marmoom Intiative was gifted a generous piece of land in the Emirate of Dubai. This along with the continued support of King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain and His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has assisted us in providing special needs adults and children with horse riding therapy and vocational greenhouse farming programs.
The Al Marmoom Initiative has been the ‘jewel in the desert’ for riders with determination for more than 3 years.Students from age 5 years and up have the opportunity to experience horses, learn to ride – even cultivate their gardening skills in a purpose-built facility that offers a free service for those in need.
With a small, well-trained herd of horses and ponies, the two instructors encourage more than 100 students per week to develop their riding skills and learn the basics of horse care.
Al Marmoom Initiative
Al Qudra Road, Al Marmoom area,
PO Box 939788 Dubai
The Initiative has a small team of permanent staff and they’re quick to admit that the success is down to the ‘army’ of volunteers who donate their time to assist in lessons.More than 450 people have signed up to volunteer since the Centre opened in late 2014.
Volunteers are given full training to become ‘side walkers’ and those who have competent equestrian skills are trained as horse leaders. “Our volunteers are just the best” says Initiative founder Yahya Yusuf, “We can’t operate without them and although they often feel that they don’t do much when they come here to Al Marmoom, their time is most appreciated by us and more so by the student who looks forward to seeing them every week”.Many organizations ranging from small businesses to hotel chains regularly bring their staff to volunteer their manpower and have a morning of fun with the horses and students.One company even helped make this season’s video – definitely worth a watch!
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About Mas: Owner and International Show Jumper competing upto 1.45m, Mas has been a training rider for the KWPN, Stalliontest and ridden horses such as Arezzo, Barcardi, Warrant and Zirocco Blue. With his years of experience of training horses and individuals, he has a personal approach and focuses on the details.
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