Al Shira'aa Horse Show 2020 comes to a close with the Al Shira’aa Longines Grand Prix.


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The three-week Al Shira’aa Horse Show held at the Al Forsan Sports Complex in Abu Dhabi came to a close yesterday evening, with the Al Shira’aa Longines Grand Prix event taking centre stage. With riders keen to claim their share of the €96,000 euro prize fund, but also potentially qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it was all to play for. European riders had taken top honours at the week-two Grand Prix finale, so GCC riders were ready to put their name on the title and came out battling.


However, the fiendishly complex course laid out by course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral proved to be the undoing of many, with only seven out of the top twelve riders qualifying for the jump-off with clear rounds.


When it came to deciding the winner, all eyes were fixed on Michael Pender, who, having won the Derby competition on Friday, was looking to take the double. He rode HHS Calais through a daring double clear round, making some impressively tight turns in the jump-off, and went top with a time of 39.88, overtaking Chad Fellows who had put himself into contention with a double clear in a jump-off time of 40.24 on Vinci de Beaufour.


However, it was not to be Pender’s night. Egypt’s Abdel Saïd rode Arpege du Ru through a carefully judged round. Pushing hard between the jumps, he pipped Pender to the post with a time of 39.49.


But Germany’s Christian Ahlmann had yet to make his second round. What could he do? Riding an impressively fast and clear first round, Christian was the penultimate rider in the jump-off. He and Solid Gold Z, who was clearly full of jumping, sailed around the course in a time of 39.16.


Despite the best efforts of the last rider Khalid Hilal Al Katri from Bahrain (who picked up 4 faults in the jump-off), it was Ahlmann who took first place, Saïd in second and Pender rounding out the top three. Each rider pocketed €23,725, €18,980, and €14,235 euros respectively.



Jump-off results

1. Christian Ahlmann – GER (Solid Gold Z) (1 – 69.19 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 39.16 sec – 0 faults)

2. Abdel Saïd – EGY (Arpege du Ru) (1 – 70.26 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 39.49 sec – 0 faults)

3. Michael Pender – IRL (HHS Calais) (1 – 70.73 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 39.88 sec – 0 faults)

4. Chad Fellows – GBR (Vinci de Beaufour) (1 – 71.79 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 40.24 sec – 0 faults)

5. Maysam Bisharat – JOR (Un Dollar de Blondel) (1 – 73.52 sec – 1 fault) (2 – 41.36 sec – 0 faults)

6. Jörg Naeve – GER (Jk Horsetrucks Hopefull) (1 –72.16 sec – 1 fault) (2 – 43.80 sec – 0 faults)

7. Thierry Goffinet – BEL (Cadet du Ruisseau Z) (1 –74.46 sec – 1 fault) (2 – 44.15 sec – 0 faults)

8. Gerfried Puck – AUT (Bingo du Parc) (1 – 70.03 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 41.16 sec – 4 faults)

9. Abdullah Al Sharbatly – KSA (Larry 210) (1 – 67.26 sec – 4 faults) (2 – 41.35 sec – 0 faults)

10. Khalid Hilal Al Khatri – BRN (Sierra) (1 – 68.68 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 43.51 sec – 4 faults)

11. William Funnell – GBR (Billy Diamo) (1 – 73.84 sec – 1 fault) (2 – 43.46 sec – 4 faults)

12. Annabel Joost – USA (Primus vom Neumuehler Hof) (1 – 69.50 sec – 0 faults) (2 – 56.02 sec – 9 faults)

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