The Sustainable City Horse Show 2020 came to a close for another year and has proven once again that it has much to offer the UAE’s showjumping and equestrian community. Held over four days from the 12th - 15th of February, top athletes from around the world joined the competition including last year’s Grand Prix winner Abdullah Al Sharbatly from Saudi Arabia, Karim EL Zoghby of Egypt and Vladimir Tugonov from Russia among a host of others.
The classes ranged from the CSIYH1* for young horses aged six to seven years-old, the Small Tour, Medium, Big Tour jumping competitions, and the showpiece CSI2* Grand Prix and Six Bar event.
Of all the jumpers who participated across the event, it was Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi a Sharjah-based Showjumper whose performances were a real standout. Winning numerous titles over the four days and including the young horse competition on days one and day two, as well as earning placings on his young horse Quidam JR. He continued his fine form during the high-stakes Grand Prix competition on with his horse Diamond Way, winning the Grand Prix qualifier and coming second in the final Grand Prix event.
Tina Lund of Denmark was also a force to be reckoned with placing second and third in the Young Horse Class on day-one with her horses Caracho and Marble Arch, and winning the Young horse Grand Prix on Friday with Caracho. It was however, Tina’s outstanding double-clear in the showpiece event Grand Prix on Friday that saw her take the CSI2* top honours on her horse Beyond Fellow Dancing.
Speaking to international commentator Frederic De Backer after her win, Tina said: “It’s so nice to win here. I have a lot of friends that are here today, as I live in Sustainable City, also a show on the grass gives you a special feeling and so many people are here cheering us that it makes the event so much fun. I had a really good winter here in UAE and a lot of my horses have qualified for the bigger shows. I currently have eight horses that I am competing but am exceptionally proud of Beyond Fellow Dancing as it’s only her second-ever Grand Prix”.
Moving onto the final event of the week – the Six Bar competition, spectators got a real showcase of athleticism and skill from all competitors. However, it was Shady Ghrayeb who walked away with the trophy. Never threatening to knock down a fence, Shady won the event clearing a huge final hurdle that stood at 1.90cm. Eight other contenders participated in the class, but as the rounds progressed the class was reduced to only four riders who qualified for the final height – of which Shady was the only rider to go clear.
In second was Abdullah Al Sharbatly onboard Beau Limit, third went to João Marquilhas on Ashes and Snow who made the 1.80 look easy, however he clipped the pole. In fourth was the UK’s Jessica Kruis Black riding Freestyle 39. The class was her second attempt at the Six Bar competition, and now having placed in both, she is certainly one to watch.