The Emirati and international competitors expressed their pride in participating in the Fatima Bint Mubarak International Show Jumping Academy Cup, and stressed that the championship is wonderful by all standards, and that its organization every year would support women’s sports and develop the performance of national talents. The 10th edition concluded last Sunday, with the participation of more than 330 horses, and more than 300 of the best riders in the world, representing more than 34 countries, including: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Britain, the United States, India, and other countries. They competed in six different categories, distributed to 20 runs. Among the participants was the Belgian Chloe Francken, who won the Longines Grand Prix.
Franken said in a press statement: “I have been practicing show jumping for more than 21 years, but I have never had the opportunity to participate in women-only competitions. I really liked the presence of women-only races, because they feel more special and encourage more girls and women to participate in This sport.
Franken added, “The Fatima Bint Mubarak International Show Jumping Academy Cup is wonderful by all standards, and those in charge of it are doing a professional and organized work.”
For his part, contestant Omar Al Marzouqi, who represented the UAE in the competition, said: “The tournament was wonderful for me. I achieved two wins in two different categories and on two different days, and I enjoyed participating.”
In turn, the Swedish contestant, Antonia Peters, said: “My participation was very interesting, especially since it was the first time for me that I participated in a tournament for women only. I participated in a round on the third day and managed to win it. At the Grand Prix, I saw a lot of great performances by the girls.”
Peters added, “This event is not much different from other major international competitions in which I participated, whether in Europe or abroad. I was surprised by the level of skill of the Gulf and Arab riders, and they will certainly have a bright future.”
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