Sports fans in Abu Dhabi will be jumping for joy as one of the region’s biggest equestrian showcases races into town.
The biggest names in the show jumping world will descend on the city for the third annual Al Shira’aa International Horse Show from January 9 to 12.
They’ll battle it out for almost Dhs1million in prize money, as well as the glory that comes with being crowned champions at the world-renowned competition.
Among those hoping to take home bragging rights are FEI World No.6 Henrik Von Eckermann, three-time Portuguese Olympian Luciana Diniz, Great Britain’s William Funnell and the UAE’s Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum.
Swedish star Von Eckermann said: “I am very honoured and excited to be returning to Abu Dhabi once again for the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show.
“It was a super event last year with world-class facilities and organisation and I expect it to be even better this year.
“I look forward to putting on a world class performance for my fans in the UAE.”
The mega four-day bonanza boasts an impressive five Longines ranking classes, where competitors will be vying to improve their position among the world’s best.
The event also features classes for young riders and juniors as well as young horses, in addition to the competitive action.
But the sporting spectacle is not just about the on-track action, with the Al Shira’aa Village hosting a range of free children’s entertainment, food trucks, tack shops and more.
Now the Al Shira’aa International Horse Show has been firmly cemented in Abu Dhabi’s calendar of major events, organisers are eyeing a bright future in the capital.
Mohamed Ahmed Al Owais, the show’s sports and technical director, said: “The Al Shira’aa International Horse Show grew exponentially in its second year and we are very excited to announce the dates for the third edition, which we anticipate to be even bigger and better.
“It is a delight for us to hold an event that is equally as enjoyable for spectators and competitors and offers state-of-the-art facilities for horses.”
For more information on the schedule, visit www.alshiraahorseshow.com/programme