Emiratis, foreigners continue to showcase talents Amid Precautionary Measures
- More than 150 riders from around 26 countries
- Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club hosts elite riders for three days
- More than half a million AED, total prize money for the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup
Some of the most elite names in international show jumping, along with local riders from UAE have confirmed their entries for the eighth edition of FBMA International Show Jumping Cup, one of the nation’s most prestigious sports events, taking place at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, 18-20 February 2021.
This year’s edition is expected to host more than 150 international riders, who will content for titles and top prize money totaling 525,000 AED.
The FBMA International Show Jumping Cup is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and under the guidance of H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of FBMA, and President of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain Ladies Club.
Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy announced the launch of the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup in its Eighth Edition.
The event represents a distinctive addition to the international sport contests held in Abu Dhabi, enhancing the city’s position as a global capital of sport. We attribute the continuous evolvement in competition standards and increased opportunities to our wise leadership, who are the main reason of success in all the different stages.
In addition to this unique annual show, a sports photography workshop sponsored by Cavallo will take place throughout the two final days of the event. A total of 20 participants will be given an opportunity to register and take part in this workshop, to benefit from the expertise of the Emirati sports photographer “Khaled Al Kendi”.
The Academy’s initiatives are in line with the UAE’s vision to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as a premier sporting destination hosting important events, including the annual FBMA International Show Jumping Cup under the name of the Academy.
The show is considered a unique platform that brings together skilled international riders, and allows Emirati talents to benefit from international expertise and work to represent the UAE for more achievements.
Despite the difficult circumstances surrounding the world, there has been an increment in the number of participants this year. This is a reflection of the Academy’s efforts to encourage Emirati women to practice sports of all kinds. Women are given a chance to raise their sports ambitions to reach international levels and empowering them to achieve their goals.
H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of FBMA, and President of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain Ladies Club sent out a message for this occasion saying “Let me begin by sending my warmest thanks to H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, for the unlimited support of the various events that contributed to a qualitative shift in various women’s sports, and led Emirati women to the podiums of international stages.”
She continued “The FBMA International Show Jumping Cup’s eighth edition is a positive re-enforcement that solidifies all accomplishments achieved in previous editions and reiterates the vision of our leaders to enhance Abu Dhabi’s world-renowned position in organizing the biggest competitive events and championships in various sports and in equestrian sports in particular.
As we approach the show jumping cup, we are confident that this edition will leave a strong print in line with our ambitions in the development of sport. It reaffirms that the UAE is a land of initiatives, and that the people of UAE are always ready to pursue challenges when it comes to organizing, participating or managing an event. This reflects our ability to achieve sustainable development in various fields.”
The eighth FBMA International Show Jumping Cup, relishes great support from the strategic partners; Abu Dhabi Sports Council, UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, International Federation for Equestrian Sports, Longines, Al Shira’aa Stables, Abu Dhabi Media Company, YAS TV, Zahrat Al Khaleej, in addition to; Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Burjeel Hospital and Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Authority.
The preventive measures announced by the authorities to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, by setting rules and regulations that oblige all participants to adhere the following: maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and presenting a negative PCR test result for a period not exceeding 48 hours.
In addition, no spectators will be allowed in the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, to preserve their safety, the safety of the riders and staff in attendance. For those who can’t make it to the show grounds complimentary live coverage of FBMA International Show Jumping Cup will air on the academies YouTube.