First for Fujairah
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, the front yard of Fujairah Fort witnessed last evening the launching of the Fujairah Liberty Class Show 2011, which is the first Arabian Horses show to be held in Fujairah.
One of Many
The one-day event was an associated activity of the Fujairah Crown Prince Award – Al Saif Championship. Fifty three horses participated in the show that aimed at highlighting the value and status of the horse in the Emirati and Arab heritage, encouraging the younger generations to own and breed Arabian Horses, and urging local breeders to keep and take care of their horses and better their production to be able to represent Fujairah in future international shows and competitions.
The show was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah and patron of the show, His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Ajman Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority, His Excellency Salem Al Zahmi, Director of the Fujairah Crown Prince Office, and a number of officials and guests from Fujairah. In addition, a large number of Arabian horses owners and lovers were present.
Fifty three of the best locally owned Arabian horses participated in the show that highlighted the characteristics of beauty, speed, refinement, endurance, and strength that the Arabian horse is famous for in its movement, especially the freestyle liberty class, where the horses show off their graceful moves on the tunes of Eastern music. The activities of the show were rich and diverse and they were divided into three rounds. One of them was for the participating Arabian horse from the Sheikhs’ royal stables. The second round was for the mares and the third round was for the stallions. They were all judged by the Judging Committee which consisted of the following International judges: Mr. Khalifa Al Forah, Mrs. Christine Chaselle, and Mr. Richard Pihlstrom.
Sheikhs’ mare round (Liberty Class)
Official UAE Studs:
Dubai Arabian Horse Stud
First Place: Lumiar Bint Balzac
Second Place: D Crystal Moon
Third Place: D Jowan
UAE National Category:
First Place: Bint Fitna – Owner: Al Tamimi Stables
Second Place: Mary Nosa – Owner Rashid Obaid Khalfan
Third Place: Ablink – Owner: Sheikh Ahmad Ali Al Sharqi
First Place: Sparrtacus T O – Owner: Ajman Stud
Second Place: Preemium – Owner: Dubai Arabian Horse Stud
Third Place: Walhan – Owner: Sheikh Khalid Mohammad Khalifa Al Mualla
UAE Nationals Category:
First Place: Ruzaam AlSafinat – Owner: Arif Mohamed Ibrahim Hassan
Second Place: Latif Al Zobair – Owner: Ali Salem Mohamed
Third Place: Al Sobh – Owner: Rashed Obaid Al Yamahi
Ali Al Kaabi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, praised the first Fujairah Liberty Class Show 2011’s success and thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, for his generous support and patronage of the show which proves his highness’s belief in the importance of preserving the breed of Arabian horses and promoting its status. Al Kaabi stated that His Highness is a constant patron of all kinds of sports and cultural activities that aim at reviving the local heritage of the people of Fujairah. Al Kaabi also explained that the judging process in the show started with sorting the participating horses from the royal stables from the horses of young national breeders whether from Fujairah or the rest of the Emirates. This was done to give the horse breeder a greater chance to win and achieve positions in the beauty of movement competitions. Ali Al Kaabi said that, under His Highness the Fujairah Crown Prince’s interest of beautiful traditional sports, they are hoping to increase the level of competition in the next few years.
Khalid Al Suwaidi, from the Emirates Arabian Horse Society expressed his happiness with the great success of the first Fujairah Liberty Class Show 2011, which witnessed high attendance and interaction from the crowd that exceeded all expectations. Al Suwaidi was glad to observe the exceptional characteristics of the Arabian horses and praised the quality and number of the participating horses. He hoped that this success will lead to the continuation of the show in the future as it encourages owners and breeders to own and breed Arabian horses and take care of them.
It’s noteworthy to mention that the Emirates Arabian Horse Society supervised the implementation of the rules and standards of the Arabian horses beauty show and provided the international judges. The society presented the first Emirati international judge, Khalifa Al Forah.
Take a Look
Some photos of the horses arriving and being prepared for the Arabian Horse Show are posted in this photo album.
Some photos of the horse show taken by Fujairah photographer, Emily Ray, can be seen in this photo album.
Some photos of the qualifying round, the final round and the award ceremony are posted in this photo album.
A photo by Emily Ray of Emirati royalty attending the Arabian Horse Show is posted at this point.
Some photos of the Emirati royalty taking a stroll through the Fujairah Heritage Village at the Fujairah Fort are posted in this photo album.
More information and program details about the Arabian Horse Show, the Al Saif (traditional sword) Championship and the Fujairah Heritage Village at the Fujairah Fort can be gleaned from the Al Saif Competition Facebook Page.
More Fujairah news, resources and photos are posted on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page.