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The Riders

Khaled Al Eid (KSA)
Al Duhami Ramzy (KSA)
Abdulah Al Sharbatly (KSA)
Kamal Bahamdan (KSA)
HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan

The Horses

Melodie
Seldana di Campalto
Cezanne
Jalla De Gaverie
Presley Boy
Bayard
Delphi
Skara Glens Davos
Secret
Talan
Al Capone
Sultan V

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Prince Abdullah 1992 & 2012

OLYMPIC DREAMS

Many children dream of becoming Olympic Champions, but only a tiny minority actually go on to fulfil their dreams. 

Back in 1992, an eight year old Saudi Arabian boy was watching the Barcelona Olympics and had huge aspirations of achieving Olympic greatness himself. He drew this picture of himself representing his country at the Olympic Games. 20 years later that same young boy went on to fulfil his ambitions and not only represented his country at the Olympic Games, but also won team bronze.

That young boy was HRH Prince Abdullah Bin-Miteb, who recently announced his retirement from international show jumping after a magnificent career which propelled Saudi Arabia on to the global show jumping circuit for the first time. His Olympic mount, 14 yr-old grey gelding, Davos has also been retired after a fruitful career at top level international competition. 

“I stumbled across this picture by accident the other day and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up,” Prince Abdullah said. “When I drew it I was only eight-years-old and I had not even learnt to ride by then. I remember watching the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Show Jumping on the television and having this overwhelming feeling of awe and excitement. At that moment in time I knew I wanted to compete in the Olympics.”

 At the time, Saudi Arabia had never competed in any of the equestrian disciplines at an Olympic Games. In fact, in 1992 the county only had 13 athletes taking part in the whole of the Barcelona Olympic Games.

“My country has a rich history in equestrianism,” Prince Abdullah continued. “Horses have been an integral part of our lives for centuries and I inherited a deep rooted love for horses and really believed that I could achieve my dream of representing my country.”  

“From an early age I knew it would be hard, I never had any pre-conceived illusions that it wouldn’t be. The competition arena is a great leveller – once in the ring there is only you and the horse, nowhere to hide and no favouritism, you have to give it everything – for yourself, your team, but most importantly your country.”

As a youngster, Prince Abdullah competed in pony shows before climbing the ranks to achieve major international success. He trained with two of the greatest riders of all time – Nelson Pessoa and Henk Nooren. Fellow teammate, Khaled Al Eid, has also been a great mentor, taking Prince Abdullah under his wing and helping with his training up until 2006 – after that Prince Abdullah achieved a string of top class wins, including three World Cups. 2007 was his ‘take-off’ year when he teamed up with the bay gelding, Obelix and was placed second in the Las Vegas Grand Prix. In November the same year he completed a double gold, individual and team, at the Pan Arab Games in Cairo. 

It was in 2008 that Abdullah finally fulfilled his Olympic dream, when he and Oblelix were selected to compete at the Beijing Olympics. They made history – being part of the first Saudi Arabian equestrian team to compete at the Olympics.

Four years later, at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Abdullah and his grey gelding Davos were selected to be part of the Saudi Equestrian Olympic Show Jumping Team, along with Ramzy Al Duhami, Kamal Bahamdan and Abdullah Al Sharbatly. The team exceeded all expectations by winning the team bronze medal and bringing home Saudi Arabia’s first ever team Olympic medal.

“If you have an ambition that is strong enough, you can achieve anything,” reflected Prince Abdullah. “I worked hard from a young age with many hours of training and perfecting my technique. I leant from others and took great care of my horses so that they would want to work for me. I left no small detail to chance I hope my picture inspires young people to work hard to fulfil their dreams.”

Earlier this year, Abdullah announced his retirement and in the same year his 14-year-old grey gelding, Davos, who helped Saudi Arabia win Team Bronze at London 2012, is also to be retired.

“Davos is one in a million, I owe him so much,” said Prince Abdullah. “After everything we have achieved together, we will now enjoy retirement together.”

 

HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Miteb's career in pictures

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World Cup™ Arab League Standings

 

Pos

Name

Pts

Nat.

1

OUADDAR, Abdelkebir

102 MAR

2

AL ATTIYAH, Hamad Ali Mohammed

101 QAT

3

AL SHARBATLY, Abdullah

97 KSA

4

MOHAMMED, Bassem Hassan

87  QAT

5

EL DAHAN, Sameh

86 EGY