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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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Sami Al Duhami

As the Manager since its formation at the end of 2009, Sami Al Duhami has been instrumental in the success Saudi Equestrian, which has recently seen the team qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Having his brother Ramzy in the team from the beginning is a bonus.

Like all good managers, Al Duhami puts himself last and his team and their horses first. He is modest about his own considerable talent as a rider, quick to praise and reluctant to comment unfavourably on his own or any other team.

Under his management Saudi Equestrian has been forged into a close-knit, professional and highly-organised unit whose priorities are the welfare of their animals and their enjoyment of the sport, but whose success has nonetheless taken the equestrian world by storm.

Born in 1967, Sami Al Duhami began riding at the age of five on his family’s farm in Riyadh, where they have more than 40 horses, and by the time he reached his teens was competing successfully in local shows. He is a highly experienced endurance rider.

He was involved from the start with the formation Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation in 1989, and later with the mechanics of taking Saudi Arabia to the next level of international competition and recognition. As a member of the Technical Committee, he helped to formulate the rules and regulations, raise the profile of the sport within the country, and gain recognition from the FEI – an essential move if they were compete in the international arena. Even then, the Olympics were in their sights. Al Duhami serves on the FEI World Cup Sub-committee (Arab League).

The team has risen steadily in the world rankings – Khaled Al Eid’s individual show jumping bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Abdullah Sharbatly's silver at the Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in October 2010 were but the latest in a string of team and individual medals.

Like most of the team, Al Duhami has to juggle his work and family commitments with his managerial duties. Training and competing takes them around the world for a good part of each year, but he does not begrudge a minute of the time. His passion for horses and dedication to the team are obvious, and he admits to missing the odd business meeting in order to watch the boys compete.

Looking after the welfare of a team whose members are based far apart, and ensuring their well-being, safety and success in all corners of the world, is no easy one, but Al Duhami is equal to the challenge. With his excellent command of English (he also speaks Greek), and his organisational skills, the operation is a slick one. His ambition is to make show jumping and endurance riding the most popular sports in his home country – not that he doesn’t like football, but the Arabs’ passion for horses predates by centuries their love affair with the ball. The team’s successes have led to greatly increased media interest and raised their national and international profile to such an extent that his ambition may soon be realized.

Al Duhami’s formula for success is: ‘the right horse, the right rider, the right programme – and luck’. But, as Sam Goldwyn said, ‘the harder I work, the luckier I get’. The hard work has paid off. Right from the start the team was notching up wins – firstly at the Asian Games, then the Pan Arab Games, qualification for four Olympic Games, and latterly their success in the World Equestrian Games. Al Duhami’s experience in managing big competitions is now reaping rewards.

Al Duhami looks forward to the London Olympics enormously. He is full of admiration for the British – for their history, their horses and their Royal Family’s devotion to equestrianism. The Saudis will naturally be aiming to do well, but for Al Duhami taking part is more important than winning. He and his team are unofficial goodwill ambassadors for their country, and the team they have epitomises the best of Saudi characteristics – dedicated and patriotic, they are “good men, good company and good sports”. Furthermore, they have an innate, deep-rooted affinity with their horses and are ready to give the top equestrian nations a good run for their money – and have fun doing it.

"There are a lot of things that have contributed to our success,” says Al Duhami. “Most importantly we have talented riders and good horses but also, after a number of years developing the sport, we now have the experience in managing the team to go to these big competitions.”

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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