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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

Support

Van Iersel Rogier

Introduction

A Message from our Chairman of the Board of Trustees

In The Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful Since the dawn of history, man has cherished the horse. He domesticated it, and trained it to perform many of his tasks. A unique relationship developed demonstrating the independence between the physical prowess of the horse and the intellect of man. This special relationship between man and the horse has contributed to many heroic acts, which have not only left their mark in history but have also been invaluable to the advancement of human civilization.

Horses have forged their way through history. During Medieval times, they carried knights to victory both on the battlefield and in duels. Over the centuries, horses carried messengers across wide open plains and rugged desert terrain, tugged boats along networks of canals, and pulled carriages, buggies and fire engines. The horse has swayed history and influenced the paths of civilization. Despite the progress in this modern technological age, horses still retain a special place in the heart of mankind, as is demonstrated by the numerous equestrian events and festivals staged today around the world. History tells us that the Arab horsemen were pioneers. They depended on their horses in many different aspects of their daily lives. Indeed, so pervasive was the animal's influence that many famous knights in Arab history were known by the names of the horses they rode. When Islam came with its message of tolerance and peace to all mankind, it fostered the standing of the horse. What could be more telling than that Almighty God swore by them in the Qur’an: " By the (steeds) that run, with panting (breath) and strike sparks of fire, and push home the charge in the morning and raise the dust in clouds the while, and penetrate forthwith into the midst (of the foe) en masse". (Surā: 100: 1-5). "

Horsemanship, especially among the Arabs, has always been associated with noble qualities such as courage, righteousness and compassion. Along with these associations, horsemanship is woven into the fabric of culture and learning. An Arab poet said: " The dearest place in the world is the saddle of a charger, And the best companion for time is a book. " In these two verses, the poet links horsemanship with culture and learning, demonstrating that furūsiyya (horsemanship) plays an essential role in culture and civilization. Finally, a word from this noble land on whose soil and in whose history, horses and horsemanship have always been closely associated. We feel honored and proud to contribute not only pays homage to the role of the horse but keeps alive the memory of its importance, and conveys a message of faith in human history and constant persistence in the call to brotherhood and peace.

HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Abdullah Ibn Muhammad Al Saud.

The Show Jumping Discipline

Jumping
The jumping ability of the horse was first developed in the 18th century, when fox hunting required the jumping of fences that were beginning to be erected to enclose properties. The discipline as we know it today developed as a result of competitions among foxhunters.

What is Jumping?
Jumping is probably the best known of the equestrian disciplines recognized by the FEI where men and women compete as equals in both individual and team events. In modern jumping competitions, horse and rider are required to complete a course of 10 to 13 jumps, the objective of which is to test the combination’s skill, accuracy and training.
The aim is always to jump the course in the designed sequence with no mistakes – a clear round. If any part of an obstacle is knocked down or if the horse refuses a jump, penalties are accumulated. The winner of the competition is the horse and rider combination that incurs the least number of penalties, completes the course in the fastest time or gains the highest number of points, depending on the type of competition.

Scoring
For most competitions two types of scoring table are used: Table A and Table C. The most frequently used scoring table is Table A. Each fault is penalized with a certain number of penalties. Each bar knocked down draws a sanction of 4 penalties, as does the first refusal (this is when the horse stops short in front of the jump or goes around it). The second baulking or refusal, as well as any fall, will eliminate the horse and rider.
The classification is established according to the penalties obtained. Often, several riders succeed in jumping a clear round. In this case, there are two possibilities: if the competition does not include a Jump-off, the competitor with the fastest time wins. If the competition does include a Jump-off, those tied for first place jump a new shorter round against the clock. The winner is the one with the fewest penalties accumulated over the reduced course, and in the event of a tied score, the time will be the deciding factor.
Competitions judged according to Table C are called speed competitions as the classification is established only according to time. Faults incurred are converted into seconds and added the time taken to complete the round. In Table A competitions, there is a time allowed; riders who do not complete their round in the time allowed are penalized by 1 fault per four seconds of excess time. Whatever the type of Table, there is a time limit during which the round must be completed; exceeding the time limit incurs elimination.

Course Design
The jumping discipline has developed tremendously over the last decades. The sport attracts thousands of spectators at events and millions are attached to their TV screens during the major events, like Olympic Games or World Championships. Moreover the option of streaming an event via the Internet has added a totally new dimension to the chances of increasing our sport’s popularity.

The History of Show Jumping

Show jumping is a relatively new equestrian sport. In fact, until the Enclosure Acts which came into force in England in the eighteenth century, there had been little need for horses to routinely jump fences. However, this Act presented a new set of challenges for those who followed the fox hounds. Fences and boundaries were erected across the previously open countryside as common ground was dispersed amongst wealthy landowners and those who rode with the hounds needed horses that could jump as well as run.

The earliest shows were held in France, where a parade of competitors then took off across country for the jumping. This sport was, however, not popular with spectators since they couldn’t see any of the action so fences began to appear in the arena and the sport became known as Lepping. In 1869, ‘horse lepping’ finally came to prominence at Dublin horse show.

Fifteen years later, Lepping competitions came to Britain and by 1900, most of the more important shows had Lepping events. Women, riding side-saddle, had their own classes. This was also the year an early form of show jumping was first incorporated into the Olympic Games. At this time, the principal cavalry schools of Europe – Pinerolo and Tor-di-Quinto in Italy, the French school in Saumur and the Spanish school in Vienna – used a very deep seat with long stirrups when jumping. This style was certainly more secure for the rider, but it also impeded the freedom of the horse to use its body to clear large obstacles.

The Italian Instructor Captain Federico Caprilli changed everything by introducing a forward position with shorter stirrups which doesn’t impede the balance of the horse. This style – now known as the forward seat – is commonly used today. The deep, Dressage-style seat, while useful for riding on the flat and in conditions where control of the horse is of greater importance, is sometimes referred to with disparagement as a "backward" seat in some jumping circles.

The first major show jumping competition held in England was at Olympia in 1907. Most competitors were members of the military and it quickly became clear that there was a real need for a clear set of uniform rules. Judges marked on their own opinions, some according to the severity of the obstacle and others according to style.

Before 1907 there was also no penalty for a refusal and the competitor was sometimes asked to simply miss the fence to please the spectators. The first courses were built with little imagination too; many consisted of a simple straight bar fence and a water jump. This all changed following the creation of the BSJA in 1925. In the United States, a similar need for national rules for jumping led to the formation of the American Horse Shows Association in 1917, now known as the United States Equestrian Federation.

Since these early days, show jumping has thrived. A truly global sport catering for all abilities and styles, it’s a tailor made spectator sport and ideal for TV coverage.

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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