Minister of Youth and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali presents the Emir’s Sword to Khalid Mohammed al-Emadi for winning HH The Emir’s Sword Showjumping Championship in presence of Qatar Equestrian Federation president Hamad bin Abdulrahman al-Attiyah at the outdoor arena of the Qatar Equestrian Federation on thursday 12 march.
Khalid Mohammed al-Emadi emerged victorious and retained HH The Emir’s Sword Showjumping Championship at the outdoor arena of the Qatar Equestrian Federation on thursday 12 March.
Khalid rode Tamira IV rode to victory in the jump off and clocked the best timing of 44.82 seconds to pip his Rio Olympic Games team mate Bassam Hassan Saif (astride Imperio Egipcio Milton) who finished second with a timing of 44.95.
The other national team members Mubarak Yousef al-Rumaihi, (Castiglionel - 45.34), Sheikh Ali bin Khalid al-Thani (Concordija- 43.75) and Ali Yusuef al-Rumaihi (Eurocommerce California- 57.36) were third fourth and fifth respectively.
“I feel that coming at the end helped me. But it was not that easy to win. There was a lot of tension and pressure as Bassam had posted a very good time. So I’d to make sure that I’d a clear and quick round,” a beaming Khalid Mohammed al-Emadi said.
“My mare also did respond to the challenge well and I’m really delighted to win the prestigious title for a second year in a row,” added the champion.
Second placed Bassam said, “I’m happy for my effort. I’m really surprised by the fast pace of Khalid. Of course his mare is quick but it was creditable that she had a clear round. We all train together and it was good to have such a close fight. I’ll try to do better next year.”
Earlier, Hussain Saeed Hidan took Born To Joy a superb victory in the Emir’s Cup Show Jumping (130/140 cms). For the Lekhwiya rider, this was his second win in the same class in three years.
He beat Jaber Rashed al-Marri quite easily. Hamid Nasir al-Qadi (Seiclonnie) had a faster time but he suffered a drop and got the third spot.
Hidan was delighted with his victory. “I’m happy to win this competition, which is one of the major events in Qatar. Yesterday, our team finished third in the Team Event and I came back and won the title today. This is my second victory in this class. My aim is to win the Emir’s Sword in the future.”
“We’ll try to improve our skills. Our team is quite young with the riders ageing from 16 to 24 yrs. We want to be one of the best teams in Qatar and we are trying to pay back to Lekhwiya for whatever they are doing for us.
Qatar Equestrian Federation president Hamad Abdulrahman al-Attiyah was mighty pleased with the success of the competition. “We are very happy with the way the event has concluded. It was our aim to achieve the best for HH The Emir’s Sword and we are glad that we have done that. Everyone is a winner in this event.”
Al-Attiyah attributed the success of the sport to the support rendered by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani. “The equestrian sport has grown in stature mainly because of the strong support of Sheikh Joaan and his wise leadership. Sheikh Joaan follows and supports QEF and this has enabled Qatar team to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. We will provide all the support and encouragement to the Qatar equestrian team and hope for the best. We are confident that our team will prepare well and bring laurels to our country.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. He presented the Emir’s Sword to Khalid. Also present on the occasion were QEF president Hamad Abdulrahman al-Attiyah and representatives of sponsors Abdullah Abdulghani&Bros and United Development Company.
Juniors Cup 2015 - Under-18: 238.2.2 105/110cm
Mohammed Khalid Qashouti, Ali Baba Z, 36.07
Ghanim Nasser al-Qadi, Al Bareq, 37.01
Ahmed Mohammed Hamad, Farneli, 38.86
Jassim Rashid al-Kaabi, WannebeeVD Lindehoeve Z, 41.92
Mohammed Khalifa al-Baker, Denne Lee Jones, 36.89
Emir Cup - 238.2.2 130/140cm
Hussain Saeed Hidan, Born To Joy, 41.62
Jaber Rashed al-Marri, Golden, 49.81
Hamid Nasir al-Qadi, Seiclonnie, 39.87 (4)
Mohammed Saeed Hidan, Kingdom Come, 45.96 (4)
Rashid al-Towaim al-Marri, Kannada, 36.82 (8)
Emir Sword 2015 - 238.2.2 140/145cm
Khalid Mohammed al-Emadi, Tamira IV, 44.82 seconds.
Bassam Hassan Saif, Imperio Egipcio Milton, 44.95
Mubarak Yousef al-Rumaihi, Castiglionel - 45.34
Sheikh Ali bin Khalid al-Thani, Concordija, 43.75 (4)
Ali Yusuef al-Rumaihi, Eurocommerce California, 57.36 (9)
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