Judges David Hunt and Alison Abrahams judged the competitions. Hunt, a legendary trainer and member of the Judges Supervisory Board at the Olympics and World Cup competitions, is the only British rider to have been shortlisted to the Olympics on three different horses.
The EEF affiliated dressage competition, at the newly-opened Riding School at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club attracted competitors from all over the nation, being the largest dressage competition of the season so far.
Habtoor Al Habtoor, Deputy Chairman of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club lead the prize-giving ceremony and said: “I am happy to see people be so enthusiastic about this competition.”
Neil Abrahams, Head of Racing, Dressage and Events in the EEF, was the stewarding the competition making sure everything was exactly as it should be.
“It is a wonderful facility here at Al Habtoor, great arenas and very well organised. I look forward to seeing how this club will elevate the sport in the region,” he said.
The 8 competing classes, from Intro to PSG brought in 36 riders, some competing in several classes resulting in 63 entries.
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, is an avid polo player and has helped bring international-standard polo competitions to Dubai, which have elevated the city to a world-class polo destination.
“Horses have been a big part of my life for many years, playing polo is one of my biggest passions,” said Mohammed Al Habtoor. “But the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is not just about polo. It is an equestrian haven, which incorporates multiple disciplines including polo, dressage and show jumping and traditional horseback riding.”
Intro B: 1st place: Omar Alhashimi, 2nd place Aljoud Binghalib, 3rd place Dargy Fehnert
Prelim: Junior: 1st place: Madison Flooks, 2nd place: Livia Smythe, 3rd place: Maya Smythe
Prelim Senior: 1st place Sarah Fraser, 2nd place Ahmed Al Khateeri, 3rd place Katja Hruskova.
Novice Junior: 1st place Madison Flooks, 2nd place Maya Smythe, 3rd place livia Smythe
Novice Senior: 1st place Caroline Todler, 2nd place Sarah Fraser, 3rd place Luis Santos
Elementary Junior: 1st place Heidi hallat, 2nd place Zac Scarr,
Elementary Senior: 1st place Caroline Todler, 2nd place Line Moen, 3rd place Lisa Kirkwood
Medium: 1st place Susanna Foustock, 2nd place Tracy Wingard-Gill, 3rd place Caroline Todler
Advanced Medium: 1st place: Susanna Foustock, 2nd place Jasmine Hanson, 3rd place Amanda Brewer
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