Thu 16-02-2017 12:20 PM

FBMA International Show Jumping Cup 2017 competition categories announced

ABU DHABI, 16th February, 2017 (WAM) -- The Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, FBMA, International Show Jumping Cup 2017, has confirmed the individual categories for the over 100 world-class riders that will compete at this year’s Cup on 24th and 25th February at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

One of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, Show Jumping comprises the most spectacular combination of courage, control and technical ability. At this fourth edition, the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup features six competing classes for female and male, local and international, young and adult riders similar to last year’s competition.

Organised by FBMA with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the Emirates Equestrian Federation, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, and the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, and sponsored by Al-Shira’aa Stables, Longines, Healthpoint Hospital, Yas TV, Majid, Marriott Downtown – Abu Dhabi, and the Emirates Arabian Horse Society, the event provides a special platform for female riders and show jumpers across the UAE and abroad.

First held in 2013, the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup has enjoyed significant regional and international recognition, highlighted by an official endorsement from the International Federation for Equestrian Sports in 2015. Beginning as a ladies-only event, the competition expanded last year to include categories for men and children. This led to wider international participation in its 2016 edition, with 92 riders from 17 countries.

The fourth edition of the Cup will also witness the launch of the "Equestrian Village", a new interactive village full of fun and educational equestrian activities which aim to engage visitors with the sport that has traditional roots in Emirati culture.