Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 17 October 2016 - Al Forsan International Sports Resort plays host to Al Shira’aa International Horse Show on January 11 to 14, 2017. H.H. SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT HAZZA AL NAHYAN, inspired by her family’s love of horses and pursuit to support the future development of equestrian sports and events in Abu Dhabi, is the visionary facilitator of this event, private owner of Al Shira’aa Stables, President of the Board and supporter of Al Shira’aa Show Jumping Team.
The four-day event will have daily sporting highlights for national and international top senior show jumping riders. Categories include CSI 4 star for international and national riders, and CSI 1 star classes and tours for children, juniors, young riders and young horses. Registration is for free for all interested participants and can be made via the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) and Federation Equestre International (FEI). More than 300 horses and 150 riders are expected to be seen in this gathering.
The team leading the preparations for this unique show jumping extravaganza are Christine Stibi (Al Shira’aa Horse Show Event Director & creative brain and “Horse sport & Philanthropy” mission developer) from Germany, Mohammed Al Owais (Al Shira’aa International Show Jumping Grand Prix Rider and Event Sports Director), and Omran Al Owais (Al Shira’aa Horse Show Technical Director).
Aside from promoting the equestrian sport, one of the major aims of this event is to instill the value of friendship between different countries and cultures and to kick off the first “Friendship Sport Event Trips” to bridge and bring the world together in Abu Dhabi. In 2017, the mission begins with Germany. An international press conference outside the UAE is planned combined with several networking and promo functions in Germany from December 13th to 18th, and presence in the prestigious horse event in Frankfurt called the “Frankfurter Festhallenreitturnier.”
“This event highlights the value of friendship, direct dialogue and mutual respect between people from different communities and cultures. While we will all be uniting for our love of the equestrian sport, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Al Nahyan would like to stress that the values The Al Shira’aa International Horse Show intend to build do not end inside the paddock and show jumping arena. We encourage the whole community to gather here, support our riders, push our young ones to get active, and explore their city and the world beyond through the friendships we will be cultivating,” says Christine Stibi.
During the Al Shiraa’a Horse Show, the youth will also have the chance to participate in an exciting German-UAE Youth Art Drawing Competition with the theme building bridges and friendship. This will be open for all kids and teenagers until the age of 18. Their masterpieces will be exhibited throughout the event and the most creative work will win an award. Other activities for the whole family will also be available including games and the fantastic range of sports facilities at Al Forsan.
About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s sun-drenched capital, is fast becoming one of the world’s leading sports, leisure and cultural destinations, guided by the city’s 2030 vision. On one hand, it is home to a cosmopolitan lifestyle and an ever evolving skyline of architectural eye candy – The Louvre Abu Dhabi and The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi are just a couple of the city’s current projects. On the other hand, the emirate is a remarkable study of natural elegance, blessed with pristine beaches, beautiful islands, spectacular sand dunes and the famous Liwa oasis.