The Dubai Showjumping Championship CSI*** - W (World Cup Arab League) opened its three days of competition last Thursday with David Will capturing the win in the Emirates Airline Two Phases, the Dh80,000 featured class over a field of 31 international riders. Aboard his mount Monodie H, Will completed the jump course in a decisive time of 34.99s. Frederic David of France, who was runnerup in the opening Dubai Equestrian Club Welcome Stakes, finished second on Baloussini in 39.33s.
Third place was Ferenc Szentirmai of Ukraine with a time of 39.59s astride Chadino. The Dubai Showjumping Championship (DSJC) is the highlight of the Arab League Showjumping Tour and annually attracts some of the world’s top showjumpers. This year they will compete for a share of Dh716,000 in prize money offered over the three days. Thursday’s opening class, the Dubai Equestrian Club Welcome Stakes, featured 40 contestants and was won by Norbert Schumann of Romania aboard Lady Blue in a dominating time of 32.71s.
France’s Frederic David finished second as he guided Saxo De La Roque to a time of 36.04s. Close behind in third was Marion Hughes of Ireland astride Laith with a clocking of 36.12s. Organised by the Dubai Equestrian Club, part of the Meydan Group, the event is held at the Emirates Equestrian Centre.