Top UAE Dressage Riders Record High Scores in International Competition

UAE-based dressage riders recorded impressive scores in the FEI World Dressage Challenge this weekend, an international competition that was held at Meydan Group’s Emirates Equestrian Centre (EEC) on Friday April 22.

The annual competition is designed to give riders in developing dressage countries the chance to compete against other nations without the need for expensive and time-consuming international travel of horse and rider.

Instead, FEI ratified international dressage judges travel around the globe to rank competitors based on their performance of a set dressage test.

In the Intermediate 1 category, Desert Palm rider, Diane Breeze and Bellissimo Vita recorded a top score of 65.66 per cent, while Julie Arnup from EEC claimed the Prix Saint George event on Averreos III with 65.20 per cent. Line Moen and Al Khattar W’rsan, riding for W’rsan Stable won the Advanced Class with a score of 68.90 per cent and the medium class went to high-scoring Pia Kjellstrom from Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club on San Diamond who was given 73.59 per cent by the judge.

In the Junior Elementary category, the EEC’s Marte Reikvam and Pikarda claimed the win an impressive 70 per cent.

When all participating countries have competed, the results will be ranked globally in both the national team and individual event categories.

Lilian Sternvad, Dressage Coordinator at EEC has watched the development of the UAE dressage scene for more than a decade.

“Once again we have seen riders from the UAE record some really good scores in this event,” she said.

“The FEI World Dressage Challenge is an important competition for riders in developing dressage countries such as the UAE and we have historically done very well in it, in fact we won the global title in 2012. We will have to wait for the results from the other countries to come in, but we are hopeful of another strong showing globally from our riders.”

The EEC event was supported by sponsors, Bonjour Equestrian Supplies, Impact British Training Solutions and Prosperity Wealth and Mortgage Management.

England-based Dane Rawlins and Tiina Karkkolainen from Finland did duty as judges.

Pia Kjellstrom and San Diamond from Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club won the UAE leg of the FEI World Dressage Challenge at Meydan Group’s Emirates Equestrian Centre on Friday.
Credit: Tara Hamilton

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