The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA) announced that the 5th edition of International Show Jumping Cup, returns this year from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 March to the Al Forsan International Sports Resort. Today’s announcement came through an official press conference organized by the FBMA at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi, (Tuesday, February 20th), where it highlighted the schedule of events for this year’s edition.
As the event organizer, FBMA announced that this year's edition will be exceptional and unique as it celebrates five years of successes and excellence. The FBMA also announced the unprecedented participation of local, regional and international eventers as well as the return of the popular activity zone “The Equestrian Village”, establishing the Cup as an up-and-coming global equestrian event, which is growing from strength to strength.
The annual FBMA International Show Jumping Cup, which is open for the public from 8am to 10pm and free of charge to attend, is held under the patronage of her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, Chief Executive Officer of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood “Mother of the Nation” and the guidance of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and the President of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain ladies clubs.
Organized by FBMA with the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF), Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) and sponsored by Al-Shira’aa Stables and Etisalat, the event provides a special platform for female riders and showjumpers across the UAE and abroad. This year an estimated 120 riders from over 20 countries including UAE are expected to compete for the title and the prestigious prizes the Cup awards, totaling AED 650,500.
Dr. Mai Ahmed Al Jaber, Board member at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, expressed FBMA’s gratitude and appreciation to H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, for her continuous support to Emirati women. She said: “The FBMA International Show Jumping Cup remains one of the top sports events on FBMA’s calendar, and we are delighted that the event has achieved global prominence as a major equestrian gathering in the UAE and the Middle East over recent years. 120 riders from over 20 countries took part in the fourth edition in 2017, but this year we are aiming to surpass all of our previous participation records.”
She continued: “We are particularly pleased that this year’s participation reflects our continuous efforts of engaging more UAE women in sports. A central goal for FBMA is to inspire women in the local community by empowering them to pursue leading roles in the sporting world, and through the International Show Jumping Cup; we hope to continue enabling the women of our Nation to reach their goals”.
Al Jaber further emphasized on the significance of the expansion of the event this year to cater to all members of the local community, as the fifth edition of the Cup will witness the return of the “Equestrian Village”, an interactive village full of fun and educational equestrian activities, following the tremendous success it achieved last year as the whole family enjoyed their time at it. Featured activities include equestrian inspired games and pony rides, all geared towards a fun day out that encourages children and youth to engage with horse-riding. Live music, food trucks, art displays and market stalls will also provide leisure and entertainment for all throughout the Cup.
In addition, Al Jaber announced that 12 Emirati girls under 18 have passed FBMA’s Youth Training Program for Show Jumping, which qualifies them to participate in the coming edition of the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup set to take place in 2019. “FBMA takes pride in achieving this accomplishment that reflects its ongoing mission to boost the participation of Emirati women in different fields of sports,” Al Jaber stated. Moreover, she announced the return of “Basics of Equestrian Journalism” workshop, which became a vital component of the event and forms part of the Academy’s ongoing mission to provide extensive education in the local sports industry.
Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Director of Marketing and Communications of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) has also praised the continuous support of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, to foster a healthy lifestyle in the Emirati community by growing women’s participation in sports. “We are glad to see the fifth edition of the FBMA’s International Show Jumping Cup return this year as an important component of the international sports events scene in Abu Dhabi, fostering its position as a global sports capital. ADSC is extending its utmost support to FBMA’s events in line with its strategic mission to elevate Abu Dhabi’s international sports offering, and is proud for our thriving partnership in making sports part of the community’s everyday life”. Al Qubaisi stated.
With higher levels of participation than ever before, this year’s prestigious event 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 recently expanded to include categories for men and children. This led to wider international participation in its 2017 edition, with 120 riders from over 20 countries.