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Al Sharbatly wins at Al Shira'aa

Thursday, 11 January 2018
CSI4* Al Shira'aa International Horse Show 2018

Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.
The winners: Abdullah Al Sharbatly and Crazy Quick. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

Thursdays’ biggest class at the CSI4* Al Shira'aa International Horse Show in Abu Dhabi was the 1.50m presented by Abu Dhabi Sports Council. A total of 36 horse-and-rider combinations came to start, with only six of them clearing the first round and joining the jump-off. 

Pieter Clemens (BEL) on the 11-year-old stallion Corelli (For Pleasure x Burggraaf) set the standard by clocking a time of 37,88 seconds as first to go in the jump-off. For a while it looked like the Belgian rider would walk away as the winner, but in the end he had to settle for the runner-up position as Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA) on the 13-year-old gelding Crazy Quick (Chacco Blue x Quick Star) shaved off nearly a second on his time taking the win with a time of 36,73. Ramzy Al Duhami (KSA) on the 10-year-old gelding Ted (Waranta x Jalisco B) took the third place with a time of 38,41 in this competition that also counted as the second Grand Prix qualification of the weekend. Mohammed Al Kumeiti (UAE) on the 12-year-old gelding Newton Abbot (Converter x Indoctro) was the best of the hosting nation, after placing fourth with a time of 38,69 seconds in the jump-off. The fifth spot went to Frederic David (FRA) on the 14-year-old gelding Equador van't Roosakker (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) with a time of 42,52 seconds, and Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum (UAE) on the 10-year-old stallion Cobolt (Cellestial x Quebec) took the sixth place. 

Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.
Pieter Clemens and Corelli finished second. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

Earlier during the day, the 1.45m in two phases presented by Al Shira'aa Arabians saw a German on top. Ludger Beerbaum Stable's Philipp Weishaupt (GER) on the 10-year-old gelding Belo Horizonte (Baloubet du Rouet x Clearway) took the top honours after clocking a time of 30,62 seconds - pushing Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) on the 12-year-old gelding Artiste de l'Abbaye d'Aulne (Conquest van de Helle x Idem d'Azur) to tie for the second place with Khaled Abdulrahman Almobty (KSA) on the 15-year-old mare Dona Evita (Darco x Fleuri du Manoir), after they both crossed the finish line in 31,47. Khalid Hilal Al Khatri (BRN) on the 13-year-old mare Sierra (Silvio) took the fourth place with a time of 32,39, and the fifth spot went to Tina Lund (DEN) on the 14-year-old gelding Ziezo (Guidam x Wellington), after the pair clocked a time of 32,97 seconds. 

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