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Thursday's biggest win at Al Shira'aa International Horse Show to Ibrahim Hani Bisharat

Thursday, 10 January 2019
CSI4* Al Shira'aa International Horse Show 2019

Photo (c) World of Showjumping. Ibrahim Hani Bisharat with King of Diamonds. Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

Thursday's biggest class at the CSI4* Al Shira'aa International Horse Show was the second qualifier for the Grand Prix presented by the Mother of the Nation. The 1.50m jump-off class had a total of 38 horse-and-rider combinations starting and only nine of them cleared their way into the jump-off.

In the end it was Ibrahim Hani Bisharat (JOR) on the 9-year-old stallion King of Diamonds, that took home the win after clocking a time of 36,40 seconds. Paolo Paini  (ITA) on the lovely 13-year-old mare Ottava Meraviglia di Ca' San G (For Pleasure x Caletto I) got closest to Bisharat, but had to settle for the second place with a time of 37,27 seconds. Anna Kellnerova (CZE) on the 11-year-old gelding Silverstone G (Diamant de Semilly x Vancouver) gave it their best shot and ended third, while Janika Sprunger (SUI) on the 13-year-old stallion Bacardi VDL (Corland x Kannan) placed fourth. The fifth place went to Tina Lund (DEN) on the 10-year-old stallion Carallo (Corrado I x Con Air).

"He is quite an inexperienced horse on this level," Ibrahim Hani Bisharat said about his horse after the class. "We've had him for a year now, but I started to ride him two months ago. He has been pleasing us all the time; every time we push him up to the next level, he does good. He always tries his best. He has his own way of doing things, but he knows the job. I am very happy with him. I was already satisfied when he cleared the first round, it was tough enough," the winner continued. "In the jump-off, I did not watch anyone before or after me, I only tried to put some pressure on. And I guess it all came in my favor," he smiled. "It is a very nice show, of a very high standard and every year they are improving to make it even better," the happy winner said about the event. 

Thursday's second four-star class, the 1,30m Z7 Speed Stakes, went to Nasouh Kayali (JOR). Riding the 14-year-old Adette (Voltaire x Lux), he clocked the winning time of 27,05 seconds in the second phase. Waled Alghamdi (KSA) on the 12-year-old mare Cenieta (Verdi x Indoctro) took the runner-up position, while Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA) on the 15-year-old gelding Quinlan (Quidam's Rubin x Acobat II) placed third. Ahmed M.N. Mansour (JOR) on the 10-year-old mare Estoril de Vardag (Vaillant) took the fourth place and the fifth place went to Trevor Breen (IRL) on the 10-year-old gelding Escapade H (Vingino x Democraat). 

Trevor Breen's groom Nasser Abbas was awarded as the best groom of the day. 


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