Sharjah: The International 5-Star Show Jumping Championship, Sharjah Ruler’s Cup came to a successful completion as H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, crowned knight Kristaps Nertenks and his horse “Valor” from the Republic of Latvia as Champion of the Longines Sharjah Prize Cup.
The 4-day event which was organized at Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, had a financial half prize amounted to $170,000, out of a total of $481,000, which were won by the winners and those in advanced positions in 28 rounds.
The Championship is organized under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as part of His Highness’s backing and sponsorship of equestrian activities.
300 riders from 35 nations across the globe and 400 horses took part at the competition which was organized by the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club in collaboration with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation and under the supervision of the International Equestrian Federation.
Along with several officials from the International Equestrian Federation, guests of the tournament, representations from the sponsors along with a large audience of showjumping enthusiasts, the closing competition and the awarding ceremonies of the winners were honored by the presence of;
- Sheikh Abdullah bin Majid Al Qasimi, President of the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, President of the Championship
- Issa Hilal Al Hezami, Chairman of the Sharjah Sports Council
- Sultan Al Yahyai, Director General of the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, Director of the Championship
At the end of the final competition, which included the last rounds of the Arab League Qualifier for the Showjumping World Cup, and the fourth hosted by the UAE, after three rounds witnessed by the championships, jockeys who qualified for the Middle East countries for the Showjumping World Cup final (America – Las Vegas 2022) were announced.