The anticipation builds as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia prepares for the second round of the IST International Show Jumping Tour, set to kick off on Thursday, February 1st, and extend over three eventful days. Following the success of the first round, Jeddah promises an exciting experience for participants, families, and equestrian fans, overseen by the Saudi Equestrian Federation and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.
The Trio Sporting Club will host over 150 male and female riders, accompanied by 200 horses, representing 16 Arab and European countries. Notable names, including Italian global champion Emanuele Gaudiano, Italian rider Gianluca, and Saudi rider Dalma Malhas, will compete in this exciting event. Dalma Malhas made history as the first woman to represent the Kingdom in the Olympics, following in the footsteps of her mother, the well known equestrian Arwa Al-Mutabagani.
Saudi and Arab champions, such as Abdullah Sharbatly, Mishari Al-Harbi, and Iraqi rider Zaid Al-Najifi, also take part in this competition. Al-Najifi secured victory in the grand prix during the first round.
In alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, Arwa Al-Mutabagani, head of the organizing committee, expressed the competition’s goals, emphasizing the transfer of international expertise to Saudi talents, cultural enrichment for families, and providing one of a kind events for Jeddah’s people.
The event, reflecting Saudi hospitality, offers a unique experience with many facilities, luxurious reception platforms, entertainment, and musical events. Fans can register attendance through the Trio Sporting website and follow live events and results on social media and YouTube.
Al-Mutabagani, announced her return to the competitive arena, competing alongside international and local riders at Trio Sporting Club, where she began her equestrian career in 1990.
The participating horses underwent a comprehensive medical examination to make sure they are well prepared and ready to race. Sponsored by Saudi Airlines Cargo, Jeddah National Hospitals, ASYAD, and the Arabian Horse, the competition features various classes, with heights ranging from 110 cm to 140 cm. Countries represented include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, Algeria, Palestine, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Switzerland.