Muscat, Sayyid Munthir bin Saif al-Busaidi,
Chairman of Oman Equestrian Federation (OEF) affirmed that the
Federation has completed all preparations for the 2018/2019 season by
adopting its schedule of various competitions for Olympic sports, horse
showjumping, horse racing and international competitions, in addition
to traditional horseback riding, locally known as “Ardha”. 62
competitions for this season will be distributed in different governorates
and wilayats of the Sultanate.
Sayyid Munthir said that horse show jumping is one of the
Olympic sports that receives most attention of the Federation through
setting up a field of international standards dedicated to this type of
sport in Al Rahba Farm. The total number of competitions stood at 26
competitions, including two major prizes, in addition to the shield of the
Ministry of Sports Affairs and the end of the season award. Twelve
competitions of the 26 mentioned competitions, organized by the
Federation, will be held in Al Rahba Farm. The remaining 14
competitions, organised by the Olympic Centre for Equestrian Training
under the supervision of the Federation, will be held in the Olympic
Center for Equestrian Training starting from 25 October 2018.
The OEF Chairman added that dressage, which is considered an
Olympic sport, has a number of practitioners and interested people,
especially in the government cavalry units. Six competitions will be held
at Al Rahba Farm, which is the same field for horse showjumping sport
starting from 4 December 2018.
He further said that endurance sport enjoyed a wide public
interest during the past seasons. Ten 10 competitions in different
distances and categories at the local and international levels will be
held. A special competition for citizens of the Governorate of Dhofar will
held on 20 October as rehabilitation race extending from 40 km and 80
km as the second competition during the season. He explained that the
first competition was held two weeks ago on 4 October as a qualifying
competition for 40 km and 80 km Endurance Village in the Wilayat of
Barka. The third competition will be held as a qualification contest for
40 and 80 km on 26 October 2018.
Sayyid Munthir said that tent pegging sport is one of the
international sports, which the Federation has many hopes and
aspirations in achieving honourable results through the upcoming
competitions that await the OEF, particularly the World Tent Pegging
Cup, which will be hosted by the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with
participation of many countries across the world. Oman national team
managed to qualify for the world event.
The OEF Chairman added that the tent pegging competitions
of this season amounted to 12, including the Elite Cup and the Grand
Prize, in addition to the end of the season award. The competitions will
be held at Al Rahba Farm in Barka, starting from 27 November 2018.
As for the traditional horseback riding locally known as
“Ardha”, Sayyid Munthir said that OEF will organise 8 events for this
unique traditional sport as the first one will be held in the Wilayat of
Liwa in the Governorate of North Al Batinah on 30 November 2018
whereas the second competition will be in the Wilayat of Ja’alan Bani
Bu Ali in the Governorate of South A’Sharqiyah on 14 December 2018.
Ja’alan Bani Bu Hassan will host the third Ardha on 4 January 2019, Al
Khabourah will host the fourth one on 25 January 2019, Adam will host
the fifth Ardha on 15 February 2019, Sur will host the sixth one on 1
March 2019, Al Kamil Wal Wafi to host the 7th Ardha on 15 March 2019
and the final Ardha will be hosted by Sinaw in the Wilayat of Al
Mudhaibi on 12 April 2019.
Source: Oman News Agency