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