Pieter Devos of Belgium emerges as the top winner of the CHI AL SHAQAB 2019 International Equestrian Competition, held recently at Al Shaqab and participated by some of the world’s best riders. HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, awarded the prize to Devos.
The three-day event was organised by Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation (QF) and had three separate competitions: Show Jumping, Dressage and Para Dressage.
President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani handed the award to second-place winner Nicola Philippaerts, while Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar, handed the award to third-place winner Emanuele Gaudiano.
Spectacular Display of Equestrian Sport
Spectators were treated to a spectacular display of equestrian sport for three days, but top winner Pieter Devos, managed to clear all three rounds of the CSI 5 Show Jumping 1.60 metre Grand Prix with Jump Off. Devos and his gelding, Espoir, sailed over the challenging obstacles in 42.18 seconds, winning the cash prize of €135,300.
Commenting on his win, Devos said they had three difficult rounds but his horse has been jumping well for the last two weeks. He said that Espoir had some good rest earlier this week and he jumped very well during the competition. He said he is a very happy man.
Meanwhile, Qatari rider Bassem Hassan Mohammed delighted the crowd with his smooth, fluid jumping but unfortunately had to settle for fourth place following one fault.
Earlier in the day, Pius Schwizer of Switzerland triumphed in the CSI 5* Table C, 1.45 metre showjumping class with 58.56 seconds. Schwizer and his gelding, Living The Dream, cleared their obstacles without penalties, in what proved to be a closely fought competition. Schwizer said it was a very tough competition.
There were many fast riders and it was a close call, but Living The Dream was super. He is in good form and very fast. Al Shaqab is great. It is like Hollywood for me and I like participating here.’
According to Omar Al Mannai, Al Shaqab Commercial Director and CHI AL SHAQAB 2019 Event Director, they are very happy that CHI AL SHAQAB 2019 has proven to be such a success for everyone, from riders to spectators.
Congratulations to the winners. Unfortunately, (Qatar rider) Bassem had one fault and couldn’t be on the podium. Next time perhaps will be better.’
Mannai also acknowledged the importance of their partnership with ExxonMobil, who have signed on to remain the main sponsor of CHI AL SHAQAB. ExxonMobil provides support to Al Shaqab across many areas, including education.
CHI stands for Concours Hippique International or ‘Equestrian International Competition’. CHI AL SHAQAB is the first equestrian competition of its kind in the Middle East and Asian region to be sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation. Regularly attracting the best athletes and horses from around the world since its inception in 2013, it is one of only five annual international equestrian events to showcase three or more equestrian disciplines.
Check out this link for a complete list of winners.