Lars Nieberg is Impressive in Winning Gulf News Dubai Cup-Qualifier German rider now heads finalists for Dubai Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier

Marion Hughes Wins Longines Speed Stakes UAE’s Abdullah Al Marri and Maitha Al Hajri Finish 2nd and 3rd
Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2015 - The Gulf News Dubai Cup-Qualifier headlined the second day of the Dubai Showjumping Championship 2015 CSI3* and the combination of Lars Nieberg and Nabab De Revel proved a dominating force as they emerged victorious with a time of 70.32 seconds. The event serves as a qualifier for closing day’s Dubai Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier.

The class included a field of 56 entries competing for the AED152,000 in prize money. Nieberg of Germany now leads the field that will compete in Saturday’s Dubai Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup Qualifier and the headline event of the three-day Dubai Show Jumping Championship. Morocco’s Abdelkebir Ouaddar, who finished third in this event last year, took second astride Quickly De Kreisker with a time of 72.01. Third place was secured by Vladimir Tuganov of Russia who completed the course aboard Bluebuster in 73.89 seconds.

In the closing event of the second day, Ireland’s Marion Hughes gained the win over the UAE’s Abdullah Mohammed Al Marri and Maitha Mohammed Al Hajri in the Longines Speed Stakes.

Hughes, an Olympic show jumper and a regular at the Dubai Show Jumping Championship, rode Heritage HHS Fortuna to the first place finish in a dominating 62.76. The class included 32 entries competing for the AED 65,000 in prizemoney .

Abdullah Al Marri and Maitha Al Hajri were split by less than a second for runnerup and third place finishes. Al Marri took second with Sama Dubai FBH with a clocking of 65.97 as Al Hajri guided Alaska to third in 66.80.

The schedule for Saturday’s three classes will be the Longines Accumulator at 12pm; the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier at 3pm; and the Emirates Equestrian Centre Trophy at 6:15pm.

Gates Open at 11am and entrance is free with entertainment for the entire family including pony rides, inflatable-bouncy rides, children’s play area, face painting and displays and drill rides by the Dubai Pony Club. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.