Russia's Vladimr Tuganov Earns Victory in Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix

Qatar’s Khaled Mohammed Al Emadi Wins Longines Accumulator

Dubai, UAE, January 31, 2015 – After taking a second and a third in two earlier events during the Dubai Show Jumping Championship weekend, Vladimir Tuganov earned the top spot on the podium for his victory in the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix on the closing day of the competition.

The 53-year-old Tuganov, a two-time Olympian in 2004 and 2012 for the Russian Federation, began the weekend with a runner-up finished in the Emirates Two Phase on Thursday and followed on Friday with a third in the Gulf New Dubai Cup Qualifier.

In winning the AED245,000 Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix, Tuganov guided his nine-year-old mare, Sinfionie 168, to a time of 45.76. Close behind in second was Khaled Mohammed Al Emadi who piloted Tamira IV to a finish in 46.40. Al Emadi began the day with a victory in the Longines Accumulator. Three-time Dubai Grand Prix champion, Abdullah Al Sharbatli of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was plagued with four faults astride Tobalio and finished third.

Dubai Grand Prix winner Vladimir Tuganov said: “Coming into an event such as this I do not think of will I finish first, second or third, I just go out and compete.

“I am so pleased with the victory, not only for me but for all of Russia. This victory will be wonderful news for our country and for the Russians that were here watching today.”

The final day of the Dubai Show Jumping Championship opened with the AED116,000 Longines Accumulator with 19-year-old Khaled Mohammed Al Emadi of Qatar securing the win with a solid clocking of 46.49 aboard Utascha SFN. Second in the field of 41 entries was Syria’s Ahmed Hamcho. The winner of opening day’s Emirates Airline Two Phase, Hamcho guided Quintus 81 to a final of 48.97. The UAE’s Mohammed Ghanem Al Hajri earned third place with Al Hawajer Quidam’sa La Bonheur in a time of 50.43. Finishing fourth was Abdullah Mohammed Al Marri also of the UAE. Al Marri and his mount Sama Dubai FBH finished second in Friday night’s Longines Speed Stakes.

The Longines Accumulator is an event that allows competitors to choose the jumps they will attempt. Each of the fences cleared is worth a given amount of points based on difficulty. The winner is decided by the highest point total and fastest time.

For this sensational weekend, Vladimar Tuganov was awarded the leading rider award and Abdullah Mohammed Al Marri received the award for leading national rider.