Some of the world’s top show jumpers are set to vie for a share of a Dh600,000 prize (nearly $165,000 CAD) at Emirates Equestrian Centre, when the three-day Dubai Showjumping Championship (DSJC) gets underway on January 31, 2013.

The CSI3*-W event, the show jumping highlight of the Dubai equestrian scene, is a renowned international show which attracts European jumping stars. It also draws Gulf-based riders from the prestigious Arab League who are on the hunt for all-important FEI World Cup qualification points.

High profile DSJC sponsors, official airline Emirates Airline, official timekeeper Longines and official newspaper Gulf News have put their names behind the event’s headline classes.

These include, among others, the ever-popular Longines Accumulator, the day two Gulf News Dubai Cup Grand Prix, the Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix, which in turn allows Arab League riders to earn valuable qualification points for the April 2013 FEI World Cup Finals.

With top show jumpers such as the EEC’s FEI World Cup and Asian Games rider, Abdullah Al Marri, as well as 2010 World Equestrian Games silver medal winner and 2012 Olympic Team Bronze Medialist, Abdullah Al Sharbatli from Saudi Arabia and Ireland’s returning Olympic bronze medalist, Cian O’Connor, competition is expected to be fierce.

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