Doha: Qatar’s Salman Mohammed Al Emadi defeated Turkey’s Derin Demirsoy to win the feature class on the opening day of the QNB Qatar International CSI4* Showjumping Championship in Doha on Thursday.
Salman, riding his consistent 6-year-old chestnut gelding Zorro Z, finished in 35.34secs in Table A, Special Two Phases FEI Art. 274.5.6 (145cm) event. Demirsoy, riding Dadjak Ter Puttenen, needed 36.87secs.
Salman said,”It was a great win. I’m very happy with my horse’s performance on the first day and we are looking forward to the next two days of competition.
“My horse jumped really great and that is what I was expecting from Zorro Z. I hope he can continue the same way. When I entered the championships, I was ready. Now we are looking forward to the next competition in this championship.”
Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, an accomplished and Olympic rider, went into the ring on eight-year-old bay Veronese Teamjoy and was equally impressive but finished in the third place in 38.32secs.
Earlier in Table A, Against the Clock 130/135cm class, Qatar’s Salmeen Sultan al Suwaidi rode Guilder’s Empire of the Sun to victory in 58.75sec.
Salmeen was 5.51sec faster than compatriot Awad al Qahtani, who on Cassander Van Het Bremhof finished second in 64.26sec.
In the day’s first event, Two Phases 120cm, Qatar’s Saeed Nasser Al Qadi stood out on Jessico 4 winning in 24.17sec with all clear rounds in a field of 39 riders.
The other two podium finishes also went to Qatar riders Mohammad al Ghazali (on (Jackson 58) and Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi (on Fudine) respectively.