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Dubai’s First Show Jumping Competition

Dubai Showjumping 1981

Dubai’s first Show Jumping Event 1981 (Photo credit: Albert Armstrong)

The very first Show Jumping Event was held in 1987 at the the Dubai Metropolitan Hotel located on the Sheikh Zayed Road.

Dubai showjumping 1981

Former Olympic Show Jumper Princess Ann opened the event and was accompanied by her then husband Captain Mark Phillips.


Dubai Show Jumping 1981

There were no international standard arenas in Dubai at that time so local football pitches were converted into an international standard arena.



Dubai show jumping 1987

The event was supported by visitors from Oman and was open to all age groups of riders.


Dubai Show jumping 1987

The event was successful and was the first step towards Dubai becoming a major force in World Horse Racing and Competitions.


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