Kingdom Team wins Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Cup

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Updated 02 February 2014

Kingdom Team wins Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Cup

RIYADH: Kingdom equestrian team of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal captured first place in the 120-kilometer endurance race in the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Arabian Horse Festival here.
Giving the Kingdom team’s 60th international achievement was international jockey Abdulaziz Aldweesh whose mount, Anwar Almamlakah, was awarded the Best Horse title in the championship.
Aldweesh and Kingdom Team coach and supervisor of Alwaleed’s private stables, Najeeb Albarjas, dedicated this accomplishment to Prince Alwaleed.
Prince Alwaleed commented: “We dedicate the team’s achievement to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Prince Alwaleed, continues to support and care about all athletes in the Kingdom and in particular equestrianism.
Kingdom Team’s series of achievements include: In 2013, Kingdom Equestrian team qualified for the Equestrian World Cup through courtesy of Abdulhakim AlGhufaily during the 7th Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Heritage Festival that was in Abu Dhabi. The Kingdom team participated in the 240 km distance race. Abdulhakeem Al-Ghufaily won 1st place in the 100km International Endurance Challenge held in Kuwait, Sulaiman AlMohaimidi won 1st place in the 100km International Endurance Challenge held in Kuwait in 2012, under the patronage of Sheikh Talal AlMohamed Alsabah, Ayah Khalil winning two stars from the International Federation of endurance races in Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan endurance championship for women. Maha Jafri and Abdulhakeem AlGhufaily won the silver medal in Wadi Rum International Equestrian endurance. . Homood Al-Shamari bagged 1st place in the Crown Prince Endurance Challenge Cup, held in Onaizah in 2011. Al-Shamari won 1st place in the Khalidiya Equestrian Endurance Challenge Cup, in 2011 and Abdulrahman AlHawas came in 2nd place. Also, Al-Shamari took 1st place and Al-Hawas coming in 2nd in the Equestrian Endurance Challenge Cup held in Onaizah in 2010. Also, . Latifa AlSheikh won 1st place in Sheikha Fatima Bint Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 90km Women’s Endurance Championship held in Abu Dhabi in 2010, she also won 2nd place in the Women’s Endurance Championship held in 2009 Dubai. Alhawas earned the No. 1 position in the challenge winning the Al Khalediah Prince Khaled‘s Cup Endurance Challenge 2009.
The Kingdom Team also notched a number of victories on the international stage in 2008, 2007 and 2006.


Amaala lift champion trophy in Saudi Arabia’s first-ever desert polo tournament

Updated 19 January 2020

Amaala lift champion trophy in Saudi Arabia’s first-ever desert polo tournament

  • Amaala earned the bragging rights as the 2020, and inaugural, AlUla Desert Polo champions

JEDDAH: Renowned Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras scored all his side’s goals as Amaala hammered out an emphatic 7-3 victory over host team AlUla to win the Kingdom’s first-ever desert polo tournament on Saturday at AlUla UNESCO heritage site.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki bin Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority, presented the trophy to Amaala after the final.

The event forms part of Winter at Tantora festival, featuring international polo players, who had the experience of playing on compacted desert sand instead of grass amid the stunning surroundings at AlUla.

The Royal Commission of AlUla organized the three-day tournament in cooperation with the newly formed Saudi Polo Federation.

In winning the tournament, Amaala earned the bragging rights as the 2020, and inaugural, AlUla Desert Polo champions.

Players from all over the world took part, including team members from the world famous La Dolfina polo outfit from Argentina, including Adolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling and Pablo Mac Donough.

In the match for third place, Al Nahla Bentley defeated Team Richard Mille 4-2 with Sheikha Alya Maktoum scoring a hat trick of goals.

Figueras said: “It’s an amazing place with an amazing history, an amazing heritage and an amazing first tournament for the Saudi Polo Federation. I’m very honored to be here and I’m delighted that we were able to win.

“This country is going through a transformation and there are amazing years to come.”

Mac Donough added: “For us it was a completely new place; polo-wise Saudi Arabia wasn’t something we were doing before. Having the chance to come to such an amazing country and having the chance to play a tournament and promote the sport, all this makes us feel very proud and we hope we can continue it.”

Saudi Polo Federation chairman, Amr F. Zedan, who played for Team Richard Mille during the tournament, said: “I see this event as a launching pad for the future. We have big plans for polo in Saudi Arabia that include the establishment of development programs and the construction of facilities to assist in building a polo infrastructure in The Kingdom.”

Amr Madani, CEO of the Royal Commission of AlUla, said: “Our tourism strategy for AlUla has been built around certain anchors — heritage, culture, nature and arts. Equestrianism has always been a key industry for us, and the surroundings here make AlUla one of the best locations to ride horses.”