Last March “Bassel el Assad International Showjumping Competition” was held in Damascus. The Egyptian police participated in this competition with a team headed by General Ahmed El Sawaf, along with Alaa Maisara, Mostafa Selim, and Nahla El Sawaf. Several Arab countries participated in this competition with their best riders. There were 2 levels; A 130/140 cm and B 120/130 cm. The countries participating were: the home country Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Bulgaria.
The competition was very well organized and gave a good chance for the police team to meet with other riders from different Arab countries.
The Egyptian team did very well and achieved good results; the first day, General Sawaf was placed 2nd in the A class and Alaa was placed 5th. In the second day, Nahla did an excellent show finishing first in the B class, while Mostafa Selim was placed 4th in the same class. Coming to the third and last day, the B class was a team relay so Nahla and Mostafa formed a team by which every body expected the lead for them. Nahla started, but unfortunately the martingale got stuck in the mare’s leg over the 2nd fence landing on one leg and both of them falling. But fortunately, General Sawaf compensated this sad incidence finishing 2nd in the Grand Prix. Everybody praised his riding skills and his horse. Then came our talented junior Alaa finishing 5th also in the Grand Prix. Not only the results that matters, but the way of riding and the good show the Egyptian Police riders did. So keep it up guye.
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Click Vodafone, Egypt’s first private mobile phone operator, always seeks to innovate and develop areas in which it becomes involved. Click-Vodafone has been an active corporate citizen in the field of sports sponsorships, sponsoring many different athletic disciplines such as football, tennis, sailing, golf, croquet, shooting and the paralympics to name a few. This time Click-Vodafone sponsorship was extended to the
equestrian sports field. Click-Vodafone together with its equestrian associates Equicare company, have agreed to join forces for the benefit of the equestrian sport in Egypt.
To start, Club 55 “a brand of Click-Vodafone” sponsored a showjumping event at the Ferosia Club in Gezira last January under the name “The Club 55 Challenge”. Prior to the two days event, Club 55 sponsored a showjumping Clinic by the great international rider and trainer Mr. Paul Darragh. The Clinic welcomed 25 top Egyptian riders. The challenge hosted seven competitions, totaling over 25,000 L.E in prize money. The prize money, good courses, perfect ground and excellent organization, attracted Egypt’s top riders. Attended by a large public of horse lovers of all ages, the event concluded with the prize giving ceremony, where officials from the Egyptian Equestrian Federation and Club 55 representatives crowned the winners both horses
and riders with their attractive Club 55 trophies.
The event was a great success for the riders, the sponsor & the officials involved. What we mean here by success is; it was a show that everybody remembers because the competition was exciting, everything went smoothly and both audience & participants had a good time.