Top Saudi showjumpers set to raise bar for 90th National Day celebrations

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Updated 23 September 2020

Top Saudi showjumpers set to raise bar for 90th National Day celebrations

  • A national junior showjumping competition on Sept. 24 and 25 will follow the main event

JEDDAH: More than 50 Saudi riders and 100 horses from throughout the Kingdom will on Wednesday take part in a showjumping championship to mark the country’s 90th National Day.

The event has been organized by Al-Mutabagani Equestrian Center, the first Saudi club of its kind, with support from the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF) and the Ministry of Sport.

A national junior showjumping competition on Sept. 24 and 25 will follow the main event.

The center has always supported healthy activities and has been involved in a number of initiatives to empower youth, particularly women, training several showjumpers to represent Saudi Arabia at international events over the past 35 years.

Dr. Mahfouz bin Talib, head of the SAEF’s technical committee, said the tournament would be held amid strict coronavirus disease (COVID-19) precautionary measures to ensure the safety of riders, arbitrators, and horses.

Participating riders, all members of the SAEF, could enter six horses in the championship provided they did not exceed three horses in the first half of the event, Talib added.

Arwa Al-Mutabagani, an accomplished Saudi showjumper and chair of the center’s organizing committee, said fans of the sport could follow the event on social media at @TrioRanchKSA.

She added that cash prizes totaling SR82,550 ($22,000) would be up for grabs for the National Day championship and junior competition with big name Saudi showjumpers Dalma Malhas, Khaled Al-Sharbatly, and Abdullah Al-Rajhi taking part in the main event.

Mazen Al-Sahyan, the SAEF’s international referee and designer and a former showjumper with the Saudi Equestrian National Team, stressed the importance of encouraging young people to engage in equestrian sports.

Al-Mutabagani Equestrian Center will also host a grand national showjumping tournament from Oct. 1 to 3 with prizes amounting to SR45,000.

Saleh Hamad Al-Suhaibani, Saudi representative to the OIC

Updated 25 October 2020

Saleh Hamad Al-Suhaibani, Saudi representative to the OIC

Saleh Hamad Al-Suhaibani has been appointed the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recently.

Al-Suhaibani received a bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) in 1987.

Four years later, he achieved a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the same university with a focus on teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.

In 1998, Al-Suhaibani obtained a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Leeds, UK.

He served as the secretary-general of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for three  years. He has also worked as a Saudi cultural attache to the UAE. Moreover, he was an adviser to the Saudi joint committee for the relief of Kosovo and Chechnya.

He has also held a number of positions, including chairing the Arabic language department at IMSIU and the language preparatory department at the Arabic language institute at IMSIU. Al-Suhaibani was the deputy manager of the Arabic language teachers’ qualification department at the same university. Moreover, he has been the assistant director of scholarships for promotional affairs at what was formerly called the Ministry of Higher Education.

Al-Suhaibani has published dozens of research papers, including his political discourse analysis studies. He has also authored and translated several books.

He has received several awards, appreciation letters and certificates of excellence. In May 2019, ARCO awarded Al-Suhaibani with the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, the highest Arab medal for humanitarian work.