Farah set for Doha Pan Arab dressage

DUBAI - Farah Al Khojai, the UAE’s first equestrienne to represent her country in the forthcoming Pan Arab Games, is riding high after her recent success at the FEI World Dressage challenge held at the Emirate Equestrian Centre.

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Published: Tue 29 Nov 2011, 11:31 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:43 AM

The competition, where she placed second on her new mare Mazurka Grafin Dubai Duty Free, is part of her final preparations for the big event, which is to be held in Doha in December.

More than 6,000 participants representing 22 countries will participate at the Pan Arab Games this year from December 9-23 in Doha.

“I am thrilled to have placed second in the recent FEI World Dressage challenge. The standard of dressage at the event was higher than I have ever seen in a domestic competition and that is really encouraging for the sport here in the UAE” Said Khojai. “It was also my first professional competition on my new mare that has just arrived from Germany, Mazurka Grafin Dubai Duty Free, and she surpassed my expectations.”

The talented sportswoman is the only entrant from the UAE in the dressage competition at the upcoming Games where she hopes to improve on her performance at the Asian Games last November when she qualified for the final round in her category.

“The Asian Games was a huge success for me and I was so pleased with the outcome. Thanks to the continued support of my sponsors Dubai Duty Free and Equitrans, I have been able to take my riding to the next level. I am focused on improving my performance next month at the Pan Arab Games and I hope to achieve an even better result.”

“Without the help of my sponsors I would not have been able to partake in the rigorous training schedule that I undertook this summer at the Hof Kasselmann Stables in Germany. They helped fund part of the training and the transportation of my horse back to the UAE. I am immensely grateful and in return have worked extremely hard. I am so proud to again be able to represent my country on an international level and intend to do my very best,” Farah added.

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