Father-son duo dominates show jumping finale
The father-son duo have been dominating the national show jumping scene in Oman for the past many years.
And on Monday, on the concluding day of the 2018-19 Oman Show Jumping Championship, it was once again the Tooqi pair dominating the podium at the Al Rahba equestrian course in Barka.
Sultan bin Hamood al Tooqi astride Charming Girl claimed the top honours in the Grade B [the highest level of the championship] and the Ministry of Sports Affairs Trophy, while his father, Hamood al Tooqi, took the silver in the class astride Taloubetzeus K Z.
Mounted Cavalry’s Darwish al Subhi astride Raja was third.
However, Hamood won gold in Grade C astride Ataliaretto, a class where Sultan was third astride Hangover.
It may be recalled that Sultan was Oman's first ever Olympic medallist when he won a silver in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.
In the D class, Molly Graham, who was later adjudged the best woman rider, won the gold riding La Pouloma. Sheikh Khalid al Wahaibi was runner-up in the class while in D1 class, Qasim al Farsi took the top spot.
In the novice category, Sheikha al Tooqi rode Victor Bo to gold while Qasim al Farsi won in another class. Hamood was declared the best rider in B class while the best young rider of the season was Monthir Mohammed al Toobi.
Hamood al Tooqi's Olympic Equestrian Training Centre was declared the best stables and received the Ministry of Sports Affairs trophy. Later Hamood said, “It is a great achievement to not only win the individual honours but also for my centre and its students to be awarded.”
Sultan thanked the Oman Equestrian Federation (OEF) for the continuous support to the sport of show jumping.
Later, H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi, the Minister of Sports Affairs, presented the trophies in the presence of Sayyid Mundhir al Busaidi, the Oman Equestrian Federation (OEF) chairman, and other dignitaries. A total of 71 riders competed in different categories on Monday.