Dubai International Show Jumping Championship kicks off on January 29

The event includes family activities and competitions jumped high-level barriers

The free-to-enter CSI *** - W Dubai Show Jumping Championship makes its Annual return to Emirates Equestrian Centre on Thursday January 29 and features three days of high-class show jumping coupled with fun for all the family. Supported by Emirates Airline as well as Official Timekeeper and Watch, Longines and Official Newspaper, the Gulf News Dubai Show Jumping Championship Represents the highlight of the Dubai show jumping scene. Visitors to the show ground will be Able to see show jumpers from all over the world as well as local stars including UAE Olympian, Sheikha Latifa Bint Juma Al Maktoum, Dubai Show Jumping team members and international riders, Abdulla Al Marri, Arif Ahmed, Omar Khoory, Mohammed Ketait and Ahmed Falaknaz as well as Qayar`s 2014 Grand Prix winner, Hamad Al Attiya. Every year the event is attended by a large crowd, keen to view the best jumpers in the region and take advantage of the free family entertainment which includes bouncy castles, pony rides, a Dubai Pony Club display and a spectacular riding display by Z7 Entertainment. the Arena Restaurant offers a touch of luxury dining coupled with premium views of the jumping action with prices starting at AED275. Badr Abbas, Vice President, Commercial Operations Emirates, UAE & Oman said: "Emirates is the proud sponsor of a number of Equestrian events here in Dubai throughout the season, including the Dubai Show Jumping Championship. The competition really showcases the region`s Commitment to the sport, Which continues to grow in Popularity, and we are looking forward to being a part of another family-friendly event. " Longines` President Walter von Känel said: "We are very proud to be the Official Timekeeper of one of the most important show jumping events in the Middle East. Our association with the Dubai Show Jumping Championship is part of our global Involvement in the discipline of show jumping as we are Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of many other international show jumping events. " Dilip George, Executive Director Strategy & Marketing, Gulf News said: "We are proud to have been associated with the Dubai Show Jumping Championship since its inception. The event guarantees three days of thrills and fun for the show jumping enthusiasts and also provides plenty of entertainment and activity for the children as well, making it a truly family event. The championship is one of the highlights of the Annual sporting calendar and we look forward to it with great pleasure. " Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, General Manager of Meydan Group`s Dubai Equestrian Club, Which oversees all Operations at Emirates Equestrian Centre said: "Since it began in 2007, the Dubai Show Jumping Championship has offered its spectators the chance to view top class international show jumping free of charge. The event continuously grows in stature and is now one of the highlights of the Arab League Show Jumping Tour. We are Justifiably proud of this three-day show and Encourage anyone interested in horse sport to come along and see for Themselves what a great day out this is. "None of this would be possible without our long-time sponsors and we send our thanks to Emirates, Longines and Gulf News, Whose support Ensures Continued the development of this excellent event as well as the progression of the sport. " The three days of competition are is highlighted by the Dh150,000 Gulf News Dubai Cup, a qualifier for the Dubai Grand Prix, the adrenaline-charged Dh65,000 Longines Speed ​​Stakes and the Dh116,000 Longines Accumulator which all build up to the final-day Dh245,000 Emirates Airline Dubai Grand Prix. Success in the Grand Prix allows riders to earn valuable points towards qualification for the FEI Show Jumping World Cup.