Preparations in Final Stages: Riyadh Set to Welcome Equestrian Elite for the FEI World Cup™ Finals 2024

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FEI World Cup Finals 2024 Riyadh - Photo by riyadh2024.fei.org

Edited Press Release

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – The anticipation is building as the FEI World Cup™ Finals gear up for an unforgettable experience. From April 16 to 20, 2024, the Riyadh International Conference and Exhibition Center will transform into a global hub of equestrian sport, ready to host the world’s top athletes and enthusiasts.

The venue is undergoing a remarkable metamorphosis, evolving into the headquarters of equestrian excellence. It boasts a comprehensive array of facilities, including state-of-the-art stables covering an air-conditioned area of 2800 square meters. The spacious stabling area is complemented by an equally air-conditioned warm-up tent and two indoor warm-up arenas, ensuring optimal conditions for both athletes and horses.

A standout feature is the dedicated horse walking area spanning 2700 square meters within the stable complex, connected by shaded walks for seamless movement. Grooms will find respite in their dedicated relaxation area adjacent to the stables, embodying the essence of traditional Arabian hospitality.
Some of the top athletes recently had a sneak peek at the final stages of preparations and expressed their excitement for the upcoming event:

Scott Brash (UK): “I am thrilled to be part of another FEI World Cup™ Final. The venue looks spectacular in the photos, promising a fantastic showcase for everyone involved. I do not doubt that we’ll witness top-notch sport in Riyadh next week.”

Max Kühner (AUT): “I’m eagerly anticipating the first indoor tournament in Riyadh and the FEI World Cup™ Final. We have complete trust in the experienced organizing committee and are confident that the hosts will spare no effort in creating optimal conditions for both horses and riders. This combination can only lead to great performances.”

Julien Epaillard (FRA): “The venue looks impressive from what I’ve seen, and I’m aiming for the best possible outcome. My mare is in excellent form, with consistent wins throughout the season. I’ve dedicated significant effort to preparing her for the Final in Riyadh, and I’m optimistic about our performance. Yes, Riyadh will feature the world’s best athletes, and I’m aiming for a podium finish and will give it my all.”

After viewing sneak-peek photos from the site, Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) remarked, “The scale of this event is already remarkable. Riders anticipated a special finale in Riyadh, and the photos confirm our expectations. I can’t wait to experience it all next week.”

First-time Finalist Sara Vingralkova (CZE) is eagerly looking forward to the Final in Riyadh: “The venue looks stunning from what I’ve seen. I’m thrilled about my first-ever FEI World Cup™ Finals experience and will bring my two best horses, Kas-Sini DC and How Easy. It’s sure to be a fantastic journey, and I’m excited to be part of such a grand show.”

The spotlight will shine on the Saudi athlete Khaled Almobty: ‘’I am proud to have qualified for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in my city, Riyadh, and looking forward to be performing in front of the home crowd. With the highest point score in the qualifying rounds, I am confident in the abilities of my two horses, SpaceCake and Jaguar King WD.

The FEI World Cup™ Finals in Riyadh will culminate in the thrilling showdown of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, marking the culmination of the 2023–24 Dressage and Jumping World Cup Seasons. This historic event signifies the first time these prestigious competitions are hosted in the Middle East, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s dedication to promoting equestrian sports.
 
Join us in Riyadh to celebrate the rich legacy of Saudi Arabia’s equestrian heritage and embrace the captivating future of this remarkable city.