Horsewomen Make Strides In Arab World

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Nadia Tariam climbed up on a horse for the first time at age four. Like so many little girls before her, it seems she was instantly hooked. Years passed, and little Nadia practiced and practiced until all the hard work finally paid off.

Last summer, Nadia, no longer little girl, won a decisive victory at the close of the United Arab Emirates showjumping season, taking first prize at the Emirates National Show Jumping Championship aboard Zambezi. This victory followed several other prize winning successes throughout the year. Behind her, Abdulla Al Marri took second with four faults on Sierra Joter, while Mohammed Al Hajri was third with six faults Al Hawajer Quidam’s A La Bonheur.

arab_women_sports_tournament_2016_squareNow, Tariam is the face of the newly added showjumping category at the third annual Arab Women Sports Tournament. Tariam works and trains at Sharjah Ladies Club, the host venue and driving force behind the tournament. Both the club and the tournament were developed by and are under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah.

The tournament will see sportswomen from 15 countries, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Somalia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, Tunis, Morocco, Sudan, and the host country, the United Arab Emirates, compete in basketball, volleyball, table tennis, fencing, archery, shooting and athletics, as well as showjumping.

The tournament gets under way on February 2 with the opening ceremony at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club, followed by an evening of showjumping – the first event on the program. Events continue through February 12, and include the first Female Sports Journalists Forum, which will take place on February 4 at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre. The forum will have three main sessions, “Me and Him”, “New Media and Sports”, and “Success Formula”.

To date, the Arab Women’s Tournament is the only tournament of its kind in the Arab and Gulf Countries, but its size and visibility is growing. It has expanded from five to eight sports in just three short years, and expects record number of participants at the tournament this year. It is a stunning accomplishment for Tariam, and many others like her, to see showjumping at the forefront of this progressive event this year!

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