Ali Yousuf Ahmad Saad Al Rumaihi won Qatar's first Asian Games gold medal in Jumping, adding even more success to the Doha Racing and Equestrian Club after the Eventing medals won earlier in the Games. Twenty-five year old Rumaihi, training with World Champion Jos Lansink (BEL) took the final victory with a crystal clear score riding the brown stallion Nagano.
Silver was decided in a thrilling jump-off between Chinese Taipei's 17-year-old Jasmine Chen Shao Man on Comodoro and Korea's Olympic rider Joo Jung Hyun on Seven Up. Comodoro was the first horse out; the pair picked up full speed and, despite the two fences they had down, took the silver medal with a time of 38.72 seconds.
Joo Jung Hyun and Seven Up had to settle for bronze after two fences down and a significantly slower speed (time 47s93).
Joy Chen Shao Chiao, twin sister of silver medallist Jasmine, finished in fourth place with nine faults. The sisters and bronze medallist Joo train in Germany at the Schockemoehle stables.
In the team competition, Sydney Olympic bronze medallist Khaled Al Eid on Alryiadh led Saudi Arabia to their first Asian Games equestrian gold medal. Thanks to his and team-mate’s H.R.H. Prince Abdullah Al Saud on Saudia two clear rounds, the Saudis finish on the impressive overall score of 4 points. Abdullah Sharbatly / Hugo Gesmeray and Kamal Bahamdan / Campus 8 had one and two fences down respectively, followed by faultless second rounds.
The Korean squad (Song Sang Wuk / Clinton H; Hwang Soon Won / Jacomo 2; Park Jae Hong / Pinocchio; and Joo Jung Hyun / Seven Up 15) under the management of Paul Schockemoehle were in silver.
Bronze went to the riders from the United Arab Emirates who, like the Saudis, were first timers at Asian Games. H.E. Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum / Kalaska de Semilly, Abduallah Mohd Al Marri / Secret D Amour; Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi / Quatro H and Mohamad Al Kumaiti / Almutawakel finished on 16 points.
The courses built by Olaf Petersen Jr. proved challenging indeed, the The triple combination proved to be the biggest challenge.
The full results are available on the official website of the 15th Asian Games, www.doha-2006.com.