Saudi Female Horse Riders Make History Competing Alongside Men In Diriyah Equestrian Festival

BY Kasia Truscott / Dec 15 2019 / 16:55 PM

Over a dozen female Saudi equestrians made their home debut as part of the groundbreaking Diriyah Season

Saudi Female Horse Riders Make History Competing Alongside Men In Diriyah Equestrian Festival
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Catch The Final Weekend Of The Diriyah Equestrian Festival

The four-star FEI-sanctioned festival made headlines earlier this week, making history in featuring thirteen female equestrians to compete alongside their male counterparts for the first time ever. This weekend sees the highly anticipated final of the prestigious event, as part of Saudi's exciting Diriyah Festival celebrating a multitude of sports and culture. 

Where: Al Duhami Farm, Riyadh
When: 12 - 21 December, 2019
More information: diriyahseason.sa

The four-star Diriyah Equestrian Festival by Saudi Aramco is a spectacle in itself, welcoming over 120 riders, 150 grooms, 50 officials, 300 companions and trainers over the course of its two weekends, as well as serving as a highly prestigious qualifying step for those riders hoping to get recruited for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2020 World Cup.

But the real headliner, however, is the fact that the competition is making history, in allowing female equestrians to compete side by side with their male counterparts for the first time ever in the Kingdom.

13 Saudi female riders are participating in the FEI-sanctioned event, which runs from 12 - 21 December, 2019, all of whom for which this will be the first time they will be given the opportunity to compete on their home turf at such an esteemed level.

The Festival is also part of the wider Diriyah Season, Saudi's stunning month dedicated to celebrating iconic sports events such as Formula E and top-class men's tennis championships, among others. 

Visit diriyahseason.sa for more information.