In the United Arab Emirates, no one stood a chance against another rock-solid Emanuele Gaudiano. The Italian once again showed true competence in the CSIO4* 1.45m.
In Sharjah, the riders of the CSI4* category made their first appearances in the arena. In the class against the clock, the obstacles were at 1.45m high. Out of over 70 competing combinations, the win was once again for Emanuele Gaudiano. The Italian steered Nikolaj de Music (by Kannan) clear through the course. David Will had about one second too much on the clock to keep the Italian from winning and stranded in second with Zaccorado Blue (by VDL Zirocco Blue). The top three was complete with Mohamed Shafi Alremeithi and Caramba (by Chin Win).
On four was Shane Breen with Z7 Ipswich (v. Carembar de Muze) followed by Abdurakhmon Abdullaev on Quintair (v. Quintero).
The first 4* class had the jumps at a height of 1.40m. Both gold and silver stayed in the home country with Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi winning on Diamond Way (v. Diamant de Revel), leaving patriot Mohamed Ghanem Al Hajri behind him in second on Lelielounka Stw (v. Emerald). Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida took third place on the back of Dawsons Flex (v. Flex A Bill).