(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Schumann rode Cassiano to two flawless rounds to win the Longines Welcome Stakes from Khaled Al Mobty of Saudi Arabia onboard Aloha and Abdullah Mohammed A Marri on Alaska.
Hughes on HHS Pinky produced a similar performance to take the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Challenge from the American Alice Clero astride Alanis W and the German Jorg Naeve on Conjurer.
Today's second day of action sees the Al Ain Grand Prix Qualifier followed by the CSI 5-star FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup.
The President of the UAE Cup is run simultaneously with the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) Furusiyya Nations Cup.
The Nations Cup in Al Ain is the FEI's opening competition for the season, and is the single Middle East qualifier for the final at the Real Club de Polo of Barcelona in Spain from October 9 to 12.
The President of the UAE Cup provides riders a chance to qualify for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, from August 23 to September 7.