Back in the saddle: Princess Haya reveals joy at show-jumping again in new clip
The former competitive equestrian shows off her skills on Instagram
She made history at age 13, becoming the first woman to represent Jordan internationally in show-jumping. And Princess Haya bint Hussein still has a passion for her childhood sport, as she demonstrated in a new video this week.
The royal, who is married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, revealed she has been picking up the discipline again, as she shared a clip of herself back in the saddle.
“Really enjoying being back jumping again,” the mother of two captioned the short video, which showed her and her steed tackling a series of obstacles.
Princess Haya is today well-known for her roles as a UN messenger of peace and as a keen humanitarian, working as chairperson of the Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, as well as chairperson of food aid non-profit Tkiyet Um Ali, which she established in her late mother’s memory in 2003.
However, the royal – who is the daughter of His Majesty, the late King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan – spent years as a professional sportswoman. In 1992, Princess Haya won an individual bronze medal at the Pan-Arab Games – the first and only woman to achieve such a feat in the tournament's equestrian categories.
She has also competed in one of sport’s most famed events: the Olympics. Princess Haya participated in show-jumping at the 2000 Games, held in Sydney.
In 1996, the royal was named the Spanish Equestrian Federation’s personality of the year, and in 2002 she became the first Arab woman to qualify for, and compete in, the World Equestrian Games. It was at this championship, held in Spain, that the royal crossed paths with keen horse-rider Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid; they married two years later.
Aside from medals, Princess Haya has held several honours in the equestrian world. Between 2006 and 2014, the royal was president of the International Equestrian Federation, and she also served as a member of the International Olympic Committee between 2007 and 2014.
Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, both passionate equestrians, also appear to be instilling a love of the sport in their children, Al Jalila and Zayed. The siblings are often pictured riding in photographs posted on the royals’ social media accounts, following in their parents’ sporting footsteps.
Updated: January 17, 2019 11:11 AM