|Faisal Al Shalan|
|Full name||HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan|
15 July 1987 |
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan (Arabic: الأمير فيصل الشعلان; born January 5, 1987 in Riyadh) is a Saudi Arabian equestrian rider, and a member of the Saudi Royal Family. He won several medals in show jumping events, including gold for the national equestrian team, at the 2011 Pan Arab Games in Doha, Qatar. He also earned a silver medal in team jumping at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Coming from the Saudi Royal Family, Al Shalan grew up around horses in his birthplace Riyadh, but derived a slight enjoyment with riding. At the age of seven, he won his first competition on his little white pony from England called Snowdrop, until he was bitten by a riding bug. While at elementary school, Al Shalan met Khaled Al Eid and Ramzy Al Duhami, who later served as his trainer for his career, in a summer clinic. Having tasted success, he progressed from ponies to horses, and claimed his first career title for the under-14 category at the Abu Dhabi World Championships.
In 2004, Al Shalan made his official debut in the international scene, when he reached the final of the King Abdulaziz Cup and Saudi Arabian Equestrian Championships. He achieved early successes by winning individual gold medals at the 2005 Islamic Games, and finishing second at the 2006 World Cup Arab League. Al Shalan also became the youngest ever competitor at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, riding on the Uthago in the individual and team events.
Al Shalan eventually competed on his another horse Wido, as a member of the Saudi Arabian equestrian team, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was eliminated at the second stage of qualifying rounds for the individual event, after knocking down eight fences and incurring three time penalties, which placed him in the bottom twenty places of a seventy-five strong field. Few hours later, Al Shalan helped his teammates Al Duhami, Kamal Bahamdan, and His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al Saud to an eleventh-place finish in the team event.
At the 2011 Pan Arab Games in Doha, Qatar, Al Shalan was awarded a gold medal after a spectacular performance in the team event, along with his fellow riders Bahamdan, Al Eid, and Al Saud. He continued to capture a bronze medal in the individual show jumping event, with his 11-year-old mare Aphrodite van het Rexelhof.
Personal life and education
In May 2011, he graduated from the University of Miami, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), majoring in Mathematical economics & Finance. He also has a PhD in Economics & Strategy from Imperial College.
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