Spinneys Cup 2017: all you need to know

This year’s event promises another day of family fun in the sun

There are many things going on in the year that we look forward but a few are close to our heart; we’re talking about you, Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge and you, Eat Well Live Well Festival 2017. Completing the trifecta is the Spinneys Cup, a fun-filled day out promising prestigious equestrian events, face painting, cooking classes, live barbecue stations and more. Before you come along (and we really think you should), here is all you need to know about this year’s top outdoor family event.

What happened last year:

2016 was a raging success – food tastings went down a treat (there was even some fruit carving to brighten up your 10-a-day), families, couples and friends came together over competitive sports, our smooth mover bikes, a cute market space with lots of free product tastings and amazing cooking classes by our resident chef Mark Evans.

Where:

Desert Palm’s vast green spaces and shady, cool areas to hang out in make it the perfect spot.

The sport-side of things:

Each of the three sections make up what is called an ODE – one day event. This is where horse and rider take part in three disciplines and get scored accordingly; their final score is comprised of each phase.

Dressage: 8am
This equestrian sport is all about horse and rider performing a set of specific, predetermined movements that are scored by a panel of judges. A beautiful spectacle and definitely worth a watch, dressage competitors possess an enormous amount of skill, precision and control. Pas de deux (which you can watch at 1:15pm) is an exhibition requiring two horses and two riders, performing movements together.

Show jumping: 10am
Horses and riders are required to jump and clear a set of fences, all varying in height. Penalties are enforced if there is a refusal (the horse fails jump over) or a knock-down, which is where part of the obstacle is disturbed.

Cross country: 2pm
In a test of endurance, competitors must travel across a longer distance and clear certain obstacles, testing both accuracy and speed. Penalties are given if the horse refuses to jump over obstacles or if they are completed in the wrong order.

What to expect this year:

While the sporting events begin at 8am, families can enjoy lots of fun things in the Eat Well Live Well village starting from 9am. Free pony rides and face painting will ensure big smiles all round, live barbecue stations will set your taste buds on fire (if you’ve seen our recent grilling stations at Umm Suqeim, Motor City and Silicon Oasis, you’ll know that we love a little foodie test – we’d love to see if you can guess which grass-fed beef is which!). Yummy breakfast treats are also on the menu, so if you’re after a little caffeine pick-me-up or a delicious omelette and croissant to fill you up then we’ve got you covered.

Don’t miss out on all the fun, you can still sign up here.