Team Harmony, a stable created by His Majesty King Hussein in 1994, was always very much a family project. It’s original colours were burgundy and navy but later the black and gold livery was chosen by the late King Hussein to match the Royal Jordanian Airlines, and a string of international showjumpers were purchased to compete internationally, with a view to eventually creating a breeding programme to produce Harmony Sport Horses.
HRH Princess Haya competed regionally in the Middle East through the 1980’s and early 1990’s. She became the first female member of the Equestrian Team in Jordan, in Damascus, Syria in 1992 was the first Arab woman to win an individual Pan Arab Medal in Equestrianism.
In 1995, Princess Haya set up a training base with Alain Storme and the late Paul Darragh in Ireland. Princess Haya made her international debut in Monte Carlo CSI-A. After Team Harmony’s first season in 1996, which finished in Olympia London CSI-W, the late King Hussein was leading owner on the European circuit, with his Harmony horses winning 36 International classes, 2 national Grand Prix (Cavan, Dùn Laoghaire IRE) and 7 International Grand Prix’s (CSI-A) and one Volvo World Cup Qualifier (Seville, Spain). In 1997, Princess Haya moved to Germany to train with Paul Schockemöhle.
Tragically, His Majesty King Hussein passed away on the 7th of February 1999, after an eight-month battle with cancer. That same year, Princess Haya moved to Holland for six months with Dutch team trainer Hans Horn. He and his family helped set up her final move to train with Katie Monahan Prudent and Alice Debany Clero in Paris to prepare her for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Princess Haya signed a commercial sponsorship contract with Loro Piana and competed under their colors with the Loro Piana team between 1999 and 2001. The team then consisted of Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Lars Nieberg (GER), and Roberto Arioldi (ITA). Princess Haya continued to train with Alice Debany Clero until the end of 2001. She went to the World Equestrian Games in Jerez 2002, coached by the late Paul Darragh.
Team Harmony was the proud sponsor of some wonderfully talented riders over the years: Abdel Kader Said (EGY), Ibrahim Bisharat and Raad Nasser from Jordan, Jos Lansink, François Mathy Jr (BEL), John Whitaker (GBR), as well as Richard Davison and his son Joe Davison (GBR), Peter Maloney (IRE), and Anna Julia Conto (FIN).
Great horses Team Harmony has owned include Cera 1, Scandal, Come On, Cero, President, Rock N’Roll, Quid Pro Quo, Some Day, Ornellaia, Ares, Star Dust, Havana M.
In 2023, Princess Haya and her children, Sheikha Al Jalila and Sheikh Zayed, are delighted to realise the Late King Hussein’s dream of creating a Team Harmony breeding programme. The family passion continues, with the stallion President, and broodmares Ornellaia, Havana M, Irenice Horta, Kronchen, Comet, Catch Me, some of whom were part of Team Harmony as competition horses, or of the same bloodlines originally owned by His Majesty.
Princess Haya, Sheikha Al Jalila and Sheikh Zayed all continue to love being around horses and riding and they look forward to one day seeing the Team Harmony horses they have bred in the international arena.
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein 2022