|Aged 30, Qabil is currently South East Asia’s Champion both in Showjumping and Dressage. He achieved this by winning 4 Gold Medals at 2001 KL South East Asian Games. He followed this up with a successful defense of his showjumping title at the 2005 Manila SEA Games and recently four Gold medals at the SEA Games in Thailand 2007. At the Asian Games, He has won 2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals.
Qabil was named as the most outstanding male athlete of the entire 21st SEA Games. He was named Olympian of the Year 2001 by The Olympic Council of Malaysia. In 2002 he qualified for The World Equestrian Games and also was part of the Bronze Medal Showjumping team at the 14th Asian Games in Korea. After winning the SEA World Cup League for a second time in 2003, Qabil became the first Malaysian to compete at the FEI World Cup Finals. He has won 5 SEA World Cup titles and qualified for the World Cup Finals.
His love for horses started at the age of 10 as a weekend hobby. In 1992 he started competing at National Dressage competitions and was trained by an Australian trainer, Jenny Brockman. The following year he was trained by a German trainer, Reiner Kramer for about 3 years from Prelim level up till Prix St. George. He first represented Malaysia in dressage competitions in 1995. Later that year he was in the Malaysian Dressage team which won the Bronze medal at The 15th South East Asian Games in Thailand. In 1998, at the 13th Asian Games he was part of the Dressage team winning the Silver medal.
Qabil started showjumping seriously in 1995 when he competed in several national junior jumping competitions. At that time he was coached by a Canadian, Frank Selinger. In the following years he competed internationally in Spruce Meadows Calgary, Canada and also the United States. In the early part of 1997 he moved to Europe to compete in France under the guidance of French International rider Edouard Couperie. The year after he moved to Belgium and competed in several International competitions around Europe and was then coached by New Zealand’s Olympic rider Bruce Goodin. In the same year he competed in several Nations Cup and the World Cup qualifiers held in South East Asia. In 1999 he started competing in some of the Grand Prix events around Europe. In that same year he competed in the World Cup B Final held in Germany and was placed overall second.
2001 was a watershed year for Qabil. At the South East Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur, won four gold medals, the most of any male athlete at the games. He led Malaysia to gold medals in team dressage and team showjumping. He also won the individual dressage and jumping titles. He was recognized by the South East Asian Games Federation as the most outstanding male athlete at the games, and was later named Malaysia’s Olympian of the Year.
Qabil became the first man to defend his SEA Games showjumping crown when he won the 4 Gold Medals at the Korat SEA Games 2007.
He now trains and competes locally and sometimes goes to Europe to train and compete. His goal is to represent the country in the coming Olympic Games.