Equestrian events can now be added to Qatar’s Winter World Cup extravaganza, with officials confirming that the country will host several events for fans to see during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Omar Al Mannai, Commercial Manager of Al Shaqab, stated that the country’s equestrian center will be open to visitors during the World Cup tournament.
Al Shaqab, which has hosted several international and regional tournaments over the last decade, was singled out by Al Mannai as a symbol of Qatar’s equestrian heritage.
Tour de Longines Hathab
The ongoing Longines Hathab tour is currently taking place at Al Shaqab and will run throughout the World Cup, concluding in April of next year.
Tours began on September 2nd and are organized in a series of 14 individual and team competitions divided into various events such as show jumping and dressage.
Mohammed Khalifa Albaker took first place over the weekend after winning the Open Class title in the tour’s second round.
The event attracted people of all ages, with 14-year-old Haya Khalid Al Hitmi taking first place in the Junior Small category.
Al Shaqab’s History
Al Shaqab’s equestrian heritage stretches back to 1992, with the Father Amir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s mission of wanting to preserve the Arabian horse breed.
With its powerful health and robust strength, the Arabian horse dominates today’s equestrian sport. It dates back to the country’s pastime, when Bedouins used horses for transportation, economy, and battle.
Al Shaqab’s mission over the years has developed to empower and inform the local community about the sport of horseriding while also growing its global presence in equestrian riding.
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