Posted on February 29, 2016

CHI AL SHAQAB 2016 will play host to the opening event of the “Doha Tour.” The first part of this prestigious competition will be at CSI3* level and will run concurrently with the other international competitions taking place in the spectacular arena here at Al Shaqab. Doha Tour is the first of its kind in the Arab World. For the first time, this year’s program will involve three legs of the competition being staged at three different venues. It is a competition open to riders from all over the world but is expected to attract a number of Qatari and Saudi competitors of different skill levels.

For Arab riders, it is part of the Arab League rankings for the 2016 World Cup Final to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of March. The Doha Tour features CSI3 *and CSI 4* competitions for elite riders but there is also a CSI2* competition for young and up-coming riders to score points and gain experience. The Qatar Equestrian Federation will host the second leg from 10th-12th March which will offer a CSI2* and a CSI4* competition. The third and final event takes place at Katara where, again, there will be a CSI2* and a CSI4* competition from 24-26th March. The championship trophy will be awarded to the overall winning rider who has won the most points over the three events.

Qatar is widely considered as an emerging nation in the equestrian world, particularly in the sport of show jumping. The Qatar Equestrian Federation (QEF) was established in 1979 and recognized by the International Equestrian Federation as the nation’s official governing body. The QEF’s objective is to promote and support equestrian sport and the nation’s equestrian athletes as well as encouraging new talents. Towards this end, they have been delivering world class events and with Qatar qualifying for the Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro in August this year, the number of such competitions held in Doha has increased. This is so that national riders can gain maximum exposure to competitions in the build-up to Rio 2016.