Qatar Equestrian Federation gears up for a busy season
The competition horse auction held in the Qatar Equestrian Federation of Modern Pentathlon (QEFMP) indoor arena last weekend marked the start of the annual calendar of the new equestrian sport season of the Qatar.
The 2021/2022 season will feature various events ranging from show jumping championships to flat races, horse shows and the second edition of the Al Nashaab Championship.
The fifth edition of the Qatar Equestrian Tour – Longines Hathab will start on October 15 and will feature a total of 14 different stages, including show jumping, dressage and the Future Riders events. All events will be organized in coordination between QEFMP and Al Shaqab of the Qatar Foundation.
A number of high level championships will be organized throughout the season. The FEI World Dressage Challenge will be held on February 21, 2022 when the QEFMP welcomes elite dressage riders. Another flagship event of the season is the Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab presented by Longines, which will feature show jumping, dressage and para dressage between February 24-26, 2022.
The month of February will conclude with the HH The Amir Sword Show Jumping Championships, organized by QEFMP in partnership with Al Shaqab of QF and which coincide with the HH The Amir Sword Festival, organized by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC ).
Early March will be the time for the Longines Global Champions Tour, which is one of the most successful and exciting show jumping championships in the world. It will be held at the Longines arena in Al Shaqab from March 4 to 6.
The flat racing season, organized by QREC, will see a leap forward this season with race days increased to 70 races. The Al Ghariya Cup Day will be the inaugural meeting of the season and will take place on October 13, 2021. The races will take place at the Al Rayyan and Al Uqda racetracks with key meetings including the HH The Amir Sword Festival, HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa al-Thani Trophy, HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa al-Thani Trophy, HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani Rifle, Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohamed Al-Thani Trophy (National Day Trophy), Qatar Gold Sword and Qatar International Derby Festival.
In addition, the QREC horse show season will feature three auctions, seven national and international shows as well as the 2nd Katara International Arab Horse Festival and the 3rd Souq Waqif International Arab Horse Festival.
On the other hand, the second edition of the Al Nashaab Championship, which will be co-hosted by the QEFMP and the Horse Archery Equestrian Sport Center, will feature three tours during the new season, demonstrating the focus put on this traditional type of equestrian sports. The appropriate season finale will be the final Hathab Tour on May 20, 2022.