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Excitement and anticipation abound at CHI AL SHAQAB 2016

Publication Date:
23/09/20 12:00 AM

During the last three days, incredible efforts have been exerted by the world’s top riders to secure advanced positions in the competition, which is now just one day away from the Grand Prix’s in the three disciplines of Dressage, Para-Dressage, and Jumping.

 During the last three days, incredible efforts have been exerted by the world’s top riders to secure advanced positions in the competition, which is now just one day away from the Grand Prix’s in the three disciplines of Dressage, Para-Dressage, and Jumping.

 

On Friday 4th March, Day Three began with Para-Dressage riders achieving impressive results as the grounds of Al Shaqab slowly began to fill up with spectators. By mid-afternoon, a packed house created an electric atmosphere as Doha Tour – Jumping took place in the arena, with no fewer than 25 Qatari riders cheered on by the lively home crowd. The day wrapped up with an enthralling Jumping (CSI5*) competition, which continued until 9pm.

 

Commenting on the third day of competition, Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, Executive Director of Al Shaqab and President of CHI AL SHAQAB 2016, said: “We are extremely pleased with the positive feedback we have received through the Organising Committee from participating international riders, who have expressed their pleasure at participating in CHI AL SHAQAB 2016, and clearly enjoyed the opportunity to discover the deep correlation between horsemanship and traditional Qatari culture and heritage. The riders have been effusive in their praise of the successful organisation and management of the event."

 

"Everyone is eagerly anticipating the competitions that are due to take place on the final day, the culmination of CHI AL SHAQAB 2016, which we already regard as a huge success by any standard. We will continue to build on this success in the coming years,” added Mr Al Qahtani.

 

An impressive turnout of enthusiastic members of the public made for a vibrant atmosphere, and it was clear that the skilled performances from world-leading equestrians created a deep impression on the visitors. While the outdoor arena audience loudly applauded every successful jump, a hushed crowd assembled in the indoor arena watching in admiration at the harmony and artistry on display during the Dressage and Para-Dressage events.

 

"The artistic, highly impressive Para-Dressage and Dressage performances, which dominated the schedule on the third day of CHI AL SHAQAB 2016, were very enjoyable, as dressage reveals the intensity of the deep level of harmony between rider and horse,” said Omar Al-Mannai, Event Director of CHI AL SHAQAB 2016. “We have also enjoyed great public support during these competitions, which proves that the equestrian sport is firmly rooted in the minds and hearts of the people of Qatar, and deeply linked with its history and culture."

 

The fourth and final day of competition at CHI AL SHAQAB 2016 will begin on Saturday 5th March at 8am with Para-Dressage, followed by the Dressage Grand Prix Special, with prizes totalling USD $160,000. After the fifth and final round of Doha Tour, the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle will start at 2:30pm. The day will conclude with the Jumping Grand Prix at 7:30pm in the outdoor arena. A capacity crowd is expected for this fitting finale to a hugely successful CHI AL SHAQAB 2016.

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