Mr. Jassim Mohammed Ali Al Meadadi from Qatar was the first over the finish line riding Shabbab in the 120km ride for a piece of the total prize money of EUR 200,000, the second largest prize at CHI AL SHAQAB 2014. 59 riders were entered in the competition held at Messaeed at the Endurance Village.
Winner Jassim said: “I’m so happy. We prepared for two months for the race. My horse ran 80km three weeks ago and he was perfect. He was healthy and he had power and again today he gave me what I needed. Jassim, who did well in the European Championships in 2011 in France explained it’s better to win at home in Qatar. “Abroad I want to fly the flag for Qatar, here I won for myself”.
Speaking about race conditions, Rashid Al Jehani, Endurance Discipline Manager said: “At the start of the race it was very cold, but then it got very hot and we saw several riders withdraw as it became too tough for their horses.”
1st Place – Mr.Jassim Mohammed Ali Al Meadadi of Qatar on Shabbab
2nd Place – Mr. Abdulrahman Saad A Al Sulaiteen of Qatar on Ymel de la Valiere
3rd Place – Mr.Bilal Bassam Shawqi Al Kharraz of the United States on Fireflash LNW
CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 was held from 10 -15 March in Doha. The six days of events were sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar Airways, and organized under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani.
Other events included Show Jumping CSI3*, Dressage, and Vaulting. On the final day Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum took the top spot in the 1.60m Grand Prix Special show jumping and Princess Nathalie Zu Sayn Wittgenstein from Denmark won the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage. Qatari rider Hamad Nasser Al Qadi won the CSI 3* Grand Prix jumping.
This year’s tournament welcomed over 170 riders and 200 horses from 30 countries that competed for a total of Euros1,460,000 in prize money.