February 16, 2014 Qatar ~ AL SHAQAB has announced that Qatar will host the second Concours Hippique International CHI AL SHAQAB international equestrian competition from 10 – 15 March in Doha. Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, Executive Director of AL SHAQAB, spoke at a press conference of the importance of bringing a world-class CHI event to Qatar. He explained how the world’s greatest riders and horses will compete before royalty, VIPs and more than 10,000 spectators.
Mr Al Qahtani said: “The inaugural CHI AL SHAQAB was a spectacular success, and this year will be even better. AL SHAQAB supports Qatar Foundation’s vision to promote the country’s heritage by showcasing its equestrian excellence.”
Omar Al Mannai, AL SHAQAB Competition Manager, revealed that this year’s tournament will see around 170 riders and 200 horses from 30 countries come together to compete for a total of 1,460,000euros in prize money. He also revealed that alongside jumping, dressage and endurance, the competition will feature vaulting for the first time with American vaulters in the mix, Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer, and Alicen Divita.
Fahad Al Hajri, Media Manager, pointed out that CHI AL SHAQAB, are working with the world’s media to achieve the highest standards in broadcast production in equine history.
Bart Cahir, President and General Manager of Exxon Mobile, confirmed that his company is again proud to be the main sponsor of CHI AL SHAQAB.