The fourth day of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, witnessed the successful conclusion of the qualifying rounds of the Title Show yesterday. The competing mares and stallions, aged seven years and older, were indeed in a class of their own, displaying their majestic splendour and they left the spectators spellbound.
Despite the foggy weather conditions, the prestigious title show continued to draw many visitors and equine enthusiasts. The Championship round of the title show will be held on 6 February as the finalists of the different classes compete, and it will include a spectacular closing ceremony.
Scott Bailey photo
Several dignitaries, including HE Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Justice and Minister of State for the Council of Ministers Affairs; HE Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance; and heads of diplomatic missions from Algeria, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Republic of Albania, Republic of Uruguay, and the Central African Republic, all attended the event. His Excellency Prof. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, honoured the sponsors of the festival for their support and partnership.
The Organising Committee honour the sponsors of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival
Bader Mohammed Al-Darwish, Title Show Manager and Secretary-General of the Asian Equestrian Federation, commented on the outstanding performances of the horses owned by Al Shaqab – Member of Qatar Foundation, Al Jassimya Farm, Al Nasser Stud, Al Rayyan Stud, and Al Shahania Stud, owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani. Bader Mohammed Al-Darwish pointed out that the horses were undoubtedly world class. He also noted with happiness that the title show had attracted the participation of several studs and individual owners from Qatar in the very first edition of KIAHF.
The Festival has featured several attractions, including art exhibitions, 3D paintings, an equine-related postal stamp exhibition, and various entertainment activities. Besides the incredible show of the competing Arabians, visitors can look forward to a grand closing ceremony and a surprise show. Activities for the final day will include an auction by Qatar-based auction house, AlBahie. The auction house has been featuring several equine-related works of art, titled Al-Aseel, created by international artists.
The sponsors of KIAHF 2021 include diamond partner, Nasser Bin Khaled Group; platinum partner, Qatar Insurance Group; exclusive banking partner, Al Ahli Bank; telecom partner, Vodafone; diamond partner, Ali Bin Ali; media partner, Alkass; official airline partner, Qatar Airways; and social media partner, Qommunication.
List of finalists from 5 February
Sundown KA – KIAHF photo
Class 8A seven-to-ten-year old mares:
1st – Galerida (Shanghai EA x Galilea), owned by Al Thumama Stud, 92.75 points
2nd – Fattam Al Nasser (RFI Farid x Sarah Al Nasser), owned by Al Asayel Stud, 92.42 points
3rd – Mounira J (Emerald J x Magnificent Lady J), owned by Kaheel Stud, 91.75 points
Noft Al Nayfat. Scott Bailey photo
Class 8B seven-to-ten-year old mares:
1st – Noft Al Nayfat (Ajman Moniscione x Eagleridge Passionata), owned by Aljassimya Farm, 94.17 points
2nd – Baviera HVP (Marwan Al Shaqab x HB Bessolea), owned by Sheikh Al Qaqa bin Hamad Kh H Al Thani, 92.67 points (won by movement)
3rd – Aijana (Ajman Moniscione x Mikaella PIN), owned by Al Shaqab – Member of Qatar Foundation, 92.67 points
Rihab Al Nasser – Scott Bailey photo
Class 9 mares aged 11 years and over:
1st – Rihab Al Nasser (Marwan Al Shaqab x Remal Al Nasser), owned by Al Nasser Stud, 93.17 points
2nd – Piacenza (QR Marc x Primawera), owned by Al Shahania Stud, 92.83 points
3rd – Wasa (WH Justice x Waresa), owned by Nasser Mohammed Al Hajri, 92.17 points
Piacenza – Scott Bailey photo
Class 11 seven-to-ten-year old stallions:
1st – Sundown KA (QR Marc x L Serenella), owned by Aljassimya Farm, 94 points
2nd – Falah Al Shaqab (Fadi Al Shaqab x Joseph Just Emotion, owned by Al Shaqab – Member of Qatar FoundationF, 92.17 points
3rd – EKS Mansour (EKS Alihandro x EKS Phateena), owned by Al Shahania Stud, 91.92 points
Falah Al Shaqab – Scott Bailey photo
Class 12 stallions aged 11 years and over:
1st – Fadi Al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra), owned by Al Shaqab – Member of Qatar Foundation, 91.75 points
2nd – Al Milan (Al Lahab x Milena), owned by Nasser Mohammed Al Hajr, 90.83 points
3rd – Om El Sanadeed (Om El Shahmaan x Om El Jinaah( , owned by Al Reeh Stud, 90.5 points
Fadi Al Shaqab – Scott Bailey photo
The championships start at 4pm local time on 6 February.
Cultural Village Foundation, Katara
Cultural Village Foundation is an exceptional project of hope for human interaction through art and cultural exchange – a project made possible thanks to the inspired vision, solid faith, and wise leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar.
Keeping pace with the emerging global culture that emphasizes the importance of diversity in human development, Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries, and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities.
In line with the goals set forward by the Qatar National Vision 2030, Katara serves as a guardian to the heritage and traditions of Qatar and endeavours to spread awareness about the importance of every culture and civilization and as such, Katara hosts international, regional, and local festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibitions.
The idea of Katara
Katara was born out of a long-held vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon, a lighthouse of art, radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions, and exhibitions.
This village shall be a glimpse of the future of a world where people of different cultural backgrounds overcome their national boundaries and embrace common causes to promote a united humanity.
Katara is where the grace of the past meets the splendour of the future.