The prestigious title show, part of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF) featuring magnificent purebred Arabians, began yesterday at Cultural Village Foundation, Katara. Colts and fillies in the yearling and junior categories competed in qualifying rounds.
The show commenced in the presence of a number of Their Excellencies, led by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Olympic Committee, HE Sheikh Thani bin Hamad Al Thani, and HE Sheikh Al Qaqa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, as well as several heads and members of diplomatic missions to Qatar, including HE Tayeb Debd Robleh, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti, and His Excellency Patrick Cornell Ananda, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya.
His Excellency Prof. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara, and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, gave away the prizes to winners of the qualifying rounds. The competition was stiff as the participating horses displayed their beauty and grace, winning the hearts of the viewers. The qualifying rounds will continue on 4 February with fillies and colts competing in the three- and four-to-six-year old categories.
LIST OF FINALISTS – 3 FEBRUARY
Class 1A yearling fillies:
1st – Jalyla AT (Mahder Al Jamal x Jayda Alrabi), owned by Al Thumama Stud, 91.25 points
2nd – Namah Al Shahania (Na’Mous Al Shahania x Anwar Al Shahania), owned by Al Shahania Stud, 90.83 points
3rd – Maaly (S.M.A. Magic One x MB Doha), owned by Ebrahim bin Yusuf Al Rumaihi, 90.33 points
Class 1B yearling fillies:
1st – Rafeef Al Shaqab (Al Rashed Al Rayyan x Shaikha Al Shaqab), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 91.33 points
2nd – Tibrah Al Nasser (Cavalli x Salsabil Al Nasser), owned by Al Nasser Stud, 90.75 points won by type)
3rd – Shadia Al Nasser (Naseem Al Rashediah x Bdour Al Nasser), owned by Al Jazeel Stud, 90.75 points
Class 2A two-year old fillies:
1st – Celine AH Stud (FA El Rasheem x Magnolia NWA0), owned by Al-Hazm Stud, 91.75 points
2nd – Jazi Al Ashwa (Egaab Al Rayyan x Mayar Al Waab), owned by Ghanem Muhammad Saleh Al-Khayarin, 91.42 points
3rd – Asia Al Jassim (Kahil Al Shaqab x Abha Zainab), owned by Al Jassim Stud, 91.33 points
Class 2B two-year old fillies:
1st – Falak Al Shaqab (Enotri EEA x JJ Farabella), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 91.5 points
2nd – Ghaliah Al Kheesa (S.M.A. Magic One x Shania NWA), owned by Ghanem Mubarak Nasser Zamil Al Kuwari, 90.75 points
3rd – Rose KAS (Zeus EA x Remarqable Melody), owned by Al Reeh Stud, 90.42 points
Class 4A yearling colts:
1st – Areeb Al Nasser (Naseem Al Rashediah x Loulou Al Nasser), owned by Al Nasser Stud, 91.25 points
2nd – Ghaith Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x Wijdan Al Shaqab), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 90.5 points
3rd – Harqan Al Shaqab (Wadee Al Shaqab x Sharifa Al Shaqab), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 90.25 points
Areeb Al Nasser. Credit Elena Vignato & Arabian Essence
Class 4B yearling colts:
1st – AG Noble Rafee (FA El Rasheem x AG Sahhara Gazal), owned by Kaheel Stud, 91 points
2nd – Zubayr Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x Torfa Al Shaqab), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 90 points
3rd – Baghdad Alhazza (Fadi Al Shaqab x Batlah Al Shahania), owned by Al Hazza Stud, 89.75 points
Class 5A two-year old colts:
1st – Murana’s Nader (Emerald J x Murana’s Nabila Ox), owned by Guy Jamar, 92.58 points
2nd – Wadee Aljassimya (Wadee Al Shaqab x Just Love Aljassimya), owned by Aljassimya Stud, 91.75 points
3rd – Gazwan Al Sraiya (Fadi Al Shaqab x Bidaya Al Sraiya), owned by Al Sraiya Stud, 91.33 points
Class 5B two-year old colts:
1st – Hader Al Shaqab (Enotri EEA x Hayam Al Shaqab), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 92.08 points
2nd – Saa’id Al Shaqab (S.M.A. Magic One x Fouz Al Shaqab), owned by Al Shaqab, Member of Qatar Foundation, 91.42 points
3rd – Afas Al Rayyan (Ezz Aldanat x Sulima Al Rayyan), owned by Al Rayyan Farm, 90.42 points
KIAHF is organised by Katara in cooperation with Qatar Equestrian Federation, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, and Qatar Foundation for Education, Culture, and Science. The sponsors 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.
Sami Jassim Al-Boenain, an equestrian expert and former President of the International Federation of Purebred Arabian Horse Racing Authorities and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Arabian Horse Association (WAHO), expressed his appreciation for Qatar’s strong leadership and Katara’s proficient handling of the Festival. He reiterated that the competition was expected to be fierce with the participation of the finest horses from 12 countries.
The cultural and entertainment activities held alongside the title show include saddle painting, 3D painting, equestrian-art related exhibitions, and kiosks featuring equine equipment. The brightly lit streets illuminated with Arabian-style lighting and the various entertainment activities organized for visitors give the global village an air of festivity.
To ensure the safety of all concerned, Covid-19 protocols have been put in place. Visitors must show ‘green’ status on their Ehteraz App to be permitted in. They must wear their masks at all times and ensure that they maintain a safe social distance of 2m.
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.