His Highness The Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s vision when he established Al Shaqab in 1992 was to preserve and perpetuate the Arabian horse breed.
Not only in Qatar, but around the world. Unquestionably, this has been accomplished. Al Shaqab’s horses have won many awards in international Arabian horse shows. In particular, it has, to date, won seven world champion stallion trophies at Salon Du Cheval in Paris.
Al Shaqab’s breeding philosophy is to preserve the Arabian breed and to produce horses that are beautiful, athletic, and have great moral character and kindness. They must be physically strong to carry their riders to faraway places – just as they did in the past.
The breeding program is divided into three categories: International Arabian horses, combining all Arabian bloodlines; Straight Egyptian Arabians, as defined by The Pyramid Society; and the traditional Qatari bloodlines of the past.
Al Shaqab’s magnificent seven World Champion stallions spread over three generations – Gazal Al Shaqab; Marwan Al Shaqab; Al Adeed Al Shaqab; Kahil Al Shaqab; Hariry Al Shaqab; Fadi Al Shaqab; and Wadee Al Shaqab - are key to the program. Gazal Al Shaqab and his son, Marwan Al Shaqab, head the International Arabian section, while the late, Al Adeed Al Shaqab was universally recognized as possibly the finest Straight Egyptian on the planet. Their worth as sires has been proven as their progeny continue winning the most important Arabian horse show championships around the world.
While dedicated to using the valuable gene pool provided by these stallions and selected mares, Al Shaqab is always searching for additional bloodstock that will complement the current program and allow the farm to remain vital, productive, and relevant for the near and far term.
Al Shaqab’s place in history is already assured. However, it will never rest on laurels of the past. It will always strive to uphold the vision of His Highness The Father Emir – to breed the finest Arabian horses for Qatar and the world.
A new achievement has been recorded for Qatar in the 2023 Menton Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship
Qatar has added another victory to its numerous accomplishments in the field of Arabian horse shows, as Al Shaqab horses won the gold and silver medals during their participation in the Menton Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship held in France on June 24-25, 2023.
The Al Shaqab team had a remarkable performance at the Title Show in Katara, which took place from the 8th to the 11th of February 2023. The team achieved several outstanding results, with some of their horses triumphing in their respective classes and winning championships.
Al Shaqab (Member of Qatar Foundation) participated in the 38th All Nations Cup held in Aachen, Germany from September 24-25, 2022. Al Shaqab and 2-year-old D Besian – D Beisan won the gold medal and the title of Junior Fillies Championship (Class JFC), 2 Years Old.
Al Shaqab member of Qatar Foundation claimed the gold title as a part of its participation in Elran Arabian Cup 2022 Arabian Horse Show held in Belgium.
Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, enjoyed great success at the 2022 Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championship, with Safiat Al Shaqab, Hader Al Shaqab and D Besian – D Beisan who entertained the crowd with their physique in this international tournament in Manton - Menton, France.