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Publication Date:
08/10/18 11:50 AM

For Qataris & Residents A total of QAR1 million in prize money to be won


Doha, QATAR: Following a very successful launch season, which saw great but friendly rivalry between the local riders, Al Shaqab and Qatar Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the 2nd season of “HATHAB” – Qatar Equestrian Tour.

In the new season, , a team based competition has been added to “Hathab” to not only create a new class of competition but, more importantly, to further engage the community and businesses. Each team will consist of three riders and will represent one of the following sponsors:

Al Salam (Main sponsor)
Exon Mobil
AL Kass
Al Shaqab
Power Steel

“Hathab”, meaning “Canter” in Arabic, is an initiative of H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee. It is aimed at improving the standard of horse riding among Qatari youths while encouraging the involvement of private stables and individual horse owners to grow awareness of horsemanship as part of Qatar’s history and tradition.

The vision for Hathab is to be “a national series of equestrian competitions to inspire Qatar’s next generation of international champions”

The first competition of the new season will be held on 12 October 2018 at Qatar Equestrian Federation grounds. There will be a total of 12 competitions in the series which will be held either at Al Shaqab or Qatar Equestrian Federation. Results of the competition will be used in the selection process of riders to represent Qatar in future international competitions.

Competition details of Hathab are as follows:

Riding Disciplines: Show jumping & Dressage
Competition Categories:
1. Future Riders Program 6 – 12 years old
2. Children 12 – 14 years old
3. Junior (Small Tour) 14 – 18 years old
4. Young Rider (Medium Tour) 16 – 21 years old
5. Senior (Big Tour) Over 21 year old


Established in 1979, the Qatar Equestrian Federation (QEF) is dedicated to celebrating and encouraging the country’s equestrians. A member of the Federation Equestrian International (FEI) since 1980, QEF is focused on the advancement of good horsemanship, and good sportsmanship, in a family orientated environment.
By way of its visionary Board of Directors, QEF consistently delivers world-class events and fair play competition. Through enacting and enforcing rules and regulations in accordance with international standards, the Federation hosts dozens of annual events designed to permit its riders to develop and showcase their talent. QEF is committed to providing its riders with a safe learning environment and challenging stage. The Federation is steadfast in its dedication to fostering courage, confidence and commitment within its riders; and this dedication has catapulted Qatari athletes to the world stage. In recent years equestrians from the country have qualified for the Asian, Olympic and World Equestrian Games.


Since its establishment in 1992, AL SHAQAB’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading global centre for equine professionals while providing an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not only meant preserving, improving and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but also encouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
In 2004, AL SHAQAB became a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to continue its mission to promote the breeding and showing of Arabian horses, and to provide educational and competitive opportunities in the equestrian arts.
Today, AL SHAQAB’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980, 000 square metres. With a state-of-the-art Main Arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5000 spectators, AL SHAQAB is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.

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