Known as the Hollywood of the equestrian world, CHI (Concours Hippique International - International Equestrian Competition) AL SHAQAB hosted its fifth equestrian competition this weekend and concluded with an exciting Grand Prix finale. This year’s CHI AL SHAQAB was the most diverse to date, with 153 riders and 224 horses representing more than 30 countries. The three-day competition consisted of three different equestrian events: show jumping, dressage, and para-dressage.
Qatar’s Salman Mohammed AS Al Emadi and his brother Khalid Mohammed AS Al Emadi both secured wins in the 3* jumping category.
Scott Brash from Britain took home the final 5* jumping Grand Prix win. Spencer Wilton from Britain won the 5* dressage Grand Prix Special, and Isabelle Werth from Germany secured both first place in the 5* dressage Grand Prix freestyle as well as the 5* dressage Grand Prix.
Khalifa Al Attiya, President of CHI AL SHAQAB and Executive Director of AL SHAQAB, said, "This year's CHI AL SHAQAB was the best yet, with both the riders and their horses living up to their world-class status. CHI AL SHAQAB is an important event for the local community as well, and we were pleased to see so many families enjoying the Festival Area. This year’s CHI AL SHAQAB has truly had something for everyone. Qatar has a strong equestrian heritage, and we are proud to help preserve that important part of our culture through CHI AL SHAQAB.”
Despite the scattered rain over the weekend, visitors to CHI AL SHAQAB enjoyed a dedicated entertainment zone in the Festival Area, including interactive video games, virtual reality sets, F1 and horse simulators, face painters, illusionists, pony rides and a daycare center for toddlers. A range of cultural activities were also offered, including henna painters, falcon handlers, and traditional food to enable visitors to experience true Qatari hospitality.
ExxonMobil was the gold sponsor of CHI AL SHAQAB 2017, and Woqod was the silver sponsor. Qatar Airways, St. Regis Hotel, Aspetar and Nasser Bin Khaled were also partners with AL SHAQAB for the event.
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