12 Oct 2017 - 16:00
Stage set for Hathab at Al Shaqab Arena
The inaugural edition of the QR1m league ‘Hathab’ will kick off at Al Shaqab this weekend with competitions set to be held in four categories in the opening round.
The Qatar Equestrian Federation (QEF) and Al Shaqab have joined hands to launch the new 12-leg series aimed at encouraging young riding talent in the country to scale new heights in showjumping.
Today veterinary check and Indoor Technical Meeting will take place which will be followed by two days of action.
It will be the first time that a points system will be implemented with defined participants for each class of competition.
In addition, prize money will be awarded to horse owners in order to encourage horse ownership and more Qataris to be involved with the sport.
Male and female riders will be allowed to compete together.
The vision for ‘Hathab’ is to be a national series of equestrian competitions to inspire Qatar’s next generation of international champions.
This will be a series for local riders to improve and become international competitors and will be the perfect platform to achieve that goal.
There will be a total of 12 competitions in the series which will be held either at Al Shaqab or Qatar Equestrian Federation premises. Seven events will be held at Al Shaqab and five at QEF’s Outdoor Arena.
The results of the competition will be used in the selection process of riders to represent Qatar in future international competitions.
In the Futures Riders Programme there will be competitions in two classes - showjumping and dressage.
Based on how the league unfolds, the organisers will increase the number of dressage competitions. FEI rules and regulations will be applied during all the competitions.
The series will be broadcast on Al Kass Sports Channel who are the media partners.