DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is organising CHI AL SHAQAB 2016 from 2–5 March 2016 in Doha, Qatar.
The World's Number One Show Jumper Scott Brash is a confirmed entry at this prestigious annual equestrian event which is now in its fourth year and will be sponsored by ExxonMobil. Brash will compete against some of the world's highest ranking riders from the Middle East and other international riders from over 20 nations.
CHI AL SHAQAB is a significant event in the international equestrian calendar offering the highest level of competition with events in Jumping CSI 5* and CSI4*, Dressage CDI 5* and Para-Dressage. The 5* dressage event is the final opportunity for riders to gain the maximum amount of points for the Rio Olympic Individual Rider's ranking before the official cut-off date of 6th March. It also offers a record prize fund of 160,000. World's leading dressage riders will be competing in this event.
"CHI AL SHAQAB significantly contributes to the international equestrian sport and business community. Through events such as these, Al Shaqab aims to preserve and promote the Arabian equine heritage while promoting Qatar and the region,'' said Mr Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, Al Shaqab's Executive Director & CHI AL SHAQAB President.
"We are very happy to announce another page in the history of our partnership with CHI AL SHAQAB, which has become a flagship international equestrian event. I am confident that this year will be a stellar one for CHI AL SHAQAB and a wonderful experience for both competitors and spectators alike," said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manger for ExxonMobil Qatar.
Mr Omar Al Mannai, Event Director, CHI AL SHAQAB, said: ''The fourth edition of CHI AL SHAQAB promises to be the best one yet with record participation expected. The equestrian competitions always attract the crowds and are set to be the highlight of the event.''
Competing in the event, Sheikh Ali Al Thani, CSI 5* Show Jumper who is part of the Olympic Qatari Team said: ''CHI AL SHAQAB is the most anticipated annual equestrian event in the country. It's a phenomenal opportunity to be able to compete in this year's event."
About AL SHAQAB:
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Father Emir of the State of Qatar, founded AL SHAQAB in 1992 to preserve and further develop the Arabian horses in Qatar. AL SHAQAB is led by HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and encompasses an Endurance Team, a Breeding & Show division, and a Riding Academy.
In 2004, AL SHAQAB proudly became a member of Qatar Foundation. AL SHAQAB's mission is to be global leaders in preserving, improving and promoting the Arabian horse breed through setting the highest standard in breeding, show, equestrian arts and equine welfare while encouraging community participation.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organisation that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Qatar Foundation was co-founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QF's work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercialising solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar's heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.
For a complete list of QF's initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa
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