Qatar horses make a strong impression as the KIAHF 2022 Peninsula Horse Show heads to the final
The Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF 2022) continued to showcase the region’s best thoroughbreds as part of the Arabian Peninsula Horse Show on day three of the 11-day event.
The event was marked by beautiful pyrotechnic lights between shows, adding to the splendor of KIAHF’s main arena on the Katara Esplanade.
The second edition of KIAHF is organized by Katara – the Cultural Village Foundation in association with the Qatar Equestrian Federation, Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club and the Qatar Foundation. It carries a total prize of QR 17,083,500, including QR 3,093,500 for the Arabian Peninsula show which features 239 horses from five countries.
KIAHF 2022 continues until February 12 with the participation of 11 countries, including the United States and some from Europe.
On Friday, thoroughbred mares and stallions were presented in six categories, from four to 11 years old. Horses with a beautiful mane and a “skirt” at the tail, impressive eyes, body movements, grace and muscles have won over horse owners, breeders, trainers and horse lovers.
While the mares possessed incredible poise, poise and beauty, the stallions displayed structure, strength and excellent type.
Qatar’s horses continued to excel with horses from Al Shahania Stud, Al Shaqab and Al Waab Farm emerging in the top three in today’s opening Mares 7 to10 Years – Class 8A class. Ehsan Al Shahania finished first, Mashhoorah Al Shaqab second and Majda Al Waab third.
Al Rayyan Farm horses stood out in the Mares 7 to 10 Years Old – Class 8B class with Menouah Al Rayyan standing out. Last horse to enter the arena, she was impressive and rose to the top with the highest score.
Salma Al Bawady with her beautiful eyes and impressive mane finished a close second, while Nawaal Al Rayyan finished third in this category.
In Mares 11 Years Old and Over – Class 9, Nardene Al Naif, owned by Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser al-Thani, was judged first.
Basheer Al Waab, owned by Sheikh Meshaal Issa TI al-Thani, placed first in the 4 to 6 year old stallions (class 10A).
Nhaar Al Nasser of Al Nasser Stud dominated the 4 to 6 year old Stallion category (Class 10B).
Ali al-Rumaihi, deputy director of the KIAHF Title Show and general secretary of the Qatar Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon Federation, said the qualifying rounds of the KIAHF Peninsula Show saw great participation from horse owners from Qatar and the outside. The competition is strong and tight, with decimal points making the difference in the standings. He expected the later laps to be more exciting.
Al-Rumaihi pointed out that the KIAHF contests are supervised by an international jury of 11 judges with long experience in the field of refereeing. The KIAHF is subject to arbitration systems according to precise standards and clear rules recognized worldwide by Ecaho (European Conference of Arab Horse Organisations).
This ensures the integrity of the competitions and the structure of the festival, he stressed.
He wished success to all participants in KIAHF 2022, which is also one of the key aspects of sports tourism in the country as it is characterized by various activities that reflect Qatar’s equestrian heritage.
Saturday will see the Arabian Peninsula Horse Show championship classes starting at 4pm in the following order: Yearling Fillies Championship (YFC Class); Yearling Championships (YCC Class); Junior Fillies Championship (JFC Class); Junior Foal Championship (JCC Class); Senior Mares Championship (SMC class); and Senior Stallion Championship (SSC Class).
2022 KIAHF Arabian Peninsula Equestrian Competition Results (Day 3)
* Mares 7 to 10 years old – Class 8A
1. Ehsan Al Shahania: 92.44 pts
2. Mashhoorah Al Shaqab: 92.25 pts
3. Majda Al Waab: 91.69 pts
* Mares 7 to 10 years old – Class 8B
1. Menouah Al Rayyan: 92.93 pts
2. Salma Al Bawady: 92.86 pts
3. Nawaal Al Rayyan: 92.07 pts
* Mares 11 years and over – Class 9
1. Nardene Al Naif: 93.06 pts
2. Elisa: 93.00 points
3. Sulima Al Rayyan: 92.81 pts
* Stallions from 4 to 6 years old (Class 10A)
1. Basher Al Waab: 91.81 pts
2. Efreen Al Rayyan: 91.38 pts
3. Al Adeed Laffan: 91.19 pts
* Stallions from 4 to 6 years old (Class 10B)
1. Nhaar Al Nasser: 92.50 pts
2. Aseel Al Jassasiya: 91.81 pts
3. Hejaazi Al Rayyan: 91.56 pts