At a busy press conference, Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, Executive Director of AL SHAQAB, spoke of the importance of bringing a world class CHI event to Qatar. He explained how the world’s greatest riders and horses will compete before royalty, VIPs and more than 10,000 spectators.
Mr Al Qahtani said: “The inaugural CHI AL SHAQAB was a spectacular success, and this year will be even better. AL SHAQAB supports Qatar Foundation’s vision to promote the country’s heritage by showcasing its equestrian excellence.”
Omar Al Mannai, AL SHAQAB Competition Manager, revealed that this year’s tournament will see around 170 riders and 200 horses from 30 countries come together to compete for a total of 1,460,000euros in prize money. He also revealed that, alongside jumping, dressage and endurance, the competition will feature vaulting for the first time.
Fahad Al Hajri, Media Manager, pointed out that CHI AL SHAQAB, are working with the world’s media to achieve the highest standards in broadcast production in equine history.
Finally, Bart Cahir, President and General Manager of Exxon Mobile, confirmed that his company is again proud to be the main sponsor of CHI AL SHAQAB.
CHI AL SHAQAB is also sponsored by Qatar Airways and organized under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani. The 2013 tournament was the first CHI event ever to take place in the Middle East and Asia.
AL SHAQAB equestrian center was founded in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Father Emir of Qatar, to promote and enrich his nation’s traditional association with the Arabian horse. It is a member of Qatar Foundation and serves as the Gulf’s premier venue for equestrian education, breeding and events.
Journalists and other equine specialists are warmly invited to attend CHI AL SHAQAB 2014. For all attendance, interview and other media requests, please contact Laura Wrede (+974 55296773) or email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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