Al Shaqab Breeding & Show, member of Qatar Foundation, closed off their 2010 show campaign with much pride and success for the year’s accomplishments.
The Al Shaqab horses and team collected a total of 21 titles across the Gulf, Europe and United States. Spectacular achievements such as winning World Silver Champion Colt and U.S. Egyptian Event Supreme Male and Female titles were just some of the highlights of 2010.
Mohammed Al-Sulaiti, Manager of the Breeding and Show Department, said their achievements were the result of full support and encouragement from the Board of Directors chaired by HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and administration led by Director Fahad Saad Al Qahtani.
Sulaiti gave credit to all his team and his advisers Abdulla Al Kuwairi and Ali Abdulla Al Misnad in the Breeding and Show department.
The 2010 year started off with great success in the Middle East/Gulf region show season, beginning with Fadi Al Shaqab (Besson Carol x Abha Myra) capturing Champion Colt honors at the Al Khalediah Arabian Horse Festival in Al Khalediah, K.S.A. Shamah Al Shaqab brought home a Silver Champion Filly title from the Abu Dhabi International, followed by Kahil Al Shaqab representing in his home country with a Champion Colt win at the Qatar International.
The United States show season kicked off with Marwan Al Shaqab named the Leading Halter Sire of the prestigious Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, Az. In April, Negma Al Shaqab made her big show career return, after a 10-year absence from the ring, at the Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas, being named Reserve Champion Mare at age 14.
In May, in Wels, Austria, the European show season started for Al Shaqab at the Austrian International Championships, having Amir Al Shaqab awarded the Champion Colt title and the Most Beautiful Head trophy.
Al Shaqab had an incredible June, capturing titles in the United States and Europe at three different shows. Faraa Al Shaqab qualified for the US Nationals by winning Champion Junior Stallion at the Region 9 Championships in Texas. Fadi Al Shaqab secured his place in the World Championships with his honors of Gold Champion Colt at the Mediterranean & Arab Countries Championships in Menton, France. However, the highlight of June was Al Shaqab’s domination of the United States Egyptian Event in Lexington, KY. With only four Al Shaqab horse contenders, the team walked away with Farhood Al Shaqab as Champion Junior Stallion and Supreme Champion Male, Negma Al Shaqab as Champion Senior Mare and Supreme Champion Female, Laian Al Shaqab as Reserve Champion Junior Filly, and the 4-6 years old Mares class win by Nouf Al Shaqab.
Late summer incorporated European shows where Dawlah Al Shaqab was honored with Reserve Champion Filly and Aadel Al Shaqab was awarded Bronze Champion Colt at the European Egyptian Event in July. In September, Kahil Al Shaqab was named Silver Champion Colt at the All Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany.
In October, the United States National Championships yielded a Reserve Champion Senior Mare title for Negma Al Shaqab and a Top Ten Junior Stallion title for Faraa Al Shaqab.
The Qatar National Championships is always the beginning of the Middle East/ Gulf region show season that leads into the new year and is always a fun showcase of new prospects for the coming year. The 2010 Qatar National Championships proved just that as Dirar Al Shaqab was awarded Gold Champion Colt, SWF Valencia was named Reserve Champion Mare, Nader Al Shaqab the Silver Champion Colt and Bashir Al Shaqab brought home the Bronze Champion Colt title.
The year came to a close in Paris, France, at the Salon du Cheval where the World Arabian Horse Championships are held. Fadi Al Shaqab won the split of his Junior Colts class, followed the next day by being honored as the World Silver Champion Junior Colt. Fadi Al Shaqab’s grandsire, Marwan Al Shaqab, was named as the show’s Leading Sire for the fourth year in a row. As Leading Sire, Marwan Al Shaqab had the highest amount of progeny capture gold, silver or bronze titles in the championships. In the Senior Male championship, the gold, silver and bronze medals were all awarded to Marwan Al Shaqab sons.
As part of the 30th anniversary of the World Arabian Horse Championship Show, awards were given to honor the farms that have won the most World titles since the first annual world championship show. Al Shaqab was awarded the prize for the second highest number of titles in the 30-year time, with a total of seven titles. 2010 was a year of grand achievements in the show ring for Al Shaqab, and the team looks with eager excitement to see what all 2011 will bring for them and the beautiful Arabian horses of Al Shaqab.