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Publication Date:
10/03/19 8:04 AM

An enthusiastic crowd was treated to a thrilling second day of action at CHI AL SHAQAB 2019, the signature event of Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation.


 March 8, Doha – An enthusiastic crowd was treated to a thrilling second day of action at CHI AL SHAQAB 2019, the signature event of Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation.
It was a day of triumph for Ludger Beerbaum of Germany who emerged victorious in the CSI 5* Showjumping 1.60m event with Jump-off. Beerbaum cleared his obstacles in 43.74 sec with 0 faultsearning 48.345 €. Commenting on his win at Al Shaqab’s state-of-the-art equestrian venue, an exuberant Beerbaum said: “My horse, Chiara 222, has been doing this for 16 years and has a lot of experience here at Al Shaqab itself. She loves it here and I think that counted in my favor. I'm very happy with the result. I’d like to enjoy this moment, but I’m also looking forward to the Grand Prix.”
Steve Guerdatof Switzerland, who won the CSI 5* Showjumping event in the 1.50m, earned his victory with a time of 67.26 sec with 0 faults, winning 12.625,00 €.
Guerdatsaid: “It was nice to win. It was a nice class. I was quite lucky that a lot of riders were faster than me but had one down. So, I did not have to take too many risks. I managed to save a little bit of my horse’s energy for the Grand Prix and still win a class. It was good for me. I’ve been to Al Shaqab many times before. The facilities are great. It’s very good for the horses, and the ground is good. The organization is perfect.”
In the Dressage CDI 5* Grand Prix earlier in the day, a display of elegance, poise, and style clinched first place for Minna Telde from Switzerland. Telde and her gelding, Isac, achieved the victory with a total points haul of 71.543.
Excited about her win, Telde said: “It’s amazing! I’m so thrilled that Isac performed well in this arena where he had shown some tension earlier. But he adapted. He stayed serene and did well and for that I am very grateful. This is my second time at Al Shaqab. I participated in the first edition of CHI AL SHAQAB. The arena is amazing, the stables are very nice and so are the surfaces for the horses – it’s all very horse-friendly.”
The day’s activities started with participants in the Para Dressage competition demonstrating their riding skills based on their grades of disability.
Grade 1 winner Katja Karjalainen of Finland, riding Dr Doolitle, was overjoyed with her victory, which was achieved with a personal record performance. “I was surprised to come out on top, and of course very happy. It went very well. Al Shaqab is a very cool venue. Everything is easy to find, and this is very important to me as I’m visually impaired.”
Underpinning Qatar’s continuous efforts to train and nurture future generations of riders, the Qatar Equestrian Tour Hathab – Small and Medium Tour were also held alongside CHI AL SHAQAB.
Tickets for the third and final day of the event on March 9 can be purchased on the official Al Shaqab website,, or from the venue ticket office.
CHI stands for Concours Hippique International or “Equestrian International Competition”, and CHI AL SHAQAB comprises Showjumping; Dressage; and Para Dressage. CHI AL SHAQAB is the first equestrian competition of its kind in the Middle East and Asia region to be sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation. Regularly attracting the best athletes and horses from around the world since its inception in 2013, it is one of only five annual international equestrian events to showcase three or more equestrian disciplines. 
Results (Rider, Country, Horse, Points, Prize Money):
Showjumping CSI5* Table A with Jump-Off 1.60m. Total Prize Money 146.500,00
1st Place: Ludger Beerbaum (Germany) Chiara 222. Time: 43.74, Prize Money: 48.345
2nd Place: Jur Vrieling (Netherlands) VDLGlasgow vh Merelsnest N.O.P. Time: 44.72. Prize Money: 29.300 €.
3rd Place: Daniel Deusser (Germany), Calisto Blue. Time: 45.83. Prize Money: 21.975 €
Showjumping CSI5* Table A 1.50m Total Prize Money 50.500,00
1st Place: Steve Guerdat (Switzerland) Hannah. Time: 67.26, Prize Money: 12.625,00 €
2nd Place: Henrik von Eckermann (Sweden) Que Bueno de Hus Z. Time: 67.63s. Prize Money: 10.100,00 €.
3rd Place: Geir Gulliksen (Norway), VDL Groep Quatro. Time: 70.82s. Prize Money: 7.575,00 €
Dressage CDI 5* Grand Prix. Total Prize Money 25.000,00 €
1st Place:Minna Telde (Sweden) Isac. Points 71.543
2nd Place: Danielle Heijkoop (Netherlands) Badari. Points: 70.804
3rd Place: Henri Ruoste (Finland) Rossetti. Points: 70.522
Para Dressage:
Grade I
Katja Karjalainen  (Finland) Dr Doolittle Gelding. Points: 74.940
Grade II
Julie Payne (Great Britain) Pandora. Points: 69.853.
Grade III
Annemarieke Roling–Nobel (Netherlands) Doo Schufro. Points: 68.775.
Grade IV
Rodolpho Riskalla (Brazil) Don Henrico. Points: 71.626.
Grade V
Ciska Vermeulen (Belgium) Rohmeo. Points: 70.357.
Para Dressage Team Results
1st Place: Belgium. Total Points: 418,738
Ciska Vermeulen
Kevin van Ham
Manon Claeys
Barbara Minneci
2nd Place: Netherlands. Total Points: 407,930
Nicole den Dulk
Lotte Krijnsen
Demi Haerkens
Frank Hosmar
3rd Place: Ireland. Total Points: 382,212
Tasmin Addison
Michael Murphy
Rosemary Jean Gaffney
Kate Herr-Horan
Hathab Small Tour - F&T - 1.00m/1.15m
Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi (Qatar) Fudine. Time: 60.26s
Mohammed Saeed Haidan (Qatar) Ziezo.Time: 62.20s
Nasser Al Ghazali (Qatar) What A Pleasure. Time: 62.53s
Hathab Medium Tour - Acc + Jocker - 1.20/1.30m
Achraf Oualla (Morocco) Dino Bb Z. Time: 48.47s
Jaber Rashid Al Amri (Qatar) Canavaro de Muze E.T. Time: 49.77s
Saeed Nasser Al Qadi (Qatar) Day Dreamer EC. Time: 49.99s 
AL SHAQAB – A World Class Facility
Since its establishment in 1992, AL SHAQAB’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading global centre for equine professionals while providing an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not only meant preserving, improving and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but also encouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, AL SHAQAB’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980, 000 square metres. With a state-of-the-art Main Arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5000 spectators, AL SHAQAB is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.

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