The Al Shaqab Equine Education Department Second Internal Competition will feature showjumping and dressage
Doha, April 17 – The Equine Education Department (EED)of Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation, is all set to host the Al Shaqab Equine Education Department Second Internal Competition on April 18. The one-day event, which will be held at Al Shaqab’s state-of-the-art equestrian facilities, is open to student riders of all skill levels, including Beginner, Intermediate, Lead Rein, and Show Class.
With horse riding becoming increasingly popular in Qatar, the demand for riding lessons at Al Shaqab has risen significantly. The center conducts regular training sessions, with instructions being made available for all skill levels, starting with students aged six and older.
The upcoming equine competition is part of the curriculum followed at Al Shaqab. It has been organized for riders to show they have completed a certain skill level, while also helping to increase their ability and experience. In addition, the EED expects that by implementing the high standards of its school system, its technical staff will be further trained and developed in the organizing and management of major competitions.
Participants in the Second Internal Competition will take part in dressage and showjumping, two important Olympic equine disciplines. While showjumping has always been a favorite among Qatari riders, dressage has been steadily gaining distinction in recent years, and more young riders are competing in the discipline.
Mohammed Sultan Al Suwaidi, Manager, Equine Education Department at Al Shaqab, said: “Horse riding has several significant advantages. It instills in the rider leadership skills as well as the proficiency required in quick decision making and strategic thinking. The upcoming competition is open to all our student riders, from the youngest to the 17-year-olds. We believe these events will not only help us evaluate the progress of our riders, but also instill in them a greater measure of confidence and provide them with valuable experience.”
Al Shaqab is passionately committed to nurturing and promoting Qatar’s renowned equine legacy. Viewing equine education as a vital community asset, the center offers a diverse range of riding lessons, equine training, and equestrian camps, to educate and promote horsemanship.
Al Shaqab’s popular EED has attracted several youngsters interested in riding, and there has been more than a 200% increase in riding school applications. By conducting events and competitions such as the Second Internal Competition for its riders, and showcasing the school curriculum, the Al Shaqab hopes to further encourage and inspire the next generation of riders.
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 center for equine professionals, whileproviding an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not onlymeant preserving, improving, and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but alsoencouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, Al Shaqab’s impressive facilities, which are distinctivelydesigned in theshape of a horseshoe, cover 980, 000 square meters. With a state-of-the-art MainArena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5000spectators Al Shaqab is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage thatshowcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.