(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: Top riders of the continent are set to compete in the inaugural Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) U-21 Dressage Championship Finals, which will take place at the Qatar Equestrian Federation (QEF) Arena from today.
The two-day U-21 Dressage finals will see riders from seven countries in action at the picturesque venue in Al Rayyan.
The young riders gained entry to the Doha Finals following outstanding performances at the zonal qualifiers, which took place in several countries last year.
Among the prominent riders who will compete in Doha are Rosad Febrisamina, who also goes by the name of Rosad Natsir. Rosad emerged victorious at Indonesia's special qualifying round, held in Gunung Putri, Sentul, last October. Along with Rosad, his compatriot Ivana Putri Santosa will also take to the field today.
Among the other competitors will be, Tan Zhi xuan, Tara Yen Wee (Singapore), Ekaterina Akhtimirova, Viktoriia Terina (Kyrgyzstan), Raunaq Anand, Sudipti Hajela (India), Nur Sabrina Dato' Azman (Malaysia), Mina Hang, Yu-Chen, Lin (Chinese Taipei) and Pawarisa Thongpradup (Thailand).
In the final, each competitor will appear on a loaned horse, provided by the organising committee.The vet check and the horse inspection took place yesterday at the QEF Arena, followed by the Chef's d'Equipe Meeting.
The draws of horses were also conducted by the organisers in the presence of AEF officials. Separate draws were held to decide the athletes' starting order in each round.
Today, Test Ride and Round 1 Competition will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The second round competitions will be held tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the QEF will also host an official gala dinner for the visiting riders, officials of the International and Asian Federations as well as the referees and the technical support staff. The secretary-general of Qatar and Asian Equestrian Federations Bader Al Darwish yesterday confirmed that the QEF has completed all arrangements for hosting the event, which is being held for the first time in Qatar under the auspices of the AEF. Qatar is a popular destination in the region for hosting quine events and the QEF has organised similar events with a huge success, attracting top riders over the years.
Darwish said that the tournament, which saw its initial stages being hosted in 12 major cities in Asia, will see the participation of three Qatari riders.