Friday, 22 September 2023 03:56 GMT

Longines Hathab Season To Kick Off In September

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: The Qatar Equestrian Tour - Longines Hathab - supported by The Social and Sport Contribution Fund (Daam) will kick off on September 2, the organisers of the hugely popular series announced yesterday.

An initiative of H E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Shaqab, Longines Hathab is the country's premier equestrian competition series and fulfils a vital role for the horse-riding community. It seeks to inspire Qatar's next generation of international champions as well as increase awareness of horsemanship as part of Qatar's culture and tradition.

The Tour is organised and hosted jointly by Qatar Equestrian Federation (QEF) and Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation. Tours will be held at QEF and the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab and comprises a series of 14 individual and team competitions to be held between September 2022 to April 2023, and will include multiple categories in show jumping and dressage, across various age groups.

The first round of the Longines Hathab 6th Tour will take place on the weekend of September 2-3 at QEF Indoor Arena.

Qatar Equestrian Federation President Bader Al Darwish

Longines, The Social & Sport Contribution Fund (Daam), ExxonMobil, and Salam International are the main partners of Qatar Equestrian Tour.

QEF President Bader Al Darwish said,“We are delighted with the support of riders and spectators. We are committed to grow the sport and to attract audiences to our event. Also we are very grateful for the support of our sponsors.”

The annual Tour is aimed at improving the standard of horse riding among Qatari youth, while encouraging the involvement of private stables and individual horse owners.

The Qatar Equestrian Tour provides a structured competition to ensure continuity in organising local equestrian competitions. A clear benchmark for Qatar has been set through this series - a points system has been implemented with defined participants, for each class of competition. The Tour's significance is demonstrated by the results of the competition being used as a guide in the selection of riders to represent Qatar in international competitions, and the series is open to Qataris and residents of the country.

The riding disciplines include show jumping and dressage. Staying true to the country's vision to develop sustainable human capacity, the categories target various age groups. 

Starting with the youngest age group – the Future Riders Program for children aged six and above – the Longines Hathab challenges the skill levels of various age groups, leading up to the Big Tour group for individuals 21 and older. There is also a Team competition.


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