News Date:Sunday, 07 February 2021
Stunning Finale to Katara International Arabian Horse Festival
The first edition of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, concluded on a resplendent note yesterday. Some of the finest purebred Arabian show horses competed in the championships of the prestigious Title Show. Stallions, mares, colts, fillies, and yearling, finalists in their respective classes, graced the arena, impressing judges and spectators with their graceful trot and absolutely gorgeous looks. Noft Alnayfat, a senior mare, and Sundown K.A, a senior stallion, Arabians owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A AL-Thani, proudly strutted off with the championship titles in their respective categories.
HE Prof. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, welcomed a number of Their Excellencies led by His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports and heads of diplomatic missions to Qatar. They included HE the Minister Plenipotentiary Mr. Ali bin Saad Al-Naghmoush Al-Qahtani, Acting Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and His Excellency the Minister Plenipotentiary Mr. Nasser Saqr Al-Ghanim - Deputy Ambassador of the State of Kuwait.
HE Prof. Al-Sulaiti expressed great satisfaction that the Festival, which featured a total prizemoney of QAR13,000,000, one of the highest for an event of this type, had concluded successfully. He also noted that the participation of 12 countries in the very first edition of the KIAHF was an outstanding achievement.
HE pointed out that the highest standards of integrity and fairness were upheld during the Title Show, as the entire proceedings were held in accordance with the standards and rules set by European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations (ECAHO). He also thanked all the sponsors, partners, officials, artists, and exhibitors at the Festival for their valuable contribution. The officials, judges, and members of the Disciplinary Committee were also honored by the General Manager.
Art lovers were in for a special treat. AlBahie, the Qatar-based auction house, held an auction titled ‘Al Aseel.’ On the block were various pieces of equine-related artwork by international artists. The five-day Festival had featured several equine-related exhibitions and a postal exhibition.
Besides the impressive Title Show, spectators were treated to a taste of Qatari heritage. They were introduced to Hariri Al Shaqab, the poster-child for KIAHF and a world-famous stallion that has won numerous international awards and championships. Audiences were also presented with a remarkable light and sound laser show accompanied by a parade of Arabians and their riders dressed in traditional costume. Spectacular fireworks display and illuminated drones featured horse and rider along Katara’s waterfront, against the backdrop of traditional dhows. A brightly-lit message welcoming people back to the next edition of KIAHF next year, brought the Festival to a fitting finish.
The Festival was held by Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, in cooperation with the Qatar Equestrian Federation, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, and Qatar Foundation.
Class 13 - Yearling Fillies
Gold: Jalyla AT, owned by Al-Dana Al-Meslemani - Al-Thumamah Stud.
Silver: Namah Al Shahania, owned by Al-Shahania Stud.
Bronze: Rafeef Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab (member of Qatar Foundation).
Class 14 - Yearling Colts
Gold: AG Nobel Rafee, owned by Kaheel Stud.
Silver: Areeb Al Nasser, owned by Al Nasser Stud - Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser Al Thani.
Bronze: Ghaith Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF.
Class 15 – Junior Fillies
Gold: Maria Magdalena NWA, owned by Al Dana Al Meslemani - Al Thumama Stud
Silver: Sultanah Al Shahania, owned by H.E Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed A Al-Thani
Bronze: Al Wazna Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF
Class 16 – Junior Colts
Gold: Muranas Nader, owned by Guy Jamar
Silver: Hader Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF
Bronze: Wadee AlJassimya, owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A Al-Thani
Class 17 – Senior Mares
Gold: Noft Alnayfat, owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A AL-Thani
Silver: Rihab Al Nasser, owned by Al Nasser Stud - Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser Al Thani
Bronze: Baviera HVP, owned by Sheikh Al Qaqa bin Hamad Kh H Al Thani
Class 17 – Senior Stallions
Gold: Sundown K.A., owned by Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa H A AL-Thani
Silver: EKS Mansour, owned by Al Shahania Stud
Bronze: Fadi Al Shaqab, owned by Al Shaqab - Member of QF