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Al Shaqab, Qatar’s renowned international equestrian center, has announced the launch of the Al Shaqab International League, a distinguished showjumping event.
The mission of the Al Shaqab International League Showjumping Event is to establish a premier showjumping league that provides a prominent stage for riders of all backgrounds, with a strong emphasis on promoting opportunities for female and junior riders.
The event is dedicated to preparing them for the highest level of equestrian sport while instilling confidence and sportsmanship, enabling them to excel as athletes.
With a rich history of organizing numerous successful events over the years, Al Shaqab has played a pivotal role in advancing sport in Qatar. In particular, the center’s contribution aligns with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, aimed at promoting the nation as a premier sporting destination.
The Al Shaqab International League event not only enhances Qatar’s sporting vision but also conveys the enduring love for horses and passion for equestrian sports.
Registration for the event is open to all Riding Academy members and external riders. All classes will adhere to the rules and regulations set by the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), except for the introductory classes. The competition will take place at Longines Indoor Arena from 24-25 November from 2pm–9pm and will comprise a series of six competitions and they will be announced soon.
The local tournaments include multiple categories, including training categories: - Intro 1, Intro 2, Intro 3 - The main local categories are: - Future Champions, Junior Champions, Youth Champions, Al Farissa, open class Each round will feature different categories catering to the needs of riders at various levels and age groups. Points will be accumulated for all main local categories to crown the best rider, male or female, at the end of the season for the main categories.
The main international categories taking place on November 24-25, 2023, are:
* Future Champions – Ages 12 to14 (Height 105cm – 110cm) qualified for the finals of the International Equestrian Federation for group seven championship.
* Junior Champions – Ages 14-18 (Height 115cm-120cm) qualified for the finals of the International Equestrian Federation for group seven championship.
*Youth Champions – Ages 16–21 (Height 125cm-130cm) qualified for the finals of the International Equestrian Federation for group seven championship.
* Ladies Category - Ladies Amateurs (Height 105cm)
* Open Class – (125cm-130cm)
The Al Shaqab League championships aim to qualify riders of all age groups, male and female, for international and regional competitions. This is done to refine the skills of the riders, molding them into future champions who embody the values of sportsmanship, unity, and achievement.
The Al Shaqab International League Showjumping Event aims to position Al Shaqab as a beacon of equestrian success, instilling pride in the region and beyond.
Al Shaqab has extended a warm invitation to all riders, equestrian enthusiasts, and the wider community to participate in this exciting equestrian journey, reinforcing the promotion of sport and shared equestrian values.
Detailed information about the Al Shaqab International League Showjumping Event, including registration details and the event schedule, can be accessed at Al Shaqab’s official website and social media platforms.