Posted on March 01, 2016

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of AL SHAQAB board of directors, the fourth edition of the prestigious AL SHAQAB equestrian competition, will see top-ranking local, regional and international riders compete in Jumping CSI 5* and CSI 4*, Dressage CDI 5*, and Para-Dressage from March 2 to 5, 2016 in Doha.

The list of participants in the Jumping CSI 5* promises a heated competition between some of the world’s finest riders and the most popular names in equestrian sport. A front runner among Arab riders is the 2014 Asian Games Team Gold medalist, Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani who will lead a field of seven riders from Qatar entered in the competition. Qatar has qualified a team of four riders for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Besides Sheikh Ali, the core squad includes Faleh Al Ajami, Ahmad al-Attiyah, Khaled al-Emadi, Ali Rumaihi, Mubarak Al Rumaihi and Bassem Mohammed.

Veteran Saudi rider Abdullah Sharbatly, one of the Arab world’s most successful jockeys in the Jumping discipline has recently achieved a number of good results at regional and international competitions. He will be closely followed by a large crowd of equestrian enthusiasts from the Gulf region. Sharbatly is the 2006 Asian Games Team Gold medalist, the 2012 London Olympic Team Bronze medalist, the 2010 Asian Games Team Gold medalist and the 2010 World Equestrian Games Individual Silver medalist- taking the accolade as the first Arab rider in history to win an equestrian medal at an international championship.

Saudi Rider Abdulrahman Al-Rajhi, who has qualified to the World Cup Final in Sweden, is also participating in CHI AL SHAQAB 2016. He will be competing for the gold medal against his compatriot Kamal Bouhmdan , also a strong favorite with a long history of achievements in Jumping. Jordanian rider Hani Bisharat, has also built a reputation for himself in  Jumping, positioning the Hashemite Kingdom as a global contender in equestrian sports. He brings his two top horses to compete in the CHI AL SHAQAB 2016.

Bisharat has been part of numerous equestrian events around the world including three Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London and several world championships including those in Aachen, Kentucky and Las Vegas. He is currently camped in the Netherlands in preparation for the Summer Olympic Games which get underway this August, in Brazil.

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