Title Show dates for Katara International Arabian Horse Festival amended
The Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held under the patronage of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, presented by Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, has received tremendous response from horse owners and breeders.
More than 300 purebred Arabians have registered for the Title Show, the highpoint of the Festival.
Of these, more than 200 horses have met the stipulated requirements and will hence participate in the prestigious Show. These figures will rise further, as registrations will be made open for horses qualifying in the upcoming 23rd Qatar National Arabian Horse Show, from 22 – 26 January.
The overwhelming participation necessitates that the Tile Show dates are amended to ensure optimum conditions of competition. The Show will now be a 4-day event, instead of three as previously announced. While the Festival dates remain unchanged from 2 – 6 February, the Title Show is scheduled from 3 – 6 February.
The Organizing Committee of KIAHF is also gearing up to conduct an auction show on 29 January. The auction will feature only those purebred Arabians that have already qualified for participation in the Title Show. It will be conducted at Katara’s beautiful esplanade.
His Excellency Prof. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, said: “We are pleased with the remarkable response we have received from horse owners and breeders. Registrations have been received from the Middle East and Europe, including Belgium, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.
“The Auction is being held as a pre-event to the festival and will offer horse owners an occasion to invest in fine purebred Arabians. It will also present them with the opportunity to be part of the Title Show if they have not registered already. Through the festival, we endeavor to boost the confidence and pride of owners and breeders by presenting them with opportunities to participate in prestigious Arabian horse shows and associated events.”
Qatar has earned a place of global distinction in conducting such shows of repute. The nation has previously hosted 29 international shows and championships for purebred Arabians. This is the first time the premier show is being hosted at Cultural Village Foundation, Katara. The Title Show has some distinct features: it is the first event of its kind being held by the waterfront, and the total prize money of QAR 13,000,000 is one the highest awarded for such an event.
In addition to the Title Show of exquisite Arabians, the five-day festival will include various educational and entertainment activities for equine enthusiasts and the public.
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