Hathab, meaning ‘canter’ in Arabic, is an initiative of His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC).
Into its third season, the Longines Hathab – Qatar Equestrian Tour is aimed at improving the standard of horse riding among Qatari youth, while encouraging the involvement of private stables and individual horse owners to spread awareness of horsemanship as part of Qatar’s history and tradition.
The vision for Longines Hathab is to be “a national series of equestrian competitions to inspire Qatar’s next generation of international champions”. Longines Hathab provides a structured competition to ensure continuity in organizing 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. Hathab’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. The competition series is open to Qataris and residents of Qatar.
The riding disciplines include showjumping and dressage, and comprise five competition categories. Staying true to Qatar’s vision to promote sports among its youth, the categories target various age groups starting with the Future Riders category for children aged 6 and above, up to the Senior (big tour) group, for individuals 21 and older.
With a total of 12 competitions, the series is held over seven months. It begins in October, with the final leg taking place in April of the following year. The competitions are held either at Qatar Equestrian Federation or Al Shaqab.