The penultimate round of the Longines Hathab – Qatar Equestrian Tour served up a feast of show jumping talents at the Qatar Equestrian Federation Indoor Arena.
Tour 11, held on August 14 and 15, saw Mohamed Saeed Haidan romp home to his first Big Tour victory of the season in the showpiece event of the second day. Riding Miss Chilli, a delighted Haidan won first place in a time of 40.32 seconds, to go with his second place in the Medium Tour, which took place earlier in the competition.
It was a role reversal with Hamad Nasser Al Qadi, who finished second on S I E C Lonnie in the Big Tour, after winning the Medium Tour ahead of Haidan. Saeed Nasser Al Qadi, astride Andreas SPB Z, took third place in the Big Tour.
Hamad Nasser Al Qadi’s second place was enough to see him climb to first in the overall Big Tour standing, with just one Tour to go in the popular local horse-riding competition series.
Organizing Committee Member Longines Hathab, Badr Al Darwish, awarded the Big Tour winners.
Earlier on day 2, Jaber Rashid Al Amri won the Open class on Canavaro De Muze (E.T.), with a faultless routine completed in 46.30 seconds.
Nasser Al Ghazali, riding Hurry Up, finished second, while Maryam Ahmad Al Boinin, on Vol De Nuit Tardonne, claimed the final place on the podium.
Vice Chairman, Organizing Committee Longines Hathab, Omar Al Mannai, awarded the Open Class winners.
Day one action, meanwhile, saw Hamad Nasser Al Qadi ride veteran mare Gibria-B to a flawless victory in the Medium Tour category, clocking a rapid-fire time of 30.66 seconds in the jump off.
Haidan finished second astride Miss Chili, while Mohammed Khalifa Albaker, who leads the overall Medium Tour standings, took third place on Verona.
Al Qadi and Haidan enjoyed further success in the Medium Tour Team event, together with Mohammed Abdulla Juma on Davidoff Du Bois, as Team Lusail claimed top honours with a collective effort of 138.68 seconds, followed by a jump off time of 31.34 seconds. Team Al Kass ended second, and Team ExxonMobil finished third.
Organizing Committee Member Longines Hathab, Badr Al Darwish, awarded the Medium Tour Individual and Team winners.
In the Small Tour category, Khalifa Abdulla Al Khaldi rode Dusty to an emphatic error-free victory in a time of 50.77 seconds, and, in the process, claiming the top spot in the overall standings. Mohamed al-Ghazali took second astride Dino BB Z, while Hussain Saeed Haidan finished third on Belucci Van ‘T Vleminkhof.
Longines Hathab Sports Coordinator, Abdullah Al Merri, Manager of the Future Riders at Qatar Equestrian Federation, awarded the Small Tour medalists.
The Longines Hathab – Qatar Equestrian Tour is organized and hosted jointly by QEF and Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation.
Longines, ExxonMobil, and Salam International are the main partners of the series, which is open to Qataris and residents of Qatar.
The Tour 12 finale will take place over three days on August 27, 28, and 29 at QEF Indoor Arena. For health and safety reasons, spectators will not be allowed into the arena to watch Tour 12. However, equestrian fans can follow the thrilling action live on Al Kass TV.