By Sports Reporter/Doha
Hamad Nasser al-Qadi astride Gibria-B clinched the Big Tour class during the 12th and final round of the Longines Qatar Equestrian Tour Hathab on Friday.
At the Longines Indoor Arena of Al Shaqab, al-Qadi and his nine-year-old mare Gibria-B secured a thrilling win in the 145cm class. The pair stopped the clock at 64.87 seconds, a mere 0.12 seconds ahead of second-placed combination Mohamed Saeed Haidan and D Saucedo.
Al-Qadi, who had won the His Highness The Amir Sword equestrian championship earlier this year, took home QR6250 in prize money. Saturday, Al-Qadi will look to finish the season on a high on the final day of the fourth edition of the championship.
Friday, Haidan and 11-year-old stallion D Saucedo completed their round in an impressive time of 64.99 second but had to settle for silver. In third place was Faleh Suwead al-Ajami on Demilion, who came home in 67.95 seconds.
Meanwhile, the Medium Tour title was won by Cyrine Cherif on Friday. Cherif astride Brennus Villelongue finished her round in 65.98 seconds, to finish ahead of Rashid Towaim al-Marri (Lamm Addiction Z) and Jaber Rashid al-Amri (Canavaro De Muze (E.T.)
In the Small Tour, Khalifa Abdulla al-Khaldi emerged triumphant with Graffiti De Lully CH in a time of 49.00 seconds. Alqaqa Adel Nassar (Dubaii) finished second, while Mohamed Jabor al-Naimi (Baina) was third.
Meanwhile, Omar al-Mannai, Vice-Chairman Organising Committee Longines Hathab, said the fourth edition of the championship has witnessed a record participation of riders and horses. He said the horse owners in Qatar are making great efforts to provide horses for the riders.
“Longines Hathab seeks to be a series of local equestrian competitions aimed at inspiring the new generation of equestrian champions in Qatar. And the importance of this championship is evident by the fact that its results will be a reference to choosing the riders who will represent Qatar in international tournaments," al-Mannai said.
“The championship is the best in the region because it has greatly contributed to the development and discovery of talents in jumping and dressage, who have gained experience through competing here. Hathab has helped a lot in preparing young riders to join the national teams and create a good supply line of riders to represent Qatar in internationally and also the increase in the number of horse owners,” he added.
Al-Mannai emphasized that all the goals set for this tournament four years ago were clear and were achieved through a long-term development plan. The Longines Qatar Equestrian Tour Hathab is conducted jointly by Qatar Equestrian Federation and Al Shaqab (Member, Qatar Foundation) and backed by The Social & Sport Contribution Fund.
Big Tour: Table A, One round against the clock (130/145cm) FEI Art. 238.2.1 2; Prize money: QR25,000
1. Hamad Nasser al-Qadi; Horse: Gibria-B; Time: 64.87 secs; prize money: QR6,250
2. Mohamed Saeed Haidan; D Saucedo; 64.99 secs; QR5,000
3. Faleh Suwead al-Ajami; Demilion; 67.95; QR3,750
Medium Tour: Table A, One round against the clock, FEI Art. 238.2.1 | 120/135 cm | Prize Money: QR15,000
1. Cyrine Cherif; Horse: Brennus Villelongue; Time: 65.98 secs; prize money: QR3,750
2. Rashid Towaim al-Marri; Lamm Addiction Z; 69.63 secs; QR3,000
3. Jaber Rashid al-Amri; Canavaro De Muze (E.T.); 75.23 secs; QR2,250
Small Tour | Table A, One round against the clock, FEI Art. 238.2.1 | 100/115 cm | Prize Money: QR 10,000
1. Khalifa Abdulla al-Khaldi; Horse: Graffiti De Lully CH; Time: 49.00 secs; Prize money: QR2,500
2. Alqaqa Adel Nassar; Dubaii; 51.85 secs; QR2,000
3. Mohammed Jabor al-Naimi; Baina; 53.21 secs; QR1,500
3.30pm: Small Tour: Table A. Two rounds against the clock (100/115cm) FEI Art. 2126.96.36.199 1 (No JO) (Top 10 Riders in 2nd Rnd); Prize-money: QR25,000
6pm: Medium Tour: Table A. Two rounds against the clock (120/135cm) (No JO) (Top 10 Riders in 2nd Rnd) FEI Art. 2188.8.131.52 1; Prize-money: QR35,000
7.30pm: Big Tour: Table A. Two rounds against the clock (130/145cm) (No JO) (Top 10 Riders in 2nd Rnd) FEI Art. 2184.108.40.206 1; Prize-money: QR50,000
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