DOHA: Qatar Equestrian Federation secretary general Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi felt that the Fourth Edition of Qatar Equestrian Tour – Longines Hathab Supported By The Social & Sport Fund (Daam) has a positive impact on young Qatari riders.
“Dressage has become popular. It also has a special audience that we did not imagine it would be of that size,” said Al Rumaihi on Saturday.
The Qatari Olympian also expressed satisfaction on the overall development of young riders after conclusion of the sixth and final round of Dressage and Future Riders competitions at the Longines Al Shaqab Arena.
“In the past, the championship used to start early morning. The turnout used to be very low but now we’re happy to see more entries,” said Al Rumaihi, who is also the Event Director of Longines Hathab Equestrian Tour.
Al Rumaihi, 39, also added that all the winners in all categories will be honoured at the Grand Finale next week.
Asked about the benefits of allocating a specific day for dressage competition, Al Rumaihi said, “Dedicating a day alone for dressage gave us comfort in organizing and all the participants had more time to prepare themselves.”
Al Marri wins Dressage Level 1, 2 on final day
Ali Mohammed Al Marri rode CASAL DES FORETS to victory in Level 1 at the Longines Arena Al Shaqab on Saturday.
The Qatari tallied 65.833 points
Maryam Ahmad Al Semaitt, who topped the Dressage-Level 1 with 138 points before the final round, tallied 62.564 points for second place.
Maryam Ahmed Al Buainain came third on SILVAN with 62.372 points.
Later, Al Marri maintained his form in the Level 2 and guided NAVIGATER to victory (73.365 points).
Asmaa Yasser Mohammed atop LESLIE ANN 2 came second (69.904) while Jassim Mohammed Al Fahd Al Kuwari, who rode on GUINESS, finished third (69.135).
Al Jaber, Al Saegh corner glory
Mohammed Yousef Al Jaber and Jassim Adel Al Saegh won top honours in the Future Riders show jumping (Table A: 90cm & 80cm) events respectively.
Al Jaber with GODETTE in the saddle took the first position (Table A maximum height of 90cm).
Saif Mohammed Al Naimi finished second followed by Fahad Abdulkarim Abed.