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We are honored and pleased to welcome guests and riders alike to this world-class event

PRESIDENTS NOTE Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, and following the success of the CHI AL SHAQAB 2013, AL SHAQAB is honored to present you with the 2014 edition of the annual CHI AL SHAQAB competition. With CHI AL SHAQAB 2014, we want to share the pride and invite the whole community to marvel at the excitement of equine sports. This year, we are excited to introduce vaulting as a new discipline. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the world-class equestrian competitions and family activities that will take place throughout the six-days. We are honored and pleased to welcome guests and riders alike to this world-class event that celebrates the showmanship, skills and athleticism of the horses and riders alike. We cordially welcome you to CHI AL SHAQAB 2014!

Fahad Saad Al Qahtani President of CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 Executive Director of AL SHAQAB

CONTENTS WELCOME NOTE I am pleased to welcome you to CHI AL SHAQAB 2014. The first edition of CHI AL SHAQAB was broadcasted in more than 80 countries around the world, making the competition one of the most watched equine events of the past season.

Once again, CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 will make every effort to provide all media representatives with the highest level of services, the latest technological equipment, advanced facilities, and frequently updated competition-related news stories and information to ensure ideal working conditions. I would like to express my gratitude to the TV networks, media representatives and partners, along to our sponsors that play an essential role in the exposure, promotion and success of the competition. On behalf of the CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 Local Organising Committee, we would like to wish you a memorable event and a pleasant stay in Doha.

Fahad Abdulla Al Hajri Media and Broadcast Manager CHI AL SHAQAB 2014






























WHAT IS CHI? CHI (Concours Hippique International - International Equestrian Competition) is the official title given by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to international equestrian competitions with three or more equine disciplines. In 2013, AL SHAQAB hosted the first CHI in the Middle East and Asia. Other CHI competitions that

have gone on to earn worldwide acclaim include the Concours Hippique International Genève, CHIO Aachen in Germany, which hosts Nations Cup Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage, plus four-in-hand Driving and Vaulting. In addition, Rotterdam CHIO in the Netherlands hosts CSIO5* Show Jumping, CDIO3* Dressage, plus Para-Dressage classes.

Vision, foresight and a passion to preserve the heritage of the Arabian horse in Qatar led His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to establish AL SHAQAB in 1992. In honour of his ancestor, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, he located the Arabian breeding farm at the landmark AL SHAQAB battle site where more than a century ago the Bedouins had fought a pivotal battle that led to Qatar’s independence. Within an amazingly short period of time, AL SHAQAB bred three World Champion stallions, Gazal AL SHAQAB, Al Adeed AL SHAQAB and Marwan AL SHAQAB. Today, champion offspring of these stallions enhance the pedigree of Arabian horses in Qatar and worldwide. In 2004, AL SHAQAB became a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, with the mission to promote the highest standards in the breeding and showing of Arabian horses and provide innovative, educational and competitive opportunities in all of the equestrian arts. CHI AL SHAQAB bears testimony to the success of this mission. Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Concours Hippique International CHI AL SHAQAB, first held in 2013, is the only international equestrian competition of its kind in the whole of Asia. The event invites the world’s best riders to compete in a diversity of categories, from show jumping to dressage, endurance and vaulting, and aims to develop Qatar into a hub for the equestrian arts. CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 will once more engage, thrill, and educate the community about the fascinating variety of showmanship on display.




'Jumping is probably the best known of the FEI-recognised equestrian disciplines'

Jumping is probably the best known of the FEI-recognised equestrian disciplines, where men and women compete as equals in both individual and team events. In modern jumping competitions, horse and rider are required to complete a course of 10 to 13 jumps, with the objective of testing the combination’s skill, accuracy and training.


The aim is always to jump the course in the designed sequence with no mistakes – a clear round. If any part of an obstacle is knocked down, or if the horse refuses a jump, penalties are accumulated. The winner of the competition is the horse and rider combination that incurs the least number of penalties, completes the course in the fastest time or gains the highest number of points, depending on the type of competition.


'Horse and rider are expected to perform from memory'

In modern dressage competitions, horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements, known as ‘figures’ (e.g. volte, serpentine, figure of eight). They perform these movements in a flat, rectangular arena, measuring 60 x 20 metres. The arena is skirted by a low rail, along which 12 lettered markers are placed symmetrically, indicating where movements are to start and finish and where changes of pace or lead are to occur.


Upon entering the arena, each rider proceeds down a marked centre line and halts to salute. The horse must stand four-square and immobile. In all competitions, the horse is required to show the paces walk, trot and canter, as well as smooth transitions within and between these paces.


'Regularly described as gymnastics on horseback'

Vaulting is a new addition to the CHI AL SHAQAB competition. Regularly described as ‘gymnastics on horseback’, vaulting consists of composed freestyle movements. This discipline is judged on precision, aesthetics and fluidity. As such, it demands an outstanding physical condition from the vaulter, a harmonious relationship with the horse, and first-class teamwork. Vaulting exercises include artistic mounts and dismounts, shoulder stands and handstands on the horse, carrying or lifting another vaulter, and kneeling and standing exercises. The horse is guided on a long rein by a lunger standing on the ground, who ensures that a steady canter is maintained on a circle with a minimum diameter of 15 metres.


The discipline dates back to Greek and Roman times when soldiers – without stirrups and saddles – practised vaulting movements as part of their military training. Vaulters compete together as teams – no more than three may be on a horse at any one time – or in individual competitions which, unlike in all other equestrian disciplines, are separate for males and females. There are also pairs competitions, or pas-de-deux. Vaulting made a fleeting appearance at the 1924 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium as ‘Artistic Riding’ but the premier Vaulting competitions today are staged at the FEI World Equestrian Games, the FEI World Cup Vaulting series and continental Championships.


'Endurance riding is now a fully- fledged sporting discipline'

From its beginnings as a necessity, endurance riding is now a fully- fledged sporting discipline. As horses once provided the main form of transportation, it was only natural to seek one that was fit and healthy and had a predisposition to travelling long distances. It can take years for a combination to be ready to compete in a 160 km ride. Endurance requires extensive preparation and a deep knowledge and understanding between horse and rider. In modern day competition, the emphasis is placed on the horse finishing in good condition, rather than on which horse finishes first.


This explains the stringent rules with regards to veterinary checks throughout the race. Modern competitions consist of a number of sections known as ‘phases.’ At the end of each phase, there is a compulsory halt for veterinary inspection. Each horse, which is thoroughly examined before it is allowed to start the ride, must be presented for inspection within a set time of reaching each vet gate. The time spent at each gate prior to inspection is counted as part of the overall competition time and the aim is to determine whether the horse is fit to continue the ride. Any excessive over-riding of a tired horse or any other action that can be defined as cruelty is penalised by disqualification. In this way, the wellbeing of the horse can be maintained at all times.


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 10th – 15th March 2014

Doha - Qatar Monday, 10 March 16:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Squad Compulsory Test 17:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Female Individual Compulsory Test 18:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Male Individual Compulsory Test

10:00 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI3* 1,30 m / Fault and Time Total Prize Money 20,000 € 13:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI3* 1,45 m / 2 phases Total Prize Money 25,000 € 13:30 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Female Individual Free Test 14:30 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Male Individual Free Test 16:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI5* 1,45 m / Table C Total Prize Money 30,000 € 16:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Squad Free Test (Final) 17:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Prize Giving Ceremony 19:00 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI5* 1,50m /Jump Off Total Prize Money 91,000 €

Tuesday, 11 March

Friday, 14 March

17:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Squad Free Test 18:00 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Pas De Deux Free Test

14:00 Indoor Arena Dressage CDI5* Grand Prix Total Prize Money 40,000 € 15:00 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI3* 1,30 m / Accumulator with Joker Total Prize Money 14,000 € 18:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI5* 1,45 m / Fault and Time Total Prize Money 35,000 €

Wednesday, 12 March 10:00 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI3* 1,30 m / 2 phases Total Prize Money 15,000 € 13:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI3* 1,45 m / Fault and Time Total Prize Money 25,000 € 14:30 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Individual Female Technical Test 15:30 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Individual Male Technical Test 16:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI5* 1,45 m / 2 phases Total Prize Money 25,000 € 18:15 Indoor Arena Vaulting CVI3* Pas De Deux Free Test (Final) 19:00 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI5* 1,50 m / Fault and Time Total Prize Money 30,000 €


Thursday, 13 March

Saturday, 15 March 6:00 - 14:00 Measaid Endurance Track Endurance/ Al Shaqab CEI2* Total Prize Money 200,000 € 9:45 Indoor Arena Dressage CDI5* Grand Prix Special Qatar Airways 2014 Total Prize Money 60,000 € 12:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI3* 1,45 m / Jump Off Qatar Foundation 2014 Total Prize Money 40,000 € 15:10 Indoor Arena Dressage CDI5* Free Style Grand Prix Exxon Mobil 2014 Total Prize Money 100,000 € 18:30 Outdoor Arena Jumping CSI5* 1,60 m / 2 Round with Jump Off Grand Prix Al Shaqab 2014 Total Prize Money 650,000 €


MEDIA INFORMATION Accreditation CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 is responsible for issuing Accreditation Cards to all media representatives covering the event. The CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 accreditation badge is a unique identification tool, which must be worn and visible at all times. To receive your badge, an accreditation form must be filled out and submitted to along with an ID Photograph. No exceptions will be made. In case of loss or theft of the accreditation badge the individual must inform the Media Centre in the Arena immediately. Please be advised that to collect your accreditation badge you will need to present a valid passport or national ID. Press Kits will be distributed at the Media Centre at the Arena.

Media Hotels The official CHI AL SHAQAB hotel is the Ritz Carlton. Please contact for your reservation: Soumia Trachi Director of International Accounts Tel: +974 44848314 We have also negotiated special rates for media who wish to attend the event at the following hotels: Four Season: 900 QR per night including breakfast. Please contact Hadi Faddoul Hilton: 900 QR per night including breakfast. Please contact Diana Masnour Movenpick Tower & Suites: 550 QR per night. Please contact Schezzy Berry Intercontinental: Superior Room: 700 QR per night. Please contact Alfred Haddad


MEDIA CENTRE - THE AREA A Media Centre will be available to all accredited media at The Arena at AL SHAQAB, on the Third Floor. The Media Centre facilities will be available during the following times for your convenience: March 10 March 11 March 12 March 13 March 14 March 15

08:00 AM to 22:00 PM 08:00 AM to 18:00 PM 08:00 AM to 22:00 PM 08:00 AM to 22:00 PM 08:00 AM to 22:00 PM 08:00 AM to 22:00 PM

The workroom is available free of charge to all accredited media and will be equipped with 20 workstations, 5 PCs with wireless internet access and printing and fax facilities. Competition information and reports, daily local/international newspapers and refreshments will be available on site.

Press Corner The Press Corner is located in the Media Centre. Seating up to 10 people and equipped with Wi-Fi connection, selected riders, winners and special guests will be available for interviews here.

Outdoor Press Tribune The outdoor Press Tribune is composed of 30 non-tabled positions overlooking the field of play. AL SHAQAB media staff will distribute all the relevant printed materials and reports (results and flash interviews) to this area.

Photographers Photo positions infield and outfield have been identified and designed to give photographers the best view of the Field of Play. Bibs will be distributed for both infield and outfield positions and access to photo positions will be explained in detail before the competition each day.

Press Conference Room The Press conference room is downstairs from the media centre and will be where all press conferences are held.

A car service/shuttle bus system will be shared by all accredited media. It will be available from March 10 to March 15. A selection of shuttle buses and cars will be available to transfer media from Doha International Airport to the Ritz Carlton and from Ritz Carlton to AL SHAQAB






You can connect with CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 online at our official sites

A large quantity of information will be produced in the days leading up and during the event. Some of it will be available exclusively online, while many items (previews, reviews, results, flash quotes, interview highlights, etc) will be printed and distributed before and during the competition. The pigeonhole system is the most accessible and effective way for paper distribution in the Media Centre.

Broadcasters’ Facilities & TV Compound #CHI_ALSHAQAB

BeIN Sports has been chosen to be host broadcaster for CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 and will air the competition worldwide.

For social media enquiries contact:

Photo and TV Bibs

Mihad Kashif +974 66707904

CONTACT LIST CHI AL SHAQAB press team International Media Laura Wrede +974 55296773

upcoming events Press Conferences 9 March – Event Launch and introduction of vaulting officials 11 March – Competition update and introduction of jumping officials 13 March – Event update, introduction of dressage officials and results of vaulting 15 March – Event close and results of jumping, dressage and endurance. Please note that these dates are subject to change and timings will be confirmed. Gala Dinner The CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 Gala Dinner will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on March 14, 2014 from 21:00 PM to 23:00 PM.


Jo Harris +974 33666489

Local Media

Aisha Ahmed +974 66774271 Paula Nascimento +974 33121984


QATAR QATAR AND ITS CAPITAL, DOHA, HAVE A GREAT DEAL TO OFFER - WEATHER, GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION, AND A SAFE AND PEACEFUL SOCIETY WITH A RICH WEALTH OF ARABIC CULTURE AND ISLAMIC TRADITIONS. When combined with the unique collection of some of the world’s finest sports venues, these national traits provide a contemporary opportunity designed to attract international sport federations, national sport associations and global sport event companies. Qatar is committed to showing the world the vision and heart of its people, and sport as a universal activity. The international sport opportunities that are created for Qatar and its population are endless. With the many events that Qatar has hosted, its people have benefited from an influx of leading sport and business professionals to help shape

the aspirations of the nation and also to deliver unprecedented sporting results. Climate Qatar experiences very hot summers and pleasantly cool winters. In March, the average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius by day and about 20 degrees Celsius at night. Code of Conduct Qatar is an Islamic country and, as a courtesy, visitors should dress modestly. Swimwear is acceptable on private beaches or by private pools but should not be worn around town. Public displays of affection between

men and women are discouraged and, if deemed to infringe on moral values, can be a punishable offence. Alcohol may be purchased and consumed only on licensed premises. Drinking and driving is a serious offence and the country has zero tolerance towards drugs. Getting Around Taxis are widely available, and can be clearly distinguished by their turquoise livery. In addition, all of the city’s top hotels are serviced by a supplementary fleet of limousines. While limousines tend to operate at prearranged rates, public taxi journeys should always be metered. Currency Qatari Riyal (QAR). Each Qatari Riyal is divided into 100 dirhams. Notes in circulation are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500. Coins worth QAR 0.50 (fifty dirhams) and QAR 0.25 are legal tender but are rarely used. Exchange Rate $1 USD = QAR 3.64 (fixed rate)

Language Arabic is the official language. However, English is widely spoken and understood. Local Time GMT +3 hours Electricity Electricity is provided at 240 volts at 50 hertz. Wall sockets are square with three pins. Water Tap water in Doha is distilled. However, it is advisable to drink bottled water, which is widely available.

ATTRACTIONS Qatar Foundation Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) aims to support Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential. It was established in 1995 by His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. His wife, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, is the organisation’s chairperson and driving force. Qatar Foundation aims to unlock human potential through its three pillars of Education, Science and Research and Community

museum of islamic art Development. This will benefit not only Qatar, but the region and the world. It is bringing world-class education, work experience and career opportunities to Qatar’s young people. It is building Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercialising solutions through key sciences. It is fostering a progressive society, enhancing cultural life and protecting Qatar’s heritage whilst addressing immediate social needs in the community. All these things will help create a forward-looking knowledge economy for Qatar.

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar, is a museum for the international community. It brings the world to Doha, but it also connects Doha to the world. The MIA is dedicated to being the foremost museum of Islamic art globally, and a centre of education and information about Islamic art. Through the vision of its leadership and the dedication of its staff, the MIA manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a collection that reflects the vitality, complexity, and diversity of the arts of the Islamic world. Open Saturday to Thursday, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Fridays from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Free entrance

SOUQ WAQIF Located behind the southern Corniche, Souq Waqif is a showpiece of traditional architecture, handicrafts and folk art, and was once a weekend trading area for the Bedouin. Meaning “standing market” in Arabic, the Souq evokes the feeling of ancient Arabic heritage and community. Beginning in 2004, the Souq was renovated according to traditional Qatari architectural techniques, using authentic materials. The only traditional souq to remain in the Gulf, it is now a charming labyrinth of narrow streets where visitors can bargain and purchase an amazingly diverse range of products including spices, dried fruit, nuts, perfumes, local honey, clothing, oud, incense, pots, tools and garden equipment, as well as Bedouin weaving, gypsum handicrafts, model dhows, wooden brass-studded bridal chests, pictures

of ‘old Doha,’ and paintings by Qatari artists. A visit to one of the falcon shops is a unique experience. Some shopkeepers will allow you to photograph and handle the birds while explaining equipment and training. Open from 10 am – 12 pm and 4 pm – 10 pm, Souq Waqif is one of the liveliest places in Doha, boasting an increasing number of restaurants, where you can taste traditional Qatari food and various specialties from the Middle East.

KATARA Katara is the Cultural Village of Qatar, where cutting edge activities of all fields show the cultural diversity of the world in one single traditionally Qatari place. It was born out of a dream long envisioned by His Highness The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to position the State of Qatar as an international cultural lighthouse radiating in the Middle East through Theater, Literature, Art, Music, Conventions and Exhibitions. Katara offers prestigious venues to host events such as theatres, libraries, art galleries, museums and an amphitheater, in addition to the beach, restaurants and coffee shops where the public can spend a pleasant time.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS MINISTRIES AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS (Unless noted, all are +974) Ministry of Foreign Affairs 44334334 Ministry of Internal Affairs 44330000 Foreign Media Section 44847777 Radio and TV Authority 44894444 Qatar Tourism Authority 44628555

‫األرقام المهمة‬ )‫ ويضاف بعده الرقم المطلوب‬974+ ‫الوزارات وبعض اإلدارات الحكومية (كود الدولة‬ 44334334 44330000 44847777 44894444 44628555

TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE Telephone Assistance (Local) 111 Local Directory Enquiries 180 International Calls Enquiries 150

111 180 150

‫استعالمات مطار الدوحة العامة‬ ‫استعالمات الرحالت‬ ‫مكتب المساعدة‬ ‫الجمارك‬

44898888 44384333 44394444 44440606 44932888

‫المستشفى األهلي‬ ‫مستشفى عيادة الدوحة‬ ‫مستشفى حمد‬ ‫مركز قطر الطبي‬ ‫مركز الملكة لألسنان‬

44407777 44424722 44658555 44490000 44385888

‫بنك قطر الوطني‬ ‫بنك إتش إي بي سي‬ ‫بنك ستاندارد تشارترد‬ ‫البنك التجاري القطري‬ ‫البنك الدولي اإلسالمي‬



BANKS QNB 44407777 HSBC Qatar 44424722 Standard Chartered Bank 44658555 The Commercial Bank Qatar 44490000 International Islamic 44385888



‫المساعدة الداخلية للهاتف‬ ‫استعالمات الهاتف الداخلية‬ ‫استعالمات الهاتف الخارجية‬

44656666 44656516 44656347 44656464

MEDICAL Al Ahli Hospital 44898888 Doha Clinic 44384333 Hamad Hospital 44394444 Hamad Medical Corporation 44392222 Qatar Medical Centre 44440606 Queen Dental Centre 44932888

‫المساعدة عن طريق الهاتف‬


AIRPORT General Airport Inquiries 44656666 Flight Information 44656516 Information Desk 44656347 Customs 44656464

‫وزارة الخارجية‬ ‫وزارة الداخلية‬ ‫قسم االعالم الخارجي‬ ‫جهاز اإلذاعة والتلفزيون‬ ‫الهيئة العامة للسياحة في قطر‬

Elaat Limousine 44426184 Fox Limousine 44622777 Doha Limousine 44839999 Karwa 44458888 Airport Limousine 44626858 Qatar Limousine 44688688

44426184 44622777 44839999 44458888 44626858 44688688

Emergency Number 999 Emergency Services Electricity & Water 911 Emergency Hamad 44392112 Car Crash Services 44130970 Pediatrics Emergency Center - Hot Line 44396066

999 991 44392112 44130970 44396066

Weather Information 44656590


‫سيارات األجرة‬

‫ليموزين إياليت‬ ‫ليموزين فوكس‬ ‫ليموزين الدوحة‬ ‫كروة‬ ‫ليموزين المطار‬ ‫ليموزين قطر‬

‫خدمات الطوارئ‬ ‫خدمات الطوارئ للكهرباء والماء‬ ‫طوارئ حمد الطبية‬ ‫خدمات أعطال السيارات‬ ‫طوارئ السد لألطفال ـ الخط الساخن‬ ‫معلومات الحالة الجوية‬ 27

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