Riders, horses strut their stuff at kick-off of CHI Al Shaqab

Doha – The third edition of CHI Al Shaqab, a prestigious equestrian event in which riders compete in vaulting, jumping, dressage and endurance, kicked off yesterday at the indoor arena at the Al Shaqab stables.

“CHI,” which stands for Concours Hippique International, is the official title given by the International Equestrian Federation (IEF) to international competitions with three or more equine disciplines. The Qatar edition is the only certified event in the Middle East and Asia, and is being streamed live online here.

This year’s event will see 250 riders from 33 countries compete across disciplines, including Carl Hester – a member of the gold medal British team at the London 2012 Olympics; Austrian Lisa Wild – the first woman to complete a backflip on a horse; and World No. 1 jumping start Scott Brash.

“The inclusion of (this category) in the CHI Al Shaqab 2015 competition…serves as a message of social inclusion and equal opportunity,” said the event’s director, Omar Al Mannai, in a statement.

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Source News: Doha News
All photos by Chantelle D’mello