Doha, 30 August 2020 - A third-place finish in the 12th and finale round on Saturday was enough for Hamad Nasser Al Qadi to emerge as the Big Tour champion of the 3rd annual Longines Qatar Equestrian Tour Hathab 2019-20 season which concluded at the Qatar Equestrian Federation’s Indoor Arena.
In what came down to a gripping battle, both Al Qadi and Faleh Suwead Al Ajami battled for the Big Tour honours. Both seemed to have been straddled by nerves as they committed faults at crucial stages. In the end, Al Ajami’s total 12 faults to Al Qadi’s eight made for the big difference.
Nasser Al Qadi, who went into the final round four points ahead of Al Ajami, finished with overall 184 points (from all the twelve rounds throughout the year) as he led his trusted 15-year-old gelding SIEC Lonnie to third place. Al Ajami eventually finished fourth yesterday with Carport, but slipped to third overall with 179 points .
The final round was won by Nasser Al Ghazali riding Quel Homme, but that was only enough for him to come fourth in the overall title race.
Salman Mohammed Al Emadi surprisingly walked away with overall runner-up trophy after tallying 179 points, as he finished behind Al Ghazali on the The Toymaker.
Nasser Al Qadi was delighted on clinching the title. “Despite finishing third in the 12th round, I’m so happy I could still emerge on top. It was not an easy competition and this experience will stand me in good stead moving forward,” he said.
The Medium tour title went to the impressive Mohammed Khalifa Al Baker, who finished second with Verona.
Ghanim Al Qadi triumphed in the final round but had to settle for overall runner-up as he ended four points behind Al Baker.
The in-from Mohammed Saeed Haidan came fourth as his title hopes came crashing down and finished last on
“My aim was to win the Medium Tour title and I’m happy I got to achieve that aim. It was a very satisfying experience,” said Al Baker after his victory.
The Small Tour was won by Mohammed Al Ghazali, who finished second with Dino BB yesterday. Meanwhile, Maryam Ahmad Al Boinin put on a faultless round with Vol De Nuit Tardonne to clinch the final Small Tour competition.
The team competition annual honours were bagged by the ‘Top Team’ represented by Faleh Al Ajami, Hussein Haidan, Syed Al Abara and Muhammad Abara.
Fahed AbdulKareem emerged as the overall champion in the Future Riders’ category while Jessica Waldon topped the Dressage (Level 1) competition. Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi won the title for dressage (Level 2). It may be noted that the dressage and Future Riders’ competitions were stopped after the 9th Hathab round following the coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking on the successful complettion of the third annual Longines Qatar Equestrian Tour Hathab series, Omar bin Khalid Al Mannai, Vice Chairman of the Organising Committee said that this year Hathab faced difficulties because of the pandemic but they overrode the challenges after a four-month long break with enthusiasm, steadfastness and ambition.
“The resumption was a continuation of our commitment to the riders, horse owners, sponsors that the season is completed also inkeeping with Qatar Equestrian Federation’s collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee and as per the protocols and measures set by the Ministry of Public Health,” he said.
Mannai stressed that the Hathab championship was launched in 2017 with a purpose and according to the directives of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President, Qatar Olympic Committee, and based on the existence of a very successful partnership between the Qatar Equestrian Federation and Al Shaqab, which is contributing to the emergence of future generation of riders and to prepare them for international competition.
The championship winners were crowned by Al Mannai, Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee, Ali Al Rumaihi, Director of the Championship, Bader Al Darwish, Member of the Organizing Committee and Secretary-General of the Qatari and Asian Equestrian Federations.
Volunteers of the Qatar Red Crescent, headed by Abdul Rahman Al Mahdi, were also honoured on the occasion.Results (12th & final round)Small Tour
Table A, Two rounds with jump off (2nd Rnd), Art. 2188.8.131.52+ 4.4 (100/115cm), Prize: QR15,000
1. Rider: Maryam Ahmad Al Boinin; Horse: Vol De Nuit Tardonne; Faults: 0; Time: 48.36secs; Jump-Off Faults: 8; Time: 33.13secs; Prize: QR4,125
2. Z Mohammed Al Ghazali; Dino BB; 0; 44.74secs; 8; 34.67secs; QR3,375
3. Mohammed Nasser Al Qadi; Vlacido; 0; 45.97secs; 4; QR2,625
Table A, Two rounds with jump off (2nd Rnd), Art. 2184.108.40.206+ 4.4 (120/130cm); Prize-Money: QR20,000
1. Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi; Jazz De Semilly KZ (Dupli); 0; 45.62secs; 4; 32.85secs; QR5,500
2. Mohammed Khalifa Al Baker; Verona; 0; 43.72secs; 4; 33.12secs; QR4,500
3. Jaber Rashid Al Amri; Canavaro De Muze (E.T.); 0; 44.58secs; 0; el; QR3,500
Table A, Two rounds with jump off (2nd Rnd), Art. 2220.127.116.11+ 4.4 (130/145cm); Prize-Money: QR40,000
1. Nasser Al Ghazali; Quel Homme; 0; 56.10secs; 0; 31.64secs; QR11,200
2. Salman Mohammed Al Emadi; The Toymaker; 0; 57.64secs; 0; 32.45secs; QR9,200
3. Hamad Nasser Al Qadi; SIEC Lonnie; 4; 57.86secs; 8; QR7,000.Overall StandingsBig Tour: 1. Hamad Nasser Al Qadi 184pts,
2. Salman Mohammed Al Emadi 179, 3. Faleh Suwead Al Ajami 178, 4. Nasser Al Ghazali 176,
5. Khalid Mohammed Al Emadi 175.
Medium Tour: 1. Mohammed Khalifa Al Baker 193pts; 2. Ghanim Nasser Al Qadi 187; 3. Mohammed Saeed Haidan 184; 4. Mohammad Hazim Abara 175; 5. Alqaqa Adel Nassar 170.
Small Tour: 1. Mohammed Al Ghazali 191pts; 2. Khalifa Abdulla Al Khaldi 188.5; 3. Mohammed Nasser Al Qadi 186.5; 4. Ali Mohammed Al Marri 162, 5. Abdulaziz Ghanim Al Nuami 158.