Doha, 31 October 2021 - Mohammed Saeed Haidan clinched his second win in as many days as the second round of the Longines Hathab Qatar Equestrian Tour came to a conclusion at the Qatar Equestrian Federation’s (QEF) indoor arena.
Haidan, who won the Medium tour with D Saucedo on Friday, yesterday emerged triumphant in the Big Tour Class, toping a field which included a number of champion riders astride Miss Chili.
Haidan and the 13-year-old mare completed the round in 56.21 secs while making no mistakes to top a strong field which saw 14 of the best horses in action as the Qatari rider bagged QR11,250 in prize money to sign off with back to back success in Round 2 of the popular equestrian tour.
Hamad Nasser Al Qadi, a former Big Tour champion, came second yesterday when his 10-year-old mare Gibria-B completed the round in 57.42 secs. Hamad won QR9,000 in prize money for the effort.
The defending Big Tour champion, Nasser Al Ghazali, astride Quel Homme, completed the podium with a ride that lasted 67.78 secs with no errors as he won QR6,750 in prize money.
Earlier, in the Open Class, Hussain Saeed Haidan and 12-year-old gelding Viahipi D’auzay cruised to victory with a brilliant time on the board. Viahipi D’auzay topped the 48-strong field with two rounds of 31.79 secs and 28.85 secs to capture the top prize of QR6,250.
Hussain and his favourite gelding had an impressive run, finishing two-seconds ahead of their closest rival Salmeen Sultan Al Suwaidi who was astride Guilder’s Empire Of The Sun.
Salmeen and the 12-year-old gelding clocked a time of 30.85 in phase 2 of yesterday’s round to book the second place which also earned the rider a prize cheque worth QR5,000.
Saeed Nasser Al Qadi and the QEF-owned bay mare Best Of Des Forets booked the remaining spot on the podium with 30.91 secs as the popular rider got richer by QR3,750.
Yesterday's winners were crowned by Abdullah Muhammad Al Marri, President of the Future Riders Teams, and Sheikh Khalid bin Nasser Al Thani.
The hugely popular series has 12 more rounds remaining, having seen two extra rounds added this season.
The annual equestrian tour, organised and hosted jointly by Qatar Equestrian Federation and Al Shaqab, aims to improve the standard of showjumping among Qatari youth, while providing opportunities for young riders to get involved in riding in a competitive atmosphere.