The Katara KIAHF Show will be held in the capital of Qatar, Doha, between February 2nd and 6th, in a particularly prestigious place, the Katara Cultural Village, a beachfront location and the cultural centre of Doha. During these days a show arena and VIP sectors are built there. This is the first such high-level show for Arabian horses in the 2021 season, advertised as an exceptionally luxurious event with a prize pool of 13 million Qatari riyals (approx. 4 million EUR, or 13 million PLN). The event is affiliated as a “Title Show” from 2020, so it is equal in category to the All Nations Cup in Aachen or the World Championships in Paris.
In previous years, the show was organized under the name of Qatar International Arabian Horse Show. This is its 30th, jubilee edition. Over 300 horses have already been entered for the show. As the polskiearaby.com website has found out, some Middle Eastern studs will present real stars, world champions and All Nations Cup champions. Even horses that have not been shown for several years are now returning to their show form to battle it out for huge financial prizes. In recent months Qatari studs have made large purchases of highly decorated horses on various continents, in almost all age categories. Interestingly, the organizer has announced an auction of Arabian horses, which will take place on January 29th, and only horses entered for the KIAHF show will be auctioned. So just before the show, the horse will be able to change owners. We do not yet know in what mode the auction will take place.
His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Katara International Arabian Horse Festival said: “Qatar has a long-standing legacy of equestrian excellence and a deep love and appreciation of the Arabian breed.”
Exactly which horses from Poland will be presented at this highly anticipated by the Arab world show and whether at all – we will find out on February 4th, on opening day. We do not know yet how the number of entries (open until January 14th) will be affected by the agreement concluded a few days ago between the Persian Gulf countries, called the “solidarity and stability” agreement, in which Qatar participates. We do know, however, that the handshake of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al-Thani, with the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Muhammad Ibn Salman, is referred to in the media as the “handshake of the year”. The closed borders, as well as the air and sea space in the region, have been opened.
We will be bringing you up to date coverage of the show on the polskiearby.com website.