Qatar can certainly be called a place where the past meets the splendor of the future, this is the theme that opens the introduction to this year’s show catalogue in the Qatari capital of Doha. The very name of Katara is not only the show, but also the place where it takes place – Katara Cultural Village. The organization of the international Arabian horse festival in this very place is part of the broad concept of Qatar, which allocates huge funds to promote the country, its own tradition and achievements.
Arabian horse breeding in Qatar is part of a broadly understood project concerning the development of various equestrian disciplines, racing and, above all, Arabian horse breeding as its own cultural heritage.
The Katara show, which is in its third edition this year, has undoubtedly become the most important and one of the most prestigious events of this type in the world. In fact, Katara has become a class all on its own, as this show cannot be compared to any other. It is not only about the amount of financial prizes, organizational momentum, or an extremely charming, tasteful spectacle. The organizers managed to create an image of an event where everyone, absolutely everyone in the Arabian horse industry, wants to be. Katara has become an extremely prestigious show for breeders and people from all over the world. Thanks to the hospitality of the hosts and their great generosity, Arabian horse breeders and enthusiasts from all continents meet in Qatar. The experience of previous editions makes everything work extremely smoothly, and the team responsible for the technical organization and punctuality has been the same since the first edition, which ensures everyone the comfort of using their own experiences.
The show ring, as in previous years, is located on the seashore, surrounded by fishing boats, and the tribunes located on three sides are stylized as a Bedouin tent. This year, however, the VIP sector is much larger than during the first edition. The interior design, organization of catering, reception, VIP zones, smoking rooms, prayer rooms, media center and outdoor exhibitions accompanying the show are only a small part of the attractions that can only be described with admiration. The momentum and, at the same time, the precision with which the show is conducted, deserves recognition and admiration. Classes start and end as scheduled, although the winners’ decorations are heavily celebrated in keeping with local tradition.
The atmosphere in this huge tent is extremely lively, and thanks to the well-planned communication, many people move around, which gives the impression that the whole tent is in constant motion. Considering that there are still about 1,500 people present during the classes, movement is very comfortable. The guests who are present in the tent, with great respect for the hosts, have adapted to the local dress code, but the number of Chanel bags per m2 makes the head spin. Sophisticated models of Hermes, Prada or Louis Vuitton often distract attention from what is happening in the ring. And there’s a lot going on!
The organizers, similarly to the Arabian Peninsula Horse Show, which ended only five days earlier, issue a catalogue for each day separately in an online version, displayed on tablets at each VIP table and in smartphones after scanning the QR code. And so on the first day in the catalogue we had 76 horses in the yearling and two year old classes. While there were no great stars among the yearling colts, in the filly classes, especially the 2-3 year olds, emotions dictated by the quality were huge. It promises to be an exciting fight in the final.
A very good impression was made by the winner of class 2B two year old fillies, one can undoubtedly call her phenomenal – the grey D Najlah, another daughter of the mare Elle Flamenca (by Ajman Moniscione) and the stallion D Seraj (by FA El Rasheem) taking over the world’s arenas. Her remarkably feminine type and harmony of build combined with great charisma and endowed with good movement promises that she will be a strong candidate for the medal. Her score, although high (92.63 points), was unsatisfactory, as if the judges did not appreciate her enough. It should be added that 12 judges are evaluating at the same time. This is somewhat reminiscent of a jury in an American film, and as in the film, there are many contradictions among them.
On the next, second day of the classes, 72 horses competed. An exciting fight, keeping the audience in suspense until the end, was fought by three year old colts in class 6. The titled son of D Seraj and FT Shaella, the grey D Sharar from Dubai Stud, with a score of 93.31 points, had to give way to the bay Lehon with 93.38 points, by FA El Rasheem, owned by Aljassimya Farm from Qatar, who undoubtedly had a successful day.
The results of the classes so far herald an extremely high level in the finals and the next day of competition in the senior mare and stallion classes will be a battle of great and titled stars for the next titles. We will certainly see many World Champions and All Nations Cup medalists. Today is the third day of the KATARA festival, the second to last!