The auction at the Arabian Horse Festival is a great success

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Doha: The second edition of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF 2022) took place last night at the Katara Esplanade, showcasing 38 horses from the oldest farms and stables in the State of Qatar with a wide participation of owners of horses.

The auction was attended by Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, dignitaries, horse owners, breeders and sports fans equestrian.

The auction event took place under strict precautionary measures in accordance with the safety standards followed in the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with all social distancing measures being followed.

Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival auction in Katara yesterday.

Commenting on the success of the organization of KIAHF, Secretary General of the KIAHF Organizing Committee, Malika Mohammed Al Shraim, said that horse riding is one of the most important sports for which Qatar provides great support, as it has worked tirelessly to implement international standards in the championships it organises, which has made it a global and distinctive sporting destination for horse owners and breeders and horse enthusiasts seeking distinctive championships who help preserve authentic Arab heritage, elevate the name of Qatar and make the nation proud in the equestrian field.
She added that the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival is one of the most important sporting events and aims to protect the rich equestrian heritage through the diversity of its activities related to horses and equestrian sports, art and to culture.

Nasser bin Sherida Al Kaabi of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, praised the professional level of organization of the KIAHF auction, which witnessed a qualitative and distinguished participation of the most prominent purebred Arabian horse breeds , noting that the start of the auction was a great success amid great enthusiasm from horse owners.

He added that the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival is one of the biggest international festivals dedicated to show horses and that it witnesses a large presence of the best and most prestigious international horses, pointing out that the festival is is written a certificate of achievement thanks to the great cooperation between the constituent bodies of the organizing committee, in the forefront of which is the Katara Cultural Village Foundation.

He noted that the vision for the auction is based on the State of Qatar becoming a global center for auctions of the oldest and highest quality Arabian horses, and promoting a culture of interest in bidding to participate in the Purebred Arabian Horse Championships. organized locally and internationally. The auction is also intended to provide an opportunity for interested Arabian horse owners, breeders and enthusiasts. Thoroughbreds, to acquire the best horses, especially since the horses offered at auction are of the finest types and have already won international and regional championships.

The KIAHF is organized by the Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, in association with the Qatar Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon Federation, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and the Qatar Foundation. The 11-day festival has a total prize pool of QAR 17,083,500.

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