Al Shaqab is gearing up to welcome talented young riders from around the world to the second edition of the Al Shaqab Internations Camp. Al Shaqab is a member of Qatar Foundation.
Scheduled from 21 February to 8 March at the Longines Arena, the camp will be conducted in two stages. It will offer participants an opportunity to refine their riding skills, while enjoying an enriching experience in a multicultural, motivating and challenging environment.
The programme was designed to include two high-profile qualifying competitions that will be held during the opening of international equestrian events at the Longines Arena – Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines from 27 to 29 February; and the Longines Global Championship Tour (LGCT) First Leg, from 5 to 7 March.
Mohammed Sultan Al Suwaidi, Manager of the Equine Education Department at Al Shaqab, came up with the concept of the camp. Al Suwaidi is a rider himself, with several triumphs to his credit.
We had a fantastic response from the young riders who attended last year’s camp, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We hope for similar positive results this year.
Al Suwaidi said the focus of the camp is not merely on improving the height that a rider can clear. Besides regular lessons and training sessions, he said that they also lined up several unique activities to help participants develop leadership and communication skills. Camp participants will benefit from the opportunity to learn from the experienced world-class riders participating in the LGCT.
Thanks to the cooperation of the Al Shaqab Commercial Department, some of the top riders taking part in CHI Al SHAQAB and LGCT will provide a clinic for camp participants.
Similarly, the qualifying competitions of our camp will be held alongside these events.
These prestigious equestrian competitions offer young riders an opportunity to measure themselves against the best, and to increase their levels of confidence and self-esteem. Al Shaqab’s programmes provide the platform to foster and nurture the next generation of riders, and also promote Qatar’s reputation as a premier sporting destination.