The auction of purebred Arabians was a pre-event to the prestigious Katara International Arabian Horse Festival

The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club recently held an auction at Katara esplanade as a curtain-raiser to the much-anticipated Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF), held under the patronage of HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. 

The Katara Purebred Arabian Horses – Qualifiers Auction, which featured only horses that are registered and qualified for the KIAHF Title Show, received an enthusiastic response from horse owners and equine enthusiasts.

A total of 11 purebred Arabian show horses were auctioned off. The highest successful bid was placed on Ghazi Al Nasser (2015, grey stallion) which was sold for QAR200,000 to Al Markhia Stud. Although Jaal AlJassimya (2015) drew much interest from participating bidders with the highest bid reaching QAR370,000, the stallion remained unsold. Gharshoubat Al Hazza (2019, yearling filly) and Jawad Al Shanaiya (2016, stallion) were both sold at QAR100,000 each.

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Purebred Arabian Horses

The auction offered horse owners who could not register previously for the KIAHF Title Show the chance to participate in the distinguished event by purchasing one of the qualified horses. The auction was open to the public.

Katara General Manager and Chairman of the KIAHF Organising Committee, HE Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, said that the vision behind the Qualifiers Auction is to uphold Qatar’s position as a global centre for Arabian horse auctions of the highest and most authentic standards.

Dr Al Sulaiti said they also aim to provide horse breeders, owners, and equine enthusiasts the opportunity to sell and purchase superior purebred Arabian horses. The Arabians that were up for the auction were among the finest, as they have previously won regional or international championships.

We aim to encourage and enable more horse owners to participate in the Qatar International Arabian Horse Championships as well as other local and international championships. Our goal is to promote Qatar’s endeavour to preserve and perpetuate the Arabian breed.

The Title Show, which is scheduled this coming 3 to 6 February is the principal event of the Horse Festival. It will witness the participation of over 300 splendid horses from Europe and the Middle East. The Title Show promises to offer equine enthusiasts a visual treat. The festival, scheduled from 2 until 6 February, is also set to offer fun and entertainment activities for the entire family.

While the public can avail free access to the festival area during KIAHF, limited seats are available for the Title Show. Ticket validity for the public is limited to one day. All tickets can be purchased through the festival website, kiahf.qa


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