Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, and Al Rayyan Stud will hold an Open house and auction of exquisite Arabian and Peninsula horses this weekend at Al Shaqab. The Open House is scheduled to take place in Al Shaqab’s Indoor Arena, situated within the Equine Education Department, starting at 9pm on Friday, May 17. It will provide an opportunity for horse lovers and horse owners to observe and appraise the foals and mares that will be in the auction, which will take place at 9pm on Saturday, May 18 at the same venue.
The horses will be progenies of the prestigious stallions and mares which are bred through the successful breeding program being implemented by Al Shaqab. Twenty-one horses, most of them belonging to Al Shaqab, will be auctioned.
Over the years, Al Shaqab has bred several prize-winning stallions and mares that have won awards at international shows. The breeding programme includes international Arabian horses, combining all Arabian bloodlines; Peninsula horses, as determined by international breeders’ association The Pyramid Society; and the traditional Qatari bloodlines of the past.
Sheikh Hamad bin Ali al-Thani, Manager of the Al Shaqab Breeding & Show Department, said: “In protecting and conserving Qatar’s equestrian heritage, Al Shaqab’s breeding philosophy has been to preserve the Arabian breed and to produce horses that are beautiful and athletic, with great moral character and kindness. Seven world champion stallions are key to Al Shaqab’s programme and they are among the finest Arabian horses on the planet. These stallions have sired several progenies who have continued to win at some of the most prestigious shows.”
Recently, Al Shaqab was triumphant at the Marina di Pietrasanta 2019 Arabian Horse Show in Italy, when four of the six horses won top honours – Ghalliba Al Shaqab, a filly, and Aqil Al Shaqab, a champion colt, won gold medals, while Te Al Shaqab and Thamamah Al Shaqab, won silver.
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