Longines Hathab Equestrian Tour will resume tomorrow after it was forced to take long break due to the emergence of coronavirus pandemic.
The third season of the annual series, which started in October 2019, was originally scheduled to conclude in April this year. It had been suspended, after the completion of the ninth Tour, in line with national health guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The remaining three rounds will take place at the Qatar Equestrian Federation Arena and will feature only the showjumping (Individual and Teams) competitions.
Dressage and Future Riders competitions have been cancelled. The 10th leg of the Tour, which carries QR1mn in total prize money, will be held tomorrow and Saturday.
The 11th leg is scheduled to take place a week later, while there is a two week gap for the final and 12th leg, which will be held over three days on August 27, 28, and 29.
For the health and safety of fans, the remaining three rounds will take place without spectators, but the action will be broadcast live Al Kass TV.
Tomorrow, the competition will kick off with Small Tour (100-115cm) at 4pm, followed by individual and team competitions of the Medium Tour (120- 130cm) at 6.45pm.
On Saturday, Open Class (115-125cm) and Big Tour (130-145cm) competitions will take place at 4pm and 6.45pm respectively.
There is a close fight for the Big Tour title, with Salman Mohamed al-Emadi (172 points) currently having a slender six-point lead over Nasser al-Ghazali (166). Mohammed Sultan al-Suwaidi is third with 164, just two points behind al-Ghazali.
The contest is even tighter in the Medium Tour as Ghanem Nasser al-Qadi (178) has only one point lead over Mohamed Khalifa al-Baker (177). Mohamed Hazim Abara with 174 points is third at the moment.
Small Tour is led by Mohamed Nasser al-Qadi (170). Khalifa Abdulla al-Khaldi (168) is at the second spot, followed by Mohamed al-Ghazali who has accumulated 166 points over the nine rounds so far.
Source : Gulf Times