Doha, Qatar – February 25, 2021 – Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab presented by Longines 2021, the signature event of Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, got off to an exciting start at the iconic Longines Arena at Al Shaqab.
The eighth edition of the international event organized by Al Shaqab is being held from February 25-27. A total of 85 riders from 27 countries are competing in the Olympic disciplines of showjumping, dressage, and para dressage.
Julian Epaillard (FRA) enjoyed a triumphant return to Al Shaqab, repeating his first-day heroics of last year’s event, when he triumphed in two classes. Riding Safari d‘Auge, he emerged victorious in the €25,400 Two-Phase Special Class CSI 5*, completing the second section of the 1.45m challenge in 32.19 seconds.
Henrik von Eckerman (SWE) finished second on Carlotta (Cornet Obolensky x Arpeggio) in 33.06 seconds.
The Swede was followed by his countryman, Peder Fredricson (SWE), who rode Hansson WL (Hip Hop x Iowa) to third place in 33.34 seconds.
In line with the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the venue is being restricted to 10 percent of its capacity. As a further precautionary measure, there isn’t a Festival Area this year.
Tickets can be purchased at the venue on event days. Fans unable to access the venue can still catch all the action, as the event will be broadcast live on Al Kass TV and beIN Sports, while it will also be live-streamed on Al Shaqab’s website, alshaqab.com.
Final Results – €25,400 Two-Phase Special Class CSI 5*
1) Julien Epaillard (FRA) & Safari d’Auge – 0 / 0 – 32.19
2) Henrik von Eckerman (SWE) & Carlotta – 0 / 0 – 33.06
3) Peder Fredricson (SWE) & Hanson WL – 0 / 0 – 33.34
Source: Press release by Ridwan Bawaa / Gema Advertising for Chi Al Shaqab Events
Photos: © Al Shaqab / Mario Grassia