The Gaitpost’s Ellie Kelly was lucky enough to head out to Doha to rub shoulders with heiresses, Royalty and world number ones and soak in the ambience and sunshine. As well as witnessing some great British performances.
If you could dream up the perfect Equestrian event, the CHI held at Al Shaqab last week was close to that. For starters there’s the competition set in the pleasant Middle Eastern spring sunshine: three disciplines of 5* Showjumping, 5* Dressage and the first major Para-Dressage event since the Rio Paralympics.
Then there are the incredible facilities for horse, rider, groom, owner etc. From air conditioned stables to the very best surfaces, vast arenas, gallop tracks, and an extensive veterinary centre. There is an indoor arena where the roof can peel back – less like Wimbledon centre court, more like NASA space centre.