I’ve have always dreamed of one day owning my own horse! Living in Qatar, where horses are such a part of their culture, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to start learning more about them.
My internet search of riding schools in Qatar introduced me to Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre.
Today I drove south to find the stables, located on the property of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum off of Dukhan Highway.
Locating the stables was a bit tricky. GPS was helpful, but not enough because of construction along the way. Frustrated after taking so many wrong exits, I decided to take an exit taking me to one of the landmarks on my way to the stables, the Amiri Guard Camp, in hopes I would find a sign to point me in the right direction. The Amiri Guard Camp is where the guards of the Emir are trained. An Amiri Guard was parked outside the camp entrance. I pulled up behind him, and with my Canadian politeness but nervous as the Amiri Guard are soldiers, I walked up to the drivers side window. He rolled down his window and with a smile he was very happy to show me where the stable was, by my following him and he would lead me to the proper exit! I hopped back into my car feeling excited with the bit of privilege that I felt because an Amiri Guard was helping me!
With his help, I was easily able to locate Sheikh Faisal’s property and the stables!
The stable was unlike any I’d find in Halifax because the stalls were filled with hot blooded Arabian or Thoroughbred horses!
I immediately bonded with a woman named Tara who is from the UK, has been riding since she was four years old, works in finance but spends her spare time at the stables – riding three times a week. She showed me around a bit, introduced me to some of the horses and is lending me a pair of riding boots and chaps for my first lesson tomorrow morning!!
Watch the young Thoroughbred and Arabian horses run!
A young Thoroughbred and Arabian play together:
Somebody pinch me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!