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 so many wrong exits, I decided to try an exit near a landmark before the stables – the Amiri Guard Camp, in hopes I would find a sign to the stables and point me in the right direction. An Amiri Guard was parked outside the camp entrance. I pulled up behind him and parked my car. With my Canadian politeness but nervous as the Amiri Guard are soldiers, I walked up to the driver’s side window of the guard’s SUV and said hello! He rolled down his window and with a smile he was very happy to show me where the stable! He would lead the way to the proper exit! I hopped back into my car feeling excited with the bit of privilege because I had an Amiri Guard escort/guide!
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, well a Sheikh owns it and 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!