In their first meeting, QREC Board decide:
Launch package of self-financed and sponsor-funded projects
Issa Al Mohannadi: New school for future riders and expansion of Al Rayyan Racecourse
HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) Chairman, chaired the first meeting of the QREC Board of Directors following the decision of HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, the Minister of Culture and Sports, to form the QREC Board of Directors for another term of four years.
The Board Members, including the new Member, Ahmad bin Mohammed Alabdulmalik, as well as Nasser bin Sherida Al Kaabi, QREC CEO, were present at the meeting.
During the meeting, several matters related to QREC were discussed and some important decisions were made in favour of the Qatar’s equestrian Sport and its progress. Such decisions included a package of projects to develop the QREC’s infrastructure and to achieve the QREC’s vision of promoting Qatar as a world hub for horse racing.
Following the meeting, HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, said: “We would like to thank HE the Minister of Culture and Sports for supporting QREC and commitment to provide stability, which ensures realising the planned objectives in the coming years. The first meeting saw the launch of a package of projects aimed to develop the infrastructure at QREC in favour of the Qatar’s equestrian Sport, especially as such projects will be self-financed by QREC and also funded through sponsorships by a number of the country’s organisations collaborating with QREC.
“This package of projects includes the expansion of the QREC Al Rayyan Racecourse to match the scope and standing of horse racing in Qatar at present. This step will deliver an excellent result for owners, trainers and jockeys and will maximise the racecourse’s capacity and, consequently, bring about a significant move in the international and the local race meetings run every season. It has also been decided to build a riding school at QREC and provide the necessary related support. It is considered as one of the most important projects at QREC as it is intended for future riders in order to produce new riders who can take over in future. The new school project is built on previous related steps made by QREC in terms of organising rides for young riders (pony rides), the latest of which was held during the HH The Amir Sword Festival. This type of rides will help produce a base of young and new riders over the time.
“It has also been decided to complete the development of the quarantine in line with the international requirements and to concurrently operate the Vet Clinic. In addition, new stables will be built to meet the needs of QREC and all participants and to provide the best environment for horses, which will, in turn, enhance their performance. It was further agreed, during the meeting, to establish the Qatar National Stud with a view to supporting Qatari jockeys in riding on a larger scale in local race meetings and also providing them with the opportunity to ride overseas with the Stud’s horses. This will increase the base of riders as well as their chances of riding. In fact, QREC is committed to providing Qatari riders with training opportunities such as the training camp, which was organised for them in South Africa. In addition, the Stud’s activities will include breeding by the QREC’s excellent stallions.”
QREC Board of Directors
HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, the Minister of Culture and Sports, has issued a decision forming the QREC Board of Directors recently, consisting of the Chairman HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, the Vice-Chairman Hamad bin Abdulrahman Al Attiyah and the Members Khalid bin Mohammed Al Ali, Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ahmad bin Mohammed Alabdulmalik and Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Kuwari. The decision states that the term of the current Board is four years and that the Board shall act in accordance with the terms of reference and powers stipulated in the QREC’s Statutes, which were approved by the HE the Minister before the end of last year.