Before that though, European riders at Doha will be looking forward to the European Championships in Rotterdam later this summer.
Among those are reigning grade I European champion Julie Payne and her team mate Amanda Shirtcliffe, as well as a four s trong Irish team including Kate Kerr-Horan and Rosemary Gaffney.
Canada’s Bert Sheffield has also made the trip, and competes on Fairuza - known affectionately as Wonky.
The trip to Doha is the first time she has left the UK where Sheffield is based, let alone be loaded into a crate and flown anywhere. Before they left, Sheffield admitted to being “mildly terrified.”
“Wonky’s not even been on a ferry,” she said. “I don’t know how she will cope as she will be handled by people she doesn’t know.”
As it turns out, Wonky handled the journey perfectly and arrived in Doha fit and well.
Sheffield added: “She’s coping with everything so far like she has been doing this all her life. I am both proud and bewildered by her reaction.
“It would be fantastic to do well here as she is so special to me. She has gone from zero to where she is now and is such a great horse.”
It was a close-run thing however to make it to the competition. Before each horse travels a vet has to leave a full set of signed and stamped paperwork certifying their fitness to fly.
“The vet left them on Wonky’s stable door for me to find,” laughed Sheffield. “I found her eating them. The damage wasn’t too great, but it was close!”
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