To revive the old horsemanship, and to remind the current generation of the horsemanship of the first, the horse track (Midmar) in Darb Al Saai witnessed a new event for shooting on horseback, evoking that traditional sport that was popular in the past, and within the framework of keenness to highlight the ancient Qatari heritage and skill Knights.
The event witnessed a remarkable presence on the part of Darb Al Saai pioneers, who watched the knights racing to achieve their goal by shooting from horseback.
The interest of Darb Al Saai pioneers to follow the race reflects their passion for this ancient heritage, and for learning about this traditional sport.
Mr. Fouad Al Mudhahka, the Head of the shooting activity, described this event as a form of ancient equestrianism, in which sword, spear and bow are used from horseback.
He said: In this event, we relied on the bow and sword because they are among the most difficult skills, and despite that, we are presenting them for the first time, pointing out that this sport was popular with the Arabs in ancient wars, and it is also considered one of the ancient methods of hunting with a bow, in addition to the arrow.
Regarding the extent to which the first Qataris knew this sport, he said: The land of Qatar was famous for manufacturing arrowheads, which makes such a sport one of the ancient Qatari heritage.
He added by saying that: The event, which is held on Friday of every week, witnesses a display of traditional equestrian skills, and that it will also be displayed next Friday, by shooting at three targets, one towards the front, and the second towards the back, and the third direction simulates hit-and-run, which was known in the past, but in safe ways this time, as the horse enters between the light arcs, in complete simulation of the traditional methods.
Regarding the purpose of this event, Mr. Fouad Al-Madhaha stressed that it aims to revive the traditional Qatari heritage and revive it among the current generation, due to the presence of an incomplete perception among the current generation that horses were not used in hunting and wars, and then the use of weapons with them.
He pointed out that the most famous weapons that the knights used in the past were the sword and spear, and with them they were completed, and thus the real and traditional ones were completed on horseback.
He said that, “We seek to revive integrated equestrianism in a safe manner, without it being limited to horseback riding only.”
He continued by saying that: The event relied on speed and accuracy, based on the objective criteria that were relied upon.
On the extent of the public turnout, Mr. Fouad Al-Mudhahka described it as very remarkable, as such events witness a remarkable turnout on the part of Darb Al Saai pioneers, which means that the event attracts its audience from those wishing to learn about ancient equestrian, especially since horses, of course, often attract the audience.
He also describes the Darb Al Saai track (Midmar), which the event is witnessing, as very suitable, as it is prepared for holding such events, which reflects that all the conditions and atmosphere were available for the event, which means that it achieved its goals.
He also describes the Darb Al Saai track (Midmar), which the event is witnessing, as very suitable, as it is ready to hold such events, which reflects that all the conditions and atmosphere were available for the event, which means that it achieved its goals.