“This venue is fantastic — nothing has been spared,” said showjumper Shane Breen, who had made his first visit to Al Shaqab in Doha last week. And he was spot on.

From the size of the arenas, to the number of warm-up rings, air-conditioned stables and bling VIP area, everything was bigger and bolder in Qatar. Walkways were swept, railings polished and seats dusted — leaving you wondering whether Qatari horses ever saw mud.

Take a look at CHI Al Shaqab 2014 in pictures

Pictures courtesy of CHI Al Shaqab

Read the full report from CHI Al Shaqab in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (20 March 2014)

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