Sheikh Ali took up riding because his love of horses drew him to it, he then took up showjumping aged 17. Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani has appeared in many of the world's most prestigious jumping events, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, Arab League, FEI World Cup Jumping, and Global Champions Tour.
Notable performances include 4th place with his team at the Asian Games in Doha (2006), 6th place with his team at the Pan Arab Games in Cairo in 2007 and 3rd place at the CSI4* Grand Prix in Braunschweig. In April 2012 he was named the Rolex One to Watch, jumping 151 places up in the Rolex rankings. Sheikh Ali qualified for the FEI World Cup Final in 2012 and 2013 and is part of the Qatari team trained by Jan Tops.
Competed in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games
Competed in the 2007 Pan-Arab Games
Competed in the 2010 and 2014 World Championships
2011 Pan-Arab Games Team Silver medalist with Sieshof's Abraksas
Qualified for the 2012 and 2013 FEI World Cup Final
2014 Asian Games Team Gold medallist with Vienna Olympic
2016, 2017 & 2018 GCL team rider for Doha Fursan Qatar
2019 GCL rider for Doha Falcons