Titles and prizes went to the winners. Below some reflections about Paris 2006 and Polish team results.
There were no surprises in the finals. In Junior Mare Championships won two years old Bess Fa’Izah, bred by Bessewach Arabians (The Netherlands), owned by Sh. Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi (Ajman Stud, UAE), beating three years old Panarea by Palawan, bred by Michele Boscarion (Italy), also owned by Sh. Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.
Senior Mare Championships wasn’t astonishing as well – the highest scored mares of the classes won again. Senior World Champion Mare became Robin K, bred by Murillo Kamer (Brasil), owned by HH Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Al Khalediah, KSA), before Loubna bred by Ariela Arabians (Israel), owned by Dion Arabians – Ajman Stud, coming back to the European showrings.
In Junior Male finals the winner was three years old Royal Colours, bred by S&M Zischkau (USA), owned by G. Gubbiotti (Italy), before young but already famous Marwan Al Shaqab’ son – Marajj, bred by J.Desmarteau (USA), owned by Al Bidayer Stud (UAE).
In Senior Male finals there were no doubts – and the winner was Al Lahab, bred by Ariela Arabians (Israel), owned by I&H Friedmann (Germany). Reserve Champion was elected Dakharo, bred by Al Bawibiya Stud (KSA), owned by HH Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (KSA).
After this year World Championships the few conclusions about the reality of the European shows comes to ones mind. First and foremost – the Arabian horse market, especially the market of show horses is occupied by Middle Eastern owners and in most cases the winning horses were bred outside the countries they presently represent. The oil shaft’s owners are the best clients in the world so most of the breeders, owners and agents as well as horse trainers can do anything (or almost anything) to have HRH X or Sheik Y as the client.
In the VIP area at 2006 World Championships we saw the crazy cheering when Robin K, Bess Fa’Izah or Panarea by Palawan competed. Let’s hope that the silliness is not in the training centers or judges minds…
One can also notice the trend for SE or partly SE horses recently. They are completely different in type than Pure Polish, sometimes the show SE horses has the lack of correctness but they have the dishy heads of the “seahorse” and the international judges are being admonished not to judge only for heads. The strict Polish breeding program is about breeding the Arabian horse beautiful but also able to perform so it is hard to say objectively if the Polish horses have had smaller or bigger chances to win the titles this year. This is not a time for Pure Polish on the European shows for sure – also considering the time of the most important shows such as Paris is. To be in the perfect condition Arabian horse must be trained and conditioned nearly all over the year. But the Polish horses due to the climate of Poland are preparing themselves to the cold autumn and winter time and the mares are in high pregnancy – it is not the best time for them physically and psychically.
But there was the good point for Polish horses related to Middle Eastern owners at 2006 Salon du Cheval! Sh. Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi (Ajman Stud, UAE) fell in love with Michałów-bred Esparto so much that he leased him during the show and put into the training to Frank Spönle in Paris already! Esparto will not come back to Michałów – and will be standing at Frank Spönle center being prepared for the next shows. It seems that the new leaser counts on this Pure Polish stallion very much so maybe, because of the Esparto’s new home Pure Polish Arabians will come back into the European top soon!