Saturday in Verona was a day full of emotions. The European Championships drew enormous crowds, which filled the stands to the last seat already during the first class of the yearling fillies. The class was won by Zawah De Lam (As Kayro – Wilaya De Lam) from France with a total score of 91,7 points. Behind her placed Polish representatives: Espinezja (Psytadel – Entaga), bred and owned by Leszek Jarmuż and Psyche Victoria (Ekstern – Pallas Atena) from Chrcynno Pałac Stud. The extremely pretty Espinezja achieved a total mark of 91,4 points, the judges marking her highest for type and head & neck. Psyche Victoria was not far behind – she scored 91,1.
The next class in the ring were the yearling colts. Here the victor’s palm belonged to Hypnotic Ibn Eternity (Eternity Ibn Navarro – WH Marissa Rose), with 91,6 points. Second came Altis (WH Justice – Albia), bred and owned by Polish private stud Falborek Arabians, who achieved 91,3 points.
The 2 year old fillies class was dominated by the progeny of three stallions: WH Justice, Ekstern and Khidar (represented by three daughters each). The first place went to Psynata (Psytadel – Natalia), with 92,7 points. The owner of this filly is Dubai Arabian Stud. Second came Abha Opalina (WH Justice – Om El Amira Estopa) from Spain with a total score of 92,4 points. The remaining spots in the Top Five were „property” of Polish horses: third spot was taken by Sefora (Ekstern – Sawantka) from Janów Podlaski Stud, with 92,1, fourth – Pinta (Ekstern – Pilar), also from Janów, with the same score, fifth – Eksterna (Ekstern – Emanta), bred and owned by Falborek Arabians, with 91,5 points. Sefora was evaluated higher for type than Pinta, while Pinta received one “20” for movement. Sefora was clearly tired by the journey or perhaps it was not her day: she seemed drowsy, didn’t want to show herself – neither in the pose nor during movement albeit the efforts of handler Johanna Ullström.
In the next class of the 2 year old colts the top spot went to the son of El Amin – the colt Memphis 27 (out of SA Misha Apal) from Belgium with 92,9 points. Second place belonged to the son of Poland’s latest import – FS Bengali – the colt Aja Santana (out of Bey Santeyna) with a score of 91,2 points.
The 3 year old fillies class was dominated by Michałów’s daughters of Gazal Al Shaqab. The winner – Pistoria (out of Palmira) with 93,2 points, second – Ejrene (out of Emocja) with 92,8. Fifth place went to Norma (out of Nina) with 91,3 points. Participating in this class was also Ganga (Emigrant – Granada) of the Poszepczyński family (Chrcynno Pałac Stud), however, although evaluated high (90,4 points), she did not make the Top Five.
Among the 3 year old colts first place went to Im Bayard Cathare (Padrons Immage – Shamilah Bagheera), with a score of 92,3 points. Right behind him was Bolero E.M. (Shaklan Ibn Bengali – Bawos), boasting the same score, but with lesser points for type. The third position belonged to Białka’s Celsjusz (Ekstern – Carina), who was awarded with 91,5 points. Celsjusz gained appreciation with excellent movement (5×19) and type (also 5×19).
The class of 4-6 year old mares was won by Athenaa (Ashhal Al Rayyan – Ass Windi) from Al Khalediah Stables, with a score of 93,58 points, including 3×20 for type and 2×20 for head & neck. Second came Col Cora (out of Catika), the superbly moving daughter of Wagner (boasting a 3/4 Polish pedigree): she was evaluated at 92,7 points. Fourth place belonged to Janów’s Etnologia (Gazal Al Shaqab – Etalanta) with a mark of 92,4. Primadonna (Padrons Psyche – Pelargonia) of Tomasz Tarczyński, also participating in this class, was beyond the Top Five.
The 7-9 year old mares class belonged to Michałów’s Estoria (Laheeb – Ekspozycja), who scored 92,6 points. Second came the extremely feminine, flea-bitten Delicja De Helios (Degon de Helios – Estancja) with 91,9 points and Polish origins. Third place was taken by Białka’s Emika (Eldon – Emoza) with a score of 91,7 points.
The last class of mares 10 years old and above stirred the most commotion. It was conquered in great style by mares from Michałów. The winner was the magnificent Zagrobla (Monogramm – Zguba) with a fantastic score of 94,8 points: 3×20 for type, 1×20 for head & neck, 4×20 for movement. The second place holder was Palmira (Monogramm – Palestra) with 94,2 points: 3×20 for type and as much as 5×20 for movement! The audience cheered on these mares with a standing ovation, shouts and whistling. The third mare Eberia (Ecaho – Ebolia), owned by Jamar Arabians of Belgium, was assessed at 93,6 points. Her owner, Christine Jamar-Demeersseman, told polskiearaby.pl a few minutes after accepting her award: “It was the most beautiful class of the day. The Michałów mares are a class in themselves, that’s why I buy mares in Poland not only for myself, but also for my clients in Europe, Qatar or Dubai. These mares present the highest, world-class standards, they are simply the most gorgeous. It is an enormous breeding success.” The fifth place in this class went to Emocja (Monogramm – Emigracja), also from Michałów, with 91,9 points.
Class results are published by the ANICA website