Utter silence filled the world of Arabian horse breeders in the US starting from today – telephone conversations and transactions died down, internet messageboards are deserted. All because of the 2nd Arabian Breeders World Cup taking place in Las Vegas, which drew everyone’s attention to this Mecca of gambling and entertainment. So far it is the only venture of such size in the US organized in European style with the most popular in Europe method of class classification and judging system (although with some modifications). Similarly to the shows in Europe there are no performance classes, which are so popular in the US – although it is true that this similarity was not intentional, there were simply too few entries. The organizers explain this by the close presence of the popular Region 7 show, which will star most of the performance horses.
The cast of this year’s VIP sector in Las Vegas will include renowned breeders from Europe and Middle Eastern sheikhs – in just 2 years of conducting the show the organizers were able to hugely promote the event: Las Vegas is simply a place to be. Today’s inauguration gala will welcome 550 people, while in the VIP sector more than 60 tables were set up.
The jury will consist of European-known Gianmarco Aragno (Italy), supported by Majdi Al Saleh (Jordan), Eduardo Moreira Caio (Brasil), Karen Homer-Brown and Cathy Murphy-Wright (USA), as well as Allan Preston (Australia). The jury will evaluate the horses in the point system (not the comparative system, as it is custom in the US) and will publically announce points for each trait: type, head, neck and shoulders, body and topline, legs, movement.
This year 200 horses from the US, Middle East, South America and Europe will participate in the show, among them Michałów-bred Dumka (Laheeb – Dąbrowa/Probat), owned by Valley Oak Arabians.
The attraction of this year’s show in Las Vegas may be the exotic chestnut Simeon Sehavi (Asfour De – Simeon Sheba/Raadin Royal Star), bred by the Australian Simeon Stud, wielder of titles of 2001 Australian National Top Ten Filly, 2003 Australian Champion Filly, 2007 East Coast & Unanimous Australian National Champion Filly, who after her sale to the Middle East (Dubai Stud) is promoted as a star of the show arena – the American one for now. Today the successes of show horses depend (on a no lesser scale than beauty) on skillful and aggressive marketing. Simeon Sehavi is promoted by Scott Bailey and David Cains, the co-creators of the success of Marajj.
Polskiearaby.com will bring the latest information and photos from the show. So far all the numerously attended guests boast great moods, the sunny weather, present at today’s inaugural show day, is also cooperating. You can watch the show with no charge under http://www.iequine.com/live_feeds/show/1 (after registering). Just as a reminder – the time difference between Poland and the US is 9 hours.
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