The first day of the prestigious A class show in Wels imposed a high standard. As expected, the arena gathered interesting young stars – especially the progeny of the stallions WH Justice and Al Lahab garnered large attention. It also did not lack horses already known from other shows, as Mahala and Al Milan (both by Al Lahab), Sophie El Power JQ (by Power World JO), Hypnotic Ibn Eternity-D (by Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D), Aja Sandstorm (by Psytadel), MM Fabrizio (by CH El Brillo). No disappointment came from Michałów’s young mares – Ejrene, Pistoria and El Medina (all by Gazal Al Shaqab), who placed in the Top Five of their classes, while Ejrene turned out to be the highest scored horse of the show’s first day – she was awarded with 93,17 points and of course won her class. Also making it to the Top Five in their classes were: Elmaran (by Al Maraam) – 3rd, Garuna (by Grafik) – also 3rd, Wasa (by WH Justice) – 4th and Lord Bey Shah (by Psytadel) who ended up 3rd. While Emesa (by Laheeb) won her class.
Incredible emotions could be seen on the face of Director Białobok during the performance of Michałów’s Gazal Al Shaqab sons – Drabant and Eryks. The latter managed to “only” grasp fifth place, while his stablemate executed 100% of the plan, receiving applause from the public, the highest score of the class (91,17) and first place. The Top Five also included Etnodrons Psyche (by Padrons Psyche), to the joy of the owner, who rather feared the strong competition in that class.
The star of the Polish team, a superb representative of private breeding, was the magnificently looking Psyche Victoria (by Ekstern) – winner of the A series of the 2 year old fillies class.
“The class was extremely difficult”, assesses Alicja Poszepczyńska, the breeder of Psyche Victoria. “Magna Al Wazir (by Magnum Psyche) had a terrific entry onto the arena, she moved well. She was a fierce rival. Beside her were also Polish, already accomplished, fillies: Garuna, Espinezja (by Psytadel), Wasa and well-known from other shows Sophie El Power JQ. The victory was not at all foregone, which makes us the more happy!”
Unfortunately the atmosphere of the indoor arena was not conducive especially to the young horses – low, small and airless. Such was the case with the debuting in Europe Daisy FF (by Da Vinci FM) of Tomasz Tarczyński – the filly was clearly nervous and did not present her capabilities, especially in movement, jittered not only by her first performance in Europe, but also by the arena. But this does not discourage her owner – the filly and her stablemate Caterina FM, with whom she came from the US, we will soon again be seen on the show ring.
The Austrian Championships were carried out during the interval of the Wels show. The Junior Champion Mare title went to DA Princess of Justice (WH Justice) before Eternal Rouge (by Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D). The title of Junior Champion Stallion was awarded to Al Hadiyah (by Laheeb), the Reserve – to Naphis Ibn Justice (by WH Justice). Prieta (by Thee Brigadier) was chosen Senior Champion Mare, while Vanessa (by Versace) – Senior Reserve Champion Mare. In the Senior Stallion Championships the title of Champion went to Galinka El Sheikh (by CH El Brillo), who bested Al Emir (by Mahadin). A Polish accent was a Top Five for the Michałów-bred Faustyna (by Emigrant), sold to Austria.
Some of these winners will compete in classes with the Polish horses: Galinka El Sheikh will meet with Michałów’s Esparto (by Ekstern), in lease to Ajman, while Prieta will face Michałów’s Emanda (by Ecaho) and Kurozwęki-bred Euskara (by Ararat), owned by Belgian breeders. Tomorrow we will also see Grafik (by Eukaliptus) and Michałów-bred Dębowiec (by Monogramm), sold to Dubai, which will compete in class with Khidar (by Ansata Sinan) and True Colours (by Thee Desperado). Of course we are counting for titles for Poland!
The coverage from the second day you can find here: