On Sunday afternoon at Halden/Norway an international Arabian horse B-show ended. Poland had a big group of representatives but they didn’t repeat the success from last year. As expected the titles went to the Middle Eastern competitors and well known Western European training centers that brought the offspring of world leading sires this year to Norway.
However Polish-bred and owned horses were quite good in this strong battle. The first one Polish to go was US-bred yearling filly Daisy FF (by Da Vinci FM) owned by Tomasz Tarczyński, scored as first in the class but in tie for the first rank with SE mare (Norway owned) WPB Hasinah Bint Maleekah, from Nordic Arabians and WH Justice filly Kadira owned by Brigitte Sprave (Germany), with Frank Spoenle on the lead. At the end the points for type and movement decided about the ranks and Daisy FF didn’t show in movements – on the ground slippy after the rain – and placed 3rd in the class. Anyway she was complimented as being the most correct from these three by the judges.
The highest ranked young Polish horse became Elmaran (by Al Maraam) bred and owned by Wojciech Parczewski. The yearling colt was placed second (and qualified to the junior championships) after the pretty chestnut Bernhard (by Rohara Bacara), Swedish owned. Top five of the class of two-year-old colts was black Rascal (by BS Black Fable) from Silvatica Black Arabians/Poland and just after him (placed 6th) a Gaspar-son Echo Ofira owned by Janusz Ryżkowski. This class was won by 2008 Wels Internationals Top Five colt Aja Sandstorm (by Psytadel) from Aja Arabians/GB.
There was only Kashira (by Magnum Psyche) owned by Bełżyce Arabians representing Poland in the elders being placed 2nd but as the highest scored mare of the show for movements (3×20, 1×19) and high scored in total (90,75). In consequence, she was the second (with Elmaran) Polish owned horse to compete in the championships. In her class she was beaten only by a Kubinec-daughter Chaquira owned in Sweden.
Unfortunately none of the Polish horses succeeded in the championships on Sunday but Polish breeding was well represented by Swedish owned stallion Girlan-Bey (by Pesal), bred by SK Niewierz/PL, that was as high scored for movements as Kashira (3×20, 1×19) and became Reserve Senior Champion Stallion placed after Jandeh Al Naif (by Ansata Shalim), bred and owned on the Middle East by Sh. Abdulla Bin Nasir Al Ahmed Al Thani (Al Naif Stud, Qatar). It was very nice Polish accent that only Kashira and Girlan-Bey were awarded with “twenties” for movements in Norway!
Junior Stallion Championships went to the favorite and classwinner of yearlings – Aja Sandstorm in front of 3- year-old colts class winner – Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D son Emotion, owned by Gestut Osterhof/DE, on lease to Husted Arabians/DK.
The big favorite for the Junior Mares Championships was 3-year-old mares classwinner, impressive Bacarolla (by Khidar) from Blommerod Stud, Sweden, but another mare was awarded with the highest trophy amongst fillies: American bred, Swedish owned GM Marwan Al Shakila (by Marwan Al Shaqab), beating Zanella Van Ryad (by Ryad El Jamaal), bred in Brasil by Haras Vanguarda but owned by Al Naif Stud (Saudi Arabia).
Senior Mare Championships as well as in senior stallions, went to the Middle East – won by 12-year-and-elder mares class winner (scored 94!) MC Alexsis (by The Elixir), born in the US but owned by Sh. Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi (UAE).
Reserve was, as in the juniors, Brasilian-bred Nag Olla Bez (by SW Bezatiw), owned by Anne-Lise & Otto Berg/France.
Norway Internationals was not the end of the journey to Scandinavia for some Polish participants: Daisy FF, Elmaran and Kashira went to Blommerod Stud straight from Norway to take part in the prestigious Scandinavian Open championships next weekend.
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