It was worth going to Aachen for the 26tth All Nations Cup to hear the ovation for Pianissima. The deafening applause accompanied her nearly every appearance, every step and every protruding of the neck. Such treatment is delivered only to the biggest stars of show business! As could have been expected, the judges also did not remain untouched by her beauty: five “20s” for type, five for head and neck and an eleventh one for the body put together gave a phenomenal result of 95,30 points. There was no horse at the first day of the international show better than her.
Pianissima (Gazal Al Shaqab – Pianosa/Eukaliptus), bred and owned by Janów Podlaski, was however not the only class win for Poland. Among the two year old colts the best proved to be Kabsztad (Poganin – Kwestura/Monogramm), bred and owned by Michałów, who was awarded with 92,4 points, including a “20” for movement.
The first day was incredibly thrilling, not only because of the Polish victories, with the bewildering success of Pianissima. The competition in all the classes was fierce and the quality extremely high. It was hard to dream of a place in the Top Five without at least 90 points. Presenting themselves on the Aachen arena were many well-known stars from previous shows.
Class IA – yearling fillies – unfortunately did not prove too lucky for Poland. Palabra (Enzo – Palmeta/Ecaho), bred and owned by Janów Podlaski and presented by Greg Gallun did not make it into the Top Five, receiving just 89,7 points. The class was won by the Belgian daughter of WH Justice – F.M. Gloriaa (91,33, including two “20s”), before the second Justice offspring – Aja Aphrodite (90,7), British-bred and Australian-owned. The B series of the yearling fillies received higher marks – it was won by the granddaughter of WH Justice and daughter of Ajman Moniscione – Djoonam OS, bred in Germany and the property of French breeders (92,2). Second was Miss El Power JQ (by Power Word JQ) with 92,4. Presented in this class was also the Polish Melody (Psytadel – Mina/Monogramm), bred and owned by Minnesota Arabians, but she did not show much movement and placed second to last – at 6th place with a score of 88,8.
There were no Polish representatives in the next class of the yearling colts. Victorious was a representative of Italy, son of Psytadel Ali Moniscione, scoring a very high mark of 93,1 points. Second place went to Germany, to the son of Ajman Moniscione Jumanci OS (92,0).
Among the two year old fillies competed as much as three Polish representatives: Espiria (Psytadel – Ekspiacja/Emigrant), bred and owned by Lech Błaszczyk, Sotika (WH Justice – Słonka/Wojsław) and Wasa (WH Justice – Waresa/Empres), both owned and bred by Falborek Arabians and both in the hands of a new trainer. Sadly, none of the Polish fillies entered the Top Five. The class was won by the Belgian, extremely showy, dark bay FS Magnum’s Madonna (by Magnum Psyche), with a score of 93,7 and as much as five “20s”:
three for type, one for head and neck and one for movement. With just as high a score and placing second was the daughter of Marwan Al Shaqab Abha Palma, bred in Spain and property of Saudi Arabia. We must emphasize that the Polish mares had an unusually hard group and with scores of 90,6 (Sotika), 88,2 (Wasa) and 89,4 (Espiria) could not fight more efficiently among such a strong lot.
Poland made up for the hitherto lack of successes in the two year olds colts’ class, won by Kabsztad in great style. Second placed the British Orion OS by Om El Bahreyn. Lord Bey Shah (Psytadel – Lady Aphrodite/Padrons Psyche), bred and owned by Minnesota Arabians, received 88,8 points and placed 8th – second to last.
The successive class of three year old fillies belonged to mares bred in the United States and owned by the Middle East. Victorious was Om El Bernadette (by Om El Shahmaan) –
92,4 points before the daughter of Marwan Al Shaqab, PS Rose of Marwan from Al Shaqab Stud – 91,9 and Shownel by Showkayce (owned by Dubai Stud) – 91,5. This class saw two representatives of Poland: Eksterna (Ekstern – Emanta/Pamir), bred and owned by Falborek Arabians and Herlina (Ekstern – Heroldia/Eukaliptus), bred and owned by Białka Stud. Out of the two more successful was Białka’s graduate – with a score of 91,3 she placed fourth. The second of Ekstern’s daughters was sixth.
The three year old stallions stirred a lot of excitement – as well as wagers: money literally landed on the table. The sweepstakes were won by Michael Byatt, who bet on the victory of the son of Marwan Al Shaqab – Baanderos, who battled it out against AJ Dinar by WH Justice. AJ Dinar, bred and owned by Ajman Stud, received 92,7 points, including two “20s” for type and movement. However it was his rival who won, though he did not receive the highest mark for any trait. In this case the scores for body were decisive. The final result of 92,9 settled Baanderos’ win.
Entering the ring next were the 4-6 year old mares, with the showy Venetzia by Versace (property of Al Shaqab Stud) leading the lot. The appearance of the chestnut caused euphoria among the public and it seemed – until the moment when Pianissima entered the ring in the next class – that she was the absolute favorite of both judges and audience alike. She received 94 points! Four “20s” for type and one for head and neck, as well as for
movement made up the impressive final result. But even in this class Poland could be satisfied, because right behind Venetzia, at second place, was Pistoria (Gazal Al Shaqab – Palmira/Monogramm), bred and owned by Michałów Stud, with a score of 93,4, including “20s” for type and movement. Third placed Ejrene (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emocja/Monogramm), bred and owned by Michałów Stud with 92,9. Norma (Gazal Al Shaqab – Nina/Monogramm), bred and owned by Michałów Stud remained outside the Top Five (90,8) at sixth place.
The last class of the day, the B series of 4-6 year old mares belonged of course to Pianissima. When she appeared on the arena, led by Greg Gallun, a true frenzy was unleashed. It was at once obvious that nothing can stand in her way. A wonderful mare and a wonderful victory. Second was Abha Myra, another daughter of Marwan Al Shaqab (93,9) with excellent marks (four “20s”). But Pianissima drew all the attention. Belgica (Gazal Al Shaqab – Belladona/Europejczyk), bred and owned by Janów Podlaski, was outside of the Top Five (89,9).
The championships gave us even more excitement, which came by the load from our „national pride” Pianissima and other horses. Read more: Aachen: the Nations Cup for Poland third year in a row
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• Urs Aeschbacher (Switzerland)
• Holger Ismer (Germany)
• Manfred Neubacher (Austria)
• Fausto Scanzi (Italy)
• Marc Veray (France)