The first day of the European Championships in Moorsele turned out to be successful for Poland: two class wins, one second place and a couple of class’ Top Fives.
After the rivalry of this year’s foals the class competitions began with a filly from Poland – Melody (Psytadel – Mina/Monogramm), bred and owned by Minnesota Arabians. The yearling class saw 16 fillies, with the most – as much as six – being the daughters of WH Justice. Just two years ago at the same Moorsele WH Justice’s domination was not so evident. Much more present in the pedigrees was Psytadel (though there’s not a lack of him now – after all he’s at home here) and Khidar. This shows how in a short time the trend for breeding sires evolves. Two of the Justice daughters found themselves in the Top Five – the Belgian F.M. Gloriaa (out of Psity of Angels/Psytadel), a recent class winner from Aachen, who with a score
of 91,3 (including as much as four “20s” for type and head and neck) placed second and Aja Aphrodite, bred by Aja Arabians and owned by Mystica Arabians, who was third with a score of 91 (including two “20s” for type and head and neck). They were bested by the fragile Jumilla (Thee Apprentice – Artemis/Borneo), bred by Moell & Moelle & Dolfe of Sweden, owned by Dubai Stud, Vilhelmsborg Reserve Champion Filly, who despite not
receiving any “20s” was still evaluated at 91,5. Fourth placed Palabra (Enzo – Palmeta/Ecaho), bred and owned by Janów Podlaski with a score of 90,5 – a higher result than in Aachen, where she did not make the Top Five! Fifth place belonged to the German bred Baila de Djoon by Ajman Moniscione, a granddaughter of WH Justice.
The remaining Polish fillies did not gain any trophies. However Pasterna (Ekstern – Pasywa/Wachlarz), bred and owned by Lech Błaszczyk and Melody placed in the Top Ten (at ninth and tenth place, respectively).
There was no surprise among the yearling colts (10 entries): Ali Moniscione (Psytadel – Alianna Moniscione/Focus Highlander) repeated his success from Aachen and with a score of 90,7 bested a Gazal Al Shaqab son – Roe Lateef (90,1) from France and the British colt Designed (Master Design – Hanniyah/Psytadel) – 89,9. Among the numerous, because as much as three, progeny of WH Justice only one made it into the Top Five: Aja Justified out of Aja Beneja/FS Bengali (89,5). The Top Five was closed off by a WH Justice grandson – Jumanci OS (Ajman Moniscione – Praetoria/Kubinec) – 89,4. There were no Polish representatives in this class.
However as much as four representatives of Polish breeding lined up for the two year old fillies class. Among the four daughters of WH Justice (once again the most numerous
represented sire) two originated from our country, both from Falborek Arabians – Wasa (out of Waresa/Empres) and Sotika (out of Słonka/Wojsław). Unfortunately none of them found themselves in the Top Five, which included: at third place Janów’s Wołogda (Ekstern – Wanilia/Alegro) and at the fourth spot Espiria (Psytadel – Ekspiacja/Emigrant), bred and owned by Lech Błaszczyk. The class was won by the Reserve Champion from Aachen, Abha Palma by Marwan Al Shaqab, bred by Marieta Salas and property of Saudi Arabia (92,8, including three “20s” for type and movement) before the French Zawah de Lam by AS Kayro (90,4). Two Polish fillies in the Top Five of a strongly cast class (14 competitors) is without a doubt a success for Polish breeding.
Nine two year old colts entered the arena for their class, including four Polish ones. And once again there were no surprises: the class was won with a huge lead over his rivals by Michałów’s Kabsztad (Poganin – Kwestura/Monogramm) with a score of 92,6, including one “20” for head and neck. The Top Five also featured Lord Bey Shah by Psytadel, bred and owned by Minnesota Arabians (91,0), who presented himself much better than in
Aachan, where he literally did not exist. This time he displayed a decisively better form. Between the two Polish colts wedged the British Orion OS (by Om El Bahreyn) – 91,4. Two Belgian colts, ASH Antares by Ekstern and ASH Dream of Glory by WH Justice closed off the Top Five. Panicz by Gaspar, who received the same score as ASH Dream of Glory
(88,2) but less for type, unfortunately suffered a broken bridle in the warm-up ring right before entering the arena, which resulted in an “escape”, a chase and afterwards a performance below expectations and sixth place. Echo Ofira, also by Gaspar, placed seventh with a score of 87,7.
Also a number of four horses represented Poland in the three year old fillies group (8 rivals) and similar to the previous class the victory went to our homeland, namely to Janów’s
Altamira (Ekstern – Altona/Eukaliptus) with 91,4, including a „20” for movement. Second and third place were also taken by Polish mares, also Ekstern daughters, this time from Falborek Arabians – Eksterna (out of Emanta/Pamir) – 91,0 and Białka’s Herlina (out of Heroldia/Eukaliptus) – 90,4. It’s a rather unusual situation when the first three places are secured not only by the representatives of the same country, but by the daughters of the same
sire. Fourth and fifth place went respectively to: a Khidar Alia EA daughter, Spanish bred and British owned (89,9) and Harmattan Reynannah by Magnum Psyche of French breeding (89,8). The fourth Polish representative, the Belgian bred Bresilia (Psytadel – RA Cool Elegance/Jocool) owned by Wojciech Parczewski was sixth (89,5).
The last class of the day, the three year old colts, was least numerous, with just 4 horses (none from Poland). Victorious was Kunar T by Nadir I from Holland (90,1) before M.M. Fabrizio by CH El Brillo (90,0).
Without a doubt the classes had less entries than two years ago, but in the junior classes the result was similar, as then there were also two wins for Poland (Emandoria, Ejrene) and three second places (Sefora, Alert, Pistoria).
The second day of the show featured the junior championships with three horses from Poland and the senior horses, which also promised to be exciting: Pernacja, Pianissima, Norma, Pistoria and Ejrene among the 4-5 year olds, Egzyna in the 6-7 year old mares, Emika and Emesa among the 8-10 year olds, Euskara and Emanda in the 11 year olds and above mares, Drabant and Etnodrons Psyche in the 4-5 year old stallions, Poganin and Esparto in the 6-7 year olds, Emiliusz and Edin in the 8-10 year olds and Emrod in the 11 year old and above stallions class (the latter three all bred by Michałów, but foreign owned). We definitely had a good shot at the Senior Mares Championships, but we were hoping to manage to score something else…
More from the European Championships comes soon. Look out for the coverage of the second day of the competition and the championships!
Ann Norden – Sweden
Christiane Chazel – France
Francesco Santoro – Italy
Titti Gagliani – Italy
Jaroslav Lacina – Czech Republic
Joanna Lowe – Great Britain
Koenraad Detailleur – Belgium