This year’s Arabian Horse World Championships in Paris will begin on Friday, the 12th of December and come to an end on Sunday, December 14th. We shall see whether on that day Pianissima (Gazal Al Shaqab – Pianosa/Eukaliptus) will gain a second Triple Crown in her phenomenal career. She stands a large chance, because – as could’ve been witnessed at the recent All Nations Cup in Aachen and the European Championships in Moorsele – Janów’s graduate dazzles both judges and the audience alike, wherever she goes. Let’s hope that her performance in Paris will be as successful as the previous ones! In the meantime Pianissima is in Belgium, getting ready for the season’s last show, after which she will return to Poland together with the entire Polish team.
The Polish representation in Paris will be strong, though not very numerous. Janów Podlaski Stud plans to bring Altamira (Ekstern – Altona/Eukaliptus), Reserve Champion Filly from the Autumn Show at Janów and the class winner from the European Championships in Moorsele, as well as Poganin (Laheeb – Pohulanka/Pepton), Polish National Champion Stallion of 2007, who also grabbed the champion title at the Autumn Show this year in Janów. Thus we shall witness three of Director Marek Trela’s finest battling it out for the most coveted titles.
We shall also cheer the Michałów-bred son of Poganin and Kwestura – Kabsztad, who already has several successes under his belt – Reserve Champion Colt from Moorsele, Polish National Champion Colt from Janów Podlaski and a class win at Aachen. Kabsztad will be one of Michałów’s five competitors. Among the senior stallions fighting their way into the finals we will find Esparto (Ekstern – Ekspozycja/Eukaliptus) and Polish National Champion Stallion Grafik (Eukaliptus – Gaskonia/Probat). The legend of Michałów’s ethereal mares will be preserved by Pistoria (Gazal Al Shaqab – Palmira/Monogramm), who enjoyed much success on the international arena last year (European Champion Filly and All Nations Cup Top Five) and who this year placed second in class, both at Aachen and Moorsele, as well as Emesa (Laheeb – Etopka/Eukaliptus), class winner and Top Five Mare from Moorsele and class winner from Aachen. Also entered into the competition is Norma (Gazal Al Shaqab – Nina/Monogramm), but as Director Białobok informed us, she will most certainly not go. Białka Stud will show off Emika (Eldon – Emoza/Ernal), who placed second in class at the recent show in Moorsele.
Private breeding will be represented in Paris probably by three horses, namely: Polish National Reserve Champion Colt – Lord Bey Shah (Psytadel – Lady Aphrodite/Padrons Psyche), bred and owned by Minnesota Arabians, Polish National Reserve Champion Filly – Eksterna (Ekstern – Emanta/Pamir), bred and owned by Falborek Arabians, and last but not least Psyche Victoria (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho), bred and owned by Chrcynno-Pałac Stud – the reigning Champion from Vilhelmsborg, Denmark and Reserve Champion from Wels, Austria. Of course there will certainly be more Polish horses in Paris, though performing under foreign banners.
For Psyche Victoria, Eksterna, Pistoria, Esparto, Poganin and Grafik this will be a second performance in Paris in a row. Just a reminder, last year Poganin won his class, while Psyche Victoria found herself among the Top Ten Fillies.
Our horses will not have an easy task. Though Pianissima’s win is very probable (and it would be a second consecutive Senior Champion title for a Polish mare, as last year the title was awarded to Kwestura), other titles may very well be out of our reach. Kabsztad will have to face his rival from Aachen and Moorsele – Ali Moniscione (Psytadel – Alianna Moniscione/Focus Highlander), bred and owned by Azienda Agricola Giancarlo Buzzi from Italy, as well as with the winner from Aachen – Baanderos (Marwan Al Shaqab – HB Bessolea/Besson Carol), bred by Taylor Arabians, USA and owned by Al Khalediah Stables and AJ Dinar by WH Justice, bred and owned by Ajman Stud. They will all stand before the tough opponent in the form of QR Marc (Marwan Al Shaqab – Swete Dreams/Magic Dream CAHR), bred by Vicki and Louis Doyle at Quail Ridge Arabians, California and owned by Paul Gheysens (Belgium). QR Marc was “late” for last year’s World Championships, as he had just changed owners. This season, despite all expectations, he was a no-show at Aachen, while he could not participate at the European Championships, as a year had not yet passed of him remaining property of a European stud. QR Marc has already won with Middle East–owned horses at the Al Khalediah Festival, where he was awarded the title of Champion. The defeated Baanderos received then the same score in class, with QR Marc having higher marks for type. So the competition promises to be exciting, with the result not at all foregone.
If the star from Aachen – Marwan Al Shaqab (Gazal Al Shaqab – Little Liza Fame/Fame VF), bred and owned by Al Shaqab Stud from Qatar – shows up in Paris, it seems unthinkable to have someone take the victory away from him. It will be interesting to see whether the Reserve Championship will go to his son, Marajj (out of RGA Kouress/Kouvay Bey), the World Champion Colt from last year. It is certainly the ambition of his owners, Albidayer Stud (UAE), the more so as the title slipped through Marajj’s “fingers” at Aachen.
More unknowns remain in the fillies’ competition. Certainly the owner of QR Marc will also present another star from his stable, the champion from Aachen – FS Magnum’s Madonna (Magnum Psyche – Tai Bey Brittney/Bey Shah), bred by Strydom Arabians (RSA). No one should doubt that we will see the All Nations Cup Reserve Champion and European Champion Filly Abha Palma (Marwan Al Shaqab – Abha Gazali/El Perfecto), bred by Marieta Salas and owned by Al-Mohamadia-Stud, as well as her rival from Moorsele – Jumilla (Thee Apprentice – Artemis/Borneo), bred by Moell & Moell & Dolfe of Sweden, owned by Dubai Stud. To a certain degree this will probably be a “repeat” from Aachen, though other competitors can still cause quite a stir.
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