On the first day of Al Khalediah Horse Festival in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) an auction was held, where 67 horses were put up. Many young colts and stallions were offered to bidders, however, they often didn’t achieve a reserve price. ‘Just when mares were presented the temperature of the auction has risen immediately’, says Władysław Guziuk from AKF Poland – ‘The highest price, SAR 3 000 000, which is equivalent to USD 800.000 was reached by the last mare, Ansata Nile Pearl 1997 by Ansata Hejazi. In general the highest prices were reached by mares coming from Ansata Stud – within the confines of SAR 300.000 (USD 80.000). The customers came mostly from the Middle East countries’. Ansata Nile Pearl, full sister to the international champion Ansata Nile Echo, was bought by Al Khaled Farm of Sheikh Khaled Ahmed Bagedo who also purchased the mare Ansata Helwa (by Salaa El Dine).
‘Born on August 15, 1997, the mare was sold at 3 million riyals – the highest sum ever registered in Middle East auctions. The auction netted a total of 5 million riyals, two-fold the amount recorded in the show’s first edition of last year. Competition was fierce for this mare. Though the last on the auction’s list, Pearl kept the owners waiting for her appearance during the horse beauty contests. In the end, auctioneer Faysal Rahmani announced that the much-coveted mare was now the property of Khaled Bagedo. Ansata ranked first in the Jordan-hosted International Middle East Championship – mare class. Ansata Fantastiq, born on August 12,1998, was sold for 300,000 riyals. 35 out of 67 horses were sold during the international auction’ – reported Bandar Saad from the newspaper Al Hayat.
Son of Gazal Al Shaqab and Polish mare Saba, Shaal Al Khalediah 2003, was sold for the amount of SAR 36.000, which is equivalent to USD 9.600, while the filly out of Wieża Wiatrów, Balquees Al Khalediah, reached the price of SAR 24.000 (USD 6.400).
On the second day, four races were held – twenty horses participated in each. ‘The races were very spectacular’, says Mr. Guziuk. ‘They had an excellent setting. Two first races were held in daylight, the next two in artificial light, on a heavy-illuminated racetrack. Four descendants of Tiwaiq took part in the desert-bred horses’ race. And four of them were in the head.’ Let us remind that Tiwaiq’s foals (born in 2008) are also in Poland now, in the stable that is being managed by Władysław Guziuk (AKF Poland).
Soon the show, where we will see Polish National Champion Colt Kabsztad (Poganin – Kwestura/Monogramm), currently in Wojciech Kowalik’s care, will be held. The internet transmission is available after registred: http://www.iequine.com/live_feeds/show/1
More information about the AKF Poland: Arabians from Al Khalediah already in Poland!