The last days of the 54th Scottsdale show in Arizona which began on 12th February and ended on Sunday, were the most exciting ones. As each year, about two thousand horses appeared, and during the finals some real celebrities were presented.
Magnum Psyche (by Padrons Psyche, out of A Fancy Miracle/Sasaki), which has not been presented since 2004, became Senior Champion Stallion (shown by David Boggs and owned by Haras Mayed). He has beaten a three-year-old stallion Aria Impresario (by Marwan Al Shaqab, out of GC Echlectica/Echo Magnifficoo), shown by Michael Byatt and owned by
Sloan Family Impresario Holding. As polskiearaby.pl Website found out, Magnum Psyche became champion after a long debate in the jury because the judges found a mark that might have been a whipmark.
‘Magnum Psyche allegedly had a whipmark on him in the senior stallion championship class’, informs our correspondent Nancy Pierce. ‘He definitely did have a long mark of some
kind on his shoulder, and they stopped the class for about 15-20 minutes while the steward came out and looked at all the horses and they discussed whether to excuse Magnum or not. Obviously, they decided to let him stay in – and he won!’
After a vet inspection (the vet was called into the ring) and a long discussion the jury decided that the show could go on with no more incidents. The public did not know what exactly was
the reason of the pause – there was even a rumor that it was Aria Impresario (the future Reserve Champion) involved in the situation.
Senior Champion Mare became the 3-year-old Dulcinea BHF (Denali BHF – Felisha BHF/Falcon BHF), American-bred but Uruguay owned (Carlos & Christiane Roizner), ahead of Scheherazade PE (Armani FC – Autumn Tapestry/Autumn Seance), o. Weber Corporation.
Baahir El Marwan, by Marwan Al Shaqab (out of HB Bessolea by Besson Carol), owned by Mystica Arabians, shown by Michael Byatt, won the championship in the junior category (one and two year olds’). An impressive yearling Magnum Psyche grandson El Chall WR (by Magnum Chall HVP out of Major Love Affair/DS Major Afire), owned by Robert & Dixie North became Reserve. Valori TRF (by DA Valentino out of Satin Chall LL/Magnum Chall HVP), owned by Stuart & Sue Garson, shown by Andrew Sellman, became the best filly while Spanish-bred Abha Qalams (Alfabia Damascus – Abha Mudira/Marwan Al Shaqab), o. Nora & Ray Tatum, shown by Michael Byatt, was chosen Reserve.
The championship turned out to be great Michael Byatt’s and the “Marwan’s family” triumph. The trainer and the horses that he prepared for the championship won the Senior Reserve Champion and the Junior Champion titles in the stallions’ category and the Junior Reserve
Champion title in the fillies’ category. However, the “Magnum’s” dynasty members with its founder Magnum Psyche, cannot complain at all: Champion Stallion in the senior category, Reserve Champion Stallion and Champion Filly titles in the junior category were won by them.
Michałów-bred Embra which is being leased by oOne Hennessey Partners Company, also took part in the Scottsdale show. The mare, trained by Greg Gallun, won the sixth place in the 8 year old and elder mares class.