The Sunday’s championship ended with a couple of surprises, and they were the nice ones, especially for the private breeders who left Białka with the Best in Show, Junior Filly Champion, Junior Colt Reserve Champion and three Top Five titles. The titles won by Michałów State Stud (Junior Champion Colt, Junior Champion Filly, Top Five) were not surprising because this stud made us getting used to the fact that it wins the best trophies.
The ‘A’ group two year old fillies (14 participants), who started the second day of the 19th Białka Junior Spring Show, entered the ring in the pouring rain. The witted music comment to this situation was the famous theme from ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, as well as the Polish well known ‘Ach, jak przyjemnie kołysać się wśród fal’ (‘Oh, how lovely is to swing on the waves’) from the film ‘Zapomniana Melodia’ (‘The Forgotten Melody’)… It was very difficult for the horses to impress the audience with the movement (some of them fell over and it looked
rather dangerous), however, the Michałów-bred Galba daughter Padova (out of Palanga/Ekstern) scored two ‘tens’ for this feature. She received another two ‘tens’ for type and her final score was 42,33 points. It was difficult for her rivals to come close to this result. The second place, with 41,00 points, was for Janów-bred Perespa (by Enzo, out of Polenta/Ecaho), the third place (after the umpire judge’s verdict) was won by Chaos Persefona (by Poganin, out of Ceres/Ganges) from Chrcynno-Palace Stud, the fourth – by Michałów-bred filly again, Emmbla (by Al Maraam, out of Embra/Monogramm). On the fifth place there was another Al Maaram daughter, this time private-bred – Esterna (out of Echidna/Ararat), owned/bred by Mirosław Barbachowski. Shown as the last one Janów-bred Sarbia (by Ekstern, out of Samura/Ararat) was given excellent notes for movement: 9-10-9, however, it was not enough to enter the final five.
The first of two year old fillies (11 rivals), that entered the muddy ring (still in the pouring rain), was Bajaderka (by Złocień, out of Bagatela/Pesal), bred by Agricola Farm (of Hanna and Witold Sztuka), owned by Monika Luft. She dictated the terms from the beginning, receiving the 10-9-9 notes for type, and for head and neck, topline and movements 9-9-9 each. The final result 42,67 points was impossible to beat. The second place was won by Michałów-bred Espinilla (by Al Maraam, out of Espadrilla/Mongramm), with 41,67 points, then another Michałów-bred filly, a lusty Gaspar daughter Dębowa Łąka (out of Dębowa Góra/Laheeb), who received high notes 9-10-9 for type (the final result was 40,33). The second in this class Agricola Farm ward – Moja Miła, a Złocień daughter (just like the winner), out of Malowana Lala/Empres, was fourth. The judges especially admired her movement, which was awarded with 9-10-9 notes. The first five was closed by Gaja Iris (by Poganin, out of Granada/Monogramm) from Chrcynno-Palace Stud.
The last class in the second day of the championship, was the three year old fillies class, the least popular one – there were only 6 participants (so only three went out for the decoration). Once more during the show it turned out that the last ones can become the first ones because the competition was won by the second (after Padova) presented Galba daughter – the chestnut Ermina (out of Echidna/Ararat), bred by Mirosław Barbachowski, owned by Monika Luft (the final note 40,00), the last horse from the start list. Let us remind that the filly was fifth in her class last week during the A-class championship in Wels. Espiria (by Psytadel, out of Ekspiacja/Emigrant), owned/bred by Lech Błaszczyk and Gaja Nike (by Emigrant, out of Granada/Monogramm) from Chrcynno-Palace Stud were classified behind her.
After the class competition it can be noticed that there was a very positive presence of (staying currently at Al Khalediah Farm Polska) the stallion Galba – his two daughters won their classes – and used in Agricola Farm Złocień, whose two daughters went out for the decoration, including Bajaderka, the class winner. Those two stallions are definitely not the most fashionable getters, so the success of their offspring rivets everyone’s attention.
During the lunch break the heavy rain stopped and even the sun went out. The championship was played in good conditions – unfortunately though, the relief for horses and handlers didn’t last long and while special awards were handed to private breeders, it was pouring again. However, before the judges had announced the verdict, Anna Stojanowska who was running the show, emphasized the balanced and excellent level of horses that took part in the championship. Another time during this year’s Białka championship the judges
gave their recognition for Polish breeders who brought an excellent stake of junior horses.
There was a great pressure before electing the best colts – there wasn’t any commanding favorite. Indeed, the judges’ decision surprised many observers. The champion title was given to a yearling Eryks son, a brown Michałów-bred Chimeryk who (as we remember) was an example of a great dispersion of grades during the class competition. The reserve
champion title was granted to another yearling, private-bred (Mała Wieś Stud) FS Bengali son Eternal (who also got an ‘eight’ for type and a ‘seven’ for head and neck). So this is a confirmation of the opinion that the finals can be really unpredictable and that the grades in classes can’t always indicate unequivocally the ultimate winners. The Top Five titles went to: Michałów State Stud – for Złoty Książę by Enzo, Monika Luft – for Panicz by Gaspar and to Bełżyce Stud – for Gerard by Pegasus.
There was no surprise among the fillies – an absolute favorite and later Best in Show title winner, the yearling Psyche Kreuza by Ekstern, owned/bred by Chrcynno-Palace Stud, became champion. The reserve champion title went to Michałów-bred Parmana by Al Maraam. In the Top Five there were: another filly from Chrcynno-Palace Stud Psyche Kybele by Khidar, Michałów-bred Wieża Róż by Ekstern and Janów-bred Alegra by Ganges.
Before the special awards for the best private-bred horses were given, Anna Stojanowska gave an opinion which had been heard before on the backstage: that this awards must be loosing their raison d’etre as they are given to the class or even to the show winners, as in the case of Psyche Kreuza! It seems that the differentiation of state and private breeding is
becoming unjustified. But this year the awards were given anyway: four of them went to Chrcynno-Palace Stud (two for Psyche Kreuza, for the best evaluated filly and for the best evaluated yearling filly and two for Psyche Ares – the best evaluated two year old colt and the best evaluated colt of the show), three went to Monika Luft (for Bajaderka, the best evaluated two year old filly, for Ermina, the best graded three year old filly and for Panicz, the best evaluated three year old colt), and one went to Bełżyce stud (for Gerard, the best evaluated yearling colt).
We should notice that in an absolute head of the championship there were three close relatives of Janów-bred mare Pelisa/Europejczyk – her two granddaughters Psyche Kreuza and Psyche Kybele, as well as her son Panicz.
This year Białka championship will definitely remain in our memories as a great success of Chrcynno-Palace Stud owned by Poszepczyński family (two won classes and titles: Best in Show, Champion Filly and Top Five). The second winner was Michałów State Stud (five won classes, the Champion Colt and Reserve Champion Filly titles and two Top Fives), and reasons to a great joy has, without any doubt, the Mała Wieś stud owned by Jan Głowacki (the Reserve Champion Colt title) and a new L-Arabians stud of Monika Luft (three won classes and a Top Five title), although the owner still repeats that ‘a few horses can not be called a stud but it’s a good start for sure’.
Junior Champion Colt
Chimeryk (Eryks – Chimera/Emigrant), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Reserve Junior Champion Colt
Eternal (FS Bengali – Ewitacja/Ganges), br/o. Mała Wieś Stud
1. Złoty Książę (Enzo – Złota Księga.Ganges), br/o. Michałów State Stud
2. Panicz (Gaspar – Pelisa/Europejczyk), br/o. Monika Luft
3. Gerard (Pegasus – Gwarka/Monogramm), br/o. Bełżyce Stud
Junior Champion Filly
Psyche Kreuza (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho), br/o. Chrcynno-Palace Stud
Reserve Junior Champion Filly
Parmana (Al Maraam – Palmira/Monogramm), br/o. Michałów State Stud
1. Psyche Kybele (Khidar – Pomona/Ekstern), br/o. Chrcynno-Palace Stud
2. Wieża Róż (Ekstern – Wieża Babel/Laheeb), br/o. Michałów State Stud
3. Alegra (Ganges – Alena/Emigrant), br/o. Janów Podlaski State Stud
Best in Show
Psyche Kreuza (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho), br/o. Chrcynno-Palace Stud
The coverage of the first day of the competiotion: Białka unplugged. The last ones often become the first ones