In the pouring heat and stuffy air, among the beach-lounging public (deckchairs, blankets, folded stools) the first day of the show in the picturesque Swedish town of Blommeröd took place. Unfortunately, the numerously present Poles could not have many reasons to be satisfied. If not for the fact that as much as six horses were awarded in each class (instead of the usual five), only one Polish mare would have received a ribbon.
The competition began with the geldings, after which the yearling colts came out onto the sun-stricken grassy arena. Among the 12 participants were three representatives from Poland: Zachary (Psytadel – Eksterna/Ekstern), bred and owned by priest Stanisław Sławiński (Czeple Arabians), Bruser PS (WH Justice – Bella-Donna/Ararat), bred and owned by Przemysław Sawicki and Gerard (Pegasus – Gwarka/Monogramm), bred and owned by Andrzej and Agnieszka Wójtowicz (Bełżyce Stud). None of them made it to the “Top Six”. The
winner was Lance Lord OS (WH Justice – Swana/Kubinec), bred and owned by Gestüt Osterhof, with a score of 89,33, before the host’s representative Malagant (Turki Al Rayyan – Migracja/Gazal Al Shaqab) – 88,67.
Similar to that class, the next ones also had low scores. The young horses did not impress the judges nor the public, who showed a moderate reaction. It was not before the senior mares came out that some enthusiasm started to show, but then the quality in those classes was decisively higher. For now, however, we could witness the two year old colts (10 contestants) with one representative from Poland – Echo Adonis (Al Maraam – Echo Kallisto/Pamir), bred and owned by the Poszepczyński family (Chrcynno-Palace Stud), who
with a score of 87,33 placed sixth. The highest scored colt gained 89,67 points, the Dutch Walu (Wan Kahli – Jur Luhane Br/El Shaklan), a grandson of FS Bengali, bred by the Husted family and owned by Cautzar Arabians. This impressive, grey two year old clearly stood out from this lot and won deservedly. Behind him placed Habibi (WH Justice – Feemi/Ibn Halim), bred and owned by the Swedish stud Lönhult (88,67).
There were merely three contestants in the three year old colts’ class and none of them showed anything exceptional. Victorious in this class was Ungaro (El Amin – Aja Bey
Khateyna/Ali Khalil), bred by Liljebackens Araber (Sweden) and owned by Arctic Tern Arabians (Belgium). Bay and very grown, with a pretty good head and neck, could have perhaps made an attempt at a better score (he received 88,33), but lacked movement or maybe just discipline – one way or the other, this element was awarded with just 17-18-18 points. Second placed the Khidar son Malibu (out of Modesta/Emperator), bred by the hosts of the show (Blommeröd Arabian Stud) and owned by Sara Rudqvist, also from Sweden. To gain the second spot one had to score just 86,33 points.
The public, made lazy with the summer heat, finally livened up when the 4-6 year old mares came out (10 participants). The first “20s” were awarded and we saw some really impressive horses. Poland was represented this time by Erinna (Grafik – Ernera/Monogramm), bred by Michałów Stud and owned by Janusz Ryżkowski. She placed sixth, with a score of 88,33. The first spot went to Kashida (Psytadel – Petrushba/Kubinec), bred by Gestüt Osterhof and owned by Kristian Jensen (El-Jahara Arabians) from Denmark.
This beautiful chestnut mare received as much as three “20s” (one for type, two for movement), which when combined with very decent marks for the other elements of the evaluation gave her the highest score of the day: 92,33. Second placed Janiiwa (Smasc – Janeefa/Ibn Zareefa), bred and owned by Anna Björk from Sweden, with one „20” for type and a final score of 89,67.
In the 7-10 year old mares’ class, which consisted of 9 contestants, was also one Polish representative – El Dahma (Werbum – Emocja/Monogramm), bred by Michałów Stud and owned by Piotr Firląg. Unfortunately, she placed outside of the “Top Six”. All were totally
bested by the Qatari (of Al Naif Stud) Johara Al Naif (Ansata Shalim – Al Johara/Prince FA Moniet), gaining two „20s” for type and one for head and neck, as well as a total score of 91 points. Behind her placed this year’s Wels Reserve Champion Ansata Mouna (Farres – Talmona/Talmaal), bred by Montebello Equine Investments and owned – just like the class’ winner – by Al Naif Stud from Qatar (90 points, including one „20” for type).
In the last class of the day – mares 11 years old and above – only three contestants were eventually shown, including the Polish Gracja-Bis (Monogramm – Grenada/Set), bred by
Niewierz Stud and owned by Przemysław Sawicki, best recognized in Sweden as the dam of Girlan-Bey. The beautiful chestnut, having returned to the show arena after a longer break, placed second with 89,67 points. The well-known Nag Olla Bez (SW Bezatiw – Sweet Saff/Gai Chagall) of Brazilian breeding and owned by W-Arabians of the UK gave her rivals no chances – as much as three “20s” for type and two more for head and neck secured her a victory with a total score of 91,67.
The end of the day saw the presentation of foals (solely fillies), which always bring a lot of joy to the spectators. Such was also the case this time. Presented by handlers who were on their knees, they brought smiles to everyone’s faces. Victorious in this competition was Casyda (Ceper – Chatanooga/Furiat), bred and owned by the show’s hosts.
The specificity of the Blommeröd show is not only the significant majority of horses from Scandinavia, but also a large lot of horses bearing pedigrees little or not at all known elsewhere in Europe. Of course, as everywhere, among the young horses there is the progeny of fashionable sires as WH Justice, but also horses of different origin have a bigger chance of leaving their mark here than at other European shows. Not many have heard until now about the progeny of for example Mambo, Charami or Smasca. However we will also find Middle Eastern horses – and find them winning.
On Sunday in the subsequent classes the following horses from Poland competed: the yearling El Piatzolla (WH Justice – Enya/Ekstern), the three year old Ermina (Galba – Echidna/Ararat) and the five year old Emberk (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emantka/Eukaliptus), as well as the used in Polish breeding sire Metropolis NA (Consensus – NDL Martinique/Muscat), exhibited by the show’s hosts.
Gianmarco Aragno (Italy)
Anna Stojanowska (Poland)
Marianne Tengstedt (Denmark)
Peter Upton (Great Britain)