During last weekend Polish horses were competing in two shows: the international ‘A’ class show in Vilhelmsborg (Denmark) and in Polish Mińce. Four our representatives went to Vilhelmsborg: Daisy FF (by DA Vinci FM, out of AP Sheez Sassy/Bey Shah), bred by Freeland Farm, US, Primadonna (by Padrons Psyche, out of Pelargonia/Alegro), bred by Stanisław Redestowicz, both owned by Tomasz Tarczyński, Marjjana VA (by Marwan Al Shaqab, out of Mi Khismit/Khemosabi), American-bred (Karen L. Anderson & Timothy P. Beitz), owned by Silvatica Black Arabians, as well as Farah-Darina (by Poganin, out of Farah-Cegranta/Emigrant), owned/bred by Andrzej Ou. Marjjana did best as she not only won the class of 4-6-year-old mares (seven rivals, Kashida out of Psytadel went second), but she also won the Reserve Champion title of senior mares! She was beaten in the finals by Nag Olla Bez (by SW Bezatiw, out of Sweet Saff/Gai Chagall), bred by R. Guerra (Brasil), owned by W-Arabians (Great Britain). Daisy FF won the 2-year-old mares class (10 participants), while Primadonna went third in the 4-6-year-old mares class. The yearling Farah-Darina took the 12 place in her class (there were 13 participants). This class was won by Al Princess Aliha (by WH Justice, out of Al Aliha/DWD Tabasco), owned/bred by Al Hambra Arabians, who later became Junior Mare Champion. It is her second champion title after winning the Wels show this year.
The participation of Michałów-bred Emrod (by Emigrant, out of Empressa/Probat), owned by Turban Stud, who won the senior stallions Bronze Medal, was another Polish accent. In turn the British daughter of the Michałów-bred Grenlandia/Eukaliptus, by Psytadel – WW Gazella went second in the 3-year-old mares class (4 participants), and the class was won by GM Marwan Al Shakira (by Marwan Al Shaqab, out of Octavia of Rohan/AA Manhattan), bred by Michael Wilson (USA), owned by Naples Arabians (Sweden), the later winner of the Silver Medal in the junior mares competition.
Five yearling colts started and Lance Lord OS (by WH Justice, out of Swana/Kubinec), owned/bred by Gestüt Osterhof (Germany) won the class, and then, in the finals, took the Silver Medal, while Malagant (by Turki Al Rayyan, out of Migracja/Gazal Al Shaqab), owned/bred by Blommeröd Arabian Stud (Sweden), was second. Seven 2-year-old colts competed and the best was Azeem Ibn Justice by WH Justice, out of Bint Sanadiva (owned by Ajman Stud) – the later Gold Medal winner, succeeded by Bernhard (out of Rohara Bacara), who won the Bronze Medal in the finals. Just three 3-year-old colts appeared – and NVA Imperial Colour (by True Colours) won. Among eight 4-6-year-old stallions the best one was the Austrian-bred Lorenzo El Bri (by CH El Brillo, out of Lara El Ludjin/Ludjin El Jamaal), bred by La Movida Arabians, owned by Mario Matt, who became, just as during the Wels show this May, the Senior Stallion Champion. In the 7-10-year-old mares class (4 participants) – Ansata Mouna, by Farres, went second, and as it soon turned out, she became the Bronze Medal winner of this show; the class was won by BB Mara (by Kubinec, out of Nemara). The 11-years-old and older mares class (also 4 participants took part) was won by Nag Olla Bez who then not only became champion, but also won the Best in Show title. Among the 7-10-yea-old stallions (4 rivals) the Al Naif Stud representative Jandeh Al Naif by Ansata Shalim won, and then he became the Silver Medal winner. Just two 11-years-old and older stallions were appointed and the class was won by Emrod (by Emigrant, out of Empressa/Probat), owned by Turban Stud, who won the Bronze Medal in the finals.
Alicja Poszepczyńska, who did her judging internship in Vilhelmsborg, says:
‘I was a little disappointed by the amount of horses that arrived to the show – 87 were enrolled, but less arrived. The classes weren’t very numerous – even two horses, and their level wasn’t as satisfactory as it should be at an A class show. The stars failed. The audience was small, but those who appeared, were very excited with the show. Maybe this whole situation is related with the overall crisis; I heard that the European trainers were complaining about the small amount of horses in training. However, there was a couple of surprises, for example Shannan El Madan, the Bronze Medal winner from Paris, became just sixth in his class (seven horses took part). Meanwhile, the Polish representative Daisy FF had an excellent Saturday as she beat, among others, Maharani CF by Psytadel, who won the Bronze Medal the following day. Marjjana deserved the Silver Medal, she presented herself in an excellent way, it could’ve been seen that her form is excellent’.
During the same weekend (on Saturday) an event in Mińce (Poland) was held; Andrzej Arefiew is its host. The organizer has been encouraged to ask for ECAHO acceptation, he maybe will do it next year. The participants emphasized an excellent, familiar atmosphere of the show and the new stables quality. Among the 26 horses entered the well-known Białka-bred Perolia (by Gazal Al Shaqab, out of Pereira/Eldon) turned out to be the best mare – she became the Senior Mare Champion, while the best stallion was also a Gazal Al Shaqab offspring, Michałów-bred Ebert (out of Ekspozycja/Eukaliptus) – he became Senior Stallion Champion.
The Janów-bred yearling Pilarosa (by Al Adeed Al Shaqab, out of Pilar/Fawor) won the junior mares competition, while Ema (by Ekstern, out of Eskola/Wachlarz), who was representing the hosts, took the reserve title. The yearling El Dino by Ararat (out of Eutina/Eutin) owned/bred by Krzysztof Jagielski, became Junior Champion Colt, and Chagall (by Poganin, out of Corina-Corina/Dębowiec), owned/bred by St. Roch Arabians – Reserve.
The Senior Mare Reserve Champion title was won by Janów-bred Biruta (by Ekstern, out of Bajada/Pamir), while the Senior Stallion Reserve Champion – by another Gazal Al Shaqab offspring, Michałów-bred Lissar (out of Larissa/Eukaliptus).