Three champion and two reserve champion titles for Michałów State Stud, one champion title for Janów Podlaski State Stud and two reserve championships for private breeders – Chrcynno-Palace Stud and Mała Wieś Stud – that is the balance of this year’s National Championship. The jubilee, 40th auction was closed with the result of 1 929 000 EUR plus about 125 000 EUR from Selection Sale. The Janów-bred Pinta turned out to be the most expensive horse of the auction as she was bought by Mrs. Shirley Watts from Halsdon Arabians, who paid 500 000 EUR for her. So, although the last year’s record of Kwestura (1 125 000 EUR) wasn’t beaten, the auction cannot be considered an unsuccessful one – an absolute majority of horses were sold and some of them for more than 100 000 euro.
The Junior Mare Championship began at Sunday morning. 10 participants entered the ring, most of them – half of the group – were Michałów-bred. Three of them entered the Top Five, just like both Chrcynno-Palace stud representatives. The Chrcynno-Palace-bred Psyche Kreuza, Psyche Victoria’s younger sister, seemed to be the audience’s favorite, but the judges made a different decision. The Michałów-bred Wieża Róż became the champion, while Psyche Kreuza received the reserve champion title. In Top Five found their place also Psyche Victoria, Parmana and El Saghira.
Then the Junior Stallion Championship was held and six participants, including two Michałów-bred stallions, were enrolled to the final. However the championship was won by Janów-bred Albano, while Eternal from Mała Wieś Stud, came second. The further positions were won by the following colts: Panicz (L-Arabians), Chimeryk (Michałów State Stud) and Echo Apollo (Chrcynno-Palace Stud).
There wasn’t any doubt about the winner of the senior mares competition. Eight participants entered the ring (including five Michałów-bred), and the one who triumphed was, of course, Emandoria, who also received special awards for the most beautiful mare of the show and
for the best head of the show. The reserve champion title for her stable mate Wilda could have been a certain surprise as very few have expected her to achieve such high position. The Top Five titles went to: Etnologia (Janów), Palmeta (Janów) and Georgia (Michałów).
Four horses competed for the Senior Stallion Champion title, including three Michałów-bred. And the whole three was present on the stage. The winner was Esparto while Drabant became the reserve champion (he also won the award for the best moving horse). The third
place was won by Złocień.
As always, people were also awarded – prizes were given to the best trainer and the best handler of the show. The first one went to Mariusz Liśkiewicz, the second one – to Greg Gallun’s assistant, Raphael Curti from France. The best racing horse of the show was Mamba from Bełżyce stud, and the WAHO Challenge Reward for the prominent representative of the Polish bred Arabian was given to Elekt, mounted by Agnieszka
Romszycka. And that’s how the National Championship ended, while the audience had another occasion to have a look at horses offered at the auction.
The auction itself began a couple of minutes past five by showing the already known by the audience film with Pianissima and her daughter Pia/Ganges starring. The auctioneer Ollie Fowston got to work soon – and the unborn foal out of Pianissima was sold for 175 thousand euro! The possibility of getting the Pianissima’s dream foal was bought by the Royal Arabians stud from the US, and the winning bidder was Greg Gallun, with his ear stuck to his cell
phone. After this high result the excitement went lower and next two mares, Pelota and Elgara remained unsold – they didn’t achieve the reserve price. Another mare that went out to the ring was Fallada and the temperature in the hall rose again. After the last year’s Kwestura’s success everybody thought that her, the chestnut Monogramm daughter would be the most expensive mare of this auction. Indeed, the bidding was hot and the price rose quickly to 480 thousand euro. In this ceiling it stopped and… there was a certain confusion as the auctioneer announced that the mare had not achieved a reserve price, while the commentator Jerzy Zbyszewski announced that she had been sold, but he didn’t say where she was supposed to go. Later, it turned out that in fact the mare was not sold, but after the auction ended the negotiations went on, until now they weren’t ended.
The disappointment was partly compensated by the Pipi’s daughter Preria, who was sold to Great Britain, to Halsdon Arabians for 230 000 EUR. Next mares achieved the ‘within limits prices’: Halima – 45 000 (sold to the US), Euscera – 50 000 (USA, California, the Manny Vierra’s stud), black Bellanda – 50 000 (sold to Belgium). The price went up during the Emika bidding, up to 120 000 EUR, paid by the buyers from Belgium. Just Elimeja remained (36 000, France) before the hottest moment of the auction came. There was a fight of a couple buyers for Pinta out of Pilar, but Mrs. Shirley Watts from Great Britain didn’t give up. She offered half million euro and Pinta became her property. Then Wizga was sold for 20 000 EUR to Saudi Arabia, and after that Felicjana, the mother of well known due to her European appearances Faustyna, went out to the ring and she achieved the price of 105 000. Felicjana found her new home in the Middle East. Another mares turned out to be cheap – Euspiria was sold to France for 11 000, and Faseta, for 10 000, to the United Arab Emirates. Droga Mleczna was more expensive – the buyers from Saudi Arabia paid 67 000 for her. The Monogramm daughter Granada, alike Euscera, shall go to the US, to Valley Oak Arabians (52 000). Until the end of auction the prices were changing (from 8 till 80 000), but they were never higher than 100 000:
Samura – 11 000 (US)
Filistia – 62 000 (Kuwait)
Elmina – 25 000 (Qatar)
Walpurgia – 16 000 (USA, Florida)
Złota Orchidea – 65 000 (Belgium)
Pogoda – 30 000 (The Middle East)
Lozanna – 58 000 (The Middle East)
Cesena – 8 000 (Qatar)
Emkira – 8 000 (Kuwait)
Nina – 20 000 (Qatar)
Estaka – 80 000 (Poland)
Tonacja – 20 000 (US)
Poksa – 40 000 (Saudi Arabia)
It is worth mentioning, that in the second half of the auction, the Polish buyers were the ones that paid the highest amount (Falborek Arabians stud). Seven mares went back to their mother stables. Among the three offered stallions only the racing horse Eliat found a buyer, and he was sold to the Middle East for 15 000 EUR.
On the Selection Sale 34 horses were offered, 14 were sold, while 20 remained in Janów. The prices were various: from 3 000 EUR to 25 000 EUR which was paid for the mare Erabea by the buyers from the Republic of South Africa.
As we can see, the ‘crisis’ predictions didn’t come true – the guests from the US, the Middle East, Great Britain and Belgium, were the most active ones. Nevertheless, more horses than last year didn’t achieve the reserve price and the prices of a couple of horses were not astonishing.
After the auction ended, the show of Janów-bred stallions was held, while riders atop them were wearing Polish costumes. Album, Porto, Albus, Piaff, Salar, Esculap and Polon were presented in a very effective way. And so the jubilee auction went down in history, although a couple of transactions will be completed later (as it turned out, Fallada was sold after negotiations to Belgium for a price of 465.000 EUR which made rise the final auction’s result to 2 394 000 EUR) when some undecided resolve not to leave Poland empty-handed. (As the Pride of Poland website informs, Pelota, Nike and Basta have been sold after the auction to Qatar, but the prices were not announced.)
Polish Nationals results
Junior Champion Filly
Wieża Róż (Ekstern – Wieża Babel/Laheeb), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Reserve Junior Champion Filly
Psyche Kreuza (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho), br/o. Chrcynno-Palace Stud
1. Psyche Victoria (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho), br/o. Chrcynno-Palace Stud
2. Parmana (Al Maraam – Palmira/Monogramm), br/o. Michałów State Stud
3. El Saghira (Galba – Emira/Laheeb), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Junior Champion Colt
Albano (Enzo – Alena/Emigrant), br/o. Janów Podlaski State Stud
Reserve Junior Champion Colt
Eternal (FS Bengali – Ewitacja/Ganges), br/o. Mała Wieś Stud
1. Panicz (Gaspar – Pelisa/Europejczyk), br/o. Monika Luft
2. Chimeryk (Eryks – Chimera/Emigrant), br/o. Michałów State Stud
3. Echo Apollo (Piaff – Echo Kallisto/Pamir), br/o. Chrcynno-Palace Stud
Senior Champion Mare
Emandoria (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emanda/Ecaho), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Reserve Senior Champion Mare
Wilda (Gazal Al Shaqab – Wilga/Ekstern), br/o. Michałów State Stud
1. Etnologia (Gazal Al Shaqab – Etalanta/Europejczyk), br/o. Janów Podlaski State Stud
2. Palmeta (Ecaho – Pilica/Fawor), br/o. Janów Podlaski State Stud
3. Georgia (Monogramm – Gizela/Palas), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Senior Champion Stallion
Esparto (Ekstern – Ekspozycja/Eukaliptus), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Reserve Senior Champion Stallion
Drabant (Gazal Al Shaqab – Demona/Monogramm), br/o. Michałów State Stud
3 pl. Złocień (Laheeb – Zaleta/Piechur), br/o. Michałów State Stud
Best in Show: Emandoria
about Saturday competition: Janów: It is known today what will happen tomorrow
about Friday junior colts classes: Polish Nationals: A virtual Pianissima and stallions’ classes live