After a short weather breakdown in the Saturday afternoon, on Sunday the sun again began to shine in Janów Podlaski. And with the sunlight the sack with the highest notes for halter class horses opened. The 4-6-year-old mares class, as always, turned out to be a ‘death class’. At least 41 points were necessary in order to enter the final five! 13 mares appeared (including 5 Gazal Al Shaqab daughters and 3 Ekstern daughters) and many of them couldn’t be ashamed of themselves and could’ve been presented at any A-class show. The judging ladies were not always unanimous and some serious grading discrepancies occurred, for example 10-8-10 for movement for Gemellia (Piber – Georgia/Monogramm), bred by Michałów State Stud, owned by Falborek Arabians, 7-9-8 for type for Ewia (Gazal Al Shaqab – Ewina/Wojsław), bred by Michałów State Stud, owned by L-Arabians, or 8-10-8 for head and neck for Estaka (Gazal Al Shaqab – Eskalopka/Monogramm), bred by Michałów State Stud, owned by Falborek Arabians. However, the last one (bought at the latest Janów Podlaski auction) won this incredibly strong class, with the final note of 42 points, including
four ‘10s’: for type, head and neck and twice for movement. The second place, after the intervention of Mr. Władysław Guziuk, the arbitration judge, was won by Janów-bred Pepita (Ekstern – Pepesza/Eukaliptus), who also scored 42 points, and three ‘10s’: for type and two for head and neck. Her stablemate Biruta (Ekstern – Bajada/Pamir) who opened the second day of the show, was third, with the same final score, but with ‘only’ two ‘10s’: for type and movement. The fourth mare, Wegaza (Gazal Al Shaqab – Wedeta/Wermut), owned/bred by Falborek Arabians, received 41,67 points (including a „10” for head and neck), the fifth, Primadonna (Padrons Psyche – Pelargonia/Alegro), bred by Stanisław Redestowicz, owned by Tomasz Tarczyński – 41,33 points (including two „10s” for type). In this class the highest grades for movement were extremely frequent: Gemellia (who, with the note of 40,33 points, finally didn’t enter the final five), the Janów-bred Amiga by Piaff, out of Amra/Eukaliptus (39,33, beyond the final five), Ewia (40, out of the final five) and Estaka, but it is worth mentioning, that other mares, that were given three ‘nines’ for movement (Biruta, Pepita, the Białka-bred Gazal Al Shaqab daughters: Perolia out of Pereira/Eldon and Fabryszka out of Fula/Partner, Figurantka by Ekstern out of Firosetta/Eldon, owned/bred by Czeple Arabians, Engalana by Avangard out of Engabara/Gabaryt, bred by M.Herman&M.Jaślan, owned by Janusz Ryżkowski and Primadonna) proved that they knew how to move. So this class was very spectacular – and it turned out to be a forecast for further pleasant events.
One of them was, without any doubt, 7-year-old and senior mares, less numerous because only eight participants took part. Nevertheless, in this class the scoring record from the previous day (let us remind that Bajaderka scored 43 points on Saturday) was beaten. The Janów-bred Alhambra (Ecaho – Albigowa/Fawor) was graded with 43,33 points, including two ‘10s’ for type and one for head and neck. Behind her, with 43 points, there was, shown for the first time, the Michałów-bred Panika (Eukaliptus – Plisa/Probat) awarded with two ‘10s’, for type and movement. On the third place her stablemate Wieża Babel (Laheeb – Wiaźma/Arbil) was classified, with 42,33 points, including two ‘10s’ for movement, on the fourth – another Michałów-bred mare, Empiryka (Monogramm – Emanacja/Eukaliptus) – 42 points, including a ‘10’ for head and neck. The final five was closed by another Michałów-bred mare, Wieżyca (Ekstern – Wipera/Fawor) with 41,67points, including a ‘10’ for movement. The Białka-bred Noc (Pesal – Nuda/Czako), owned by Marek Kondrasiuk, despite of a ‘10’ for movement and the final note of 41 points, didn’t make it to the final. As we can see, this class was, apart from the Janów-bred Alhambra, a triumph of Michałów State Stud. We saw excellent pedigree mares, very good in type and with very interesting movement – what else can we expect?
But the generous judges of the Autumn Janów Podlaski Show didn’t give up after awarding the mares with the top marks. In the 4-7-year-old stallions class (6 participants) another final grade record was beaten: 43,33 points! The Janów-bred Pegasus (Gazal Al Shaqab – Pepesza/Eukaliptus) received it, and although his movement is not a spectacular one, while standing, he arouse a common admiration, which was also visible while grading: three ‘10s’ for type and two ‘10s’ for head and neck. Pegasus was shown by the new Janów Podlaski trainer and presenter, an American Gerard Paty, and the ‘American School’ of presenting horses while standing has definitely passed the exam. Second place in this class was also won by a Janów-bred stallion, Alert (Piaff – Andaluzja/Sanadik El Shaklan) – 41,67 points – while the Białka-bred Celsjusz (Ekstern – Carina/Pesal) received 41 points, including three ‘10s’ for movement, and he became third.
The senior stallions couldn’t complain for lack of ‘10s’. Out of four participants, the best one was the Białka-bred Ostragon (Pers – Osełka/Palas) known for his impressive movement. Like Celsjusz, for this feature he was graded only with „10s”! Then, as he was the last horse that was presented, he made use of a moment of weakness of his handler (who gave way to temptation of letting his charge go loose) and he went crazy on the ring in the liberty style… We shall add that Ostragon also scored the highest note of the show – 43,33 points. Second came the Janów-bred Salar (Ecaho – Saba/Etat) – 43 points, including two ‘10s’ for type and one for head and neck, third place – for his stablemate Aslan (Eukaliptus – Algora/Probat) – 42,33 points, including three ‘10s’: for type, head and neck, and movement. The last in the class Cendel (Endel – Cytra/Partner), bred by Bogusław Pisarski, owned by Anna Janas, also presented a beautiful movement and with a ‘10’ for this feature and the second maximum note for head and neck, scored 42,33 points, being a state-bred stallions’ equal.
Of course, very high notes that were given at the show, brought a lot of joy to the audience, breeders and owners, but also made us wonder, whether so many brilliant horses arrived to the Autumn Janów Podlaski Show. Let us remind that usually after the shows it is easy to hear complaints about too low and too strict grades – so let us be glad that this time the judges were favorable.
The championships didn’t bring any surprise, but sometimes disappointment. As expected, the title of Senior Champion Mare went to the Janów Podlaski-bred Alhambra. However, few must have expected that the Reserve Champion title would go to Pepita, and the bronze medal would be won by Panika, a mare with an untypical color (grey, but with a dark part on her head). The Falborek Arabians stud could have feel disappointed that, after winning such a difficult class (the 4-6-year-old mares class) in a great style, Estaka remained without a title.
The Senior Stallions Championship was won – without any surprise – by Pegasus, the Reserve Champion title went to Alert, and Salar was awarded with the bronze medal. It made the audience start joking that Janów Podlaski wasn’t hospitable enough if the Janów-bred horses won all the senior titles (except for the bronze medal for Michałów-bred Panika). The Best in Show title also remained in Janów, because Alhambra won it, however not unanimously, as the judges’ indications were 2:2. The class points decided about the winner. The joking notices didn’t cover the fact that if the Janów-bred horses hadn’t participated, the show could’ve been cancelled due to a small amount of entries. Some Janów-bred horses had a duty to take part in order to give a chance to the others. Let us remind that the junior classes belonged to private-bred horses. We hope that in the future the private breeders will bring more horses for the Autumn Janów Podlaski Show – this year’s show proved that it was
worth it! Even in the senior classes into which the private breeders enroll a lot fewer horses, they can fight for the top rewards, for example Estaka, or take up a challenge, which was proven by Cendel. The Janów Podlaski Autumn Show found its place in the Polish calendar; the rivalry here is a really serious one, and about many horses that come it is difficult to say that they are not the top quality ones. It would be a pity if it had to be cancelled due to few enrollments.
After the championships another classes under saddle were held which gathered more numerous audience – the tribunes were full during the costume class! In the jumping competition the winning pair was Agnieszka Woźniak – Pedagog (Pilot – Pętla/Visbaden), bred by Janów Podlaski State Stud, owned by Dorota Kałuba. The result of this pair was 12 penalty points. The Polish Historical Dress Class was divided, just like the previous day, to
the mares and gelding group and stallions group. In the first one seven pairs took part, and the winner was Agnieszka Romszycka atop Orsk (Włodarz – Orieta/Fawor), bred by Damis, owned by Bogdan Tomaszewski, before Agnieszka Osowska atop Encina (Pesal – Epoza/Eukaliptus), bred by Janów Podlaski State Stud, owned by Krzysztof Semeryło. The special award for the debutant was given to the third place laureate Katarzyna Karasewicz, atop the horse of merit, Elekt (Palas – Elektra/Bandos), bred by Janów Podlaski State Stud, owned by Agnieszka Romszycka.
Among the 15 stallions that were competing in the second group, the best one was Piaff (Eldon – Pipi/Banat), owned/bred by Janów Podlaski State Stud, with Agnieszka Woźniak atop. Behind him placed himself Metropolis NA (Consensus – NDL Martinique/Muscat), bred by Mike Nichols, owned by Janów Podlaski State Stud, with Aleksandra Owerko atop. The
special award funded by The Riding Club of Janów Podlaski State Stud for many years of propagating the using of pure bred Arabians was given to Elekt. In the costume classes the elaborating of costumes seemed to be the most interesting thing to the audience. Comparing to last years, the crossbar went up – which is something that brings us joy.
The supplement of the Autumn Janów Podlaski Show attractions was the Janów Podlaski State Stud President’s Cup race, on the 1200 meters distance, for 3-year-old Janów-bred horses. The winner was Daria Gutowska atop Sabah stallion (Harbin – Salsa/Wojsław).
The participants of the show, much more intimate and with more ‘familiar’ climate than the huge Janów Podlaski National Show that was held a month ago, appreciated for sure both the pleasant atmosphere and good organization (disturbed only by an excessive delay of program on Saturday). Although the show is a local one and only the top rewards (plus first places in yearling classes) give a pass to the top rank autumn shows, the rank of horses is worth it to undertake the rivalry. On the other hand, the Autumn Janów Podlaski Show is an occasion for many breeders to present young horses that weren’t ready when the Białka Show was held or they had a worse day and didn’t show all their abilities. Besides, many breeders are afraid to take their horses to the National Show due to a very strong competition. The Autumn Show is much more easier and it is a chance that should be enjoyed.
Read more (junior horses championship): The autumn begins in Janów Podlaski