During the last weekend in Germany, held in a beautiful park scenery, among 600 year old trees surrounding the Sickendorf Castle (near Alsfeld, 80 km from Frankfurt), an international C-ranked championship event took place, in which four horses from Poland participated – all pupils of trainer Marek Demczuk (MBD). All of the Polish Arabians secured a place on the podium!
The event was numerously entered, with more than 80 horses registered – mostly from Germany (mainly from the stud of Reinhard Sax, the show’s prime sponsor) and Austria. Poland
was represented by: Zimarc (QR Marc – Zeksterna/Ekstern), bred and owned by Czeple Arabians and Bajaderka (Złocień – Bagatela/Pesal), bred by Agricola Farm and owned by Monika Luft in the junior classes and in the seniors – Valeriana (Werter – Vachta/Aspect), bred and owned by Agricola Farm and Piawea (Ekstern – Powiewna/Wachlarz), bred and owned by Lech Błaszczyk.
In the yearling colts’ class Zimarc competed against (among others) Al Maraan (Al Milan – Marena/Kubinec) from Sax Arabians, who placed second. The Czeple Arabians graduate
bested his rivals with a total score of 40,00. Also victorious in her class of 3 year old fillies was Bajaderka (41,66) before the silver medalist of that show from the previous year and German National Bronze Medalist – Tamice (WH Justice – Tamara/Ibn Narev), bred and owned by Sax Arabians. In the 6-9 year old mares’ class the rules were set by the Polish contenders: Valeriana was awarded with 42,00 points, while Piawea with 40,66, which allowed them to place first and second, respectively, and enter the finals. The third spot went to Nahbayka (Nahbay – Menita) from Sax Arabians.
The finals were held on Sunday in cloudy – as opposed to the hot Saturday – weather. The result was extremely positive for Poland. The gold for the senior females was won by Valeriana, Zimarc and Bajaderka received silver medals and Piawea – the bronze.
Chosen as Junior Champion Female was the show’s favorite, the strongly promoted yearling daughter of Khidar, Esskhija bint Esteema (out of the Triple Crowned Esteema), bred and owned by Sax Arabians, who later also received the title of Best in Show. The silver medal in the senior mares’ category went to the German mare of straight-Egyptian origins – Authentic
Maryah (Maysoun – Mosa El Nil), bred and owned by Rossie Kolster, who received as much as 3×10 points for type earlier in her class of mares aged 10 years old and above. The senior stallions’ competition was won by Taymar (Kyro KA – Tamara IV/Ibn Narev), bred and owned by Reinhard Sax. Also the junior colts’ gold medal went to the same stud, for the 3 year old Europe Al Khidar (Khidar – Esteema). The winner of the 4-5 year old mares’ class, the Spanish AJM Amba (AJM Amirash – Ebony Badaasha), remained without a medal.
„The show in Sickendorf can be praised for its very good atmosphere and organization”, says Sylwia Iłenda, the author of photographs from that show. “It is held in a beautiful place, near golf fields. Everything was held on time and in a competent manner, the sound system was also very good. Accompanying the event were many additional performances – of Saluki hounds and Akhal-Teke horses. But most importantly, although it is just a C-ranked show, many high quality horses participated in it. A tremendous impression was made by the Polish horses both on the organizers and the judges (Michaela Weidner and Manfred Hain from Germany and Konraad Detailleur from Belgium) themselves, who praised their quality. I will also remember this show for the incredibly meticulous work of the disciplinary committee, consisting of as much as 12 people! That’s because at the same time a DC course was held and its participants were preparing themselves for the final exam.”