The Silver Medal for Emandoria, the class won by Poganin – that were the highest awards gained by Polish participants of the Jubilee 30th World Arabian Horse Championship in Paris, closed last Sunday. Apart from them, the Polish horses brought home nine Top Ten titles – (besides Emandoria and Poganin) for Pistoria, Emmona, Zagrobla, Zigi Zana, Piacenza, Empire and Psyche Kreuza. Polish-bred Parmana and Girlan-Bey also won Top Ten titles for their leaser – the Athbah Stud from Saudi Arabia.
The Polish fans bound their greatest expectations with Emandoria from Michałow, the Gold Medal winner from Aachen and Moorsele. She already won the Junior World Championship in 2005, so everybody believed nothing could stop her in the struggle for the Triple Crown, the more that she won the “A” Class for 4yo and older mares. Her advantage over the most dangerous rival, Bess Fa’Izah, owned by Ajman Stud, was, however, hardly noticeable. The Dutch-bred mare ((Bessewacht Arabians) gained 92,7 points, including 6 „twenties” for type, as well as for head and neck, whereas Emandoria collected a total score of 92,8 points, but with no „twenties”. She showed more correct topline and legs, whereas Bess Fa’Izah got a special award for the best head, granted in each class separately. In the Championships almost all the judges, except Scott Benjamin, who supported Emandoria, and Dr Nasr Marei, who preferred Ladi Veronika (Bronze Medal), voted for Bess Fa’Izah.
The Silver Medal in World Championships was surely a great achievement, but we expected the Triple Crown, so the Polish team left Paris slightly disappointed. Emandoria, however, was in a worse situation than her rivals, because she was due to foal in March. Because of her advanced pregnancy she couldn’t reveal all her possibilities, especially in movement and Mariusz Liśkiewicz fully realized it. Additionally the long and exhausting journey decreased her condition. Emandoria is quite likely to reach for the highest award some time in the future, but the opportunity for gaining the Triple Crown was just this year.
A nice surprise was given to the Polish fans by Poganin, bred at Janów and shown by Gerard Paty. Quite unexpectedly he won the “B” Class of 4yo and older stallions, defeating such famous rivals, as Dakharo from Al Khalediah Stables or MCA Magnum Gold, also Saudi-owned. He outstripped also multi-awarded Girlan-Bey, who recently achieved many successes for Athbah Stud and before – for the Kristoffersen family from Sweden, who purchased him from Michał Bogajewicz. Poganin gained 92,5 points, whereas Girlan-Bey – 92,3. In the finals, however, the Janów-bred stallion had no chances against such acknowledged stars as Baanderos, QR Marc or Marquis CAHR, who shared the medals between each other. Nevertheless Janów Podlaski could be proud of its product. The Director Marek Trela was sure that Poganin’s day was still to come, and his hopes seemed to come true.
We could be also satisfied with successes of the Polish youth – Zigi Zana, Piacenza, Parmana and Empire from Michałów Stud, as well as Psyche Kreuza from Chrcynno-Palace. They equally competed with their rivals and surely could be included among the best young Arabian horses in the World. The Championship in Paris made a hard competition for Polish horses, because the greatest emphasis was laid upon heads. That’s why the separate award for that trait was handed after each class. Polish horses, however, distinguished themselves mainly with
an outstanding movement and correct conformation, whereas their heads weren’t extremely “exotic”. Here, in Paris, it worked to their disadvantage.
The Michałów State Stud gained also a special award for the Best Breeder, for Emandoria’s Silver and 1st place in her class, as well as for Emmona and Piacenza, who were placed 2nd in their classes. The organizers recalled the most multi-awarded breeders in the whole Championships` history. They were, as follows: Al Khalediah Stables (with 8 titles) and ex aequo Michałów and Al Shaqab Stud, with 7 titles each.
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