This past weekend (20th-21st of July) turned out to be extremely fortunate for the breeders from Chrcynno-Palace. The Poszepczyński family brought home as many as three medals from the Belgian Elran Cup show: gold (for Psyche Keret), silver (for Echo Aurora) and bronze (for Psyche Victoria). Earlier their graduates won three classes, respectively: the 2 year old colts (41,25 pts), the 3 year old fillies (40,92 pts) and the 7-9 year old mares (41,75 pts). Let’s add that during this show the score system was expanded by separately judging the head and neck, as well as the walk and trot. Therefore each horse received not five, but as many as seven marks.
The international Elran Cup show, affiliated by ECAHO as B-ranked, enjoyed a rather large amount of prestige. It is held in a picturesque place, near the Alden Biesen castle. This year however the potential exhibitors must have been frightened away by the tough competition from the previous years, because there was a rather small number of entries. The classes usually consisted of 3 to 6 competitors. Some saw only two or even just one horse (the 10 years old and above mares’ class). This made it hard to talk about fierce competition. In all we observed a total of 54 horses, including foals (8), the Liberty class (2) and a performance class (1). Nevertheless Chrcynno must be admired not only for their three medals, but also their ability to masterfully choose the right championships. In this season Chrcynno has made their presence felt both in Wels and now during the Elran Cup. This time, besides the trophies, the breeders from Chrcynno additionally received breedings to Kanz Albidayer, funded by one the
show’s main sponsors, Albidayer Stud from Sharjah. The previous day, on Saturday, Kanz Albidayer himself was impressively presented to the public during a break between classes. Chrcynno Stud was honored as the owners of the highest scored European junior mare and the highest scored European senior mare. Chrcynno was the only representative of Polish breeding during this year’s Elran Cup. All the horses were prepared by Alicja Poszepczyńska and shown by Gerald Kurtz.
Among the four horses entered by Chrcynno (there was also Echo Mars, who did not qualify for the finals) the most successful was Psyche Keret (Khidar – Psyche Victoria/Ekstern), who took home the gold. It must be mentioned that in the finals – just like in Paris – the game was played all over again, meaning that a horse from second place in class could also compete for the gold. Victorious in this battle among the junior colts was the charge of Chrcynno, who left in the dust Nesj El Machiatto (Ajman Moniscione – Nesj El Khimala) of Saudi Arabian owners and Ricardo DD (Psytadel – Monogrammed Lady), owned by DD Arabians from Belgium. Whereas in the junior mares’ championships Echo Aurora (Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D – Echo Afrodyta/Piaff) had to yield before Ajmaniah OS (Ajman Moniscione – AB Nastrapsy), a German bred bay filly, owned by Ajman Stud. The bronze went to the British-bred and Saudi-owned Delight’s Diva RB (Ajman Moniscione – Honey’s Delight RB). Psyche Victoria (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho) had to acknowledge the superiority of two of her rivals: Althea (Ajman Moniscione – Naama Della Vigna), bred in Italy and owned by Claudia Brugman (Belgium) and Esa Naadirah Nile (Ansata Nile Nadir – Imperial Baarikah), bred in the US and currently in Swiss hands. Peerless in the senior stallions’ category was Laheeb Al Nasser (Al Adeed Al Shaqab – Bint Saida Al Nasser), bred in Qatar and owned by Hanaya Arabians
As we can see, besides Chrcynno-Palace the most reasons to celebrate had Nayla Hayed (Hanaya Arabians), as well as the Buzzi family, the owners of Ajman Moniscione, whose get claimed as many as four medals. The Middle Eastern owners this time sent very few contestants to Belgium. Clearly it was the German Ströhen that they decided to visit in larger numbers.
A pleasant accent of the Sunday event was a „show-style” presentation of a pony in the hands of the several year old Liesl Everars. This extremely charming scene was awarded by the viewers with loud applause. The finale of the event turned out to be very democratic, as the public was asked to stand next to that gold finalist which they like best. That was the Best in Show was revealed – a choice which was sanctioned by the sponsors’ representatives. The largest crowd gathered around the Belgian Althea and it was her who received the Best in Show trophy.
The livestream – a very good one – of the show was handled by ArabianHorseResults. The website also publishes detailed results of the event.