The Polish anthem was heard in the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club indoor arena today when Michałów’s Equator (QR Marc – Ekliptyka/Ekstern) and the Michałów team collected the prize for the gold medal in the senior stallion category during the Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival. It was the only anthem of a non-Arabic country played during this event. Equator was chosen gold champion almost unanimously (only one of the seven judges, Ann Norden from Sweden, chose him for the silver). Earlier, in the oldest stallions class, Equator showed elegance, free movement, perfectly prepared and won with a score of 93,38, including 3×20 for type, a 20 for head and neck and 4×20 for movement. The class top five also included the Białka-born Celsjusz (Ekstern – Carina/Pesal, owned by Mohamed Zaghloul Omar), who received 91,5 pts and was classified at fourth spot. The sixth place went to the Michałów-bred Drabant (Gazal Al Shaqab – Demona/Monogramm, owned by Mohammed Eissa Bushehab), whose movement was awarded with 5×20 (final score 90,88). In the earlier senior stallions classes (4-6 year olds, series A and B) excellent results were obtained by: the private bred Gall of Shanghai (Shanghai EA – Gallia/Galba, bred by Stanisław Sławiński, owned by Bakheet Saeed Bakeet Noubi Al Katbi), who won the class with 91,75 and the Michałów-bred Larando (QR Marc – Laranda/Ekstern, owned by Alamssarah Arabian Horse Stud), who placed second (92,12, including a 20 for movement).
In the finals the fiercest rival of Equator was the American-bred Eden C (Enzo – Silken Sable/Genesis C, owned by Al Sayed Stud), who placed second in class with a score of 92,25, including a 20 for type and a 20 for head and neck. However in the finals only one judge selected him for champion.
Another one to boast a gold medal is the Michałów-bred Emandoria (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emanda/Ecaho), shown under the banner of Al Baydaa Stud (Egypt). Emandoria was chosen champion unanimously. Already during her presentation in class it was obvious that she had no rivals, though the quality of the participants was extremely high. In the finals she once again gave a royal performance and there could simply be no other verdict. Her lessee, Ahmed El Talawy, can be pleased not only with the lease of Emandoria, but also Galerida (Shanghai EA – Galilea/Laheeb). She is also a mare that represents the highest world quality and at the same time an ambassador of Polish breeding. In Sharjah she won the bronze medal, bested by the lovely AJ Reeda (AJ Portofino – AJ Raheda/WH Justice) from Ajman, who left the show with a silver medal.
The first performance of Polish horses this season turned out to be extremely successful. Gold for Poland and gold and bronze for Polish breeding (namely for Michałów) is a result which gives reason to be optimistic – let’s hope that we will be enjoying even more successes of Polish horses in the weeks to come.
Read about the classes of mares here: Emandoria returns to the show ring