Polish-bred horses traditionally appeared in large numbers in the German town of Ströhen during the last weekend. For several years, apart from the international B show, the organizers have also been organizing a lower-rank international C show, limited to horses born in Europe, in order to eliminate competition from Middle Eastern studs, which send their horses in large numbers to train and show on our continent.
In the higher ranked, more internationally entered competition (Dubai Stud and Ajman Stud were among some of the winners), we can find two Polish accents in the championships. The silver in the junior mares was won by Nouf Al Faisaly by Cyclone OS out of the Polish-bred Eleanor MJ by Empire, bred (like her dam) by Mateusz Leniewicz-Jaworski. Currently, the filly is owned by Al Faisaly Stud from Saudi Arabia. Whereas in the senior mare classes, qualifying from first place in class for the finals, the silver medal went to Paprotnia (Elgast – Paeksa by Ekstern) of Lech Błaszczyk.
In the B show classes we also saw good performances of the representatives of Zalia Arabians – Exfaria Zalia (RFI Farid – Excalibria by Excalibur EA) took third place in the yearling fillies class, scoring the same as the second AJ Esra (AJ Portofino – Eralda by Emerald J) but with less for type. Similarly third, but in the two-year-old fillies class, was Evetta (RFI Farid – Evolett by Ajman Moniscione). This class was won by Esola (Wadee Al Shaqab – Effie by Shanghai E.A.), bred by Paweł Redestowicz, owned by Gabriela Thiry. The top five in this class also included Etiwa of Sinus by Wadee Al Shaqab, a Swedish-bred filly, but out of Janów’s Etira by Eden C, representing the Polish stud Polia Arabians. In turn Esterna (Ekstern – Escuela by Pesal), owned by the same stud and also bred by the Swedes from Sinus Arabian Stud, took second place in the class of the senior mares.
In the C ranked show, only Pireno from StanRed Arabians took home a medal – he was the winner of the senior stallion class (the only one held) and automatically chosen champion, ahead of his competitor Karasamov SGE of purely Russian origin. In the top five of the classes we could see other representatives of StanRed Arabians – Perłowa Dama (Orlando – Planica by QR Marc), third in the yearling fillies competition, and in the 2-year-old class her stablemate, El Prima (Wadee Al Shaqab – Elethia KA by QR Mar), who won before two competitors of Polish breeding and ownership (Regina Arabians) – Amaranda RA (Morion – Alina PS by WH Justice), who placed fourth and Arctica RA (SA Faez Simbad – Hallure H by Jullyen El Jamaal), who placed fifth. In the senior mares class of the C show, the Janów-bred Wołogda (Ekstern – Wanilia by Alegro), representing Suweco Stud from the Czech Republic, took third place.
Among horses of Polish origin in the B-class show, the following also placed in the top five of their classes: Shakara out of Białka’s Euskara by Ararat (fourth among 7-9-year-old mares, bred by Agmal Arabians, owned by NJ Arabians), while in the C-class show Elwa of Sinus (out of Michałów’s Edorella by Eden C) from Sweden took second place in her class and won the bronze in the junior mares category.
Summing up the amount of entries of both shows, it is a good thing that Polish horses go abroad, comparing themselves to horses of similar quality from other countries, and mark their presence in the championships, while competing with the largest studs in the world. On the other hand, it is a bit sad that there were not too many horses in the classes during both shows (despite the entries, many horses did not arrive). While this can be understood in the case of such strong shows as Menton or Paris, where we do not see other participants in given classes “fearing” the triple crowned winners, in B class shows, especially those intended for horses of European origin, one would like to see classes greater than four or five horses, not only in terms of yearlings. We wish this to all show organizers this season!