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2022 Katara Festival. Auction – a world record for an embryo!

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2022 Katara Festival. Auction – a world record for an embryo!

D Sharar, 1st. place in the class of two year old colts, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
D Sharar, 1st. place in the class of two year old colts, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

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The two-week festival in Qatar is undoubtedly an important event that will be permanent in the Arabian horse show calendar. A horse auction was held this year as well. This event has a separate day in the KIAHF calendar.

The sale was successful with 38 lots sold, including 24 stallions, 3 breedings, 9 mares and 2 embryotransfer rights. Unlike during the show, the auction had an unfettered, almost family atmosphere, with guests and clients walking and mingling with each other like at an Arabic Souq. The auction was conducted efficiently by a young, bilingual Qatar auctioneer. The presentation of each horse was accompanied by well-chosen music and a light show. The aforementioned play of lights and music is of great importance throughout the entire event. It introduces a modern style and atmosphere full of positive energy.

LR Solo Mio, 2nd place in the class of two year old colts, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
LR Solo Mio, 2nd place in the class of two year old colts, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

The horses selected for sale were generally of good or even high quality. They could easily be a part of any Arabian stud in the world. Thanks to this, most of them found buyers.

The breeding gems of the auction were not the horses themselves, but breedings to stallions that are difficult to acquire: FA El Rasheem, AJ Mardan and Gazal Al Shaqab, and the offered embryos. Particular interest was aroused by the embryo from the World Champion and the dam of champions, the founder of the best female family at Dubai Stud. FT Shaella (Shael Dream Desert – Soul Pretty TGS) started a dynasty whose genes are considered to be one of the most desirable and inaccessible in the world.
The right to the embryo from Maisa Al Shahania, sold for approx. 100 thousand euro, and the one from the aforementioned FT Shaella, for approx. 770 thousand euro.

D Hadeyyah, 1st place in the class of three year old fillies, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
D Hadeyyah, 1st place in the class of three year old fillies, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

KIAHF title show

The title show, which is the highest-ranking one in the ECAHO show pyramid, is the main event of the festival, which the Qatar people are organizing for the second time. Not only the number of horses entered for the show (234), but most of all their quality and rank make this show one of the most serious in the world, continuing last year’s spectacular success.

After the clear decline of the show in Paris and the cancellation of the last two editions of the All Nations Cup in Aachen, it is the Katara Festival that seems to set standards, dictate trends, create great business deals, where world champions change owners, and no amount is impressive.

RDS Armani, 1st place in the three year old colts (sekcja A), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
RDS Armani, 1st place in the three year old colts (sekcja A), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

Another show, at which breeders from the Persian Gulf have been competing with each other for several years, is the Mediterranean and Middle East Countries Show in Menton, France.

And there is plenty to fight for in Qatar! The financial prizes for medal horses in the senior championships are 1 million Qatari riyals (approx. 250 thousand euro) for the gold medal, 600,000 rials (approx. 150 thousand euro) for silver and 300 thousand riyals (approx. 75 thousand euro) for the bronze. In the junior category, gold is a win of 800 thousand riyals (approx. 170 thousand euro), and in the yearlings a medal made of the same metal is 250 thousand riyals (about 61 thousand euro). The amounts are impressive and at the moment it is a show with the highest financial prizes in the world. Among the participants of the senior stallions classes, such celebrities as the gold medalists from Paris: EKS Alihandro, ES Harir, Wadee Al Shaqab, Hariry Al Shaqab or the international show star, the stallion Cavalli, offered for sale at the Spartacus TO auction, for whom 140,000 Qatari riyals were offered, which did not satisfy the owner, and the stallion was not sold.

Razeen Al Nasser, 2nd place in the class of two year old colts (sekcja A), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Razeen Al Nasser, 2nd place in the class of two year old colts (sekcja A), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

Polish bred horses were also participating in the show. In the junior mares Rose KAS (by Zeus EA), bred by Dawid Borowiec (Koronowo Arabian Stud), the colt Enzo Blacklord (by Wadee Al Shaqab), bred by Anna Janas-Naze, in the 4-6 year old mares classes Amirata (by EKS Alihandro ), bred by Janów Podlaski Stud, in the 7-10 year old mares Al Jazeera (by Kahil Al Shaqab), also bred by Janów, in the oldest mares class Wasa (by WH Justice), bred by Falborek Arabians, in the 7-10 year old stallions class Fuerte (by Shanghai EA), bred by Jan Dobrzyński and Gall of Shanghai (by Shanghai EA), bred by Stanisław Sławiński.

Hader Al Shaqab, 1st place in the class of three year old colts (section B), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Hader Al Shaqab, 1st place in the class of three year old colts (section B), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

Such a big event could not take place without surprises. In addition to the world record for the highest bid so far for the right to collect an embryo from an Arabian mare, an extremely exciting point of the program was the signing by representatives of Parc des Expositions (officially the organizer of the World Championships in Paris) and the Katara Cultural Village of an agreement on the organization of the World Championships alternately in Paris and Doha in Qatar (2023 and 2025 Qatari editions).

TM Galileah, 1st place in the class of 4-6 years old mares, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
TM Galileah, 1st place in the class of 4-6 years old mares, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

The point of the program that nobody officially knew about, neither the guests, exhibitors, trainers or judges. The World Championship for Arabian Horses in Qatar is another event in the world championship rank (next to the FIFA World Cup in autumn 2022 in Doha). The statement by ECAHO, which appeared the day after the signing of the agreement in Qatar, is astonishing, in connection with the fact that the most important event in the ECAHO structures was handed over to the organization during the show season. ECAHO says that it is not aware of what has happened when the agreement was signed.

Ghazelle WPI, 2nd place in the class of 4-6 years old mares, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Ghazelle WPI, 2nd place in the class of 4-6 years old mares, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

Such an important and numerous show is also an opportunity to analyze current breeding trends. Among the horses up to 6 years old qualified for the championships, several stallions distinguished themselves with their progeny. Leading the way is Excalibur E.A., the recent gold medalist of the Al Khalediah title show at KAS (spectacular score 95.20), who brought 7 of his progeny to the championship, including 3 from first place. D Seraj and Naseem Al Rashediah with 5 offspring each and FA El Rasheem with 4 also stood out.

D Expo, 1st place in the class of yearling fillies (section B), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
D Expo, 1st place in the class of yearling fillies (section B), by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

Sahm El Arab, proven in Michałów’s herd, whose son competed in the yearling colts class for Al Jassimya Farm, entered the championship from 1st place.

Amirata, 6th place in the class of 4-6 years old mares, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Amirata, 6th place in the class of 4-6 years old mares, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

The place of Polish breeding at such an important show is determined not only by the participation of Polish bred horses, but also by the offspring of stallions bred in Poland. And so, by Equator were shown only two horses, which is not a satisfactory result.

Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

The most exciting classes on the third day of the show were two: 7-10 year old mares, won by the unbeatable and absolutely phenomenal Donna Molto Bella, owned by Al Jassimya Farm and the 11 year old and older stallions. In one ring, three gold medalists of the world championship presented themselves side by side, and so they took their places in this class in that order – EKS Alihandro (94.39 points), E.S. Harir (93.83 points), Wadee Al Shaqab (93.56 points). The fourth in this class was the also known and highly decorated Cavalli (91.33 points).

Great emotions in the championships were guaranteed!

Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

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