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It hasn’t even been a week since Białka Stud announced the terms and conditions and published the application forms for this year’s Junior Spring Show and Pure Polish Classic Show. The former will take place for the 34th time, as tradition would have it in the first days of June, and it has been held in Białka since 1997. The latter is a specific origin show and this will be its 2nd edition thus far. What awaits us this spring in Białka? Let’s have a look.

Pure Polish

Shall we start with the “more junior” show? Last year, Białka implemented the S-show as a pilot of sorts, in a bit of an experimental fashion, and organised the first ever in Poland specific origin show for horses with Polish pedigrees only. It was a logical consequence of the special “Best in Show – Pure Polish” prizes awarded in Białka. Moreover, the winner of this very award in 2022, the gray then-two-year-old Chilia (Alert – Cerika / Haytham Albadeia), won the gold medal in the Junior Mare Championships at the 1st Pure Polish Classic Show, thus proving her worth.

Pianina KL & El Jazza KL, Gold and Silver Medal in the Junior Filly Championship, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Pianina KL & El Jazza KL, Gold and Silver Medal in the Junior Filly Championship, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

The organisers deems the experiment a success despite the relatively small number of horses – 20 had been entered, of which 17 showed up in the ring. We hope that breeders will enter considerably more of them this year – on the one hand, encouraged by the formula which Białka will most likely refine, and on the other, they’re already familiar with it. After all, S-shows are nothing out of the ordinary in the Arabian horse community though most of them are Straight Egyptian. As of now, we should be looking up to our friends on the Iberian Peninsula, who will be organising the Concurso Específico de Lineas Puras Españolas for the 3rd time this year in mid-October. One of the judges at the Pure Polish show this June will be Albert Sorroca, founder of Equus Arabians and breeder of the multi-champion and two-time world champion stallion Excalibur EA. After the show, we will try to ask him what differences he sees between the Pure Polish show in Białka and the Pure Spanish show in Córdoba.

The II Pure Polish Classic Show begins on Friday 7th June 2024 at 1:00 p.m., and apart from Albert Sorroca, the horses will be judged by a panel consisting of Bérengère Fayt, Hassan Al Mannai, Łukasz Goździalski and Mohammed Aziz Kadan, who also judged last year. What criteria do the horses have to meet to be entered in this show? According to the definition provided by Białka in the Ts & Cs: “originating from one of the 7 male lines and belonging to one of 15 dam lines, accepted as traditionally Polish, and the horse’s pedigree cannot include any of the following stallions in any generation: Amer, Baroud III, Burning Sand, Dragon, St. Laurent, Tiwaiq” – to keep things simple.

The Białka “debutante ball”

The following two days in Białka will be devoted to purebred yearlings, two- and three-year-olds. The Polish junior show is an event that needs no introduction. For years, it has been one of the crowd favourites not only among breeders, but also judges, with crowds also in front of computer screens.

At this annual purebred youth festival, many famous Polish-bred Arabian horses saw the beginning of their glorious worldwide career and acclaim. And we are talking about such celebrities as Wieża Mocy aka The Tower of Power (Best in Show 2012), Equator (Junior Champion Stallion 2012), Złoty Medal aka Gold Medal (Yearling Champion Stallion 2013), Morion (Best in Show 2014 and 2015), Al Jazeera (Junior Champion Mare 2015) or the “Iron Boy” Ferrum (Champion of Yearling Stallions 2020).

Bianca of Sinus, Junior Mare Gold Medal & Best in Show Female, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda
Bianca of Sinus, Junior Mare Gold Medal & Best in Show Female, by Ewa Imielska-Hebda

The Junior Show is one that never disappointments. We ought to prepare ourselves for a spectacular feast (metaphorically speaking) of some the most promising young purebred Arabians, both state-owned and from private breeders. Perhaps this year another future star will be born? We’ll leave that to the judges: Bérengère Fayt, Bruce McCrea, Jonas Salzmann and Łukasz Goździalski… A month and a half – that’s how long we must wait until we hear their verdict.

Any and all information about both shows you might need, in detail and along with forms, is available on the Białka Stud website.

These links might come in handy come June:
Arabian Essence – 34th Junior Spring Show
Arabian Essence – 2nd Polish Classic Show

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