Out of the three horses that represented Poland at this most important endurance event in the season (Ashmin, Efendi and Mu-Zahrat), only Ashmin managed to put the plans across by finishing the outstandingly difficult route.
The teams started on Sunday 7:00 am. Unfortunately on the first gate Polish mare Mu-Zahrat (Dobryń – Mu-Gaza by Gazon, br. Z. Tobiasz) with Kamila Tobiasz was eliminated due to the pulse problems. Champion Endurance Club representants were continuing their way – Efendi with Olga Ciesielska and Ashmin with Ewelina Preis. The first couple had bad luck that day – after passing the 100 kilometers Efendi got lame and they had to quit going. Fortunately Ashmin was bravely representing Poland up to the end – on 5:18 pm they appeared on the finish being placed on 45th place with a speed of 15 km/h.
One more Polish-bred Arabian horse competed at Compiegne successfully – grey Waligóra (Edukt – Warownia) bred by Tarus Arabians started in Italian team. He was placed 37, with average speed of 15,89 km/h. Besides there was also Janów-bred Oros (Druid – Osaka) in Italian team competing. The couple ended up with a very good speed of 16,89 km/h, but the horse was eliminated after the final checking. There was also Michałów-bred Luksor (Pesal – Loretta), competing but was eliminated on the third gate.
– We are very satisfied with our horses. The competition was very hard and the route difficult and many of the couples were eliminated – said Beata Dzikowska from Champion Endurance Club. – Of course the most satisfying was the result of Ashmin though Efendi was doing very well: he had a better speed than Ashim and better metabolism as well. It’s a shame he didn’t finish. We are still not sure about the cause of his lameness.
It’s still not known if any of Polish horses would be sold in France but there is a big interest in both Ashmin and Efendi at Compiegne.
– There is a big interest in our horses, mainly as breeding due to their beauty and correct conformation – says Beata Dzikowska.
The sell negotiations were ran until the late evening, with Belgian team amongst of all.
CEI*** – 140 km winners:
Individually (and Best Condition):
Maria Alvarez Ponton (Spain) on Julius De La Drome
Tomas Team (France)