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Milan International Cup – Polish accents and the triumph of a new stud from Greater Poland!

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Milan International Cup – Polish accents and the triumph of a new stud from Greater Poland!

D Narjeseyyah (FA El Rasheem - Exxaltress), Gold Medal Yearling Filly, by Paola Drera
D Narjeseyyah (FA El Rasheem - Exxaltress), Gold Medal Yearling Filly, by Paola Drera

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Last weekend, an international B-class show was held in Lombardy, Italy. Although located in the vicinity of the world capital of fashion – Milan, the show was called the Milan International Cup. The B-class event according to the ECAHO calendar was also accompanied by Straight Egyptian horses in the Egyptian Event – Naseem Cup, sponsored by the owner of the stallion Naseem Al Rashediah from the Kingdom of Bahrain.

For fans of news from the Polish Arabian breeding scene, an interesting tidbit is the fact that a newly established Arabian horse stud in Poland – Lubochnia Arabians – made its debut at the show near Milan. Its owners – breeders and great enthusiasts from Greater Poland (Wielkopolska), and more specifically from the vicinity of Gniezno, have created a unique place for their charges. The bought in Italy, bred by Dubai Stud, yearling filly D Narjeseyyah by FA El Rasheem from Exxaltress by Excalibur E.A. was an important Polish accent of this show, although not the only one.

The judges and officials at Milan International Cup 2021, by Paola Drera
The judges and officials at Milan International Cup 2021, by Paola Drera

It was the second appearance of this filly at shows this year and also the second win in class and second gold medal in the yearling fillies category. However the show in Milan was the first under the banner of Lubochnia Arabians. The filly started competing at the end of April, when she won the Spring International Arabian Horse Show in Italy, still owned by her breeder. This time, she won her class with a score of 92,88 points as the highest rated yearling horse (among fillies and colts) and a day later she unanimously won the Yearling Fillies Gold Medal.

The silver medal in this category was won by SG Waraya – the grey daughter of Dominic M bred and owned by Scuderia Groane, while the bronze medal went to Magic Sweet Caroline by Magic Aban bred and owned by Fontanella Magic Arabians. In the junior fillies (two and three years old), the gold medal went to Al Jassimya Farm from Qatar – for the three-year-old daughter of Michałów’s Equator – Ilham Aljassimya, before another daughter of Fa El Rasheem bred by Dubai Stud – D Swairah (silver medal) and the Dutch-bred and the Swiss-owned mare Boas Primavera by EKS Alihandro, who won the bronze medal.

DA Little Princess (Lawrence El Gazal - DA Juss' Diva), Gold Medal Senior Mares, by Paola Drera
DA Little Princess (Lawrence El Gazal – DA Juss’ Diva), Gold Medal Senior Mares, by Paola Drera

The Senior Mare Championship brought a triumph to a show veteran – DA Little Princess by Lawrence El Gazal, bred by Diamond Arabians from Austria, and owned by the Italian Societa Agricola PPA. The silver medal was won by the bred in the USA and heavily inbred to stallion Marwan Al Shaqab (grandsire on both sides of the pedigree) – Ghazelle WPI, representing the Qatari Al Sawfa stud. The bronze medal in this category went to the daughter of Cavalli – Kaliah, bred and owned by Oscar Angioletti.

In the colts’ competition the top places in the yearling category were taken by the descendants of: World Junior Gold Champion Stallion – the stallion D Seraj – Farouk Palazzotto, who was bred and owned by Paolo Capecci before the son of the triple crowned stallion Excalibur E.A. – Lorenzo AT from Al Thumama Stud and the black (as his name suggests) – Blackali by Aretus Ali, bred by Giuseppe Palumbo and owned by Salvatore Linares.

D Narjeseyyah (FA El Rasheem - Exxaltress), Gold Medal Yearling Filly, by Paola Drera
D Narjeseyyah (FA El Rasheem – Exxaltress), Gold Medal Yearling Filly, by Paola Drera

Another descendant of a living legend triumphed in the junior colts category – Ajab by FA El Rasheema, bred and owned by Saleh Almatrafi from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, before Alechandro MK by EKS Alihandro, bred and owned by Ahmad Awadi from Israel. Morion’s son, SS Tyari, bred by Stigler Stud and owned by Valentina Piccioli, completed the competition with a bronze medal. The Senior Stallion Championship was won by the son of EKS Alihandro, and the grandson of the aforementioned FA El Rasheem – Hatem Atbah representing the Saudi owner Athah Stud, before the inbred to WH Justice (again grandsire from both sides) – Engulo EEA by Shanghai E.A. bred by Enzo Ltd and owned by Fontanella Magic Arabians. The third place on the podium in this category was taken by his half-brother by the same sire, the French-bred Kadidj de Lafayette, owned by Arianna Porta from Italy.

Apart from the ECAHO categories, the foal class was also held, in which two fillies took part – the winner Krizia Chandra by D Kaheel and Rosmira Fedele by Vivaldi Regalis. Separate championships were held for Straight Egyptian horses and although not all medal places were awarded, the Italians can definitely be envied for the large number of shows organized this year, which were quite numerous considering the existing pandemic situation. In many other countries, including Poland, events for Arabian horses cease to exist. And they are an important element not only of the evaluation and comparison of breeding achievements, but also of the international promotion of horses, related to the necessary in breeding – selling. That’s why we are the more happy with the success of the new stud from Poland – Lubochnia Arabians, about which we will surely hear more soon.

Farouk Palazotto (D Seraj - D Feddah), by Paola Drera
Farouk Palazotto (D Seraj – D Feddah), by Paola Drera

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