Despite the prevailing pandemic, the leading European countries in breeding and marketing Arabian horses, such as for a long time now Belgium and Italy, are not slowing down in the organization of shows. Both shows clearly indicated the inexorable trends of the modern Arabian horse market in Europe and around the world. Fortunately – at both shows, Polish colors were bravely defended by representatives of our country’s breeding or property.
Bruges – a Polish Saturday, a Saudi Sunday
Last weekend in Bruges, Belgium, three international shows of different rank were held one after another – the Breeders Show, European Show and B International Show. The latter additionally included classes for Straight Egyptian horses, from which the Best Straight Egyptian Horse of the Show was chosen.
In the European show, limited to horses born and registered in European stud books, medals were won by three Polish-bred horses. In the two-year-old mares and the junior mare championship, the first place (91.56 pts) and gold medal was won by the Janów-bred Brodnica (Pogrom – Bambina), purchased a few weeks ago at the Pride of Poland auction for 250,000 euro by Hanaya Arabian Stud in Switzerland. Laura KL (Wadee Al Shaqab – Lili PS) bred and owned by Klikowa Arabians was right behind her in class with a score of 0.06 points lower. Laura KL brought a junior mares bronze medal from Bruges to Poland. On the podium the Polish fillies were separated by IS Elasca (Ascot DD – IS Elanda), bred by Ismer Stud (Germany), and of English ownership (M. J. Smith) – the winner of the 3-year-old mares class. The maternal side of the pedigree of this mare is almost exclusively Polish – her dam is a daughter of the Polish stallion Altis, and the dam line is derived, among others, from Michałów’s mare Zygota.
In turn in the senior mares championship triumphed Anawa (Abyad AA – Anarchia) from Janów, now in British hands, winning first place in the 7-9 year old mares class. In the championships and in class, she defeated ROE Layya (Ajman Moniscione – ZT Ludjbrosiaa), also representing Great Britain. Britain. The bronze medal in this class was won by Bourhani Fadissima (Fadi Al Shaqab – AB Bellissima) bred and owned by Bourhani Arabians from Germany. In the yearling fillies, the gold and title of Best in Show was won by Lily Marie NWA (FA El Rasheem – Magdalena NWA) bred by NWA Arabians in Denmark, owned by Hanaya Arabian Stud (Switzerland). The silver went to Selena K.A. (AJ Elaf – Safiya K.A.) bred and owned by Knocke Arabians (Belgium), and the yearling fillies bronze was won by her stable mate Elan De Joie K.A. (Titan AS – Elan De Marc K.A.) – granddaughter of one of the best Polish mares, Michałów’s Espadrilla. Among the yearling colts only one class was held, of which, according to the rules, two horses were eligible for the championships, so only two medals were awarded – the gold was won by the winner of the class, Ender K.A. (E.S. Sarab – El Extasa K.A.), grandson of Białka’s Ekina from Knocke Arabians, while the silver was awarded to the second in this class, Sidarta AS, by the same sire, out of MB Vivyanna, bred and owned by Arabian Soul Partner (Mexico).
A similar situation took place in the junior colts, where the classes of 2 and 3 year old horses were combined, from which champions were selected – the gold medalist Jassid K.A. (QR Marc – Joumalia Nautiac) from Knocke Arabians and silver medalist – Luther (BK Latif – Xotic Design) bred by DWG Smith, owned by Antonia Le’vell from Great Britain. Britain. The Senior Stallion Championship was won by the class winner at last year’s European Championships – Bugatti (Master Design GA – Lyanka) bred by the Jones family, and owned by Anna Joyce from Great Britain, before the show veteran R’adjah de Cartherey (QR Marc – Badi’ah de Cartherey) bred and owned by Chantal Rigat from France and Libero K.A. (Psytadel – QR Lizette) – another medal for a horse bred and owned by Knocke Arabians.
On the same day as the European show, the so-called “breeders” show was also held, where foal classes could also be seen, and classes over 6 horses were divided into two sections, which allowed to award more horses or to hold yearling championships. As no older horses were entered, the show ended with the junior mare championships, while the junior colts had only one two-year-old class, so they did not have to compete in the championships anymore. The A yearling fillies section and the gold medal, as well as the Best in Show, were won by the British Luanna (Santorini – Lavinias Design) bred and owned by L. Smith, ahead of KA Salma Padrona (Kanz Albidayer – Shani Padrona) bred by and owned by Nadine Koo and the awarded with a bronze medal – Fiolah SH (Ali Khan – CA Felicity) bred and owned by Mikkel Shafi from Denmark. Unanimously chosen as the Yearling Colts Champion was FM Kaiman (FA El Rasheem – Psity of Angels) bred and owned by Flanders Midwest Arabian from Belgium before the colt Vidar Al Sahidi (Ali Khan – Valeta F) bred and owned by the Oomen family from Holland and a son of Excalibur – the colt Moet LA (out of Monelly) bred and owned by Walter Franco.
There was only one horse in the two-year-old colts class – automatically selected Junior Champion Colt – Kalizzto-B (Fatit-B – Zox Canada) bred and owned by Barakah Arabians from Denmark. The last was the junior mare championship, won by the three-year-old Maliyah Belle (ES Harir – Malikah Belle) bred and owned by Ralf Heckenbueker, before the two-year-old Ava Rose (Vivegas – Audella Rose) bred and owned by Joyce Robertson from Great Britain and Bourhani Bellavera (RFI Farid – Bourhani Fadissima), winner of the two-year-olds class representing Bourhani Arabians from Germany.
Sunday in Bruges, Belgium, belonged to the highest-ranked international B-class show, where, apart from horses from Europe, representatives of the Middle East studs could be seen.
The Yearling Championship was won by AJ Esra from Ajman Stud, by the stallion AJ Portofino out of the bred by Falborek Arabians Eralda, before the mare Carrara Bey (Ibn Farid – Ajaley) bred by Renee and Kevin Holt, and owned by Hanaya Arabian Stud. The podium was closed by Danah Pearl (Excalibur E.A. – SW Da Vidica) representing Akmal Stud from Saudi Arabia. The studs from the Middle East also dominated the Yearling Colts Championship. It was won by Hataan AM (Validoro – Twiga JJ) from Al Mohamadia Stud, ahead of Ezz Alkashab (Emerald J – Malikat Al Moluk) from Al Kashab Stud and Aali Akmal (FA El Rasheem – HHC Ali-K) from Akmal Stud. So the gold and bronze went to Saudi Arabia, with Kuwait separating them.
In the junior championships, the unanimously chosen champion was another Saudi filly, Naifat Al Owaidah (Excalibur EA – LR Expected Beauty), the winner of the two-year-old class with a score of 93.13 points before the winner of the three-year-olds with a score of 92.00 points, bred by Dubai Stud, D Hadeyyah (FA El Rasheah) – My Fair Rose), representing the Saudi Arabian Ajmal Stud. The podium was closed by Nijmet Al Wadee AMG (Wadee Al Shaqab – Joharat Al Solaz), bred in Israel by Ahmad Abu Hasun, and owned by Hanaya Arabian Stud. Hanaya Stud also managed to defend the gold medal in the junior colts category – awarded to the three-year-old EKS Sirajj (Ibn Farid – EKS Bint Helwah) bred in the South African Elkasun Farms. The remaining medals in the colts category also went to the Middle East – for the silver medalist Arjuwan Albidayer (AJ Marzan – Allezandra Albidayer) from Albidayer Stud (UAE) and Razeena Al Nasser (QR Marc – Remal Al Nasser) from Qatar, awarded a bronze medal for Al Nasser Stud. This stud also triumphed in the senior mares championship, where the gold was won by the daughter of WH Justice – Bshaier Al Nasser (out of Rihab Al Nasser, a daughter of the aforementioned Remal Al Nasser, who produced the junior stallion bronze medalist). The silver medal of the senior mares went to Cap Bianca (Shanghai E.A. – Arabians Blanca), who scored nearly 93 points, bred in Spain by Ganaderia Pedro Cubillas, and owned by Alqasmiah Stud – another medal for the Saudis in this championship. On the podium Cap Bianca was ahead of another daughter of Shanghai E.A. bred in Brazil – TM Galileah (from Karolina by Da Lirium BMW) owned by Badera Al Humaidi from Sadia Arabia.
The Middle East also did not give way in the senior stallions championships. The gold medal went for the second time to Al Kashab Stud from Kuwait, specifically to the stallion Shakar Pegasus (Shaezz El Madan – Jameel Pegasus) bred by Espolio Folle, before this year’s class winner in Menton, Saif Albidayer (Excalibur EA – Nesj El Markhisa) bred and owned by Albidayer Stud (UAE) and Harbi Al Adwan (Asfoor Al Waab – Wadha al Adwan) representing the Kuwaiti breeder and owner – Adwan AlAdwani.
Separately, on Sunday, championships for Straight Egyptian horses were held, where the greatest winner was the beautiful daughter of Al Ayal AA – Sereen AA (out of Saniyyah RCA), bred and owned by the Israeli Ariela Arabians. The grey filly won the Straight Egyptian yearling mares class with a score of 92.63 points, as well as a gold medal in this category, and became the Best Straight Egyptian Horse of the Show.
Meanwhile, in Bergamo, Italy
The international B category show in Bergamo (Purosangue Arabi a Bergamo) also had nice Polish touches worth mentioning. The filly D Narjeseyyah (FA El Rasheem – Exxaltress), purchased by the new Polish stud Lubochnia Arabians, appeared in the yearling fillies for the third time this season. The filly, bred by Dubai Stud, born in Italy, won the yearling class for the third time – this time with a score of 91.69 points and won another gold medal for her new Polish owners, awarded unanimously by all judges. In the championships and class she defeated Nemesis Regalis (Sa Faez Simbad – Nashira By Chawy Na) from the Italian Regalis Arabians and Angy By Kanz (Kanz Albidayer – Virginia by Vergil) bred by Michele Giomondo, owned by Alberto Vitaro.
In yearling colts the gold medal was awarded to another pupil of Dubai Stud, owned by Al Jood Stud from Qatar – D Wannas (FA El Rasheem – D Sayedah), who had triumphed at the Barcelona show two weeks earlier. In his class and in the championship, D Wannas defeated the inbred to WH Justice Amin by Shamira (Sa Madison – Shamira Ashiraf) bred by Davide Rullo, owned by Diletta Balotti and the originally named Exactlynoon Acnaibac (After Sunset W – ER Aspressiva) bred and owned by Alessandro Rota. The representatives of Dubai Stud, this time as breeders and owners, appeared once again during the decoration of the junior colts champion, which was D Fannan (Excalibur E.A. – Elle Flamenca), the silver medalist of the yearling colts from Menton last year. The silver medal in this category was awarded to another son of Excalibur E.A. – Halul Al Khor (out of PSL First Light) bred and owned by Al Khor Stud from Qatar. A bronze medal was awarded to the Italian bred and owned King Arthur (Invictus – Andreia), representing the Badia di Cartabia stud.
In the junior fillies the winner was AJ Bdoor, inbred to Vervaldee, a daughter of AJ Azzam and AJ Bahia by Vervaldee. Interestingly, her sire AJ Azzam is on lease at Michałów Stud and is supposed to be offered to private breeders in the 2022 season. The mare is owned by Adnan Alsheihhi, also from Ajman. Second behind her in the championships was Madama Moniscione (Ajman Moniscione – Medea Moniscione) bred and owned by the Buzzi family. Both fillies in their classes received over 92 points. The bronze medal went to the granddaughter of Ajman Moniscione – Aba Monfara (RFI Farid – Monna Rose Chandra) from the stud of Andrea Barbaro. The 4-7 year old mares class and the senior mares championship was won by the typey, great-moving Radegondra by Tresca (Shanghai E.A. – Del Mar Crispy), who scored nearly 93 points in her class. The mare was bred by Tresca stud and the owner is Ama-dio Sparapan. The silver medalist was also rated high in the oldest mares class, over 92 points, Juwanda OS (WH Justice – Shak Lavanda). The mare was bred by Gestüt Osterhof, and the owner during the show was Talal Alkazemi from Kuwait. It is worth noting that Juwanda OS, who has won many high-ranking shows, including the European Championship Gold Medal, was purchased during the show by the newly established, dynamically developing Lubochnia Arabians stud from the vicinity of Gniezno. Another mare awarded with a medal from the breeder of Ajman Moniscione – Giancarlo Buzzi, was Medea Moniscione (Psytadel – Miss Mo-niscione), who became a senior mare bronze medalist from second place in the oldest mares class.
Ajman Moniscione himself was the sire of the gold medalist in the senior stallions category. His son – Picadilly (out of Shakira by Kir), a show veteran bred by Amadio Sparapana, owned by Maria Scalvini, once again won the gold medal ahead of the stallion Jasmin Z (Nagels Z – Jamala Z) and Ganador AH (Shiraz de Lafon – Golden Sunset J) bred in Israel by Avraham Halak Construction, and owned by Mahmoud Muhammad Diab Ali from the same country. Interestingly, the grandam of the bronze medalist is Gomera J, who is of purely Polish origin – the daughter of Ekstern and Georgia by Eukaliptus.
Apart from the international show classes, the Straight Egyptian horse championships and the Futurity categories (for foals) were also held, where among the fillies the gold in this category was unanimously won by another Ajman Moniscione daughter, the exceptionally beautiful Miahmartina Ashiraf (out of Sophie MCA) bred by Giacomo Boscarino, owned by Azez Arabians from Izrael, while the colts category was won by Rasheed (Invictus – Essaouira) bred and owned by Simone Angioletti.
In Bergamo, there were also two competitions under saddle called Old Style, presenting dressage in classic and western styles. Here we noted some nice Polish accents – in the first category, the gold medal in both rounds and silver in the finals was awarded to the Janów-bred stallion Apollin (Ganges – Anarchia) owned by Gianluigi Scaglia, while in the second category the silver medal in the first round and fourth place in the finals was won by Shamaal (Al Maraam – Salamandra) owned by Deborah Pagani, and bred by Piotr Podgórny.
While Saturday’s competition in Bruges gave European breeders, even the smaller ones, a chance to win prizes and appear in the championships, the Sunday show in Belgium confirmed two tendencies that have continued for several, if not more years, on our continent. The first tendency is that Middle Eastern studs buy out the best show and breeding material in Europe, where they easily beat local breeders at middle and higher rank shows. Another quite disturbing tendency that could also be observed in Bergamo and which has been seen for a long time in the results of the most significant shows, not only European ones, is the domination of literally a few stallions, whose progeny win at shows. This, in turn, drives the demand for the offspring and breedings of these few selected stallions even more. As you know, each market produces mainly what is sought at the moment … Which in the case of breeding dangerously narrows the gene pool and eventually, breeding progress.