The breeders and lovers of Arabian horses were not disturbed by the 30-degree heat, alternating with heavy rain, to participate in the international Arabian horse show, organized last Saturday and Sunday at the Ippodromo La Favorita race track in Palermo, Sicily. The running track and the stands which have been undergoing renovation for a long time, were put into use only a few months ago. Inside the track, Arabian show horses competed, trotters raced on the track, and in the side arenas there were demonstrations of the Spanish riding school, visited, interestingly, by crowds.
Judging at this year’s edition of the Palermo Arabian Horse Cup were: Caroline Reid (Great Britain), Ward Bemong (Belgium), Marc Veray (France) and Fausto Scanzi and Giorgio Rossi (Italy).
The show in Palermo has a long history and for many years it has traditionally been attended by horses owned by many leading Italian and European breeders. However, for the first time in the history of this event, a horse received such a high score – 94 points. Such a score was achieved by D Modi (FA El Rasheem – D Nawal by Royal Colors).
The wonderful four-year-old D Modi, bred at Dubai Stud (UAE), is owned by the Polish Lubochnia Arabians, which has been dynamically developing since last year. After a successful show career in the Middle East, she flew to Europe earlier this year and prepared for the 2022 show season at the Capecci Training Center. With seven top marks (20 pts) D Modi dominated the 4-6 year old mares class (section A), winning the following titles: Gold Medal of the Senior Mares Championship, Highest Scored Horse and Best in Show.
Another Polish accent was the winning of the Junior Mare Championship by D Narjeseyyah (FA El Rasheem – Exxaltress by Excalibur E.A.), who after winning the two-year-old fillies class with a score of 91.8 points, was unanimously chosen Junior Champion Mare a day later in the finals. It was the first appearance of D Narjeseyyah this season, who was successfully shown in European rings as a yearling. During three starts, she won three gold medals. The mare also belongs to Lubochnia Arabians near Gniezno, and was prepared and shown by Paolo Capecci for the competition in Palermo.
Dobrochna Perz-Wawrzyńczyk, owner of Lubochnia Arabians, summarizes the starts of horses from her stud: – Although we started our adventure with Arabian horses last year, it was a very intense time for us. We mainly showed D Narjeseyyah and Juwanda OS. We recorded a really successful first season, winning four gold medals and one silver. This year we have more horses in training. We started the European season very well in Palermo, where we showed two horses. They won two gold medals, and D Modi received a very high score of 94 points, which does not happen very often at the shows. Of course, we try to look at the show stage realistically and we have a lot of humility and respect for Polish breeders and for what they have achieved in the history of breeding purebred horses. For us, cooperation between breeders on the Polish and international arena as well as the promotion of Arabian horses is important. We will strive for this in the near future, and my husband and I have many plans.