On August 11-14th, 2023, one of the most awaited events for lovers of the most beautiful horses took place, i.e. the world-famous Pride of Poland Sale and the Polish National Arabian Horse Show. The stud farm in Janów Podlaski can be safely called the capital of pure Arabian horses in Poland. It is a historic place and close to the heart of every person who has anything to do with this wonderful breed of horses.
This year’s Janów was different than usual, there was no outdoor show or the green arena that most of us associate it with. The whole event was organized under a roof to probably prevent possible bad weather, for which the organizers were not prepared a year ago. The indoor riding arena in Janów has turned into an exclusive, very elegant and very modern place. The interior was on par with high-ranking foreign shows, and the navy blue arrangement with white tables looked chic and exquisite, the huge LED screens were phenomenal, and the entire arena was very well lit.
The space was excellently used, and the VIP sector around the ring turned out to be a good idea. Organizationally, everything was buttoned up, including the roof over the warm-up area, giving comfort to the horses and their presenters while waiting for entry. Despite the high temperatures, it was quite chilly in the arena itself. Bałałajka Restaurant was up to the standard of catering for such a large event, and the food was really tasty.
In the room on the ground floor, you could admire a beautiful collection of trophies won at national and international shows by horses from Janów Podlaski and Michałów, as well as photographic works by three artists: Karolina Misztal, Mariusz Wideryński and Sylwia Iłenda. Both the show catalog and the auction catalog were pleasing to the eye and quite transparent, although the auction catalog lacked information on the pedigrees of the stallions that the mares were bred to and their breeding history, i.e. what they had produced so far, apart from that it was only in the English version.
This year’s Arabian Days opened with the saddle classes, which began on Friday at 11:00. In total, 9 horses took part in three disciplines (Classic Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Historical Polish Costume). It’s always a nice touch to see what excellent mounts Arabians are. The competition in the 45th Polish National Arabian Horse Show began with the yearling colts. The winner of the first group was the bay Phenix Al Miro (D Zeidan x Psyche Lejla by Pogrom), bred and owned by Mirosław Rogowski, presented by Juri Samoilenko. The second group of yearlings was dominated by this year’s gold medalist Poker Face KL (RFI Unique x Plivia by Kahil Al Shaqab) presented by Glenn Schoukens, bred and owned by Klikowa Arabians. The colt in Janów looked very promising, presented a sensational type and thus won the highest score in the yearlings and junior stallions – 92.70 ex aequo with Michałów’s Złoty Medal (senior stallions).
In the two-year-old and three-year-old stallion classes, the winners were Morion’s sons – Michałów’s El Medar (Morion x El Medonia by Shanghai E.A.), who won silver, and the gold medalist among the junior stallions El Draco RA (Morion x El Medisa by Shanghai E.A.), bred and owned by Czesław Gołaszewski. The senior stallions were taken over by the milky grey Złoty Medal (QR Marc x Złota Orda by Pesal) with Artur Łojowski and, as his name obliges, he returned to Michałów with the gold medal of senior stallions and, as I mentioned earlier, the highest score.
Saturday belonged to female classes, in which the numbers were much larger than on Friday. Three classes of yearlings, two of which were won by private breeders. The first victory and the silver medal belonged again to the offspring of D Zeidan, won by the bay filly Cararra (D Zeidan x Calatina by Emerald J), bred by Marek Kondrasiuk, owned by Alicja Najmowicz, shown by Marek Demczuk. In class 1B the winner was Paweł Kozikowski’s pupil Katarina AO (Raoud Al Bidayer x Kadira of Sinus by Fadi Al Shaqab), bred and owned by Adam Ochmann. The last class of yearlings was dominated by representatives of state studs: the winner from Michałów – Livorna (AJ Azzam x Liguria by El Omari) and Janów’s Wencedora (Haash OSB x Wilga by Om El Bellissimo), which won this year’s yearling fillies gold.
It was Janów who definitely dominated the two-year-old class, thanks to the beautiful daughter of Magic Magnifique, Abellia out of Axara by Kahil Al Shaqab. She was unanimously hailed as the gold medalist of the junior mares, which she absolutely deserved. After the break, the categories of senior mares, often called “classes of death”, began. Among them, the highest rated horses during the entire show, excellent mares, mature, self-confident, full of everlasting charm and charisma, which are the quintessence of an Arabian horse. This year’s senior mare gold, the title of the best horse in the show and the award for the most beautiful head went to the privately bred Evett Magic (S.M.A Magic One x Evolett by Ajman Moniscione), bred by Zalia Arabians of Katarzyna Dolińska-Witkowska, owned by Tomasz Tarczyński, fantastically prepared and presented by Juri Samoilenko. Silver was also awarded to private breeders: Chrcynno-Palace Stud thanks to the wonderfully moving, grey Echo Anastazja (Psyche Keret x Echo Aurora by Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D), and the bronze went to Michałów’s Zigi Zana (QR Marc x Zagrobla by Monogramm), which delighted in Tarnów, winning there, apart from the Gold Medal of Senior Mares, a whole range of additional prizes, including the Prince Paweł Sanguszko Cup for the Highest Rated Horse in the Show.
Special prizes should also be mentioned in the case of the show in Janów. Here, the highest score of the show went to Michałów’s El Bellisima (Ascot DD x Ekliptyka by Ekstern), and the prize for the best movement to the Janów-bred Altamira (Ekstern x Altona by Eukaliptus), owned by Adam Ochmann. This year’s WAHO Trophy was awarded to the legendary stallion Pogrom (QR Marc x Pętla by Visbaden). The best presenter turned out to be the bravely fighting Artur Łojowski, and the best trainer was the reliable Mateusz Tokarski. His charge Patanga (Om El Bellissimo x Pepita by Ekstern) received the award for the best racing horse of the show. Michałów Stud won the prize for the best breeder.
As many as 117 horses were entered in this year’s National Show. Their quality was satisfactory. The classes of older horses are definitely better than those of yearling and younger horses. After Sunday’s championships, the most awaited event, the Pride of Poland auction, begun. This year, horses were sold for the amount of EUR 2,151,000 (46 horses on offer, 31 sold), of which two Michałów mares received the highest amounts: the beautiful El Esmera (Sahm El Arab x Esmeraldia by QR Marc) was sold to Al Zobair Stud (UAE) for 810,000 Euro, and Wildona (Shanghai E.A. x Wilda by Gazal Al Shaqab) went out in the world with a hammer price of 650 thousand Euro to Switzerland (Hanaya Stud). The auction was well prepared both for future buyers who came in person and those who submitted bids online (one mare was sold to Portugal thanks to the online system).
On Monday, a second auction was held under the name Summer Sale. The highest prices were obtained by two Ekstern daughters from Michałów: Apolonia out of Argolida by Grafik fetched 75,000 thousand Euro, and for Editoria, daughter of Editha by Eden C – 35 thousand Euro. To sum up, this year’s show and sales turned out very well, both in terms of organization, visuals and the final result of the auction. There were many spectators in the stands as well as in the VIP sector, and the whole event ran smoothly and without any weather surprises.
Vademecum of XLV Polish National Arabian Horse Show & Pride of Poland 2023
Results of the Championships:
Gold – Wencedora (Haash OSB x Wiga by Om El Bellissimo) bred & owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Silver – Cararra (D Zeidan x Calatina by Emerald J) bred by Marek Kondrasiuk, owned by Alicja Najmowicz
Bronze – Eleganza (Haash OSB x Eduarda by Pogrom) bred & owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Gold – Poker Face KL (RFI Unique x Plivia by Kahil Al Shaqab) bred and owned by Klikowa Arabians
Silver – Gladius SA (Dominic M x Ginessa by Shanghai E.A.) bred and owned by Waldemar Bąk
Bronze – Phenix Al Miro (D Zeidan x Psyche Lejla by Pogrom) bred and owned by Mirosław Rogowski
Gold – Abellia (Magic Magnifique x Axara by Kahil Al Shaqab) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Silver – Psyche Apsara (Ghaith Al Zobair x Psyche Victoria by Ekstern) bred and owned by Chrycynno-Pałac Stud
Bronze – Bellaria (Wortex Kalliste x Bokasa by Ekstern) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Gold – El Draco RA (Morion x El Medisa by Shanghai E.A.) bred and owned by Czesław Gołaszewski
Silver – El Medar (Morion x El Medonia by Shanghai E.A.) bred and owned by Michałów Stud
Bronze – Al Narciso (Erantis x Amorena by Pogrom) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski
Gold – Evett Magic (S.M.A. Magic One x Evolett by Ajman Moniscione) bred by Katarzyna Dolińska-Witkowska, owned by Tomasz Tarczyński
Silver – Echo Anastazja (Psyche Keret x Echo Aurora by Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D) bred and owned by Chrycynno-Pałac Stud
Bronze – Zigi Zana (QR Marc x Zagrobla po Monogramm) bred and owned by Michałów Stud
Gold – Złoty Medal (QR Marc x Złota Orda by Pesal) bred and owned by Michałów Stud
Silver – Wolare (RFI Farid x Wieża Marii by El Omari) bred by Wojciech Parczewski, owned by Sławomir Bubas
Bronze – Barok (Om El Bellissimo x Baida by Balon) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Pure Polish Award of PAHBA – Echo Anastazja (Psyche Keret x Echo Aurora by Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D) bred and owned by Chrycynno-Pałac Stud
Highest Score Mare – El Bellisima (Ascot DD x Ekliptyka by Ekstern) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Best Movement – Altamira (Ekstern x Altona by Eukaliptus) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Best Head – Evett Magic (S.M.A. Magic One x Evolett by Ajman Moniscione) bred by Katarzyna Dolińska-Witkowska, owned by Tomasz Tarczyński
Best Breeder – Michałów Stud
WAHO Trophy – Pogrom (QR Marc x Pętla by Visbaden) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski
Best Handler – Artur Łojowski – Michałów Stud
Best Trainer – Mateusz Tokarski – Janów Podlaski Stud
Best Racehorse of the National Show – Patanga (Om El Bellissimo x Pepita by Ekstern) bred and owned by Janów Podlaski Stud
Izabela Pawelec-Zawadzka Trophy – El Draco RA (Morion x El Medisa by Shanghai E.A.) bred and owned by Czesław Gołaszewski
Pride of Poland results:
Lot 0 Wildona (Shanghai E.A. x Wilda by Gazal Al Shaqab) Michałów Stud – 650.000 euro – Switzerland
Lot 1 Celita (Lawrence Al Gazal x Cella by Ekstern) Białka Stud – unsold
Lot 2 Majama (Shanghai E.A. x Minerwina by Kahil Al Shaqab) bred and owned by Wojciech Parczewski – unsold
Lot 3 Babetta (Emerald J x Belinda by Kahil Al Shaqab) Janów Podlaski Stud – 112.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 4 Elaksa (Shanghai E.A. x Elara by Gazal Al Shaqab) Michałów Stud – withdrawn
Lot 5 Pustynia Ognia (Empire x Pustynia Kahila by Kahil Al Shaqab) Michałów Stud – unsold
Lot 6 Basilea (Pogrom x Bambina by Kahil Al Shaqab) Janów Podlaski – unsold
Lot 7 Escotia (Ascot DD x Emancja by WH Justice) bred by Stanisław Sławiński, owned by Jarosław Naze & Anna Janas-Naze – unsold
Lot 8 Patria (Eden C x Palmeta by Ecaho)Janów Podlaski Stud – 62.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 9 El Esmera (Sahm El Arab x Esmeraldia po QR Marc) Michałów Stud –
810.000 Euro – United Arab Emirates
Lot 10 Paris (Kahil Al Shaqab x Palmeta by Ecaho) Janów Podlaski – 40.000 Euro – Poland
Lot 11 Frestona (QR Marc x Frymuszka by Ekstern) bred by Jan Dobrzyński, owned by Paweł Dobrzyński – unsold
Lot 12 Pazienza (Wortex Kalliste x Pregola by Vitorio TO) Janów Podlaski – unsold
Lot 13 Palisandra (Kahil Al Shaqab x Pasjenza by Enzo) Michałów Stud – unsold
Lot 14 Alsandrina (Equator x Alhasa by Ganges) Janów Podlaski Stud – 20.000 Euro – USA
Lot 15 Pesalina (El Omari x Parmania by Kahil Al Shaqab) Michałów Stud – 25.000 Euro – Poland
Lot 16 Bogini Róż PA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Blackrose by Abyad AA) P.P.H. Parys Sp. z o. o. – 170.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 17 Bella Mia (Morion x Beira by Pogrom) Janów Podlaski – 66.000 Euro – KSA
Lot 18 Pentoria (El Omari x Pentra po Poganin) bred by Michałów Stud, owned by Alicja Najmowicz – 29.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 19 Wespera (Morion x Wogeza by Equator) Michałów Stud – 30.000 Euro – The Netherlands
Lot 20 Palemona (Polon x Prometida by Kahil Al Shaqab) Janów Podlaski Stud – 17.000 Euro – Turkey
Lot 21 Calatina (Emerald J x Calatea by Ekstern) bred & owned by Marek Kondrasiuk – unsold
Lot 22 Ferrum (Morion x Ferrmaria by El Omari) Michałów Stud – 81.000 Euro – Sweden
Lot 23 Pegala PS (Gazal Al Shaqab x Percepcja by Laheeb) bred by Przemysław Sawicki, owned by Klikowa Rzepka – 39.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 1/s Editoria (Ekstern x Editha by Eden C) Michałów Stud – 35.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 2/s Teodora (Pomian x Tartina by Perseusz) Janów Podlaski Stud – 20.000 Euro – UAE
Lot 3/s Forga (Morion x Forgissima by Vitorio TO) Michałów Stud – 31.500 Euro – Portugal
Lot 4/s Echo Bey Asila (Psytadel x Egzyna by Eldon) bred and owned by Janusz Ryżkowski – unsold
Lot 5/s Almawiwa (Abyad AA x Alara by Eden C) Janów Podlaski Stud – 9.000 Euro – Turkey
Lot 6/s Apolonia (Ekstern x Argolida by Grafik) Michałów Stud – 75.000 Euro – Belgium
Lot 7/s Aloja (Ascot DD x Aliara by Europejczyk) Janów Podlaski Stud – unsold
Lot 8/s Golstera (Empire x Goltra by Alert) Michałów Stud – 18.000 Euro – UAE
Lot 9/s Ametyda (Paris x Atanda by Eden C) Janów Podlaski – 6.000 Euro – Turkey
Lot 10/s Paera (Emerald J x Paeksa by Ekstern) bred by Lech Błaszczyk, owned by Piotr Pruszyński – withdrawn
Lot 11/s Endibia (Eternal x Ekliptyka by Ekstern) Michałów Stud – unsold
Lot 12/s Paliada (Ekstern x Pollina by Om El Bellissimo) Janów Podlaski Stud – 9.000 Euro – Turkey
Lot 13/s Esperana (Morion x Elerta by Alert) bred and owned by Jan Głowacki – 22.000 Euro – UAE
Lot 14/s Lambada (Emerald J x Lawinia by Ekstern) Michałów Stud – 5.000 Euro – Germany
Lot 15/s Eduela (Amanito x Eneria by QR Marc) Janów Podlaski Stud – 5.000 Euro – Poland
Lot 16/s Pustynia PS (Marwan Al Shaqab x Prokanitsa by Karnaval) bred by Przemysław Sawicki, owned by Klikowa Rzepka – 9.000 Euro – Germany
Lot 17/s Kopra (Equator x Kasjopej by Eldon) Michałów Stud – unsold
Lot 18/s Bella Bellisa (Erantis x Bellisa by Poganin) Janów Podlaski Stud – 8.000 Euro
Lot 19/s Emigrannta (E.S. Harir x Estopa by Emigrant) bred and owned by Paweł Dobrzyński – unsold
Lot 20/s Ekaja (Morion x Ellena by Ekstern) Michałów Stud – 12.000 Euro – Czech Republic
Lot 21/s Bella La Fuerte (Fuerte x Bogini Marajj by Marajj) bred and owned by Wojciech Parczewski – 34.000 Euro – Israel
Lot 22/s Forla (El Omari x Formia by Gazal Al Shaqab) hod. i wł. SK Michałów – 10.000 Euro – UAE
Lot 23/s Pia Mari (Pogrom x Pia by Ganges) Janów Podlaski Stud – 16.000 Euro – Poland