All Nations Cup in Aachen is one of the most important shows for European Arabian horse breeders and lovers. It opens the way to the Triple Crown (All Nations Cup, European and World Championships winner) for the outstanding horses. In the opinion of many authorities this first show is the most interesting one – not only the top horses from many European countries but also those from the “lower level” come here.
So when the trip to Aachen within the group of Polish breeders was offered the decision was made in one hour. Next morning we have been on the place watching the first of 20 Polish horses to go preparations.
The yaerling fillies class began Nowarat Al Khalediah by Marwan Al Shaqab, bred in KSA.
About the progeny of this young sire – Gazal Al Shaqab’s son we was to hear many more during this show…
The panel of judges (Christina Wale – Sweden, Teresa de Borbon – Spain, Hassanain Al-Nakeeb – Great Britain, Doug Dahmen – US, Walter Koch –Germany, Francesco Sanchi – Italy) was judging quite low so the score of very good shown Sefora (90,20)was the good beginning. Unfortunately the dark bay beauty from Janów – Agusta (86,60) – has a wrong day and the problem of many young horses of this show – she didn’t show her excellent movement that thrilled us at Białka Junior Spring Show.
The yearling colt class was the Marwan’s and Psytadel’s progeny fight. The first two places was taken by Marwan Al Shaqab sons – greatly shown by Michael Byatt Mardigras JMF’s average scores for type and head&neck was close to the perfection (19,2 and 19,1) and total score 90,90! Just after him the grey and handsome Banderoos (89,90) was placed. Two furtjer places was taken by Psytadel grandson – Vergil (89,30) and son – Psy Dream (88,00).
Third class amongst the 18 horses entered 4 Polish 2 year old mares competed. The class was opened by Białka-bred Ekina, and great hope of Polish team – Michałów-bred Emandoria. This last mare seemed to be tired after the long show season and trip and – despite the high scores for type and head&neck she didn’t show the great movement abilities (18,10 average) and she was placed second (91,00) just after good known from the show Bess Fa’Izah (91,10 with 1 x 20 for type). This ZEA-bred mare, daughter of WH Justice (also used in private Polish stud) is one of the best progeny of this sire however WH Justice seems to be a sire of not equally good in phenotype progeny.
Class 4 of two years old colts was again the show of Marwan Al. Shaqab progeny. The judges had to make a difficult decisions choosing between two great international stars – bay Marajj and chestnut Marquis CAHR. The first one made a great impression on us and not only us – as Janów-stud director Marek Trela couldn’t take his eyes off him. Marajj scored 91,80 is very correct colt with fantastic front and resembling his sire. Marquis (91,20) was slightly better mover but was scored lower for head&neck. The difference between the scores of these two colts and Białka-bred Celsjusz was quite big but Polish colt was moving very well and the score of „only” 88,60 was enough for the third place.
The queen of the next class of the mares 3 years old was Blommerod-bred but pure Polish Magora. It would not be an exaggeration to say that she was one of the best or even the best mover of the show. She was given 2 times „20” for the movement and 92.40 in total. She was before Porcelainna by Psytadel (91,00) two times inbred to Padrons Psyche and another nice daughter of WH Justice Panarea By Palawan (90,10).
Another class winner was dark bay, correct and good moving Royal Colours (91,70) bred in Italy, before Versace’s son – Master Design (90,10). Espano Estopa’s son – LVA Maximus (89,80) – well balanced with nice head but quite small eye and Ajman Moniscione (89,30) by WH Justice (nice front but not good topline and leg)was also placed in top five of this class. In this high quality class Polish-bred Wextreem (by Om El Extreem) scored 87,10 has no big chances to be placed in the top.
Saturday was ended by senior mares classes of very good quality. In 4-6 years old mares Polish Palanga was the winner with the score 90,90! She was moving greatly being very well shown by young and talented Stuart Colvin. She has beaten 2006 Austrian WAHO Trophy winner – black Al Aliha (90,70) and own stable mate Michałów-bred Emesa scored 90,50.
Elder mares class was won by very strong Robin K scored as high as 92,20. Just after her Michałów-bred Emmona (91,50) with one „20” for movement was placed and the top five in the class was also joined by her stable mate Emanda (90,20) shown by Stuart Colvin. Unfortunately outside the first five Białka-bred Emika (87,80) and also Białka-bred black Enigma (85,60) sold to Italy were placed.
Mares 11 years old and above class was moving for Polish Arabian horse enthusiasts. In top four of this class 4 Michałów-bred mares were placed! As follows: Embra (93,00), Gaskonia (92,30) , Eskalopka (92,30) and Fallada (92,10).
Amongst the 4-6 years old stallions Michałów-bred Esparto (93,30) was outstanding one and was scored 3 times „20” – for type and movement. He has beaten the good moving progeny of Davidoff (by Kubinec): SC Dalmas out of Faseta [PL] (91,20). His half brother SC Dagash out of Verbala by Balaton (90,30) was also placed in top five of the class. Third was Michałów-bred Emiliusz (90,90) trained and owned by Johanna Ullstrom.
7-10 years old stallions class was the parade of the stars. Amongst of them Michałów-bred
Grafik and Gaspar and HS Etiquette used in Poland with his half brother HS Enigma (out of Egina [PL]). The big favorite of the class was Al Lahab (92,40) strongly promoted during this show, Towerlands and Borgloon shows champion this year. Al Lahab was scored with twenties for type and movement. Michałów-bred Grafik (91,10) performed very well and he lost only 0,10 pts for the horses placed 2nd and 3rd. Third in this class was placed Sanadik El Shaklan son – Tulip Cup and Menton shows handsome champion, gray Sandhiran (91,20). This nice stallion with long neck, large eye and great movement was impressive so much that one of our friend is thinking of leasing him to Poland! We will see…
Last class of stallions 11 years and older was entered with 5 horses and two Polish-bred Monogramm sons – Empres and Fernando. The last mentioned one was not only the class winner but also Reserve Senior Champion! Fernando was looking very good indeed and his movement was admired by the spectators as well as by the judges that gave him 2 times „20” for it.
The big leader of Senior Stallion Championships was Al Lahab and he won indeed while Michałów-bred Esparto qualified to Top Five.
Senior Mare Championships gave us a lot of excitement as Emesa, Fallada, Eskalopka and Gaskonia were not qualified to Top Five. Luckily Emmona and Embra were and for the final judging Robin K and Palanga were left… Won this first mentioned and Palanga became Reserve. In Junior Mare Championships Emandoria was “only” qualified to Top Five together with Janów-bred Sefora but they has beaten such stars as Rose of Marwan, Panarea By Palawan or Magora!
Junior Stallion Championships was won by excellent Mardigras with Royal Colours as the Reserve however Marajj, Marquis or Baanderos qualified to Top Five could also easily won the title. Four sons of Marwan Al Shaqab competing in the championships was the great view and the best reference for this young sire.
No Polish horse won the champion title but the total scores of Polish horses for the places in the classes, Top Fives and championships let Poland win The Lady Harmsworth Blunt Memorial Trophy again! Breeders Trophy went to US this year while Poland was second.
„Arabitis” is an illness that influences you so much that you are able to travel 24 hours by car to see a group of horses. But – coming back to Poland we had to agree: SUCH events as All Nations Cup are worth it without a doubt. See you next show then!