Junior Spring Show (ECAHO national C) that takes place in small Polish village at Białka State Stud territory is known as one of the biggest European shows while considering the number of entries. This year during the XVIIth championships on 2-3th June the record was beaten again as 154 horses entered the show and the number is even more impressive as only 1 – 3 years old horses take part in this annual event. This time the Junior Stallion Nationals didn’t take place at Białka – being moved to the “rest” of Nationals to be held at Janów Podlaski in August.
The Spring Show at Białka is the first event of the show season in Poland so crowds of breeders and Arabian horse lovers come here every year – many of them only to see if some interesting horses were born in the other studs last year. At last but not least – Białka is the place where the future world known champions make their first step into the show arena – such famous stars as Ekstern, Pesal, Zagrobla or Pianissima have been presented to the judges and spectators here for the first time.
This year there was also a lot to see.
Many Białka-show attendants still remember the show in 2003 and it’s historical champion Girlan-Bey, entered by Niewierz Stud. Probably there was no one expecting the future successes of this tiny yearling – that became the first Polish National Champion by private bred horse and later on, being purchased and promoted by the new owner: OKS Arab, Sweden, Champion at Elran Cup and Vilhelmsborg Internationals, followed by Reserve European Champion Colt, Reserve World, Swedish National Champion and ECAHO Cup winner.
This year Polish private breeders confirmed that, thanks to their consequence and talent, private bred horses can compete against those from the State Studs successfully. There are about 1000 pure bred mares registered in Polish Arabian Stud Book – with about 700 owned by private breeders who have a lot of possibilities for their breeding work indeed! And their use this potential by breeding their mares to the world top sires – Gazal Al Shaqab, Al Maraam, Psytadel or WH Justice are only few to mention. At 2007 Białka Show private bred horses won 4 out of 10 classes held.
The special interest was in WH Justice (European Res. Champion Stallion) offspring and Psytadel (Belgian National Champion) progeny. Mating these stallions with solid and good quality mares bred at Polish State Studs, private breeders achieve very impressive results. Krzysztof Goździalski, Falborek Arabians Stud owner can be especially satisfied. His stud was the only Polish one that used WH Justice’s semen and his offspring were placed in classes’ top fives winning two (Satis, Wasa) and one title (and only for private bred horses) – of Reserve Champion Filly for Wasa. Her success was foreseeable, while
analyzing her pedigree. WH Justice is not completely correct stallion anyway, with beautiful front but quite poor topline and legs that he passes to his progeny as well. But when mated to correct Polish mares of good quality and correct body and legs conformation (especially those tracking from Kurozwęki State Stud) – the effect could have been impressive. And it was indeed. The second highest scored horse of the show – Wasa is the granddaughter of Kurozwęki-bred Włócznia.
The other foreign stallion mentioned above – Psytadel was also represented by quite large number of offspring at Białka. Psytadel passes the beautifully shaped heads with large eyes, long necks and good movement. Probably the most beautiful daughter of him –
and the highest scored Psytadel’ foal was Espiria, bred and owned by Lech Błaszczyk. This filly scored as high as for 89,67 pts (with 20 for head and neck) was definitely outstanding in the class of yearling fillies B section.
This group was won by elegant Ekstern-daughter bred by Chrcynno Pałac – Psyche Victoria, scored 90,67 (with two „twenties”) that was one of the highest scored horses of the show as well. Higher (91,33) was another group of yearling fillies winner – Wołogda from Janów Podlaski, also sired by Ekstern. She has beaten the best Galba-foal of this show: Golteria from Michałów. Considering the Galba’s progeny scores from Białka show the
results of using this World Champion Stallion was slightly under the breeder’s expectations so far but beautifully shown Golteria (the only 20 for movement in yearling fillies), with her outstandingly interesting pedigree could be a good quality breeding prospect.
Their status of top world sires the world champion Gazal Al Shaqab and Triplecrowned Ekstern confirmed without a doubt. Especially the second one has proven that his use – with any type of mare can guarantee the full of type, nice heads and good moving progeny. Ekstern foals won 5 out of 10 classes at Białka. Especially lucky with Michałów-bred Ekstern seems to be the other Polish State Stud – Janów Podlaski. 2007 Białka Champion
Stallion and BiS – Prado comes from this stud. But Ekstern did very well also with private owned mares. Besides Psyche Victoria mentioned above, the good example is 2 years old colt Faronn bred by one of the very talented Polish Priests-breeders: Stanisław Sławiński. Faronn, scored 90,33, was placed second in the class (just after Prado) and the happy breeder and owner is already planning the international career of the stallion.
Besides Ekstern, the other leading sire of the show was of course Gazal. That was his daughter – Michałów-bred Ejrene that became the highest scored horse of the show (93,33 points., including 5 “twenties”!) and the only title for Michałów Stud at Białka this year – of Champion Filly. This short, perfect body and elegant head mare was beautifully shown in
the class and championship but in her third competition on Sunday – for Best in Show she was tired and beaten by Janów-bred Prado, while his stable mate – and Ejrene’s half brother – Pizarro won another trophy for Janów Podlaski Stud – of Reserve Champion Colt. It should be mentioned that the panel of judges invited for 2007 Junior Spring Show was not too generous with high scoring indeed.
Only 3 “twenties“ were given in all stallions’ and 4 in yearling fillies’ classes while the mares 2-3 years old were scored with the highest notes of all. One could say that Polish Arabian horses are like a good wine: the older – the better…
Though Polish horses are well known for its movement but this year the only one colt deserved for 20. It was yearling bay colt Montello by Derby-winner Gafal, beautifully shown by his trainer – Szymon Głowacki. Three mares were given the highest points for this feature at Białka show – these were: Golteria and Ejrene mentioned above and Emiriona. All three fillies bred by Michałów stud were shown by UK handler – Polish horses lover – Stuart Colvin.
Of course the important reason for lack of movement this time was very slippy ground after heavy rain that appeared again, like at every Białka Junior Spring Show for the past few years. But the panel of judges seemed to have quite different taste from each other while judging the horses as well. The difference of 2 points between judges’ notes for one feature at one horse is – and in fact SHOULD be – infrequent, while this situation took place nearly 40 times at Białka this year! It must be pointed out that such scoring gives an uncertain view on the real quality of the features of particular horses that were given low and high notes for the same feature at one time.
On the other hand the good point of this judgment was that the total scores were very reliable in overall, being suitable for the horses’ quality as well as none of the horses or breeders was favored. This could be a good turn in horse judgment after past few years when the scale of points seemed to be too small – as many (and definitely too many) horses were given “twenties” even if they hadn’t really deserved it. And the good final was that the Champion and Reserve fillies were chosen unanimously!
Nice fact is that Polish private horses were also very well conditioned and prepared for Białka show. In most cases there was no more difference between private and State Stud horses that could have been seen few years ago in this matter. Also private bred horses’ trainers are much more better educated. The only one professional free-lancer trainer is still Wojciech Kowalik but the young team of Polish handlers grows up rapidly and with good results – thanks to the foreign shows where they could see the best trainers at
work but also due to the classes that have been run by Polish State Studs – as the last one held at Janów Podlaski in autumn where George Zbyszewski shared his wide knowledge with the participants. And the results were visible at Białka! Polish private studs’ teams also started to run the „boxes of promotion” for the first time at Białka. The one organized there was beautifully decorated with Arabian halters and great pictures of Arabian horses, with some Arabian music on as well.
As one can see – not only Polish breeding but also promotion is still progressing. And it’s next test is coming soon – on European shows. Fingers crossed!
You can see the show’s results here: