With World Arabian Horse Championships held few weeks ago the 2007 show season for Polish horses ended. It was very lucky for Polish and Polish-bred horses. Let’s have a look back what successes horses of Polish State and private studs achieved during the last show season.
Middle East – Esparto joins the game
Due to the climate conditions, each show season begins in the Middle Eastern countries first. The first result of Polish bred horse that we have been informed about was Reserve Champion title at nat. C Ajman show (UAE) of Michałów-bred Eskalopka (Monogramm – Egzotyka/Probat), sold in 2004. She repeated her result from the 2006 Ajman show.
A month later during UAE Nationals Janów-bred Bakarat (Partner – Bajeczka/Bandos) that belongs to Al Aryam Arabians became Reserve Senior Champion while in Abu Dhabi Michałów-bred Esparto (Ekstern – Ekspozycja/Eukaliptus), on lease to Ajman Stud, had his show debut for the new owners becoming Senior Champion Stallion. Esparto is being trained by Frank Spoenle and, together with his new trainer, was traveling across the Middle Eastern shows since the beginning of the season, getting titles of Senior Champion Stallion of International A show in Doha (Qatar) and Champion of Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival, UAE. In April he added the title of International Dubai A show Reserve Champion. During this show 2 years old private bred and owned Popo (Ekwist – Prokanitsa/Karnaval) by Przemysław Sawicki gained a good, 4th place in the class.
European shows began not so lucky for Esparto this year – he was „only” a second in his classes at International A shows in Menton and Towerlands. The next and last title achieved by Esparto was Reserve Senior Champion Stallion of All Nations Cup.
United States – beginning of the season
The next show that we could enjoy Polish horses at was one of the most prestigious and large one in the world: Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, US. Janów-bred Piaff (Eldon – Pipi/Banat), on lease to Aria Arabians and trained by Greg Gallun and Kirsten Hardin, won the class of Sport Horse In-Hand stallion 6 years old and above and got the Reserve Champion title. Senior Champion halter mare became (owned by Aria Arabians as well) Elandra (Monogramm – Erlanda/Eukaliptus) bred by Michałów State Stud and sold to US as the highest selling horse of 2005 Pride of Poland sale (290.000 Euro). Three years old Michałów-bred and owned Wkra (Gazal Al Shaqab – Wyborna/Monogramm) on lease to Palmetto Arabians was Top Ten of the show.
In the meantime at Burkbank, California, during Rancho California Annual Spring Horse Show (Region I and Region VII qualifiers), Janów-bred and owned Olita (Ecaho – Orawa/Argo), on lease to Valley Oak Arabians, also being trained by Greg Gallun, won her class and became a Champion. After that she also gained a Top Five title at the first edition of widely announced Arabian Breeders World Cup, Las Vegas.
Polish horses have proven themselves as a show winners at different continents. In the Republic of South Africa the very successful one was Michałów-bred 3 years old Georgetown (Gazal Al Shaqab – Georgia/Monogramm) that became Junior Champion and Supreme Reserve Champion Stallion of Free State Parys show. Purchased in the autumn 2005 by Azrek Arabians, after some successes as a halter horse he began his career as a performance champion at Gauteng Championships, Pretoria, and gained the title of Reserve of English Pleasure. Two weeks later at Northern Cape Championships, Upington, he added a title of Novice Riding Horse Champion and Parys North West Championships, Junior Champion Stallion and Supreme Champion Stallion in halter and Reserve Country Pleasure and Champion of Costume Horse! At the end he was given a trophy for Overall Victor Ludorum (the most successful prize winner at North West).
Season begins in Europe
With the beginning of May the open-air European shows start – first in the Mediterranean countries. On 17–18th May the French city Bordeaux hosted international B event: Arabian Masters. Polish private bred and owned horses began their victories with this one. Four years old Milton (Ecaho – Mina/Monogramm) bred by Małgorzata & Józef Pietrzak (at the end of the show season sold to an other private Polish stud) was placed 4th in his class while Belgian-bred and owned by Polish novice breeder Wojciech Parczewski 2 years old Bresilia (Psytadel – RA Cool Elygance/Jocool), a sister to popular sire El Amin, became Junior Champion Mare.
One day later, 19th May, the large group of Polish private owned horses took part at Wels Internationals. The best result was achieved by Garuna (Grafik – Gwarka/Monogramm) owned by Agnieszka & Andrzej Wójtowicz, that won the class of yearling fillies and her stable mate 3 years old Kashira (Magnum Psyche – Kahila IV/Ibn Bint Inas) was placed third.
May ended up with the successful start of Ganga (Emigrant – Granada/Monogramm) from SK Chrcynno-Pałac, placed 3rd at Frankfurt Orientalica show.
Polish-bred horses did very well in Great Britain from the beginning of the season as well. Leased by Particia Lindsay Janów-bred Salar (Ecaho – Saba/Etat) during his debut in British show arena at Devon County Show Westpoint, became Senior Reserve Champion and at Wessex Summer Show, Newbury – Senior Champion and Supreme Senior In-Hand Reserve Champion. There was also Michałów-bred and British owned Wipera (Fawor – Wendeta/Palas), taking part in this show – with Senior Champion Mare and Supreme Senior In-Hand Champion result.
Poland: Białka – Janów’s stallions victory
The largest and one of the most interesting Polish annual shows is Białka Junior Spring one that opens a show season in Poland. There were no more Polish Junior Stallion Nationals held there (combined with the rest of Nationals taking part at Janów Podlaski in August). This year the Białka show put Janów Podlaski stud back in the place of the leader in Pure bred stallion producers in Poland. Champion Colt and Best in Show became 2 years old Janów-bred Prado (Ekstern – Pętla/Visbaden), and the Reserve was his stablemate, yearling Pizarro (Gazal Al Shaqab – Pilar/Fawor). Białka Champion Filly was 3 years old Michałów-bred Ejrene (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emocja/Monogramm), before the unanimous Reserve Wasa (WH Justice – Waresa/Empres), bred and owned by Falborek Arabians.
Europe: summer shows
The next show for Polish horses to take part in was International B show in Drammen, Norway, where the chestnut Primadonna (Padrons Psyche – Pelargonia/Alegro) by Tomasz Tarczyński became Senior Champion Mare and Best in Show while Kashira by Mrs & Mr Wójtowicz – Junior Champion Mare.
Next shows bringing some happy news for Polish Arabian horse enthusiasts were: British South East Arabians Horse Show (C nat.) at Ardingly, where Michałów-bred Prawica (Ararat – Palmira/Monogramm), purchased at 2005 Pride of Poland sale by Frances & Paul Atkinson, gained the titles of Senior Champion Mare and Supreme Champion Mare/Female), as well as Arabian Horse Champion and Supreme Champion of the Show. Polish horses purchased
by foreign breeders were very successful in Belgium as well. In Brecht, International C Emerald Trophy show Michałów-bred Werter (Eukaliptus – Walkiria/Mamluk) became Reserve while in Sweden the trophies of Senior Champion Mare and Highest Scored horse of the Show at international Scandinavian Open went to Pacifica (Wadim – Prognoza/Etogram). Both are owned by Kullatorp Arabians. There was also Ganga from Polish private stud Chrcynno Pałac competing with the result of 4th place in the class.
Again, a large group of Polish private horses took part in an international B show: Internationale Tage des Arabischen Pferdes 2007 at Ströhen, Germany. The best result of Reserve Champion was achieved by Michałów-bred Pustynna Droga (Laheeb – Pustynna Tarcza/Pamir), purchased to UAE in 2004 though Polish private horses took some good results as well: horses from Falborek Arabians: Altis (WH Justice – Albia /Pers) and Eksterna (Ekstern – Emanta/Pamir) won their classes, Ganga from Chrcynno Pałac was 2nd in her group as well as Primadonna by Tomasz Tarczyński. Kashira by Agnieszka & Andrzej Wójtowicz grabbed the 3rd place in her class as well as the show debutant, Balaton-grandson, Tullamore (Harbin – Turbina/Balaton) owned by Urszula Łęczycka.
In the mid-July the Swedish Nationals were held again with good results of Polish breeding. Senior Champion Stallion was Michałów-bred Emiliusz (Laheeb – Emocja/Monogramm), sold in 2005 to Belgium and in the end of 2007 show season re-sold to South Africa. July ended with another national show – Dutch in Vilhelmsborg where Michałów-bred Fernando (Monogramm – Frejlina/Pepton), belonging to Turban Stud, became Dutch National Champion Stallion and Best in Show. There was also International A show held in Vilhelmsborg with two private breeders from Poland who entered their horses: Andrzej Wójtowicz with Garuna and Tomasz Tarczyński with Primadonna. Both mares were placed 3rd in their classes and Primadonna was named Top Five.
When Polish breeders were focused on 2007 Pride of Poland sale in Janów Podlaski the national show Norfolk & Suffolk AHS Group Summer Show in Great Britain took part with Senior Champion Mare and Reserve Champion of the Show – Michałów-bred Ferri (Emigrant – Frejlina/Pepton), sold at Pride of Poland Silent Sale in 2005. There was also prestigious UKIAHS International A show held in Great Britain where the title of Reserve Senior Champion Mare for Michałów-bred Eberia (Ecaho – Ebola/Eldon), purchased for 54.000 Euro at 2005 Pride of Poland sale by Christine Jamar of Jadem Arabians, Belgium. The mentioned above Esparto, one of the highest scored horses of this show (92,7), was 2nd in the class similarly to Bresilia by Wojciech Parczewski. A week earlier, during another international A show – Elran Cup at Borgloon, the titles of Top Five Senior Stallions were grabbed by Białka-bred Pesal (Partner – Perforacja/Ernal) and Esparto having a busy show schedule this year.
August – Polish Nationals
At 11–12th August the XXIXth Polish National Arabian Horse Show took place at Janów Podlaski. Once again, it was a great success of Michałów State Stud who came back with the trophies for Best in Show for Palmira (Monogramm – Palestra/Penitent), two champion titles – Junior Mares for Ejrene, Senior Mares (Palmira) and two Reserve – Senior Mares for Palanga (Ekstern – Panika/Eukaliptus) and Senior Stallions for Grafik (Eukaliptus – Gaskonia/Probat). Two titles were given to the host horses of Janów Podlaski – Junior Reserve Champion Mare for Pinta (Ekstern – Pilar/Fawor) and Senior Champion Stallion for Poganin (Laheeb – Pohulanka/Pepton). Białka was satisfied with one title of Junior Champion Stallion Celsjusz (Ekstern – Carina/Pesal), and the first Junior Reserve Champion Stallion title in Polish breeding’s history was given to private bred and owned horse, Altis from Falborek Arabians. The annual WAHO Thophy winner for the best 2007 Pure bred horse in Poland was presented to Janów-bred Sarmacja (Gil – Saszetka/Engano), the representative of phenomenal racing line of Sabellina.
End of the season: the most important competitions
Autumn is the time for the most important shows – in Europe as well as across the Ocean. But September began with some less ranked events – ECAHO-C. During the Casino Cup (Baden by Wien) Michałów-bred Pustynna Droga became Senior Champion Mare and show debutant from Poland PS Pacos (Lucky Dream – Petreena/Ponomarev) by Andrzej Wójtowicz and Tomasz Tarczyński became Reserve.
In Salzkotten, Germany, the national C Arabische Pferde Westfalen show was held and again the Senior Champion Mare title was given to Michałów-bred mare Fortaleza (Europejczyk – Finlandia/Fantastyk) representing Sprave Arabians, and Janów Podlaski was again hosting an event – the second edition of Annual Autumn Show. However the biggest Polish stars don’t take part in this event being prepared for the further important shows. When the big rivals were absent the Junior Champion Colt title was taken by Popo owned by Przemysław
Sawicki, and Reserve – by Salar’s son Abbar (out of Abba/Pesal) from Białka. Junior Champion Filly became very pretty chestnut Wersja (Poganin – Wenta/Empres), bred by Kurozwęki stud that is now a private farm after being a state stud for many years and the Reserve trophy was given to Białka-bred Perolia (Gazal Al Shaqab – Pereira/Eldon). Senior Champion titles were divided into the hosting stud and Michałów. Senior Champion Mare was given to Zmowa (Monogramm – Zguba/Enrilo) from Michałów before Janów-bred and owned Alhambra (Ecaho – Albigowa/Fawor) as Reserve and Senior Stallion Championship – to Michałów-bred Eryks (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emmona/Monogramm), also Best in Show, before Janów-representative Pegasus (Gazal Al Shaqab – Pepesza/Eukaliptus). It was the last show of the season in Poland.
On 29–30th September at Albert-Vahle-Halle, Aachen, the jubilee XXVth All Nations Cup was held. There were 27 horses from Poland competing and it was Poland indeed that achieved the giant’s success at this one of the most important events of the season.
Both Lady Harmsworth Blunt Trophy – called All Nations Cup and Major Hedley Trophy – Breeders Cup, were won by Poland. Senior Champion Mare title was gained by Michałów-bred Palmira, Senior Reserve Champion Stallion – by her stablemate trained in Germany – Esparto, and the first Polish private bred and owned Reserve Jr. Champion Stallion of All Nations Cup became Altis. Moreover, the Top Five Jr. Mare was Pistoria (Gazal Al Shaqab – Palmira/Monogramm), and Senior Mare – Estoria (Laheeb – Ekspozycja/Eukaliptus), both from Michałów State Stud as well as Janów-bred Etnologia (Gazal Al Shaqab – Etalanta/Europejczyk). Top Five Senior Stallion was also Grafik from Michałów.
Soon after this victory Polish Arabian horse enthusiasts focused on Nothern America for a while where, on 18 October the US Nationals in Albuquerque started. And again the trophies: Michałów-bred Elandra (Monogramm – Erlanda/Eukaliptus) became Senior Reserve Champion Mare in halter and 3 years old Emandoria (Gazal Al Shaqab – Emanda/Ecaho), on lease to U.S., was unanimously called US Junior Champion Mare.
Three weeks later a big group of Polish horses traveled across Europe for European Championships in Verona, Italy. And the history repeated itself: Junior Champion Mare – Pistoria (Michałów), Senior Reserve – Zagrobla (Monogramm –Zguba/Enrilo) from Michałów, Senior Reserve Champion Stallion – Grafik (Michałów), Top Five Junior Mares – Espinezja (Psytadel – Entaga/Ganges) from private stud Kębliny, Top Five Junior Stallions – Altis (Falborek Arabians), Top Five Senior Mares – Palmira (Michałów) and Estoria (Michałów), Top Five Senior Stallions – Poganin (Janów Podlaski) and Esparto (Michałów).
In the meantime, at far and warm South Africa at Parys, one of the most prestigious local shows was held, the Summer Show. Senior Reserve Champion Mare Janów-bred Eria (Europejczyk – Esparceta/Fawor) was elected and Georgetown mentioned above added the titles of Junior Champion Stallion and Supreme Champion Stallion as well as Reserve English Pleasure to the list of his victories. Both horses were purchased in 2005 by Azrek Arabians.
2007 European show season ended with, widely reported by this website, World Championships with another marvelous results of the horses bred in Poland. Just to recall: Michałów-bred and owned Kwestura (Monogramm – Kwesta/Pesennik) – World Senior Champion Mare, the Best Movement and the Highest Scored Horse of the Show. Top Ten titles were gained by Poganin from Janów Podlaski, Esparto and Grafik from Michałów, Altis from Falborek Arabians, Psyche Victoria (Ekstern – Pallas-Atena/Ecaho) from Chrcynno-Pałac and Michałów’s mares: Ejrene, Pistoria, Kwestura, El Dorada (Sanadik El Shaklan – Emigrantka/Eukaliptus) and Palmira, as well as Belgian representative but bred in Michałów Eberia (Ecaho – Ebola/Eldon).
Without a doubt, the biggest winner of this season is Michałów Stud again, whose wards won the largest number of trophies and titles – for Polish and foreign studs. Quite new apparition to the foreign shows were Polish private breeders that appeared as a large group at the shows across Europe gaining some titles as well. Polish private breeders after long and tough times of communism went out from a shadow looking for some world’s best stallions to cover their mares. Psytadel was one of the most widely used in private Polish studs however the most spectacular successes of this season belonged to Falborek Arabians who was the first Polish stud to use a champion WH Justice successfully that resulted in Res. Champion of Poland, All Nations Cup ant World Top Ten titles. Let’s hope this successes will be continued with wisdom and knowledge in the next season that seems to be another with some world top sires to be used.
Though the show successes are mostly recognized as these in halter we should also mention a successes of Polish performance horses at VI European Sport Championships. Janów-owned stallion Metropolis NA (Consensus – NDL Martinique/Muscat), bred by M. Nichols, US, ridden by Michał Gryglas, won both Mounted Native Costume and Type & Conformation, and unbeaten showjumper Niniwa (Etogram – Niwa/Eukaliptus) by Ostrowski Family, ridden by Agnieszka Olszewska, won two eliminations – Show Jumping A (0,9 mh) and Show Jumping EM – Mono Qualifier (1,0 mh), was placed third at Show Jumping Classis All Around and – at last but not least – became the European Champion Showjumping for a second time.
In 2007 show season one important lease took place: Michałów-bred Emandoria, 2005 World Jr. Champion Mare, 2006 European Jr. Champion and 2005 Reserve, Top Five All Nations Cup (2005, 2006) and twice Polish National Jr. Champion (2005, 2006), 2005 Reserve as well as Junior Champion Filly and BiS of Białka Junior Spring Show 2006, left for 2 years long lease to Pride of Poland Partners (Aria Arabians), US. Emandoria, prepared for the show competitions by Greg Gallun, was unanimous US National Junior and Region III Champion so far. In this last show also Białka-bred 4 years old stallion Hun (Gazal Al Shaqab – Hula/Penthagonn) took part gaining the Champion Stallion title.
This year also 5 meritorious chief sires bred in Poland left for the greener pastures. All of them sired some show winning progeny in Poland and abroad.
On 8th January at Vlasakker Arabians, Netherlands, Arbil (Banat – Arba/Comet) passed away. He was the sire of two stallions used in Polish breeding – Wachlarz and Wiek, sold to a private breeder this year. There was also a number of his daughters put into breeding with Wiaźma, dam of Wieża Babel (Champion Filly and BiS of 2001 Białka show) and Wieża Wiatrów (Champion Filly and BiS of 2001 Białka show, 2002 Polish Nat. Jr. Champion sold just after the show for 220.000 USD). Arbil was also a sire of Janów-bred Eula, 1998 Polish Nat. Jr. Champion Mare, 2000 Polish Nat. Sr. Champion Mare and BiS and Canadian National Top Ten Mare 2001.
13th April, also at Vlasakker Arabians, Alegro (Probat – Algeria/Celebes) joined the greener pastures. He sired some Polish National Res. Champion Stallions as Eurol and Angor and a number of valuable mares.
On 19th April we got the sad news from Marsha Parkinson, Canterbury Farm US where the horse of merit and 1991 Polish National Champion Stallion – Michałów-bred Wojsław (Tallin – Wilejka/El Paso) passed away.
In South America, on 29th August Janów-bred Eksport (Europejczyk – Esparceta/Fawor) died. He was sold to Rach Stud, Brazil, in 1999 and was widely used in Sth. America also gaining the title of Brazilian National Champion in 2005.
Not long ago, on 5th November we said goodbye to Janów-bred and owned, 26 years old Etogram (El Paso – Etruria/Palas) – National Champion of Poland, Sweden, Norway and Scandinavian Champion. Fortunately he left a few sons used in Poland and abroad (Egzamin, Eutin) as well as a group of good broodmares, with great showjumper Niniwa mentioned above, Janów-bred beautiful Eutona or highest selling horse of 2000 sale – Euza (110.000 USD).
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