In 2017 the Al Khalediah European Arabian Horse Festival will take place in August 18th-20th  (Friday-Sunday). Similarly to a year ago it will be an international B show according to ECAHO ranking (August 18th-19th) in Nowe Wrońska near Warsaw and an A-listed race for 4 year old and older horses over 1,600 m with a purse of 59,500 PLN (around 15 thousand euro) for the Al Khalediah Poland Cup (August 20th) at the Służewiec Race Track in Warsaw.

“We are not changing the formula of the show, the prize money is staying”, explained the General Manager of the Festival, Mr. Hubert Kulesza. “We came to the conclusion that prize money helps – especially smaller breeders – to partially compensate for the effort put into preparing and training the horses, as well as managing such a difficult profession which is Arabian horse breeding. So every horse that qualifies for the top five in his class will receive a prize in the same amount as last year: 4 thousand PLN (around 1,000 euro)”.

Similarly to last year, the winners of the show will receive brand new cars.

Let’s recall that the 3rd edition of the Festival (19th-21st of August, 2016) was also made up of an international B-ranked show and the race for the Al Khalediah Poland Cup. The show once again has been organized on the premises of Al Khalediah Stud in Nowe Wrońska, whereas the race wrapping up the event was held at Warsaw’s Służewiec Race Track.

The third edition of the Festival attracted over hundred horses.
The Festival is a true gala for Arabian horse enthusiasts – an international event on a grand scale like never before, with many Polish and European equine stars. According to the tradition of  the previous two editions of the show, the quality was very high. Spectators could admire World Champion finalists – the three year old AJ Sawari (Marwan Al Shaqab – Siberia NA/Nuzyr HCF), who claimed the Best in Show trophy and the junior mare championship at this event, took the podium in Paris as World Silver Yearling Champion in 2014. Earlier she was crowned champion at Menton. Gold medals and Ford cars went to Ajman (as many as three), Germany, Egypt and an owner from Saudi Arabia. So the Polish contestants had to face tough rivals – and this time it were the foreign owners that came out victorious. The only born in Poland horse with a gold medal was Fuerte (Shanghai EA – Frymuszka/Ekstern), bred by Jan Dobrzyński, owned by Sami Ben Saad. Fuerte has been unbeaten this season – he first won at Białka, then in Radom, later in Janów and finally in Nowe Wrońska.

This is the only event of its kind in Europe where horse owners battle it out for such valuable trophies. Thanks to attractive prizes, distinguished guests and the show’s overall elegance, it is also a social happening much talked about in the Arabian community.

Victorious in the 2016 race was the French 4-year-old Cakouet de Bozouls (Dahess – Udjidor de Bozouls/Dormane), bred by Saint Faust, owned by Krzysztof Goździalski (Falborek Arabians), who purchased the horse at the Arqana auction in Saint-Cloud in October of 2014.

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