The new show, affiliated by ECAHO as C-ranked, took place on the 22nd-23rd  of August in Nowe Wrońska near Warsaw. Organized  in grand  style, the  AL KHALEDIAH  ARABIAN HORSE  FESTIVAL was the first truly international show in Poland for years, as it saw not only horses of foreign owners which are stabled in Polish training stables, but also horses that travelled more than a thousand kilometers specifically to participate in this event. The Festival also included an A stakes race for 4 year olds and above (24th of August) at the Warsaw Służewiec track for the Al Khalediah Poland Cup trophy.


The show was organized by Polska AKF, a branch of the Saudi Arabian Al Khalediah Stud, which in turn organizes the huge international horse festival near Riyadh – PSAIAHF. The Saudi Arabian owner has no reason to be embarrassed about its younger Polish brother. There were plenty of equine participants (106 entries, 95 present, including almost twenty from abroad), the weather was perfect (with no downpours to cause changes in the program) and plenty of spectators, which had only good things to say about the friendly atmosphere of the show. Comfortable pathways allowing for the mingling of both exhibitors and the public, a vast VIP tent, elegantly equipped with soft chairs for comfortable viewing pleasure, a good selection of music with a theme composed especially for this event by the young Polish musician Artur Telakowiec, impressive LED boards around the arena with the logos of class’ sponsors and media patrons. Those were the amenities for the people. For the horses were spacious stalls in tent stables of world class quality. The show ran smoothly, without delays and long breaks – the ringmaster ’s assistant, Mateusz Jaworski, put in a lot of effort to have the judges’ cards quickly delivered to the show office and Wiesław Pawłowski, responsible for the checking and publishing of the results, immediately entered them into the computer. After each class the guests received printed results. The show was led by Monika Luft and Artur Orzech. The team of “Świat Koni”, which provided the online broadcast, must also be praised for a job well done.

The show was accompanied by rather huge emotions, mainly due to the valuable prizes funded by the organizer. In the end four Mercedes Benz cars (two A-class and two CLA-class) all headed for Michałów. The stud under the management of Director Jerzy Białobok gave no chance to other contestants, though we saw true stars on the arena, which could’ve easily been an adornment of ever y A-ranked show – including the World Junior Reser ve Champion from 2006, Panarea by Palawan and this year ’s winners from Chantilly – Mounira J and Gallardo J. But Michałów brought its best group of horses to the show premises, directly from Janów Podlaski, together with the reigning National Champions. This representation proved unbeatable. Perhaps the late Director Jaworowski himself watched over the championships from above, as he was born here 90 years ago (1924), in an estate that included the land owned today by Polska AKF. This fact was noted by Mr. Hubert Kulesza, the festival’s host and Polska AKFGeneral Manager, in his welcome speech. Today the result of the championships is a confirmation of Director Jaworowski’s breeding decisions: all four champions descend from dams by Ekstern – the pride of Director Jerzy Białobok, a son of Monogramm, leased by none other than Director Jaworowski himself.


The yearling fillies were divided into two series, A and B.  The first of  them  (9 participants)  was won  by the future Junior Bronze Champion AJ Sayeda  (Ver valdee – Sweet Caroline LL/Legacy of Fame), bred and owned by Ajman Stud. The contestant  arrived from Germany together  with other  charges  of  trainer Frank Spoenle. And it was her who received the first “20” of the show – for movement. Second placed the afore mentioned Mounira  J (Emerald J – Magnificent Lady J/Extreme), the   future   silver  champion,   owned   by  Al   Muawd Stud (Saudi Arabia) and  bred  by Mrs. Christine Jamar (Belgium). The filly  came  to  Nowe  Wrońska together with other  charges  of  Jadem  Arabians. The third spot belonged  to another Ajman filly – AJ Barari (Ver valdee – La Bella Versace  FR/Versace). The first two spots  in each  class were awarded  with Swiss watches, the third with a fountain  pen  set  and  the  last two with special edition fountain pens. The B series (11 participants) was won by Michałów’s Pustynia  Kahila (Kahil  Al Shaqab – Pustynna Malwa/Ekstern), the Bronze Champion from Janów and as it soon turned  out – the Gold Champion from Nowe Wrońska. The filly  received  top  marks for type from all the judges  and  one  “20” for movement, which translated to a final score of 94 points. It must be noted that the judges (Christina Wale from Sweden, Titti Gagliani from Italy, Claudia Darius from Germany and Scott Benjamin from Canada)  – despite  a high quality of  the  entered   horses    did  not  give  away  the  top marks loosely. Behind Pustynia Kahila placed  another Michałów daughter of Kahil Al Shaqab, Parmania (out of Parmana by Al Maraam) and third came yet another Polish Kahil, this time from Janów – Prometida (out of Panonia/Eukaliptus), the Silver Champion from Białka.

In the  two year  old  fillies (8 participants)  class it were Janów’s representatives  of the Scherife damline that had the last laugh – Anawera  (Piaff – Altamira/Ekstern) and Atanda (Eden C – Atma/Ekstern), between  which placed the   Wojciech  Parczewski  owned   Angelina  (Elmaran – Antalia Bay DD/El Amin). The filly  from Best Arabians was the first Polish private bred representative  that managed to qualify for the  finals. In the  three  year old fillies class (12 rivals) the  private  breeders  from Poland had less luck or their charges did not appeal to the judges so much. The first place belonged  to Inspired  Najla (Ajman Moniscione – Natalia/Narym) from Ajman Stud, the second to Mississipi  J (QR Marc – Magnificent Lady J/Extreme) of  Jadem  Arabians and  the  third to  Janów’s Ekstern daughter El Fada  (out  of  El Fatha/Entyk).   The winner of this class snatched a top mark for type, whereas the second place holder two “20s” for head and neck.


After a lunch break came time for the junior stallions. Out of the 13 yearlings one  had  magic powers and  dazzled both  judges  and  spectators  alike – Michałów’s Morion (Kahil Al  Shaqab    Mesalina/Ekstern), who  ended   the competition with two “20s” for type and another for head and neck. A high total score of 93,83 translated  the next day to a gold medal and keys to a Mercedes  Benz. The champion  from Białka and  Janów,  similarly to his senior stablemate  Equator,  is currently having his five minutes of fame. We will definitely be following his performances abroad.  Today he has no worthy rival in Poland. Second placed  the future silver medalist (and one  of  two Polish private bred representatives  on the podium), Lord El Shawan  (FA El  Shawan – Lady Serenada/Ekstern),  bred and owned by Małgorzata and Józef Pietrzak, for whom it is the second silver medal this season (after the Buksza show). Third came the son of the reigning Polish National Champion   Pepita   (by  Ekstern)  and   Kahil Al   Shaqab – Janów’s Pitawal.

The class of  two  year  old  colts saw fewer contestants – there were just 6 of them in class. The best turned  out to be the champion from Białka and Buksza – Eurogrant OZ (Ajman Moniscione – Ekspiacja/Emigrant), of  Israeli breeding   (Ofer  Meiri & Yitzhak Dror), owned  by  the foreign   duo   together    with  Białka  Stud.  Next  came Psyche  Ull (Forteynas Magic – Psyche Victoria/Ekstern) from Chrcynno-Palace Stud, another private bred horse qualified for the finals and Agordat (Echo Ofira – Altara/ Gazal Al Shaqab), bred and owned by Janusz Ryżkowski.

But the  least  number  of  entries  was seen  in the  three year old colts class – just four participants, so all of them received  ribbons.  The winner was Białka’s Cefir  (Eryks – Celina/Metropolis NA), a silver medalist from Buksza, behind him Gajman PS (Ajman Moniscione – Gracja Bis/ Monogramm), bred by Przemysław Sawicki and owned by Al Safinat Stud – the later Junior Bronze Champion, who added  this medal to the bronze  one from Buksza – and Gotico  (WH Justice – Ginga/Galba), bred and owned by Piotr Podgórny from M Arabians, Poland.

On Friday we managed also to watch the 4-6 year old mares class (8 contestants). And once again we witnessed the supremacy  of Michałów. The class was won by Zigi Zana  (QR Marc – Zagrobla/Monogramm),  with a  “20” for type and two “20s” for movement  (Final score: 93,17), in front of Emandilla (Om El Shahmaan – Espadrilla/ Monogramm).  Third came  Echo  Aurora  (Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D     Echo  Afrodyta/Piaff )  from  Chrcynno- Palace, whose charm was appreciated by the judges with a “20” for type and two “20s” for movement  (92,5). In the Finals  Zigi Zana  took  the  podium  beside  her  Michałów stablemates,  awarded with a bronze medal.


Saturday welcomed  both  contestants  and  guests  with an autumn  chill, but  without  rain, which unfortunately  did not  omit the  participants  of  the  Sunday stake race (also a part of  the Festival program).  The spectators  prepared themselves to watch the 7 years old and above mares class (divided into two series) and  the  senior stallions classes. The senior mares’ class had the most absences  – 2 mares were withdrawn from the A series, 3 from the B series and as a result both had just 5 participants each. But what participants they were! The A series saw international multi- champions from Chrcynno-Palace – Chaos Persefona (Poganin – Ceres/Ganges) and Psyche  Victoria (Ekstern – Pallas Atena/Ecaho), as well as Michałów’s show star Wilda (Gazal Al Shaqab – Wilga/Ekstern); the B series boasted the afore mentioned World Junior Reserve Champion Panarea by Palawan  (WH Justice – Palawan/Padrons Ghibli) bred in Italy by Michele Boscarino and  owned  by Ajman Stud and  two Monogramm  daughters,  the classic Michałów broodmares: the 19 year old Palmira (out of Palestra/ Penitent) and the 20 year old Georgia (out of Gizela/Palas), crowned a week earlier as Polish National Senior Reserve Champion Mare. Wilda took the judges by storm, earning three “20s” for type, two “20s” for head and neck and three “20s” for movement. Her final score of 94,33 was the show’s second point result. The charges of Chrcynno-Palace placed second and third and their marks for movement  (19,5-20-20 and  19,5-20-19,5)  reected  the  well-known fact that Arabians from Chrcynno can move like no other.

The show’s highest score, as it soon turned out, belonged to  Georgia.  Three  “20s” for  type  and  three  “20s” for movement   plus  high  marks  for  other  traits  (including a “19” for body  and  topline) gave  her a result of  94,5! Palmira (94,17, including  two  “20s” for  type,  one  “20” for head  and neck and three “20s” for movement)  came second. Panarea by Palawan placed third, but if the awardwas given for best  head  she would’ve been  the winner, because all three judges recognized  her with “20s” for this trait. She received  two other  “20s” for type (and a final score of 93,67). Without all doubt the senior mares classes were very spectacular and every show organizer would’ve been proud to have such beauties on his arena.


But the stallions also gave impressive performances. Among the 4-6 year olds (7 contestants)  the highest marks went to Michałów’s Equator (QR Marc – Ekliptyka/Ekstern), the freshly crowned Polish National Senior Stallion: three “20s” for type, one “20” for head  and neck and three “20s” for movement  (93,67). Right behind  him placed  the German arrival (Gestüt Osterhof ) Juwel OS (WH Justice – Swana/ Kubinec) and third – the private bred (Jan Głowacki) Polish Eternal (FS Bengali – Ewitacja/Ganges). The 7 years old stallions and above (also 7 participants) gave first place to Michałów’s son of  Kwestura/Monogramm,  Kabsztad  (by Poganin) – a “20” for type and three “20s” for movement – second to Janów’s Palatino  (Pesal – Palmeta/Ecaho) and third – to the Belgian Hypnotic Ibn Eternity-D (Eternity Ibn Navarrone-D  – WH Marissa Rose/Magnum  Psyche), bred by Dion Arabians and owned by Detrimmo NV. The latter, performing with the number  100, gained  a “20” for type, as well as head  and neck, but the final result 90,83 points was not enough  to qualify for the finals. In the end the medals went to Michałów (gold for Equator, bronze for Kabsztad) and Osterhof (silver for Juwel OS).

And so seven medals made  their way to Michałów (plus the  Best in Show award for Morion, who outdid  senior, more  experienced  horses  – Wilda and  Equator), three went  abroad   and  two  stayed  with  the  Polish  private breeders  (the Junior Bronze Champion  Stallion Gajman OS is registered as Polish-owned).

The day’s final accent was a concert of the Moderato Warka Town Orchestra, consisting of several dozen musicians, conducted by Artur Gębski. And so came to end the first European show under the banner of Al Khalediah. We can only hope that the owner decides to continue this concept, because  such  an  international  event,  organized  in such grand style in terms of horse quality has not yet been seen in Poland. And the entire festival closed off with the Sunday stake race over a distance of 1600 m with a purse of 52,500 PLN. After a thrilling finish down the last stretch the race was won by Aziz (Nougatin – Aaran by Borysław), bred and owned  by Zbigniew Górski, trained  by Małgorzata  Łojek with jockey Martin Srnec in the irons.

(Text was published in TuttoArabi)
Text by: Krzysztof Dużyński
Translation: Joanna Krawczyk

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