Traditionally, on the first weekend of June, Arabian horse breeders and lovers in Poland met at the Białka Junior Spring Show organised in Białka Stud. They say that in Białka, something always pours from the sky: either heat or rain. This year the weather gave us on Saturday heavy rain, which was the reason to stop the show on the first day after the yearling filly classes. The decision, some say, was made too late, but it is important that it happened. Fortunately, the weather on Sunday was good and everyone forgot about Saturday’s atmosphere.
The show was judged by Christine Jamar-Demeersseman and Martine Ven Hee from Belgium along with Eric Gear from France. There were 88 horses in front of them: 58 fillies and 30 colts.
This year, like last, Michałów Stud turned out to be the home of the champions with most medals going to Michałów, including three gold, one silver and one bronze. In addition, the sire of the champions was the Michałów-bred stallion Morion (Kahil al Shaqab x Mesalina by Ekstern), whose offspring won seven medals: El Medar, Delikt, Largo KL, Złota Aura, Bella Mia, El Brillo, and El Mariella.
In two classes of yearling colts, 13 horses were presented, eight privately bred, three from Michałów and two from Janów Podlaski. Both classes were won by Morion sons: Delikt (ex Diara by Eryks) for Michałów Stud and Largo KL (ex Lili PS by Ekstern) for Klikowa Arabians. Both scored 92 points, but in the championship, they had to give way to another son of Morion, El Medar (ex El Medonia by Shanghai EA) from Michałów Stud, who became Gold Yearling Colt Champion. The Top Five of the championship also included Foggiro (Morion x Fogira by Gaspar) from the stud of Priest Stanisław Sławiński and Fenrir (Calypso OS x Frestona by QR Marc), bred and owned by Paweł Dobrzyński.
We saw 17 horses in the two- and three-year-old colt classes. The undisputed star of this age group was the debuting stallion, another son of Morion, bred by Michałów Stud – El Brillo (ex El Larinera by Empire). El Brillo won his class with 91.67 points and took the title of Gold Junior Male Champion, as well as Best In Show Male, ahead of the well-known colt Nahil al Khalediah (Ghaith al Zobair x Nawal al Khalediah by Forteyna’s Magic), bred and owned by Polska AKF Sp. z o.o. Bronze in the championship went to Celadon (Pogrom x Celita by Lawrence el Gazal) from Białka Stud, who can be seen on this year’s Pride of Poland sale list. The well-known popular Chicago (Wortex Kalliste x Calatea by Ekstern) from Marek Kondrasiuk’s stud was fourth in the championship; while he won his class with the only 20 for movement among the colts, but he was not lucky in the Sunday finals. The Top Five of the Junior Male Championship was completed with Zalia Arabians’ Perlaf Zalia (AJ Elaf x Perwilla by Ascot DD), who made his debut this year in the show-ring and finished third in his class.
Nahil al Khalediah
The yearling filly classes were, as usual, the largest with a total of 30 fillies presented, divided into three sections. The first was won by Eri Starra (Star Farid x Espanolita by Shanghai EA), bred and owned by Petroniusz Frejlich. She scored 92 points including two 20s movement, despite rain and unfavourable weather conditions. Right behind her was Bella Mia (Morion x Beira by Pogrom) from Janów Podlaski Stud, who took the Bronze medal in the championship. It is worth mentioning that in the top five of this class, there were three daughters of Star Farid (RFI Farid x EKS Star of Africa by Marwan al Shaqab): Bella Rose (ex Bogini Marajj by Marajj), who was third, and Magnolia (ex Minerva J by Kays al Baydaa) bred by Wojciech Parczewski’s Best Arabians, home of Star Farid, was fourth.
The second section was won by a filly from Janów Podlaski Stud – Brodia (Erantis x Belinda by Kahil al Shaqab), who had to be satisfied with fourth place in the championship. Right behind her in the class was another daughter of Star Farid, Belluci (ex Bella La Fuerte by Fuerte) from Best Arabians. In third was Pera KL (Al Ayal AA x Pegala PS by Gazal al Shaqab) from Klikowa Arabians.
The winner of the third section was Złota Aura (Morion x Złotna by El Omari) from Michałów Stud, ahead of Zalia Arabians Stud’s Extina Zalia (El Tino x Excalibria by Excalibur EA). In the championship, however, the order was reversed and Extina Zalia was name Gold Champion Yearling Filly with Złota Aura in Silver. Third in this class was Mahima (El Omari x Mahima by Ekstern) from Michałów Stud, who completed the Top Five Yearling Fillies in the championship.
The two- and three-year-old filly classes always arouses the most emotions during the show in Białka. As usual, they were heavily staffed, and watching them is a pleasure, so the high scores did not surprise anyone. The first section of two-year-old fillies was won by Esalaja M (AJ Elaf x Espanera by Kabsztad), bred and owned by Piotr Podgórny and known from last year, with a total score of 93 points. In second place, although with a score just a little lower with 92.5, was Bogini Róż PA (Kahil al Shaqab x Black Rose by Abyad AA) from Dąbrówka Arabians, who took the Silver Junior Female Championship.
Bogini Róż PA
De Queen of Life
The second section belonged to De Queen of Life (Pireno x Dekstera by Ensenator), bred and owned by Petroniusz Frejlich, who won with a score of 93.67 points and finished ahead of El Mariella (Morion x El Marina by Ganges) and Złota Myśl (Equator x Złota Bulla by Kahil al Shaqab). In the championship, the order changed again with El Mariella taking the Bronze title, Złota Myśl in fourth and De Queen of Life in fifth; she also received the award for the Best Legs of the Show. El Mariella was additionally honoured with the Best Movement of the Show Award.
Etiwa of Sinus
The final class, for three-years-old fillies, undoubtedly belonged to the Sinus Arabians bred, Polia Arabians, Adam Ochman, owned Etiwa of Sinus (Wadee al Shaqab by Etira by Eden C). She would go on to take the Gold Junior Female Championship title as well as the award for the Most Beautiful Head of the show. Second in the class was Oprah (WH Justice x Oriandra KA by Espressivo) owned by Klikowa Arabians with Pustynna Kalahari (Wadee al Shaqab x Paradna by Equator) third. She was bred by Leszek Jarmuż, who also bred the filly who took third in the first of the two-year-old classes, El Soraya (Wadee al Shaqab x Evictoria by Vitorio TO).
A novelty was the award of the Best In Show Pure Polish titles for horses with Pure Polish pedigrees. The honour of Best Polish Filly went to Chilia (Alert x Cerika by Haytham Albadeia) from Białka Stud, and the Best Polish Colt was awarded to Zarbil (Forman x Zahara by Arbil), bred and owned by Danuta Jaskółka-Grylewicz.
Another Białka Show was behind us, and it gave us a fairly clear picture of what the present day Arabian horse youngstock in Poland looks like. So, we now wait impatiently for the next shows. It is going to be an exciting year, see you in Sopot!
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