My Thursday dip into the archives continues with this beautiful cover from the December 2010 edition of The Arabian Magazine. It stared Panarea by Palawan, the first daughter of WH Justice and owned by the Ajman Stud. This mare truly captivated the world, and the story below is as written at the time.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Arabian mares in the world, Panarea by Palawan has captivated people since her birth in 2003. Bred in Italy, this incredible WH Justice daughter has won countless titles across Europe and the Middle East for her owner, Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi of the Ajman Stud in the United Arab Emirates.
The Ajman Stud is world-renowned for its incredible herd of top show mares and, along with her paternal half-sister Bess-Fa’izah (ex Sharon El Kendal by Ass-Kendal out of Ass-Fialka), Panarea was garlanded at a host of shows in 2006. It was these two snow-white sisters that commanded the judges and won championship prizes at every event that year, culminating in Panarea taking the World Reserve Junior Female title behind Bess Fa’izah.
With her high-percentage Russian dam, Panarea has a strong Russian/Crabbet background through an additional line to Padron on her sire’s side. With her sire being WH Justice, Panarea also has an injection of Spanish/Egyptian in her pedigree and, in many respects, Panarea is her sire’s most look-alike daughter. She is best known for her incredible head and neck; the phrase “swan-like neck” was perhaps invented for her. She is a true representative of her sire, WH Justice, who is equally famed for his head and neck. This quality, combined with Panarea’s extreme type and gentle, ethereal nature, has helped ensure her place in the heart’s of all that come into contact with her.
As a two year old, Panarea made her debut for Sheikh Ammar, taking the Junior Female Championship at the UK International A Show at Towerlands. From then, this refined filly never looked back, adding a European Championship title that same year as well as Aachen Top Five and World Top Ten. Campaigned in the Middle East as a three-year old, Panarea began her year with a Top Five in Qatar followed by the Junior Female Championship at the Dubai International Arabian Horse Show, this time with her sister in the reserve spot. Following her World Championship success, she campaigned for the first time as a mare in 2007, taking the UAE National Champion and Sharjah Champion Mare titles and claiming reserve in Dubai.
Now seven years old, Panarea is preparing to return to the show-ring. Sheikh Ammar says: “I am thrilled to have Panarea back in the Ajman Show string for 2011. She has turned into a fabulous, fleabitten mare and she looks beautiful.
“Panarea is a very special mare to me. Not only has she won a lot for us, including World Reserve Champion, European, Towerlands and Dubai Champion, she is also an incredible mare. Panarea has now matured into a very beautiful lady and she is ready to come back and show!”
Having seen Bess-Fa’izah make a welcome return to the show-ring this season, we can certainly look forward to seeing Panarea once more grace the arenas across Europe and the Middle East. As we celebrate the stallions of the world in this issue, this edition’s cover horse is a timely reminder of the essential grace and beauty of our beloved Arabian mares.
You can read about more of our cover stars here.
All photography Gigi Grasso