International Arabian Horse Championship
An understanding of the Arabian Equestrian Legacy
Written by Sonja Smaldone
Photos by Joelle Müller
The legendary grace, beauty and power of genuine Purebred Arabians are displayed every year at the Dubai World Trade Center, in Dubai, on the occasion of the Dubai International Arabian horse Championship. This is the biggest horse show in the Middle East and is run over three days in March, culminating in the Championship classes for the most exquisite horses. Held under the patronage of HH Sh. Hamdam bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and UAE Minister of Finance, the Dubai Arabian Horse Championship is nowadays the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world. It is a beauty competition for Purebred Arabian horses, from the very young to the elderly horse stars of the Arabian equine world. The 2010 Championship was promoted to ECAHO ‘Title Show’ status; only few Shows in the world hold this prestigious award and bought high class competition from 24 countries and 5 continents. The 2014 Event was a huge success with 400 horses entered from 21 countries and competing for prizes valued at USD 4,000,000 and bought high class competition from 5 continents. In March 2015, the Show was run for the 12th time and enhanced with the staging of the Dubai International Horse Fair, which opened alongside the Championship. The Horse fair is the largest equestrian exhibition in the region and caters to everyone in the equestrian world from trade to consumers. At its 14th edition this year, the 2017 Dubai International Championship started on Thursday 16th of March at 10:30 am Asia/Muscat (07:30 - Europe/Rome) and terminated on Saturday 18 of March at 19:00 Asia/Muscat (16:00 - Europe/Rome) with the Final Championship Classes. About 343 horses were registered in the Stud Book from more than 20 countries. The most beautiful Purebred Arabian horses participated in this amazing and fascinating worldwide competition and were contending for a Prize Money of USD 4.000.000. The Higher Organizing Committee was composed by: Mr. Ziad Abdullah Galadari, Chairman; Mr. Sultan Mohammed Khalifa, Board Member; Mr. Essam Abdalla al Hameeri, Board Member; Mr. Abdulrahman Obaid Belshawareb, Board Member; Mr. Mohammed Al Tawheedi, Board Member.As many as ten judges were called to manage a competition that appeared compelling just by reading the program. The many prestigious names in the ring made us predict a fierce competition for the top places, and that is exactly what happened. Therefore, it is only fair to praise the judges who carried out their task impeccably. They were, in order: Mr. Fausto Scanzi (Italy); Mr. Marc Veray (France); Mr. Luiz Rocco (Brazil); Mr. Cedes Bakker (Netherlands) Mrs. Irina Stigler (Russia); Mr. Koenraad Detailleur (Belgium); Mr. Nikolaus Jung (Germany); Mr. Tomasz Tarczynski (Poland); Mr. Terry Holmes (United States); Mrs. Cristina Valdes (Spain).The work done by the Disciplinary Commission was outstanding. Its members were: Mr. Essam Abdulla Al Hameerie, (UAE); Dr. Abdel Wahab Ben Ali Amira (UAE); Mr. Kais Ben Hadi Quelhazi (UAE); Dr. Umer Raza Gill (UAE); Dr. Sujeet Bhaskar Suryawanshi (UAE); Dr. Haitham Babiker Tayfour (UAE); and Dr. Mandouh Fouad Hassan (UAE). Impeccable in his role and ability to make handlers adhere to the two minutes allocated through a high-precision chronometer was the Ring Master appointed for this occasion, Mr. Jean-Bernard Kupaj from France. He timed the competition correctly despite the large number of participants in almost every category. The appointed speakers were: Miss. Amna Suroor and Mr. Abdulla Rashid both from the United Arab Emirates, while the official photographers were: Mr. Morhaf Assaf (Syria); Miss. Joelle Müller (Switzerland) and Mr. Wieslaw Pawlowski (Poland). A warm sun and excellent daytime and evening temperatures accompanied the entire show. For the spectators sitting on the VIP tables, the catering was excellent and above expectations. Worth mentioning is the participation of the public and the owners throughout the entire show, which made the atmosphere truly unique. From the royal gallery and the guest stands, the view was really befitting. The Final Championship of Purebred Arabians, with its usual good deal of anticipation, certainly did not disappoint. Actually, it was amazing! The title of Gold Champion Yearling Filly was awarded to the beautiful bay GHADEER AM (AJ MARDAN x GHAZALAT AL MOHAMADIA) bred by MOHAMADIA STUD and owned by Ajman Stud. Silver medal winner the grey SD MUMAYYAZAH (FA EL RASHEEM x M RANDY) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. Bronze medal winner the grey MADINAT AL BAYDAA (RFI FARID x TS MADELEINE) bred by Ahmed Fathy Al Talawy and owned by Al Baydaa Stud. As for the Yearling Colts category, Gold Champion winner the gleaming chestnut D SHALLAL (FA EL RASHEEM x D SHAHLA) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. Silver medal winner the grey AJ KAFU ( SHANGHAI EA x AJ KAHAYLA) bred and owned by Ajman Stud. Bronze medal winner the bay YAS BHM (KAHIL AL SHAQAB x CATERINA FM) bred and owned by ALI GHANEM ALI HUMAILA ALMAZROUEI. The Gold medal for the Junior Fillies went to the wonderful grey D AYAYEB (RFI FARID x LADI VERONIKA) bred and owned by DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD. Silver medal winner the chestnut ARIA AL BAYDAA (AJMAN MONISCIONE x RA MARWANS ELYGANCE) bred by Premier Breeders LLC and owned by Al Baydaa Stud. Bronze medal winner the grey KAMOUNEH AL ZOBAIR (RFI FARID x NESJ EL KHIDOUNA) bred by Al Zobair Stud and owned by SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI ALTHANI. The Gold medal for the Junior Colts was awarded to the handsome grey FUERTE (SHANGHAI EA x FRYMUSZKA) bred by JAN DOBRZYNSKI and owned by SAAD, SAMI MOHAMMAD S. Silver medal winner the bay PHARAOH HBV (PSYCHE HBV x RFI SOPHIE ALMAKTUB) bred by Cury Luciano and owned by Al Baydaa Stud. Bronze medal winner the bay OMEAR AL HAWAJER (SH-HAB AL HAWAJER x GHARSHOUB AL HAWAJER). The Senior mare winning the Gold medal was the already multi-awarded grey pearl FT Shaella (SHAEL DREAM DESERT x SOUL PRETTY TGS) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. Silver medal winner the grey NORMA (GAZAL AL SHAQAB x NINA) bred by SK MICHALOW STUD and owned by the SONS OF ABDULLAH BIN MOHAMED AL SUBAIE. Bronze medal winner the beautiful chestnut ELLE FLAMENCA (AJMAN MONISCIONE x ALLAMARA MA) bred by Markelle Arabians and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. As for the Senior Stallions, Gold medal winner the majestic, imperious grey EXCALIBUR EA (SHANGHAI EA x ESSENCE OF MARWAN EA) bred by Equus Arabians and owned by Las Rosas Arabians - who this year took over World Champion in Paris and Silver medal winner BAANDEROS (MARWAN AL SHAQAB x HB BESSOLEA) bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Bronze medal winner the grey AJA ANGELO (WH JUSTICE x AJA AAISHA) bred by Mr. & Mrs. J. Hickford and owned by Al Baydaa Stud.IWith Classes full of beautiful Arabians, the Dubai International Arabian Horses Show was - also this year - ‘rich’ from every point of view, starting from the large number of people who swarmed in, the exquisiteness of the facility hosting this lovely three-day event, the generous prize money and, last but not least, the excellent job done by the organizers. The appointment is renewed for next year with other extraordinary upcoming champions!