World Arabian Horse Championship
World Arabian Horse Championship
Parc Des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte
24th to 25th November 2017
Written by: Sonja Smaldone - Photos by: Alessio Azzali
Under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, The Parisian Arabian Horse Championship - CENECA’s official event organized by COMEXPOSIUM - has been working nonstop for 37 years to promote Arabian horse industry and upgrade breed’s standards. From Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of November 2017, at the historical Salon du Cheval in Paris Nord Villepinte, hall 5B, more than 1.500 Arabian lovers around the globe turned up in this privileged venue. As a combination of equine talent and beauty, the World Arabian Horse Championships gathered more than 140 horses representing 25 nations. Highly motivated owners, breeders, handlers and top professionals brought the event to life over three days of competition and passion. The elegance of the show ring was echoed in the sumptuous seating areas and the public audience. Many spectators had travelled from all over the world to celebrate the crowning of a new array of Champions. Official photographers Mrs. Lisa Abraham and Mr. Wieslaw Pawloski stepped in and positioned themselves around arenas and work areas just the way ‘paparazzi’ would do on a Fashion week; however, there, in an all-pervading Arabian kind of style. Each entry was brilliantly conditioned, carried out, and presented irrespective of their owner, handler, or country they competed for. A panel of international judges was composed by: Mrs. Silvia Garde-Ehlert (Germany); Mr. Ferdinand Huemer (Austria); Mr. Steve Lieblang (United States); Mr. Luiz Rocco (Brazil); Mrs. Renata Schibler (Switzerland); Mrs. Marianne Tengstedt (Denmark); Mr. Marc Veray (France) and Mr. George Zbyszewski (United States). Under the lead of Show President Mr. Jean-Luc Poulain, the 2017 Organizing Committee could count on the professional skills of: Mrs. Jessica Gordon, Show Director; Mrs. Sophie Delavaud, Show Manager; Mrs. Christianne Chazel and Mrs. Dominik Briot, both as Technical Counsellors. In their qualities of Ringmasters: Mr. Alain Ladek (France) and Mr. Bertrand Valette (France). As Disciplinary Comissioners there intervened: Dr. Malak Benamar (Morocco); Dr. Abdel Wahab ben Ali Amira (UAE); Dr. Sujeet Bhaskar Suryawamshi (UAE); and Mr. Jean Bernard Kupai France). The pageantry started on Friday 24th at 2pm and finished at 7pm with the qualifying classes for Yearling, Junior and Senior Females. A spectacular Yearling class was up first, divided in group A and B. Sponsored by Kalliste Arabians, the A group was clearly won with a total score of 92.08 points by the very refined grey LR ERA DE EXCALIBUR (EXCALIBUR EA x EXPECTED BEAUTY) bred by LAS ROSAS ESTANCIA S.R.L. and owned by AL SAYED STUD & ESTANCIA LAS ROSAS. Runners up in this class were two other rising stars: the bay YAMILA OC (EMERALD J x MN MARTA) bred by OSCAR CASTANON ALONSO and owned by GANADERIA OC. with a total score of 91.42 points; and the grey OM EL ERODITE (EKS ALIHANDRO x OM EL EXCELLA) bred by OM EL ARAB INTERNATIONAL, owned by PATRICIA M DEMPSEY, with an overall score of 91.33 points. Sponsored by Bin Hamila Stud, the B-section yearling fillies was again a tough class with the top three scoring not much close in points. The final winner of the class was the gorgeous bay SERANZA (KANZ ALBIDAYER x EVENING SERENA) bred by MICHAEL BYATT and owned by MOHAMMAD SHEIKH SULLIMAN. With a total of 93.33 points she was too strong for the other yearling fillies. Second in this class with a total of 92.33 points was the bay KZ FAIROUZ (FADI AL SHAQAB x KZ NOUR AL LAIL) bred by KOBI ZIRENSKI AND MOSHAV KIDRON and owned by AL MAZROUEI STUD. At the third position in this class with a total of 91.50 points was the bay SWEIRA ALJASSIMYA (SMA MAGIC ONE x BARAKA MP) bred and owned by ALJASSIMYA FARM. Next to go was the class of Junior fillies - aged two and three years old and divided in group A and B. Entirely sponsored by De Cartherey Arabians, the A-section junior fillies was won with a total of 92.58 points by the wonderful grey BELOVED GRACIOUS LADY (BEY AMBITION x AP SHEEZ SASSY) bred and owned by PATRICIA M DEMPSEY TRUSTEE. Second in this class with a total of 92.50 points was the ethereal and owned by AL KHASHAB STUD - Al Khashab, Mubarak Hamdan. The show continued with the Senior mares. Again a class full of beautiful mares that was divided in group A and B. Female winners from every continent all came to compete with the best of the world. Each ready to take the crown. In the A-group, sponsored by Al Thumama Stud, it was the beautiful chestnut DELIGHT’S DIVAH RB (AJMAN MONISCIONE x HONEY’S DELIGHT) bred by ADRIANA ESPINDOLA B DE MOURA and owned by AL SAYED STUD - Alsayed, Khalid & Abdulwahab, which took the lead with a total of 92,58 points. Second in the class with a total of 92.33 points, the bay ARWA ALJASSIMYA (BESSON CAROL x ATHINA EL JAMA) bred by ALJASSIMYA FARM and owned by GABI BOARON. At the third position with 91.92 points, the grey GALERIDA (SHANGHAI EA x GALILEA) bred by Stadnina Koni Michalów SP. z o.o. and owned by AL BAYDAA STUD. Next to go was the B-section of senior mares. Here it was the elegant grey TEHAMA BALLALINA (TEHAMA NA SIDAQA x JJ SHAI MAJESTIC) bred by L. FERGUSON and owned by in this class were respectively: with a total of 93.08 points, the grey SHIRIN BY AISHA (WH JUSTICE x AISHA) bred by La Lezziola Farm by Gurioli Andrea and owned by ATHBAH STUD - HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; while with an overall of 92.33 points, the grey ANOOD AL NASSER (ASHHAL AL RAYYAN x ALEYSHA AL NASSER) bred by ABDULLAZIZ MOHAMMED AL QAYED and owned by AL NASSER STUD - H.E. Sheikh Nawaf Bin Nasse. On Saturday 25th of November, the show began all over again at 10am and ended at 2pm with the Qualifying classes for Yearling, Junior and Senior Males. First to break into the arena was the yearling class. A remarkable class that was divided into two sections - A & B. Sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, the A-group of Yearling colts saw the winning of the grey FIGARO (WADEE AL SHAQAB x SHIRIN BY AISHA) with a total of 92.67 points. A good result for his breeder GLADICH FAUSTO and owner ALJASSIMYA FARM. Second in this class with 91.92 points was the handsome bay EMPEROR K.A. (QR MARC x EXPOSITA K.A.) bred and owned by KNOCKE ARABIANS. The third position with 91.33 points was for the bay AANAN LEMBARAK (HADIDY AL SHAQAB x AJ SUNDOS) bred and owned by MOHAMMED MUBARAK ABDULLAH. The B-group of Yearling colts counted seven beautiful participants. A striking class, entirely sponsored by Jarvis Insurance, that was won by the cute HL EL GANADOR (HP SHAKIR TE x LONCO BAY MARI) with a total of 92.50 points for the joy of his breeder FAMILIA DUCH MATTHEI and owner HANAYA STUD. Second in this class with 91.67 points was the exotic chestnut RD HARENAADO (HARIRY AL SHAQAB x DM ENDLESS ROM) bred by MURRAY & SHIRLEY POPPLEWEL and owned by WOODY ARABIANS. Third with 91.33 points was the bay HATEM ATHBAH (EKS ALIHANDRO x ESPERANZZA AL V) bred and owned by ATHBAH STUD - HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed. The Junior colts classes were also divided in section A and B, although this proved to be rather unnecessary as four contenders did not turn up at the competition. First in the A-class, sponsored by Al Jood Stud, with 92.50 points was the grey JAAL ALJASSIMYA (WH JUSTICE x ANNAISS) bred and owned by ALJASSIMYA FARM. At the second position with grey MADINAT ALBAYDAA (RFI FARID x TS MADELEINE) bred and owned by ALBAYDAA FARM. Third in this class with a total of 92.17 points was the bay BELLADONNA AT (WADEE AL SHAQAB x OM EL BELLATRIX) bred and owned by AL THUMAMA STUD - Adel Ali Bin Ali. Sponsored by Southern Chariot, the B-section of the Junior fillies showed a flawless winner. With a total score of 93.08, this was the beautiful grey MOZN ALBIDAYER (SMA MAGIC ONE x MATTAHARII) bred and owned by AL BIDAYER STUD - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qassimi. Second in this class with a total of 92.00 points, the grey MALIKAT AL MOLUK (MAMELUK x ASALAT AL HALA) bred by KHADER HALAWA and owned by AL KHASHAB STUD - Al Khashab, Mubarak Hamdan. Third in the class with a total of 91.83 points was the grey MALIKAT AL MOLUK (MAMELUK x ASALAT AL HALA) bred by KHADER HALAWA AL ZOBAIR STUD), who took 93.50 points. Second and the class win with a total of third placed mares 91.83 points was the gleaming chestnut PERSEUS K.A. (ESPRESSIVO x PHIROUETTES) bred by KNOCKE ARABIANS and owned by AL MAZROUEI STUD. Third in this class with 91.83 points was the bay D ARGHAD (FA EL RASHEEM x KRYSTAL TIARA) bred by DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD and owned by ASAYEL STUD. Excitement was everywhere in the next B-section colts class when the handsome grey ALEXXANDER (FA EL RASHEEM x KRYSTAL TIARA) - bred by FRANCES BUTLER AND BRANDI CARSON and owned by AL SAYED STUD - came in and rocked the scene. With a striking total of 93.50 points, he took the lead of this class! The second place with a total of 92.50 points was for the very showy FUERTE (SHANGHAI EA x FRYMUSZKA) bred by JAN DOBRZYNSKI and owned by ABHAA ARABIANS. With an overall score of 92.17 points and third in this class was the grey NADEEM EL ARAB (WH JUSTICE x OM EL EUPHORIA) bred by OM EL ARAB INTERNATIONAL and owned by AL JASSIMYA FARM. The Senior stallion classes are always a spectacle. Beautiful stallions at the top of their breeding career were presented to the crowd. The A-group, sponsored by Beloveds Farm, put up a great fight for the throne. Winner of the class with a total of 93.83 points was the stunning WADEE AL SHAQAB (MARWAN AL SHAQAB x OFW MISHAAHL) proudly bred and owned by AL SHAQAB STUD. Second in this class with 93.75 points was the bay EQUATOR (QR MARC x EKLIPTYKA) bred and owned by STADNINA KONI MICHALÓW SP. z.o.o. Third in this class with 92.25 points was the grey EQUIBORN K.A. (QR MARC x ESPADRILLA) bred and owned by KNOCKE ARABIANS. The last class of the day was the Senior stallions group B - entirely sponsored by Alsayed Stud. Another very good collection of stallions who have won numerous shows all over the world. Now they were all here in Paris, finding out who was the Best of the Best. And it was a close call. Winning the class with 92.08 points was the awesome RHR HEIR OF MARWAN (MARWAN AL SHAQAB x LC PSYCHESHEIR) bred by ROGER OR STEPHANIE MCMAHON and owned by SOUTHERN CHARIOT STUD - Diaa Kara Ali. Second in this class with 91.75 points was the bay VAN GOGH AM (MAGNUM PSYCHE x YNAZIA HCF) bred by STILLWATER ARABIANS - Bedeker, Jim & Sally and owned by ASAYEL STUD - Al Nughaimshey, Khaled. Third placed with 91.58 points was the bay KABSZTAD (POGANIN x KWESTURA) bred and owned by STADNINA KONI MICHALÓW SP. z.o.o. The Final Championships and Special Trophies ceremony took place on Sunday 26th of November from 2:30pm to 7pm. The Best of the Best returned to the ring to claim the Title of Titles... World Champion Arabian horse! The Yearling Fillies championship was on first. Gold medal winner LR ERA DE EXCALIBUR (EXCALIBUR EA x EXPECTED BEAUTY) bred by LAS ROSAS ESTANCIA S.R.L. and owned by AL SAYED STUD & ESTANCIA LAS ROSAS. Silver medal winner SERANZA (KANZ ALBIDAYER x EVENING SERENA) bred by MICHAEL BYATT and owned by MOHAMMAD SHEIKH SULLIMAN. Bronze medal winner OM EL ERODITE (EKS ALIHANDRO x OM EL EXCELLA) bred by OM EL ARAB INTERNATIONAL and owned by PATRICIA M DEMPSEY. The Junior Fillies championship was an amazing group of high quality fillies, however there was one that clearly stood out from all of them and was awarded with the Gold medal. This honor went to MOZN ALBIDAYER (SMA MAGIC ONE x MATTAHARII) bred and owned by AL BIDAYER STUD - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qassimi. The Silver medal was awarded to MADINAT ALBAYDAA (RFI FARID x TS MADELEINE) bred and owned by ALBAYDAA FARM; leaving the Bronze medal to BELLADONNA AT (WADEE AL SHAQAB x OM EL BELLATRIX) bred and owned by AL THUMAMA STUD - Adel Ali Bin Ali. Off it went with the Senior Mares championship. The final winner of the Gold medal was TEHAMA BALLALINA (TEHAMA NA SIDAQA x JJ SHAI MAJESTIC) bred by L FERGUSON and owned by AL ZOBAIR STUD. Silver medal winner SHIRIN BY AISHA (WH JUSTICE x AISHA) bred by AZ. AGR. La Lezziola Di Gurioli Andrea and owned by ATHBAH STUD - HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Bronze medal winner DELIGHT’S DIVAH RB (AJMAN MONISCIONE x HONEY’S DELIGHT) bred by ADRIANA ESPINDOLA B DE MOURA and owned by AL SAYED STUD - Alsayed, Khalid & Abdulwahab. The Yearling Colts championship showed the future of the Arabian breed. Gold medal winner FIGARO (WADEE AL SHAQAB x SHIRIN BY AISHA) bred by GLADICH FAUSTO and owned by ALJASSIMYA FARM. Silver medal winner HL EL GANADOR (HP SHAKIR TE x LONCO BAY MARI) bred by FAMILIA DUCH MATTHEI and owned by HANAYA STUD. Bronze medal winner RD HARENAADO (HARIRY AL SHAQAB x DM ENDLESS ROM) bred by MURRAY & SHIRLEY POPPLEWEL and owned by WOODY ARABIANS. Next to go was the championship of the Junior Colts. All young and potential breeding stallions aiming for the crown. This was given to ALEXXANDERR (EXCALIBUR EA x AR MOST IRRESISTIBLE) who gave the perfect performance that weekend and already knew he was there to win, the minute he entered the arena! We believe a bright future is awaiting this special young stallion! A great victory for his breeders FRANCES BUTLER AND BRANDI CARSON and his owner AL SAYED STUD - Alsayed, Khalid & Abdulwahab. Silver medal winner FUERTE (SHANGHAI EA x FRYMUSZKA) bred by JAN DOBRZYNSKI and owned by ABHAA ARABIANS. Bronze medal winner NADEEM EL ARAB (WH JUSTICE x OM EL EUPHORIA) bred by OM EL ARAB INTERNATIONAL and owned by AL JASSIMYA FARM. The last championship of the day was of the Senior Stallions. Important breeding stallions of the modern Arabian horse breeding were competing for the World Champion title. In between them was EQUATOR (QR MARC x EKLIPTYKA) bred and owned by STADNINA KONI MICHALÓW SP. z.o.o. He is a gorgeous stallion who could still win anywhere in the world but this time was here to claim his title of Silver champion stallion. A title well deserved though, with just a few qualifying points away from World Champion Senior stallion WADEE AL SHAQAB (MARWAN AL SHAQAB x OFW MISHAAHL) for the joy of his breeder and owner AL SHAQAB STUD. Wadee’s dramatic entrance, with his extravagant mane flying, was thrilling and captured the hearts of many. Bronze medal winner EQUIBORN K.A. (QR MARC x ESPADRILLA) bred and owned by KNOCKE ARABIANS. There were also Special trophies that were given at the 37th edition of the Paris World Championships: •Platinum Champion Paris 2017: GAZAL AL SHAQAB (ANAZA EL FARID x KAJORA); •Best movement female: BELOVED GRACIOUS LADY (BEY AMBITION x AP SHEEZ SASSY); •Best movement male: EQUATOR (QR MARC x EKLIPTYKA); •Best Sire in the show: WH JUSTICE (MAGNUM PSYCHE x VONA SHER-RENEA); •Best Straight Egyptian: WADAD ZAMANI (LAHEEB x ZENA AL BURAQ); •Highest Score in the World Championship: WADEE AL SHAQAB (MARWAN AL SHAQAB x OFW MISHAAHL); The Paris World Championships were a successful, renewed edition last November and a first-class ending of the 2017 European show season. This is also thanks to the new Director Jessica Gordon who put on the agenda many complementary breeding activities with high-performance sport equestrian activities for all levels. On the whole, a great achievement that has placed this annual event at the very ‘Top’ of similar organizations in the sector.