Abu Dhabi 2019
Abu Dhabi 2019
February 9th-12th 2019
Abu Dhabi Gulf and Equestrian Club Al Mushrif
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Under The Patronage of: HH SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of President Affair
Words by: Sonja Smaldone Photos by Arabian Horse Magazine
A bu Dhabi, the sophisticated and modern capital of the U.A.E. presents a fascinating mixture of tradition and progress. With some history rich in tradition dating back to 3000 B.C., Abu Dhabi maintains a more distinctly Arabian ambiance than glitzy Dubai. The strong dominant white color of its territory, sunny blue skies, traditional landscape offer a glimpse into the Bedouin life along with the Women’s Craft Centre, the particular design inspired by the Arabian heritage and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. From February 9th-12th the capital city hosted the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championship, one of the most prestigious beauty competitions in the world. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Man- sour bin Zayed Al Nayan, the Horse fair is much more than a prestigious show for the Arabian horses. Over five days there are auctions and judging in various classes cul- minating in the highly anticipated championship honors and special awards. The Show was governed by the EAHS Rules and Regulations established by the Emirates Arabian Horse Society that for the technical part could rely on the competence of Show manager Mr. Essam Abdulla Al Hameerie, Mr. Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi and Mr. Mohamed Al Harbi. It was a real pleasure for Arabian Horse Magazine to be present at such an extraordinary event. The Higher Organizing Committee was composed by: Mr. Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Mr. Essam Abdalia Al Hameerie and Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Al Harbi. We had an outstanding Judging Committee represented by: Mr. Aeschbacher Urs (Switzerland); Dr. Aragno Gianmarco (Italy); Mr. Dahmen Doug (United States of America); Mrs. Eberhardt Sylvie (Germany); Mr. Gear Eric (France); Mr. Den Hartog Robbie (Nederlands); Mrs. Norden Ann (Sweden) and Mrs. Tengstedt Marianne (Denmark). They all worked extremely hard to select and to award the winners among the many horses competing. DCs members were: Dr. Mohammed Hammad (Egypt); Dr. Sameh Bedahir (Egypt); Dr. Shadi Radwan (Lebanon); Dr. Abdel Wahab Ben Ali Amira (United Arab Emirates); Dr. Mamdouh Hassan Fouad (United Arab Emirates); Dr. Haitham Babiker Tayfour (United Arab Emirates); Mr. Kaies Ben Hadi Ouelhazi (United Arab Emirates); Dr. Umer Raza Gill (United Arab Emirates) and Dr. Sujeet Suryawanshi (United Arab Emirates). Impeccable in their role of Ringmasters, Dr. Mohamed Hammad (United Arab Emirates) and Dr. Sameh Bedair Mohammed (United Arab Emirates). Official scorer: Mr. Biju Peter. Appointed commentators, Mrs. Nabila Al Ali (Kuwait) and Mr. Abdallah Albarmaki (Jordan). Official photographer: Mr. Morhaf Al Assaf. Official scorer. Mr. Biju Peter. Official photographer: Mr. Morhaf Al Assaf. The results of the preliminary categories can be seen on the website of the Emirates Arabian Society, www.eahs.org, featuring also the scores given by the various judges. Only the top two winners of each category were able to compete in the final championship and fight for the three sought after medals. The Final Championships were a pretty emotional moment for all given the top horses that came this far. In the Yearling Fillies Category, the Gold medal was earned by Fam Donatella (Dominic M x D Crystal Moon) bred by Federico Jose Morales Jordan and owned by Al Juwaher Arabian Horse Stud. The Silver was earned by D Fannanah (Excalibur E.A. x Elle Flamenca) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. The Bronze was grabbed by D Shamkhah (FA El Rasheem x FT Shaella) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. In the Yearling Colts category, the Gold medal was earned by D Mezyan (Fa El Rasheem x D Mazaia) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. The Silver was earned by D Shakhat (D Khattaf x D Shireen) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. The Bronze went to Al Aryam Shabab (AJ Mardan x AL Aryam Shammogh) bred and owned by Al Aryam Arabians. In the Junior Fillies category, the Gold medal was earned by Aj Norah (Aj Mardan x Inspired Najla) bred and owned by Ajman Stud. The Silver medal was earned by D Shihanah (Fa El Rasheem x D Shahla) bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud. The Bronze medal was earned by SS La Bella (Calypso OS x EF Bella Contessa) bred by Ottoman Arabians, and owned by Alsaqran Arabian Horse Stud. In the Junior Colts category, the Gold medal was earned by D Samed (Fa El Rasheem x D Fitoon) bred by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud and owned by Mohamed Hussain Eisa Yousif Aldarmaki. D Samed caught also the highest score in class. The Silver medal was earned by D Mashji (Shanghai Ea x D Jowan) bred by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud and owned by Ras Al Khaimah Arabian Horse Stud. The Bronze medal was assigned to Ka Nabras (Shanghai Ea x Aj Nazwa) bred and owned by Khaled Ghanem Mubarak Alomairi. In the Senior Mares category, the Gold medal was earned by AJ Sawari (Marwan Al Shaqab x Siberia SA) bred and owned by Ajman Stud. The Silver medal was earned by Al Aryam Hamra (Marajj x Al Aryam Hanna) bred by Al Aryam Arabians and owned by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Tahnoon Bin Mohammed Al Nahayyan. Al Aryam Hamra was also highest score in class. The Bronze medal was awarded to FS Venezuela (Vervaldee x FS Madeline) bred by Frank Sponle and owned by Khal e d Ghan e m Mubarak Alomairi. In the Senior Stallions category, Gold medal winner Sundown K.A. (Qr Marc x L Serenella) bred by Nv Zoutekreken - Gheysens Paul and owned by Alsaqran Arabian Horse Stud. Silver medal winner Memphis 27 (El Amin x Sa Misha Apal) bred by Swaenepoel J. and owned by Ajman Stud. Bronze medal winner Omear Al Hawajer (Sh-Hab Al Hawajer x Gharshoub Al Hawajer) bred and owned by Dr. Ghanem Mohamed Obaid Alhajri. This show was rich and thrilling from every point of view, starting from the large number of high quality horses entered, the beauty of the facility hosting this lovely five-day event, the generous prize money and, last but not least, the excellent job done by the Organizers. Congratulations once again to the speakers Mrs. Nabila Al Ali and Mr. Abdallah Albarmaki who managed the five day competitions with a flawless power of speech both in English and Arabic. W e hope we managed to convey the readers some vibes of the International Arabian Horse Championship experience by this short commentary. We will leave you now to the beauty and elegance of the winners and the enthusiasm of their owners. For Arabian Horse Magazine, pictures were taken by Mr. Antonio De Martino. The rendezvous is for next year 2020 with other stellar champions!