Published on Issue 4/2019 presented at the Paris Show
A GOOD WINE TAKES TIME
BY NAKASHEN VALAITHAM
It was while sipping a delectable glass of wine at Oeno- tri, an Italian restaurant in the picturesque Napa Valley of California, that long-time breeder and lover of the Arabian horse, Philip Del Pozzo, realised what he was going to name his superstar colt at home. He knew that this colt was special from the very beginning; he was everything he had dreamed of and his name needed to say that loud and clear. With glass in hand, his colt’s potential in mind and a passion burning in his heart, Philip made the decision to name his young star, Eno- tri EEA. What many don’t know is that a small part of Southern Italy was once referred to as Oenotria and it was a ter- ritory rich in vineyards and very famous for the ex- travagant and well-made wines that were made by the area’s inhabitants. And why this is relevant is because Enotri EEA has been growing and maturing like the perfect bottle of wine. Not only has he increased in quality (and value of course), but he has heightened in beauty and the world now has his name on their lips. And they ask but one question: When is the big reveal? Before the above-mentioned question is answered, let’s delve back into where Entori EEA stems from and how he came to life. Entori EEA was bred by Philip Del Pozzo and Brent Stone of Enzo Worldwi- de and Albert Sorocca of Equus Arabians. Both Enzo Worl- dwide and Equus Arabians are world-renowned, top-tier breeding establishments that have left their marks in the industry, and what solidifies their partnership in Entori EEA is a long-time friendship that was founded on the love of the Arabian breed. Enotri EEA was born in 2013 and the Enotri EEA Partnership was founded. From the time he stepped foot on this earth, all three partners knew that they had been blessed with something very special Everything that Enotri EEA (Shan- ghai EA x Enjoi E) is today is all thanks to the wonderful amalga- mation of Spanish, Polish, Russian and straight Egyptian blood found in his star-studded pedigree. Eno- tri EEA’s pedigree is influenced by yesteryear legends and today’s show ring superstars, and together they have given him genotypic and phenotypic profiles that are second to none. Enotri EEA is sired by the reigning Mediterranean and Arab Countries Arabian Horse Cham- pionship Gold Champion Stallion, Shanghai EA (WH Justice x Saly- mah EA). The exotic, snow-white Shanghai EA has been winning hearts and titles around the globe and some of his other titles include All Nations Cup Gold Champion Stallion, Abu Dhabi International Gold Champion Stallion, Dubai International Gold Champion Stallion and Salon du Cheval Silver World Champion Colt, to name a few. Shanghai EA has given Enotri EEA his award winning, sculp- ture-inspiring, 20-scoring (and the list of adjectives can go on) type that can be seen from miles away. Along with the immense type, Enotri EEA has inherited bucket loads of charisma and tonnes of attitude, the kind that stops you dead in your tracks, leaves your jaw hanging to the ground and the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. Shanghai EA is sired by a stallion aptly dubbed “The Cham- pion Maker” and we all know his name, WH Justice (Magnum Psyche x Vona Sher-Renea). WH Justice’ harem of champions spans the entire globe and his show ring career has been nothing less than amazing. All Nations Cup Gold Champion Stallion and Las Vegas Arabian Breeders World Cup Silver Champion Stallion are just two magnanimous achievements that WH Ju- stice has achieved. WH Justice brings with him the blood of the living legend and Leading Sire of Champions around the world, Magnum Psyche (Padrons Psyche x A Fancy Miracle) as well as the international icon, El Shaklan (Shaker El Masri x Estopa). Shanghai EA’s dam, Salymah EA (Khidar x Libanon Azadika), has been one of Philip Del Pozzo’s favourites horses ever since he laid eyes on her when she was weanling. With regular visits to Albert’s beautiful farm in Spain, Philip watched Salymah EA mature into the alabaster angel she is today and when Shan- ghai EA was born, Philip knew that through her son, he was going to incorporate the blood of his favourite mare in his bre- eding program. Salymah EA is sired by Salon Du Cheval World Champion Stallion and sire of significance, Khidar (Ansata Si- nan x Elizja) and through her pedigree, we find four crosses to the iconic century-mare, Estopa and with WH Justice adding one more cross to Estopa, Enotri EEA has been blessed with a staggering total of five crosses to one of the greatest mares that has ever graced the face of Arabian breed. If that wasn’t enou- gh, Salymah EA’s tail female line which traces back to Baraka, which is the same tail female line of breed icons Saskia RJ, FM Gloriaa, Bess Fa’izah and Athenaa. Enotri EEA’s dam, Enjoi E (Enzo x Oso Padova), was a stunning chestnut mare that in her prime, was a Regional Champion in the U.S. She was sired by the late but forever great United Sta- tes National Champion Stallion and Las Vegas Breeders Wor- ld Cup Champion Stallion, Enzo (Padrons Psyche x RD Bey Shahmpane). Enzo was the heart and soul of Enzo Worldwide and Enotri EEA is living proof that his legacy will live on fo- rever. Enzo brings a second cross to Padrons Psyche (Padron x Kilika) to this pedigree. This crimson stallion is another Le- ading Sire of Champions around the globe and a favourite to breeders, enthusiasts and judges across the globe. And of cour- se, through Enzo’s dam, RD Bey Shahmpane (Bey Shah x Bey Shahdar), we find not one, but two crosses to the United States Reserve Champion Stallion and a horse considered to have changed the face of the breed, Bey Shah. Enjoi E’s dam, Oso Padova (Gwizd x Premiaa), was a fabu- lous Polish mare with all the characteristics the Polish horses are loved and adored for. Her pedigree is in- fluenced by some of the greatest Polish horses that ever lived, some of which include, Swedish National Cham- pion and sire of two-times World Champion Piruet, Probat, United States Triple Crown Champion Strike, Janow Podlaski Chief Sire and sire of ten Polish Na- tional Champions Bandos and United States National Champion Aladdinn, to name just a few. What’s interesting about Enjoi E is that before she was sold, both Philip and Brent decided to take one last embryo from her. The resulting foal was Enotri EEA and he was Enjoi E’s last foal as she passed on soon after she was sold. I suppose this next sentence is bit- tersweet, but one could say that Enjoi E left her best for last and we are all truly grateful to her for that. For a wine to get a good rating from the strictest som- meliers and international critics, it needs to be made with the finest ingredients in the world. Grapes grown in the perfect environment and picked just at the right time are essential to bringing us that perfect compli- mentary sip with our meals. And we all know that a good wine takes time not only to be made, but to ma- ture into a rich dark red with a flavour profile second to none; time to mature and ferment is required. In the same way, Enotri EEA has been blessed with some of the best blood and genetics in our industry and this has been recognized by the world. While everyone knew that Enotri EEA was special, they knew that the world wanted to see him in a show ring. The partnership decided to send him to Michael Byatt Arabians in preparation for the 2016 Scottsdale International Show. Michael Byatt showed Enotri EEA to perfection and in a matter of minutes, they built up a fanbase and garnered interest from breeders near and far. Enotri EEA was named Scottsdale International Reserve Champion Three Year Old Colt and he recei- ved the second highest score in his entire division. It was after this unveiling that international interest soon began to stream in. While Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Al Thani, manager of Al Shaqab Stud and Al Rayyan Stud in Qatar, was visiting Michael Byatt Arabians, he hap- pened to see Enotri EEA and he inquired on leasing the stallion for Al Shaqab. He believed that Enotri EEA possessed something unique and that he would com- plement the ultra-gorgeous Marwan Al Shaqab, Gazal Al Shaqab and many other offspring at the stud. Enotri EEA made his way to Qatar for the 2018/19 breeding season and while at the stud, he bred a total of 42 ma- res and Al Shaqab indeed pleased with the results. It is very important to mention that Enotri EEA was the first stallion, bred in the United States, to have been leased by the stud and to share stalls with the other seven World Champion stallions that call Al Shaqab home. This is probably one of the highest honours a stallion can earn in his lifetime, and to earn that as a three year old is usually unheard of. Even though they have not been revealed yet, some of the stunning foals at Al Shaqab include Falak Al Shaqab (ex JJ Farabella), Shomileh Al Shaqab (ex JJ Domyla), Anhar Al Sha- qab (ex Adhaba Al Shaqab) and Kays Al Shaqab (ex Hayam Al Shaqab). Joe and Kim Orr of Rose City Arabians fell head over heels when they saw Enotri EEA as a colt and they knew that they had to become a part of the Enotri EEA Partnership. “When we first saw Enotri EEA at Enzo Worldwide he was only three years old. Kim and I got the chills and immediately asked if we could be a part of his journey! We called Michael Byatt and Michael told us to jump on as fast as we could because Enotri EEA will be a very important sire!” – Joe Orr The founding partners were excited to have new mem- bers on board and Joe and Kim were ecstatic to start breeding with Enotri EEA. It was Joe and Kim that bred the second Enotri EEA foal and from the day she born, they knew that Enotri EEA had the potential to ENOTRI EEA join the league of the legendary sires found in his pe- digree. His second foal was a gloriously pretty filly that was named Stella Rosa RC. She is a mesmerizing filly that like her sire, captivates you from the moment you lay eyes on her. She is out of Estella Di Enzo (Enzo x Star Chance SA) and she made her debut at the 2018 Scottsdale International Show where she earned her- self a Top Ten. What’s wonderful about this filly is that her pedigree boasts two crosses to the famed Enzo; it is line breeding we haven’t really seen in our industry and it brings a fresh perspective to what we are used to seeing. “Enotri’s foals are gorgeous, typey, with stretch and great bodies! We are grateful that Philip and Brent and Albert of Equus Arabians welcomed us as part- ners.” Joe Orr. While I mentioned his second foal, his very first foal was born at Enzo Worldwide and she is a stunner. Her dam, Monica PGA (Monogramm x Extra Special), is one of the foundation mares at Enzo Worldwide. Her son, Edisson, was the youngest stallion to ever be named Scottsdale International Gold Champion Stallion and was already leased by Fontanella Magic Arabians in Italy and is currently on lease to Danubius Arabians in Romania. Eno- tri EEA and Monica PGA have brought a new star to life and Philip Del Pozzo believes that her time is coming soon. After Enotri EEa’s lease at Al Shaqab, it was time for him to return home to Enzo Worldwide. However, before retur- ning home, Enrico Mearelli of Elegantica Training Centre enquired whether or not he could stand at stud at his trai- ning centre to be available to breeders in Europe. Enrico adds: “On a visit to Enzo Worldwide in the U.S.A., I saw a few of Enotri EEA’s first foals and I was very impressed by them.” The Enotri EEA Partnership knew that it was time for Enotri EEA to make his mark in the world and having him stand at Elegantica Training Centre would be the first step in doing just that. It was agreed upon and from Qatar, Enotri EEA made his way to the beautiful country of Italy. “Once we knew Enotri EEA would come to stand at our training centre here in Italy, I got very excited. Enotri EEA finally arrived and I was so impressed by him; he is just such an amazing horse. I am sure he will make his mark on our breeding history.” – Enrico Mearelli. From the United States of America to Qatar and now to Italy, Enotri EEA is truly shaping up to be a global ambassa- dor, not just for himself but for the Arabian breed as a who- le. And now, at the young age of six, Enotri EEA is ready to take centre stage once again. Like a good bottle of Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru Pinor Noir, Enotri EEA has matured into an alabaster beauty; poised and ready to be the number one wherever he may find himself. He has dri- ed out and his type has increased substantially; he is now almost snow white and the beauty, nobility and character that come with the transition from colt to stallion is highly evident. Like a good wine, Enotri EEA has taken his time to mature and he is now ready to be campaigned around Europe with Enrico Mearelli at the lead. So, going back to the opening question: When is the big reveal? Well the answer is sim- ple. All good wines take time and the Enotri EEA bottle is almost ready to be opened. Be ready, make sure your glass is empty, cause once it is opened, it will flow like a fountain and you will be intoxicated with everything that is Enotri EEA.