Another show that was held over the past weekend (April 30th-May 1st) was the St. Petersburg International Cup (C). The classes were small, to say the least: for example the 9 year old and above stallions class had one contestant, whereas the yearling colts and 9 year old and above mares just two each. The Russian show was graced by a large representation of State Stud horses: BALLENA (Kahil Al Shaqab - Belgica/Gazal Al Shaqab), bred and owned by Janów Podlaski, won the 3 year old fillies class with a rather low score of 88,9, which translated to a silver medal in the junior mares category. The Białka bred and owned MILIAN (Lawrence El Gazal - Mila/Ararat) placed second in the two year old colts class (89,2) and later went on to claim the bronze in the junior stallions category.
The senior mare medals were divided between Janów Podlaski: the gold went to ETIRA (Eden C - Etnologia/Gazal Al Shaqab), winner of the 4-5 year old mares class (90,7), the silver was awarded to ESPARTA (Poganin - Epoka/Pilot), winner of the 6-8 year old mares class (90,9, including a "20" for type), whereas the bronze was secured by BERNADETTA (Ganges - Belgica/Gazal Al Shaqab), second in class (89,6) behind Esparta. The only contestant of the 9 year old and above stallions class, Janów's ALMANZOR (El Nabila B - Alantina/Emigrant), received 91 pts (including two "20s" for movement) and the senior stallion bronze medal. His Białka stablemate, CEFIR (Eryks - Celina/Metropolis NA) won the 4-5 year old stallions class claiming 91,2 pts (including three "20s" for movement) and placed fourth in the finals.
Apart from horses representing Polish colours there were also those previously exported: EL MEGANA (Ganges - Ellanda/Wojsław), bred by Michałów and owned by M. Timin (Russia), placed third in the 4-5 year old mares class and GIRLAN BEY (Pesal - Gracja-Bis/Monogramm), bred by M. Bogajewicz, owned by Reza Alhadadi (Iran), who won the 9 year old and above stallions class with the show's highest score (92,9 pts, including four "20s" for movement) and ultimately the senior stallion gold medal.
The B-ranked Tulip Cup was held on the days of April 30th-May 1st in Ermelo (Netherlands) and as usual it could not do without Polish accents. The Janów-bred ALABAMA (Gazal Al Shaqab - Altona/Eukaliptus), currently owned by Al Thumama Stud (Qatar), won in the 10 year old and above mares class, receiving top marks for movement from all the judges and a final score of 91,44. The mare qualified for the finals, securing fourth place. Another Janów Podlaski graduate, the stallion ESFAHAN (Ekstern - El Fatha/Entyk), owned by Flaxman Arabians (Belgium), placed fourth in the 4-6 year old stallions class, also acquiring a full set of 20s for movement and a final score of 90,33.
It is also worth mentioning two Belgian-bred horses, both out of Polish dams: PARIS J (Emerald J - Palabra/Enzo), bred and owned by Christine Jamar, who won the 3 year old fillies class (91,38) and secured the bronze medal in the junior mares category; and PROFENDER K.A. (QR Marc - Palanga/Ekstern), bred by Knocke Arabians and owned by Florentina Arabians, who qualified for the finals from second place in the 4-6 year old stallions class (91.08) and just missed the bronze medal by placing fourth.
Irina Filsinger, a well-known Arabian horse photographer, has passed away after a long illness. Irina grew up among horses. Her father, Erwin Filsinger, was a vet and one of the first private Arabian horse breeders in Germany. Ultimately the family breeding was continued by her brother, while Irina herself decided to stand behind the camera. Her works, signed with a characteristic "Fil" logo, appeared in all leading publications. Irina was especially valued by breeders from the Middle East, where she often travelled, immortalizing the desert studs and their best specimen. For many years she was one of two official photographers of the Polish National Arabian Horse Show and the Pride of Poland Sale.
The Michałów-bred Equator scored a huge success during the prestigious Arabian Horse Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas (USA). He won the 6-8 year old stallions class and claimed the gold medal in his category. As a reminder, he is currently leased to Al Jassimya Stud (Qatar). Huge congratulations to his breeders (Jerzy Białobok and Magda Helak) and the entire Michałów Stud team.
On April 9-10th, 2016 the 20th PAHBA Annual Meeting took place in Janów Podlaski. The seminar part and Janów’s foal inspection have already been covered. Below is a coverage of the meeting together with a summary of the official parts of the event.
Published separately is the resolution taken by the Annual Meeting:
- the coverage of the 20th PAHBA Annual Meeting
- the resolution of the PAHBA Annual Meeting:
The Annual Meeting expresses their deep concern regarding the changes in the State Treasury companies, supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Agricultural Property Agency, detrimental to the foundations of Polish Arabian horse breeding. We firmly object to the way these changes are made, using insinuations and false information, causing direct damage to the image and international position of Polish Arabian horse breeding.
Due to the propositions submitted by PAHBA members regarding the functioning of the website we wish to inform that:
1) All information posted on our website are accepted by the Board or the President,
2) Any information (news), that PAHBA members would like to publish must be written by the authors and will be published after approval by the President or the Board,
3) Because the website has been functioning for more than 6 months now, we would like to ask you to submit all suggestions and opinions to the Board or Office regarding the expansion of the service; we will be accepting all suggestions for a month starting from today,
4) We have already received suggestions prepared by Hanna Sztuka and Przemysław Sawicki,
5) We would like to remind that the advertising banner on our website is available to all; the price is 300 PLN (for posting the banner) + 100 PLN (for producing the banner by our graphic designer); the banner will be published upon receiving payment and approving the content,
6) Our website is also active as a Facebook profile, where posts can be commented on and forwarded onwards. The published posts are also approved by the President or the Board.
7) All suggestions regarding the functioning of our website should be sent to our President or the Office.
We would like to inform that last weekend saw the inauguration of the racing season at the Służewiec Racetrack, with races for both Arabian and Thoroughbred horses.
As announced on the Polish Jockey Club website, the verifying committee for conformation races will be made up of our members: Irena Cieślak, Lidia Pawłowska, Adam Wyrzyk. These persons were recommended by President Anna Stojanowska, in line with the expectations of the recent PAHBA Annual Meeting.
We are also counting on our above mentioned members to contribute information and news about racing to the PAHBA website.
In the overall interest of breeders and the future of Arabian horse breeding in Poland, the Polish Arabian Horse Breeders Association takes the view that despite a difficult situation shows that have been planned and affiliated for 2016, as well as the auction at Janów Podlaski should take place. That's why the PAHBA hopes that breeders, exhibitors, officials invited to judge at championships will not refuse to participate in shows, whereas potential buyers will not cross out this year's Janów Podlaski Sale from their calendars.
The PAHBA Board:
Anna Stojanowska - Prezes
The 20th Annual PAHBA Meeting took place on the 9-10th of April, 2016.
Beside the formal part of the meeting there were also two interested lectures:
1) "What's new in veterinary medicine - new diagnostic and medical techniques" - presented by vet. Jan Samsel.
2) "The Polish Arabian horse breeding program and its realization" - presented by Professor Krystyna Chmiel.
On Sunday traditionally at 10:00 am Janów Podlaski Stud presented 15 selected mares with their produce. Although not all of the show's participants liked the fact that they were shown only some of the foals, the majority of those gathered were very interested and lively commented the results of the stud's breeding work from last year. We will publish information regarding the formal part of the meeting after its approval by the President and the entire Board.