• 2015-09-17 •
The 12th European Sports Championships
This past weekend the 12th European Arabian Horse Sports Championships were held at Janów Podlaski. This year the competition had an open formula, which had a positive impact on the increase of the number of participating pairs. There were even teams from the Middle East, from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, among others.
It is impossible not to notice that the popularity of sport competitions atop Arabian horses and the event itself now regularly taking place in Janów is growing, which is of course beneficial for the promotion of the Polish Arabian horse under saddle, especially since the Polish competitors’ were rather successful at this year’s event.
In a competition with highly decorated horses from abroad (among them the Danish Zonyx) Echo Apollo, bred by Chrcynno-Palace and owned by his rider, Kaja Dembińska, placed second in the dressage finals (FEI Prix St. Georges Team Young Riders, Level M).
In the Classic Pleasure C All Round (class 10) classification the famous dressage horse Zonyx yielded before Janów’s Sabat under Natalia Ciman, who bested 25 other pairs! Sabat also became the winner of the qualifiers and finals in the Polish Historic Costume class. Although this competition is not part of the official ECAHO classification, we should acknowledge the improving quality of the presented costumes of Polish contestants. A novelty were original attires and Arabian tack presented for the first time in Poland by pairs from the Middle East in the Native Costume category.
Fourth in the Dressage C All Round (class 8) behind pairs from Sweden, France and Denmark placed Edinet, owned by BT Damis under Agnieszka Romszycka. The Trail (class 9) was won by El Moro, bred by M Arabians and owned by Layan Arabians, Austria. El Moro also triumphed in the Ladies Side Saddle (class 19) and Trail (class 21). A feast for the eyes was the rivalry in the 400 m Sprint, won by the Polish Ekier under Danuta Konończuk. The race consisted of 10 pairs. Ekier also won the finals of the Ladies Side Saddle (class 36), M level. An interesting competition was Pole Bending (class 30) won by the pair from Michałów – Gardeja and Kinga Klinicka. Also in the show jumping competition, so rare among Arabian horses, new talents were revealed. In the Show Jumping C All Round up to 90 cm (class 13) triumphed Alvorada owned by Dariusz Kowalski under Aleksandra Kowalska, whereas in the up to 100 cm (class 24) and the finals up to 110 cm (class 37) – Estra, owned by Anna Madrak under Agata Madrak. Full show results can be found on the main organizer’s website – Janów Podlaski Stud
. Our fanpage on Facebook feature a gallery of participants and photographers present at Janów this year.
The PAHBA, as a co-organizer of the European Championships, would like to cordially thank its members for the tremendous work and involvement in the organization, efficient carrying out and visual impression of the Janów event, which evidently increase the popularity of Polish Arabian horses used under saddle with each year.