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King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Centre International Championship

King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Centre International Championship

 

Once again it was time for the third International Championship ECAHO A Show to be held at the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Center, Dirab, Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 13–15 December 2017. This is a bi-annual show and would be my third visit and this time, my husband Trevor accompanied me. The show is in a very beautiful setting, with a spectacular view as you drive down to Dirab. I was particularly looking forward to meeting up with Obada Zabadi and Abdulaziz Al-Muqbil.

The judges for this show were Renata Schibler, Switzerland; Claudia Darius, Germany; Tamas Rombauer, Hungary; Xavier Guibert, France; Marc Veray, France; Ahmed Hamza, Egypt. The invited Ringmasters were Philp Jenkins of Great Britain and Waleed Al Haddadi of Saudi Arabia. It was regrettable that Mr Jenkins was unable to attend due to adverse weather conditions in England. However, Trevor and I did manage to get to the airport, leaving a cold and icy England to arrive in warm and sunny Riyadh.

The show started on Wednesday at 12.15pm with the opening ceremony and welcome speech given by Dr Abdul Ghani.

 
Gabel Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Meqbilat Athbah)

The yearling filly class was first and was split into four classes, there being 55 entries. The first class was won by Middle East (Emerald J x Pinga), a very elegant bay with 90.9 points, bred and owned by Mohammed bin Dalim bin Mesbaq Al Otaibi of Al Jawzaa Stud. Taking second place was the bay Morada Al Khaled (Kahil Al Shaqab x Marwa Al Khaled), with 90.7 points, bred and owned by Khaled Bin Ahmed Bin Baker Baagdoo of Al Khaled Farm. In third was Dana Almisehal (Designed x Elishaa), with 90.6 points, bred and owned by Fahd bin Abed bin Nasser Al-Bulaainin. Taking fourth and fifth places were Bashaier Alsalam (Mansour Al Jalawiyah x Alishya), with 90.4 points, bred and owned by Prince Sultan and Prince Salman Bin Faisal Bin Salman Bin Mohammd Al Saud of Al Salman Stud, and Nawara Al Arab (SMA Magic One x G Felicia Jamaal G), with 90.3 points, bred and owned by Ali Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al Ali.

In the second yearling filly class, first place went to the very typey Rshediah Alkhasab (EKS Alihandro x Symphony of Love), with a score of 92.5, winning on type. She was bred by Psynergy Enterprise Developments of the USA and owned by Mubarak Hamdan Rashed Alkashab Alresheedi. Taking second was Mayar Almuawd (Emerald J x Piera) with 92.5 points, bred by Al Muawd Stud and owned by Ayed Hamed Ayed Almarzoogi. In third place was RK Sadeem (Magid Moniscione x BV Especially Stivana) with 92 points, bred and owned by Rashed Khaled Alanzan of Shazin Stud. Taking fourth was Malika Alenaya (Wadee Al Shaqab x Emira SVA) with 90.8 points, bred and owned by Tarig Bin Mohammed E Enaya of Enaya Stud. Balqees Al Muawd (SMA Magic One x Korea EA) took fifth with 90.5 points, Al Muawd Stud and owned by Ali Bin Hadi Al Yami, Al Hadd Stud.

 
Sultan Athbah (Drea II x Felwa Athbah)

The third yearling filly class was won by Kehailat Faisal Al Khalediah (Jareer Al Khalediah x Jellabieh Al Khalediah) with 91.6 points, bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. In second was Qamar Al Janadriya (Bandar x Manal II) with 91.4 points, bred by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdulla Bin Abdul Aziz Al Sa, and owned by Samer Mahmoud Al Khiat. Taking third was Ohood AM (EKS Alihandro x Areeb Al Mohamadia), with 91.3 points, bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud. Fourth went to Areeb Al Dhm (Shael Dream Desert x Maymoona III) with 91.1 points, bred by Mutlaq Bin Jazaa Al Otaibi and Salem Bin Rashid Al Otaibi, and owned by Khaled Bin Abdullah Al Harbi. In fifth was Resalat Al Khalediah (Razi Al Khalediah x Mazoon Al Khalediah), with 90.8 points, bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables.

The fourth and final class of these beautiful fillies was won by Ebaa Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Bint Marajj), with a score of 91.5, bred and owned by Athbah Stud. Taking second was Haifa Ed (Kahil Al Shaqab x Prestic) with 91.3 points, bred by Nasser Bin Abdul Lateef Al Fowzaan and owned by Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Al Bargash of Al Sakab Stables. Third went to Maysah Gharnatah (Naif Al Mohamadia x Sha Iska Samira) with 91.1 points, bred and owned by Naser Bin Klifeekh Al Hajeri. With the next two horses scoring 90.6 points each, fourth place went to Jouri Al Sawary (SW El Marwan x Nyjella), bred and owned by the Sons of Sheikh Hussain Basha, Al Sawary Stud, and fifth went to Najd Al Muawd (Emerald J x Ryaanh Al Muawd) bred and owned by Al Muawd Stud.

 
Mawada Al Khaled (Glorius Apal x Mauhiba J)

The yearling colt class was also split due to high entries, and there were three sub-classes in this section. The first of these was won by Equador (Emerald J x Just So Versace AM) with a score of 91.2 points. He was bred by Vicki Marsh and Ryan Jones of the UK and owned by Naser Jaser Al Subaie. Second went to Jamal (Khidar x Mozhiyah) with 90.7 points, bred and owned by Muhammed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Majed. Taking third was Wajeh Al Khalediah (Razi Al Khalediah x Bushra Al Khalediah) with 90.5 points bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Farhoud Almisehal (Magic Magnifique x Absolut Candy) took fourth with 90.4 points, bred and owned by Fahd bin Abed bin Nasser Al-Bulaainin. Fifth place went to Ibn Dana AM (Marajj x Dana Al Mohamadia) with a score of 89.7, bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud.

In the second class, Ghazal Lnj II (Migelad III x Gazal’s Couture) took first place with 91.5 points, bred by Othman bin Abdullah Linjawi of the Al Linjawi Stud and owned by Al Majd Stud. Second place and winning by type, went to Aali Al Khalediah (Jareer Al Khalediah x Azz El Kheil) scoring 91.1 points, bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Mfakher Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Lola Dona) took third place with 91.1, bred and owned by Athbah Stud. In fourth was Montasir AM (Maharani HDM x Maha Almohamadia) with 90, bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud. Sawwah Al Zobair (Al Sa’Eedi x Dalal Alzobair) took fifth with 89.9 points; bred by Al Zobair Stud of the UAE, he is owned by Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Taleb.

 
 Mayar IV (Kanz Albidayer x Abha Qawatin)

The final colt class was won by Hilal Al Khalediah (Baanderos x Halah Al Khalediah III) scoring 91.1 points, bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Taking second place was Mishaal AM (Abha Qatar x Sara Al Mohamadia) with 90.8 points, bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud. In third was General (Emerald J x ES Mahbuba) scoring 90.7 points, bred by Al Muawd Stud and owned by Naif Bin Fahad Alouidah. In fourth was Farooq Al Tinhat (Emerald J x BK Eksterna), with 90.5, bred and owned by Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Haqbani of Al Tinhat Stud. Sultan Alenaya (Emerald J x Ammona) beat Wafee Alrajhia (Wadee Al Shaqab x Warsa) into fifth place on type with 90.4 points, bred and owned by Tarig Bin Mohammed E Enaya of Enaya Stud.

 
Mayar IV (Kanz Albidayer x Abha Qawatin)

The two-year old filly class was split in two. In the first class, the beautiful Venice MI (Allegiance MI x Valentine MI) took first place with a high score of 93.3 points. She was bred by Greg, Julie and Jane Farrell of Mulawa Stud in Australia and is owned by Al Muawd Stud. Taking second place was the lovely Mayar IV (Kanz Albidayer x Abha Qawatin) scoring a good 92.9 points. Bred by Ali Bin Hussain Bin Ali Smaa, she is also owned by Al Muawd Stud. Wasmia Al Tinhat (Marjan Al Zobair x Amira Alzobair) took third with 91.2 points, bred and owned by Al Tinhat Stud. Taking fourth place was Asayel Nawayef Nahd (Fadi Al Shaqab x Famira KA) with 91.1 points, bred and owned by Abdulla Bin Amir Al Nahdi. In fifth was Leen Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Aja Rosada) with 90.8 points, bred and owned by Athbah Stud.

 
Mawada Al Khaled (Glorius Apal x Mauhiba J)

In the second class, the first three fillies all obtained the same score of 91.7 points. First place went to Mawada Al Khaled (Glorius Apal x Mauhiba J), winning on type. She was bred and owned by Al Khaled Farm. In second place, winning by movement, was Rimaz Al Sawary (Marquis CAHR x Al Dalmaa), bred and owned by Sons of Sheikh Hussain Basha of Al Sawary Stud. Taking the third was Mazoon Al Arab (WH York x Bernadette NA), bred and owned by Ali Bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Ali. Khameelat Al Khalediah (El Palacio VO x Psyx Summerain H) took fourth with 91.5 points, bred by Al Khalediah Stables and owned by Rakan Bin Muhammed Al Humaid of Al Reef Stud. She was followed by TM Frida (Zephyros KA x Petunia K) in fifth with 91.4 points, bred by Jose Orlando and owned by Mubarak Hamdan Rashed Alkhashab Alresheedi of Alkhashab Stud.

In the three-year old filly class, Elyndora (SF Veraz x DA Elegantra) took first place with 92.4 points. She was bred by Jeff and Sybil Collins in the US and is owned by Mohammed bin Dalim bin Mesbaq Al Otaibi of Al Jawzaa Stud. In second was Carmine Al Khaled (Glorius Apal x Cosmopolitan J) with 92.2 points, bred and owned by Al Khaled Farm. Bourhani Sharifa (Ajman Moniscione x Psynesica) took third with 92.1 points. Bred by Hannelone Bourdeaux, Germany, and owned by Al Muawd Stud. Sateena LNJ (ZT Marwteyn x Sateen Larouge MP) took fourth with 91.5 points, bred by Al Linjawi Stud and owned by Alkhashab Stud. In fifth place with 90.9 points was Zafeir KA (QR Marc x Zhara KA) bred by Knocke Arabians, Belgium, and owned by Hamad Bin Mohammed Bin Suliman Al Rajhi of Al Rajhia Stud.

 
 Imhotep Rach  (RHR Marcedes x Isis Rach)

We then moved onto the first of three two-year old colt classes and first place in the first class awarded to Imhotep Rach (RHR Marcedes x Isis Rach) with a score of 91.7. He was bred by the Rach Stud Agropecuaria and owned by Al Jawzaa Stud. Taking second was Jamal Al-Din Almuawd (EKS Alihandro x Falcon Song BHF) with 90.8 points, bred by Al Muawd Stud and owned by Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Aloo. Taking third place was Zaid Al Waseel (Vitorio TO x Ultra Fancy BX) with 90.3 points, bred and owned by Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Fahad Bin Ghaith. Validoro (Polidor FC x CR Lilly) took fourth with 90.2 points points, bred by Eric England and owned by Al Sayed Stud. Taking fifth was Safeer Al Mshalia (Wadee Al Shaqab x Shaklan Lady) with 90.1 points, bred by Brunelli Marcello and owned by Meshal Bin Srour Al Zaidi of Al Mshalia Stud.

 
Gabel Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Meqbilat Athbah)

The final class of the day was won by Gabel Athbah (EKS Alihandro x Meqbilat Athbah) with a score of 91.8 points, bred and owned by Athbah Stud. In second place was Samran II (Aja Justified x CC Pssaaz) with 91.3 points, bred by Athbah Stud and owned by Mohamed Bin Ziad Al Shibane. Taking third was Singaar Gharnatah (Shamal Al Khalediah x SG Marwah) with 90.8 points, bred and owned by Naser Bin Klifeekh Al Hajeri. With two horses scoring 90.7 points, Mashhur Al Jlaweah (Eden C x Stephana W) took fourth place on type, bred by Al Jalawiyah Stud and owned by Mansour Meqham Jar Allah Al Meqham. Sultan AM (Emerald J x Abha Sabiya) took fifth, bred by Al Mohamadia Stud and owned by Abdulaziz Ahmed Abdullah Alfouzan of the Tala Stud.

 
Zaher Al Muawd (Equator x Espinilla)

With the classes finishing quite late in the evening, we headed back to our hotel. The quality of the fillies and colts had been extremely good and we were looking forward to seeing the remainder of the colts, the senior mares and stallions and the desert-breds the following day.

Thursday’s classes commenced at 12pm with the final two-year old colt class. Zaher Al Muawd (Equator x Espinilla) took first place with 91.3 points. He was bred by Al Muawd Stud and owned by Mubarak Hamdan Rashed Alkhashab Alresheed. Fahd Al Tinhat (Shanghai EA x Barbarella RV) took second with 91.2 points, bred and owned by Al Tinhat Stud. In third place was Ghazal Al Salman (Lazaal x MG Monisa) with 91 points, bred by Abud Rab Al Rasool bin Ali Al Salman and owned by Essam Ali Yasin Al Salman. Bassam AM (Shannan El Madan x Yulana Psy) came in fourth with 90.9 points, bred by Al Mohamadia Stud and owned by Abdullah Omar S Balhaddad of Najem Stud. Ibn Tahia (Eden C x Tahiat Athbah) was fifth with 90.7 points, bred by Athbah Stud and owned by Hadi Bin Abdullah Al Abood of Al Hadi Stud.

 
Duchess of Davinci (Da Vinci FM x Duchess of Marwan)

The mares four-to-six years old class was also split. The first class saw a tie for the win with the prize going to Duchess of Davinci (Da Vinci FM x Duchess of Marwan) on type with 92.1 points. She was bred by Sally J Bredeker of the USA and owned by Hamad Bin Mohammed Bin Suliman Al Rajhi of Al Rajhia Stud. Eshila (Kahil Al Shaqab x Estaka), bred by Krzysztof Gozdzialski of Poland and also owned by Al Rajhia Stud took second place. In third was Wajdiya LNJ (Migelad III x Aj Waad) with 91.4 points, bred by Al Linjawi Stud and owned by Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Manea, Al Washm Stud. Winning by type to take fourth place was Khadija Al Khalediah (El Palacio VO x IM Kadidja Cathare) with 91.3 points, bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Maheebat Al Janadriyah (Master Design GA x Maha V) came fifth, also with 91.3, bred by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdulla Bin Abdul Aziz A and owned by Suliman Bin Abdullah Bin Saleem.

 
Delight’s Divah RB (Ajman Moniscione x Honey’s Delight RB)

The second class of mares four-to-six years section was won by the beautiful Delight’s Divah RB (Ajman Moniscione x Honey’s Delight RB) with 93.2. She was bred by Adrinan Espindola B De Moura of Brazil and is owned by Al Sayed Stud. Taking second was Cap Bianca (Shanghai EA x Arabians Blanca) with 92 points, bred by Ganaderia Pedro Pedro Carriedo Cubillas of Spain and owned by Al Nassar Stud. Taking third on type marks was DSA Baby Dhall (Mishaal HP x DSA Hey Baby) with 91.5 points, bred by Jerry and Annette Boles (USA) and owned by Al Tinhat Stud. In fourth place was Tahani Al Khaled (MCA Magnum Gold x LC Tornita), also with 91.5, bred and owned by Al Khaled Farm. Manart Sudair (Shael Dream Desert x Magnificent Lady J) took fifth with 91.4 points, bred by Jadem Arabians of Belgium and owned by Mohamad Bin Abdullah Al Shabanat.

Abdan III (Saqer Dirab x Rayanah Al Reem)

In the mares seven-to-nine years class, Ghazalat Al Khalediah (PA Gazsi x Argentinina SS) took first with 92.5 points. She was bred by Pannonia Arabians and Davina Arabians of the USA, and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Gaining two 20s for type secured Stephana W (RFI Maktub x Apartana Ludfour) a second place with 91.7 points. Bred by Agropecuaria Lufour, she is owned by Al Tinhat Stud. Mahaya LNJ (Shael Dream Desert x Anastasia Cristal), bred by Freeland Farm LLC of the USA and owned by Mohammed Al Mostafa Mahmmod Ali Azzouz, took third also with 91.7 points. Taking fourth with 91.5 was Euforia J (QR Marc x Europe’s Pride J), bred by Jadem Arabians and owned by Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Shabanat. In fifth was Aria Aubrey (Pyro Thyme SA x Sephora) with 91.1 points, bred by Red Tail Arabians (USA) and owned by Ali Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al Ali.

 
Norma (Gazal Al Shaqab x Nina

Taking the ring by storm was the beautiful Norma (Gazal Al Shaqab x Nina) in the mares ten-years and over class. Bred by Michałow Stud in Poland and owned by Badr Mohammed Saad Al Darees, she scored 93 points including three 20s for type. In second was SA Minerva (Royal Colours x Cicilla) with 91.7 points, bred by Scipioni Angelo and owned by Alkhashab Stud. Emira SVA (Jevra SVA x A S Shahwan) took third with 91.4 points, bred by Valley Arabians, Mr L Jenkens, and owned by Enaya Stud. In fourth was Ahlam Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab x Moniet Al Oshaak) with 91.3 points, bred by Al Shaqab Stud of Qatar and owned by Al Sahraa Stud. In fifth was Athenaa (Ashhal Al Rayyan x Ass Windi) with 91.2 points, bred by Delyth Gamlin of the UK and owned by Al Khalediah Stables.

By now, the sun was beginning to set and the floodlights were switched on at the start of the stallion classes. It always seems to get dark very quickly in the Middle East.

 
Hailat Al Aaridh (Laith Dirab x Al Hadmaa)

Nesj El Machiatto (Ajman Moniscione x Nesj El Khimala) took first in the stallion four-to-six years class, with 92 points. He was bred by Nesj Arabians of Belgium and is owned by Al Mohamadia Stud. Winning by type to take second was D Raad (Royal Colours x HJ Romancing Fame) with 91.2 points, bred by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud and owned by Al Mshalia Stud. Taking third was HF Santiago De Magnifique (Magic Magnifique x Gazals Serina) with 91.2 points, bred by Wilda Wilsolan and owned by Abdulaziz Bin Ibrahim Alajlan. Magic of Shawan (FA El Shawan x WA Priscilla) took fourth place winning by type with 91 points, bred and owned by Al Sakab Stables. Jalaad LNJ (Migelad III x Maleehat Albidayer) took fifth on movement, also with a score of 91. He is bred and owned by Al Linjawi Stud.

In the stallions seven-to-nine years class, Razi Al Khalediah (Marquis CAHR x Halah) took first with 92.3 points, bred and owned by Al Khalediah Stables. Taking second was Muhtar Al Shgair (BS Paparazzi x Syrena), with 91.2 points, bred by Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul-Malik Al Al-Sheikh and owned by Al Majd Stud. Mansour VII (Padrons Immage x Daleelah) took third with 90.6 points, bred by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdulla bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Al Janadriya Farm, and owned by Abdulrahman Bin Mohammed bin Naser Al Dawood. Ibn Jameelat Al Khalediah (Moutaz Al Biwaibiya x Jameelat Al Khalidiah) took fourth with 90.4 points, bred and owned Al Khalediah Stables. In fifth was Marwan Psyche (Marwan Al Magnifficoo x TLA Miss Charisma) with 90.3 points. Bred by J Lancaster Havice of the USA, he is owned by Abd Al Elah Bin Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al Mousa.

 
Shahra Athbah (Kheraisan Athbah x Afeesah)

The final stallion class, for stallions ten-years and over, was won by Marquis CAHR (Marwan Al Shaqab x Rohara Magnifica) who scored 93.3 points, including seven 20s from the judges! Marquis CAHR was bred by Dr R Graham and Sandra Powell of Canada and is owned by Al Khalediah. Abha Qatar (Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjkalba) took second with 92.9 points, bred by Ganaderia Ses Planes of Mallorca and owned by Al Asool Stud. BG Marcus (Khidar x J and J Aqina) took third with 91.6 points, bred by Ben Goossens and owned by Muhammed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Majed. Savio (Dreamcatcher SMF x Om El Shadina) came in fourth with 91.2 points, bred by Om El Arab of the USA and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud. Finally, in fifth, was Shannan El Madan (Shael Dream Desert x Perla K) with 90.9 points, bred by Pedro Francisco Do Amaral and owned by Al Washm Stud.

We had seen some incredible horses and it was going to be an interesting championship. The final classes for the day were the KSA desert-bred horses, who were judged on the comparative system, with the fillies in the ring first.

 
Najlaa El Jazeera (Turki III x Kharisah)

Shahra Athbah (Kheraisan Athbah x Afeesah) took the Gold with 28 points, bred and owned by Athbah Stud. Silver went to Najlaa El Jazeera (Turki III x Kharisah) with 16 points, bred and owned by Turki Bin Muhmed Bin Zaid Al Shaibani. The judged selection for bronze went to Hailat Al Aaridh (Laith Dirab x Al Hadmaa) scoring 12 points, bred and owned by Majid Bin Hassen Al Ghashyan, Marbat Al Areed.

 
Ghatas Al Awjaa (Matlooq Al Yameen Al Aziziya x Ghatasat Al Awjaa)

There was a prayer break before the next class, which was the KSA desert-bred colts three-years and under. The Gold Champion was Sultan Athbah (Drea II x Felwa Athbah) with a score of 30 points, bred and owned by Athbah Stud. The Silver went to Ghatas Al Awjaa (Matlooq Al Yameen Al Aziziya x Ghatasat Al Awjaa) with 22 points, bred and owned by Mubarak Bin Salih Al Qahtani, Al Awjaa Stud. Bronze went to Abdan III (Saqer Dirab x Rayanah Al Reem) with 12 points, bred by Ayed Bin Hadi Bin Misfer Al-Qahtani and owned by Meshal Bin Meshari Al Shibani.

 
Joharah Athbah (Dira El Sahraa x Mawaddah)

The KSA desert-bred mares four-years and older were next to take to the ring. Taking the Gold was a very good looking and substantial grey mare Joharah Athbah (Dira El Sahraa x Mawaddah) with 30 points. She was bred and owned by Athbah Stud. Al Majdh (Laith Dirab x Majeedah) took Silver with 24 points, bred and owned Majid Bin Hassen Al Ghashyan, Marbat Al Areed. Reef Dirab (Khaleel Dirab x Barqat Dirab) took Bronze with 18 points, bred and owned the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Center at Dirab. This was an excellent class of mares.

   
Kheraisan Athbah and Fahad Athbah Kheraisan Athbah (Drea II x Mandouba)
 
Laith Dirab (Rezaiq x Layan Dirab)

Ten stallions took to the ring for the KSA desert-bred stallions four-years and older class with the rather majestic six-year old grey, Kheraisan Athbah (Drea II x Mandouba) taking the Gold with 28 points. Again, he was bred and owned by Athbah Stud. Fahad Athbah (Namar x Mandouba) went Silver with 22 points, also bred and owned by Athbah Stud. Bronze went to Laith Dirab (Rezaiq x Layan Dirab) with 20 points, bred by the King Abdul Aziz Arabian Horse Center at Dirab and owned by Majid Bin Hassen Al Ghashyan, Marbat Al Areed.

Friday was championship day, with the classes starting after lunch. First in was the Yearling Filly Championship, with 12 fillies forward. Taking the Gold Yearling Filly Championship was the beautiful bay Rshediah Alkhashab. Silver went to Haifa ED while Bronze was awarded to Ebaa Athbah.

 
Venice M

There were eight colts forward for the Yearling Colt Championship, and the Gold went to Hilal Al Khalediah. Mishaal AM took Silver while Ghazal Linjawi took the Bronze.

There were eight fillies forward for the Junior Female Championship. The favourite was the beautiful Venice MI, and she took the Gold. Silver went to Mawada Al Khaled, with Mayar IV awarded the Bronze.

There were nine colts forward for the Junior Male Championship, each looking spectacular, their coats gleaming in the setting sun. Taking the Gold was Gabel Athbah. Imhotep Rach was in Silver, while Bronze went to Zaher Al Muawd.

With 12 beautiful mares forward for the Senior Female Championship, it was wonderful to see Delight’s Divah RB take the Gold. Silver went to Norma and the Bronze to Duchess of Davinci.

While the celebrations were going on in the main arena, another ceremony was also taking place, a prizegiving for the various sponsors and officials. The Arabian Magazine was honoured to receive a special award in recognition of attendance as media to the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Centre Championship Show 2017; thank you.

The final championship of the show was the Senior Male Championship. Taking the Gold was Marquis CAHR with Abha Qatar in Silver, only just behind on the judges’ cards. Bronze went to Razi Al Khalediah, making it a double celebration for Al Khalediah Stables as father and son took titles.

It had been a lovely show with many beautiful horses, in a beautiful setting. The judges worked very hard and it was a particularly long day on the Thursday, getting quite cold in the evening.

Special thanks for the organisation of the show must go to the Show Supervisor Dr Abdul Ghaniy Y M Alfadhl, the Director General of King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Center and Show Manager Mr Turki Al-Khalti, Head of Public Relations, Ceremonies and Media Mr Abdulaziz Al-Muqbil, International Coordinator and Substantive and Technical Support, Eng. Obada Zabadi.

Once more, this show was organised by the King Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Center under the supervision of The Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture in Saudi Arabia.

This really is a superb show, one of my favourites, and it is always an honour and a pleasure to return.

 
Venice M

 

 

 

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