First published in The Arabian Breeders’ Magazine Volume I Issue III March 2017.
Celebrating the Champions – D Ajayeb.
The lovely filly D Ajayeb has already enjoyed a remarkable show career, in spite of just turning two in January this year. She has already won five of the major titles available in the showing world over the past 12 months – three of the major titles in Europe while still a yearling, and then the biggest prize in the Middle East as both a yearling and a two-year-old.
D Ajayeb is a very feminine grey filly bred and owned by the Dubai Arabian Horse Stud in the United Arab Emirates. Many of us first became aware of her at the 2016 Dubai International Arabian Horse Championships last March. There, this very elegant filly showed beautifully to take the Yearling Filly Championship; and since then, there has been no stopping her.
D Ajayeb is by RFI Farid, a stallion that would end 2016 As Leading Sire of the World Championships thanks, in part, to the win of this lovely filly. By RFI Maktub (Atlam Yshmayl x
RFI Fayara El Shiraz), RFI Farid has very different bloodlines to many of the modern-day stallions, and he is the current horse of choice for many breeders around the world. D Ajayeb’s dam is Ladi Veronika (Versace x Nisrs Natevka), who has enjoyed much success in the show-ring with the Dubai Arabian Stud, including taking the Bronze Senior Female Championship title in Paris, where D Ajayeb would later excel.
Having commanded the ring in Dubai last March, D Ajayeb made the journey to Europe, taking to the famed beaches of the Menton Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Horse Championships. There again, she was victorious and she added her first golden garland of Europe to her collection.
D Ajayeb. Credit Sweet Photography.
The All Nations’ Cup in Aachen was the next show for this very elegant filly, and once more, she won her class. On Sunday’s championship, with the heat of the arena rising around her, D Ajayeb won the Gold Yearling Filly title for a third time that year. A star was very definitely in the making.
The final show of 2016, and D Ajayeb’s yearling year, was the Paris World Championships. Both her sire and dam are multiple champions, and both had taken Bronze World Championship titles at this show. The pressure was definitely on, but once more D Ajayeb took everything in her stride to be named Gold World Champion Yearling Filly, the most prestigious individual prize on the European showing circuit.
D Ajayeb returned to the Middle East once more and, now two years of age, she returned to the scene of her first golden title, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championships. Now two years of age, D Ajayeb won her class and went into Saturday’s championship to compete against three-year olds. No one need have worried whether this filly could compete at that level, as D Ajayeb was named unanimous Junior Female Champion.
At just two years of age, and to have already won so many top titles, is a huge accomplishment for this filly. There surely will be much, much more to come from her, and one wonders whether she might be the first Dubai Arabian Horse Stud to compete in the US, such is quality and ability. For now, however, we can all look forward to seeing D Ajayeb grace the show-rings of Europe once more as our attention turns to this part of the world for the coming season.