2009 World Championships: A Unique Triumph for Egyptian Arabians
By Arlene Magid-Williams
The World Championship show in Paris is the final glittering jewel of the European show calendar, an event that attracts a stellar group of competitors as well as spectators who come to see the best of the best. The prestige of a win in Paris is like no other, even a class ribbon is a triumph in such deep waters.
The 2009 World Championship show saw a unique achievement for Egyptian Arabians as for the first time straight Egyptian stallions were named World Champion and World Reserve Champion. This year the terminology of championship classes under the auspices of ECAHO (the governing body for shows in Europe and the Middle East) changed. A Champion at an ECAHO sanctioned show is now known as the Gold Champion, a Reserve Champion is the Silver Champion, and the third place horse is designated as the Bronze Champion.
Named World Gold Champion Stallion was the stunning Royal Colours, who was bred by Sherry and Matthew Zischkau of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A. He was sold to Italy in 2005 and then to his current owner, Dubai Arabian Horse Stud of the United Arab Emirates, in June 2009. Royal Colours is no stranger to top level wins, as he was the 2006 World Junior Champion Colt and in 2009 was also named Dubai International Gold Champion Stallion. Royal Colours has begun a promising career as a sire as well, with Royal EL Aziz the Italian National Silver Champion Colt, CS Amay the Italian National Silver Champion Filly, TF Lady Royal named Gold Champion Filly at the Akragas show in Italy, and Antar FG twice named Silver Champion Colt at shows in Italy in 2009. Royal Colours is a son of True Colours, a previous class winner at the Paris show who was also named a Most Classic Head winner there. Royal Colours is a grandson of U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion Thee Desperado and Canadian Top Ten Stallion and National winner sire The Elixir. Through his dam he has an additional line to Thee Desperado and to multi Top Ten Stallion The Minstril, sire of Thee Desperado, making him linebred to both The Minstril (3 lines) and Thee Desperado.
The World Silver Champion Stallion is the much-decorated *Al Lahab GASB, who has 13 major championships at shows in Europe, the Middle East and America to his credit. Previously he was Supreme Champion at the American Egyptian Event, the U.K. International show, and the World Championship Show (all in 2006). In 2009 *Al Lahab GASB was also named Mediterranean Champion Stallion in Menton, France, Nations Cup Champion Stallion in Germany. He was bred by Uri Ariely of Israel and sold to his current owners, Inge and Hans-Jurgen Friedmann, when he was a five year old. Like Royal Colours, he is a grandson of Thee Desperado and is linebred to The Minstril on the dam side of his pedigree. *Al Lahab is by the glorious international champion stallion *Laheeb IASB, a son of the first straight Egyptian stallion to be named World Champion Stallion, the unforgettable Imperial Imdal.
*Al Lahab GASB is now an international sire of champions. His son El Palacio VO was named World Bronze Champion Colt after a superb show career in the Middle East which included Gold Champion Colt titles at the Abu Dhabi National Show, the Dubai International Show and the Qatar International Show as well as Silver Champion Colt at the Sharjah National Show and the U.K. International Show prior to his Parisian win. Another *Al Lahab GASB son, GR Lahari, is the 2009 Egyptian International Bronze Champion Stallion. His son FS Alabaster was Bronze Champion Colt at the 2009 Wales and West Show in the U.K. Another son, El Sid, was the Gold Champion Stallion at the 2009 Scandanavian Championship Show. His son Authentic Mahab was named Bronze Champion Colt at the 2009 Strohen competition in Germany, and another son, Al Milan, is the 2009 German Bronze Champion Stallion. The *Al Lahab daughter Mahala was named 2009 Egyptian International Gold Champion Mare and Gold Champion Mare at the Orientalica Show in Germany.
Two other Egyptian influenced horses placed at the World Championship show this year. Poganin, a paternal brother to *Al Lahab GASB, was named a World Top Ten Stallion for the third time (he won his class at Paris in 2007). He was also previously the 2007 Polish National Champion Stallion. He was bred and is owned by Polandís Janow Podlawski Stud. Like *Al Lahab, he is an international sire of champions, with his son Kabsztad capturing major titles in the Middle East and Europe. The other Egyptian related winner at Paris was Jamilla Al Zobair, a daughter of the straight Egyptian stallion Ashhal Al Rayyan and was bred by the Al Zobair Stud of the U.A.E and is now owned by Al Khaledian Stud in Saudi Arabia. Her other major win in 2009 was Gold Champion Mare at the UK International Show.
Congratulations to all the winners!
2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
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