CHANTILLY 2015 ECHOES OF THE PAST, PROMISE OF THE FUTURE
by Theresa Cardamone
The setting for the Arabian Horse Organizationâ€™s (AHO) annual event in Chantilly is truly a step back in time. Embraced by the historic palace of the same name, the grounds, like the building itself, are remarkably French. Meticulous gardens and immaculate green lawns provide the perfect backdrop to the festivities. The atmosphere is both regal and joyous as Arabian breeders from all over Europe and the Middle East present their best in this finest of venues. 214 | A R A BI A N HOR SE T I MES
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Two discreet shows, the AHO Breeders’ Championship Europe and the AHO World Cup, take place. Scheduling the European-focused Breeders’ Championship back-to-back with the International draw of the World Cup creates a sense of pride in the participants at both shows. The high concentration of beautiful horses that filled the rosters of each was a testament to the success of that strategy. Christine Jamar should be lauded for her success as the owner/breeder of both the Gold Champion Filly and the Gold Champion Mare of the Breeders’ Championship. She has mastered the art of evolving contemporary horses from her fantastic foundational bloodstock from 37 years at her Jadem Arabians.
title was the elegant Aja Carrera, a daughter of ZT Marwteyn and Aja Carina, bred and owned by Malcolm and Jane Hickford of Aja Arabians in the UK, and shown by Frank Spönle. Like Jamar, the Hickfords are European breeders with decades of experience and success behind their decisions. The AHO World Cup resulted in an impressive roster of international champions. Gold Champion Yearling Filly was Mozn Al Bidayer, a splendid daughter of SMA Magic One and the gorgeous Mattaharii. She represents the merging of the type and attitude of
Jamar’s Gold Champion Mare Mississippi J, a daughter of QR Marc out of Magnificent Lady J, carries a strong dam line rooted in the Bask/Comet cross, flavored with the right amount of exotic infusion from QR Marc. Gold Champion Filly Paris J, by Jadem-bred Emerald J and out of Palabra, has a tail female line to the magnificent Pilarka. Frederick Van Sas presented both champions. Stealing the hearts of the crowd, along with the Gold Champion Yearling Filly Volume 46, No. 5 | 215
Padron, with the form and function of Bask. Bred and owned by Albidayer Stud, Mozn Al Bidayer was beautifully presented by Barry Shepherd. Gold Champion Filly was Deem AM, by Abha Qatar and out of the WH Justice daughter Abha Opalina. In a hotly contested battle, Deem AM edged out Zennyatta for the victory on behalf of HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Saud. Gold Champion Mare Salwa Al Zobair, emerged triumphant in a very strong class. By Marajj and out of the Eukaliptus daughter Esklawa, Salwa Al Zobair is yet another champion to blend the modernity of Al Shaqab breeding through her sire with a strong Polish dam line that includes the incredibly beautiful Eskapada.
Gold Champion Colt Aja Wictor.
Amaar Al Nasser, by EKS Alihandro, has a tail female infusion of the greatest mares in Russian breeding including Pesnia and Taktika, to add to his Egyptian blood. He wowed the judges, walking out the Gold Champion Yearling Colt with Glenn Schoukens leading. Gold Champion Stallion ES Harir is linebred to both Padron and Bask. A son of AJ Dinar, who is by WH Justice, ES Harir is out of TS Magnums Magic, by Magnum Psyche. This young stallion holds great promise for owner Al Saqran Arabians. No less impressive was the Gold Champion Colt Cadance PA, a double-Versace bay also owned by Al Saqran, who dominated the male division with a Midas touch. As the four-day event drew to a close, it was clear to all, that through scrupulous breeding practices and unflagging dedication, European and Middle Eastern breeders continue to set new standards of excellence in creating the worldâ€™s finest Arabian horses.
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Gold Champion Yearling Filly Mozn Al Bidayer.
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AHO BREEDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP EUROPE—
Gold Champion Stallion MAHDER AL JAMAL (Nader Al Jamal x Mahity El Jamaal), bred by Jean Mattens and owned by The Madher Group.
Gold Champion Mare MISSISSIPPI J (QR Marc x Magnificent Lady J), bred and owned by Christine Jamar. Volume 46, No. 5 | 217
Gold Champion Colt AJA WICTOR (Emerald J x JB Wizcaya), bred and owned by Malcolm and Jane Hickford.
Gold Champion Filly PARIS J (Emerald J x Palabra), bred and owned by Christine Jamar.
Gold Champion Yearling Colt WORTEX KALLISTE (Shanghai EA x Mirwanah Kalliste), bred and owned by Kalliste Arabians.
Gold Champion Yearling Filly AJA CARRERA (ZT Marwteyn x Aja Carina), bred and owned by Malcolm and Jane Hickford.
AHO WORLD CUPâ€” Gold Champion Stallion E.S. HARIR (AJ Dinar x TS Magnums Magic), bred by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Majid Alqassemi and owned by Al Saqran Stud.
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Gold Champion Mare SALWA AL ZOBAIR (Marajj x Esklawa), bred and owned by Al Zobair Stud.
Gold Champion Colt CADANCE PA (Cavalli x Donatella), bred by Pegasus Arabians and owned by Al Saqran Stud.
Gold Champion Filly DEEM AM (Abha Qatar x Abha Opalina), bred and owned by Al Mohamadia Stud.
Gold Champion Yearling Colt AMAAR AL NASSER (EKS Alihandro x Reema Al Nasser), bred and owned by Al Nasser Stud.
Gold Champion Yearling Filly MOZN AL BIDAYER (SMA Magic One x Mattaharii), bred and owned by Albidayer Stud. n Volume 46, No. 5 | 219