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2019 All Nations Cup & German Nationals A AC H E N, G E R M A N Y S E P T E M B E R 27 – 29, 2019

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St o r y by Betty Finke, P h ot og ra ph s b y Betty Finke and Alessio Azzali

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f you went to Aachen the last three years, you’d be pardoned for thinking (three times in a row) — “How on Earth are they going to top that?” The show had swollen into a four-day extravaganza that involved three separate shows, an auction, singing, and laser shows. Where do you go from there? This year the answer was obvious: back to essentials. Back to a three-day horse show, minus the trappings. Since last year, the All Nations Cup and the European Breeders Trust have parted ways, and it was the latter that had been responsible for all the extras. So, gone were the European Futurity, the auction, the laser show, the

singers, the “vote & win,” and the “Festival” added to the name. While it made for a less spectacular weekend, it did put the focus back where it belongs: on the horses. Those of us who go there to see the horses had no problem with that. There were lots of beautiful horses to see and enjoy, whether you watched the halter or the sports competitions.

T H E GE R M A N N AT ION A L S The German Arabian Registry celebrated its 70th anniversary this year. While this was not reflected in any dramatic rise of entries in the Nationals classes, the quality was excellent and there were quite a few entries from breeders that are not among the usual

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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Senior Stallion SHANGHAI EA (WH Justice x Salymah EA), owned by Ajman Stud, UAE. bottom right:

All Nations Cup Silver Champion Senior Stallion SHADI AL KHALEDIAH (F Shamaal x Layan Al Khalediah), owned by Reza Allahdadi, Iran.

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“big names,” including some newcomers. What’s more, they did very well and it was a very good day for small breeders. Before we get to those small breeders, the most successful exhibitor was, once again, Sax Arabians, who managed to win a title in each category – two Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze. All with homebred horses sired not by the usual “flavor of the day” stallions, but (with one exception) by their own homebred sires. Marshan (Meshan Ibn Kubinec x Marni), a striking copper bay with extravagant action who will be familiar to all regular Aachen visitors (he was National Champion Stallion in 2015), sired no less than two Gold winners this year: Gold Champion Junior Female Elisha Bint Marshan (out of Essdreama) and Gold Champion Senior Stallion Elshaan (out of Elena Bint Europe). Both of them were Gold Champion Foals in previous years — Elisha, who is a granddaughter of the fabulous Triple Crown winning Essteema, in 2016, and Elshaan, almost a carbon copy of his sire with the

All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Senior Stallion ATIUS O (Shahim Al Nakeeb x Atia Cone), owned by Jas Stud, South Africa.

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same extravagant way of moving, in 2015. Keeping it all in the family, Marshan’s lovely full sister Malala – who is basically a female version – won the Silver Champion mare title. Sax Arabians’ junior sire Lamandro (EKS Alihandro x Lamana) also got a winner, the pretty grey colt Essandro, last year’s Gold Champion Foal, who won his class and was named Bronze Champion Junior Male. The only Sax champion by an outside stallion was the Silver Champion foal, Aziza Aarmaani, a lovely black filly by the young black stallion LF Aarmaan Vittorio (Magic Magnifique x LF Aliyyah Vivendi) out of Monira Bint Amir. The two foal classes used to be well-filled in previous years, but this year there were so few that

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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Senior Mare MAISA AL NASSER (Sinan Al Rayyan x Zenubia Al Nasser), owned by Al Nasser Stud, Qatar. bottom left:

All Nations Cup Silver Champion Senior Mare ALSA (Kahil Al Shaqab x Alameda), owned by Ajman Stud, UAE. bottom right:

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All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Senior Mare WILDONA (Shanghai EA x Wilda), owned by Al Sheikh Stud, Israel.

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two-year-old Bel Mayleen (AJ Mardan x Maryse OS), a very stylish filly that still needs to grow into her frame. Sax’s Essandro, as already mentioned, won his class, but had to be content with the Bronze Title. Gold went to the colt that initially placed second by a very thin margin, CP Djuliano (Shanghai EA x CP Djulietta by AJ Mardan), bred and owned in partnership by Claudia Polte-Welbers and Frank Spönle. Claudia is a genuine small breeder with only a few horses, all descending from the El Shaklan daughter Dalila II, whom she acquired from Om El Arab in the 1980s. CP Djuliano represents the fourth generation from Dalila II. Silver went to the winner of the two- and three-year-old colt class, CBA Mattheus (Fadi Al Shaqab x Maharani CF by Psytadel), bred and owned by Claus Bouché. Unusually (but, as we shall see, setting a trend this year), the Gold Champion Senior Mare was a straight Egyptian: GE Maysoun (GR Amaretto x GR Maimun), bred and owned by Klaus

there was just a small filly class and no colts. The Gold Champion here was the weanling Bourhani Bellavera (RFI Farid x Bourhani Fadissima), bred and owned by Hannelore Bourdeaux, with Sax’s Aziza Aarmaani taking Silver, and Bronze going to the Ismer Stud’s IS En Vogue (Ascot DD x IS Epalla) – all three of them top quality fillies that could have been placed in any order. The Ismer Stud took the Silver Junior Female title with their yearling IS Emini, a look-alike daughter of Ascot DD out of IS Emina by Gazwan Al Nasser. Dr. Nils Ismer leased Ascot DD for two seasons and, after getting excellent results, is now the stallion’s co-owner and stands him at his stud. Bronze went to Beluga Arabians’ homebred

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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Junior Colt EKS FARAJJ (Ibn Farid x EKS Bint Helwah), owned by Al Khashab Stud, Kuwait. bottom right:

All Nations Cup Silver Champion Junior Colt HL EL GANADOR (HP Shakir TE x Lonco Bay Maria), owned by Hanaya Stud, Switzerland.

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Buchberger. This lovely white mare, like many straight Egyptians, has taken some time to mature, but now she has really come into her own – beating the likes of Malala is no mean feat! Both her parents were bred by the late Erwin Escher, who accompanied the All Nations Cup and numerous other shows as a photographer for many years and who is still sadly missed. The Bronze Champion mare provided another success for a small breeder, Henrich Andreas Keller of KF Arabians, and his foundation mare DG Schamila. She is by the straight Egyptian Sahib, of Dr. Nagel’s breeding, out of the straight Russian HK Kamria. The stallion championship was a real highlight this year, with far more competition than in previous years. It was by no means an easy win for Elshaan, who also happened to be the youngest competitor. The Silver and Bronze winners deserve special mention, though, not just for the fact that they are father and son: Arian Shah (Jonathan El Ludjin x LM Alisha) and Camar

All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Junior Colt D IBN RASHEEM (FA El Rasheem x Angeliccah), owned by Iosif Mertyris, Greece.

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Qbinec (Arian Shah x Qair Un Nissa), owned (and in one case bred) by Corinna Knaack-Lindemann, who doesn’t normally go to halter shows. Corinna runs Camelot Arabians in Northern Germany, where she breeds purebred Arabians, AngloArabians, and Trakehners, naturally with an emphasis on riding qualities. Both stallions have passed their performance test; in fact Camar Qbinec had done so quite recently, winning the stallion performance test at Marbach with excellent scores. These are not the kind of horses you normally see at shows. Arian Shah, who was bred by Ferdinand Huemer in Austria, is a big horse with the kind of bone hardly ever seen in an age that appears to favor matchstick legs. He is

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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Junior Filly ALGAMRA (AJ Portofino x Ava Maryia), owned by Al Sheikh Stud, Israel. bottom left:

All Nations Cup Silver Champion Junior Filly LR ERA DE EXCALIBUR (Excalibur EA x LR Expected Beauty), owned by Alsayed Stud, Saudi Arabia. bottom right:

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All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Junior Filly A VISION MI (Allegiance MI x Always Valentine MI), owned by Albidayer Stud, UAE.

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change to see horses like this honored with titles.

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The All Nations Cup may have lost the “Festival” title and attendant trappings, but one thing it didn’t lose was entries. Where last year it was 119 horses representing 15 nations, it was now almost entirely of American breeding, with two 134 horses representing 21 nations – a notable rise close crosses to Ali Jamaal and Bey Shah. His son both in participating horses and participating is very different in countries. This despite type, being out of a the fact that some “THE ALL NATIONS CUP MAY HAVE LOST THE ‘FESTIVAL’ TITLE AND ATTENDANT Kubinec daughter with prominent exhibitors of TRAPPINGS, BUT ONE THING IT DIDN’T LOSE WAS ENTRIES. WHERE LAST YEAR a Spanish dam line. the past few years, like IT WAS 119 HORSES REPRESENTING 15 NATIONS, IT WAS NOW 134 HORSES He has his name for a Dubai Arabian Stud, REPRESENTING 21 NATIONS – A NOTABLE RISE BOTH IN PARTICIPATING reason: when he was were absent. It also HORSES AND PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES.” a foal and still might come as a chestnut, he looked surprise that the just like Kubinec, and now, despite having turned largest contingents of horses did not come from the grey, he still does. Also, coming straight from his Middle East, but from European countries, namely performance test, he was fighting fit rather than Poland (24) and Great Britain (16), followed by in show condition; in fact neither stallion had been Kuwait (15) and the Emirates (13). Newcomers this year included Greece, Lebanon, and Iran, with one trained or conditioned for showing. It makes a nice

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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Yearling Colt DOSAR ALSAYED (Validoro x Delights Divah RB), owned by Alsayed Stud, Saudi Arabia, and Silver Champion Yearling Colt ELR FERDINAND (Morion x Fahrinna), owned by Al Faisaly Stud, Saudi Arabia. bottom right:

horse each. And in the case of Greece and Iran, that single horse even won a medal. On the other hand, there was not a single German entry this year. While it seems strange to have no competitors from the host country, it does reflect the growing dissatisfaction of German breeders with the international showing scene. It isn’t that they don’t have the horses; two horses that were bred in Germany made the Top Five of their class and qualified for the finals, and none of the National Gold Champions of the previous day would have looked out of place. Whether they would have won in this company is another question, but at least in the Netherlands, Israel, and Kuwait. The Kuwaiti team other European countries some exhibitors are still deserves extra points for singing loudly (and well) happy to simply be a part of a show of this caliber, along to their national anthem, which is a first for this even though they have little or no chance of actually show! So there was some getting a medal. So kudos to singing after all. them, especially the “THE JUNIOR FILLY CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE HOTLY CONTESTED, The gelding classes were amateurs. This, after all, is BUT IN THE MAIN A DUEL BETWEEN TWO GREY BEAUTIES.” back again, fairly small this the show which has time but with some champions even down in the outstanding horses. The gelding championship last places. brought the only Gold win for a European country, Twenty-one nations make for a very international which went the winner of the senior class, EM Polar show indeed, and the championships were also nicely (Lumiar Amadeus x Pepreszka by Ekstern). Bred by divided among many different countries. During the Bernard van der Putte in Belgium and owned by finals, the only national anthem that was heard twice Teresa Van Nes of Holland, this 10-year-old was that of the Emirates, which got two Gold fleabitten grey strongly reflected the Polish champions. One each went to Qatar, Saudi Arabia,

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All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Yearling Colt JASSID K.A. (QR Marc x Joumalia De Nautiac), owned by Knocke Arabians, Belgium.


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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Yearling Filly HDM BELLA CIAO (AJ Azzam x Rahafa Al Hawajer), owned by Ajman Stud, UAE. bottom left:

All Nations Cup Silver Champion Yearling Filly FAM DONATELLA (Dominic M x D Crystal Moon), owned by Al Jawaher Arabian Horse Stud, Kuwait. bottom right:

breeding on his dam’s side and got two 20s for movement. Silver went to Britain, to the reigning British National Champion Junior Gelding LME Raphael (Emerald J x Lavinias Design by Master Design GA), bred and owned by the Smith family and Elaine Clare. He is just a yearling, but he still managed to beat the more mature horses to win his class, which was for one- to five-year-olds. Bronze was awarded to the Michalow-bred El Emando (QR Marc x Emanda by Ecaho), leased and shown by Stefanie Bovens of Belgium, who is no stranger to the medal ranks. He was third in the senior class, but the horse that had beaten him there, Britain’s Prince Psyche, did not show so well in the finals. What really pushed up the number of entries was

the number of yearling fillies this year, which were divided into three classes. Many of them were the daughters of popular sires, but the one that beat all the rest to become Gold Champion was sired by a newcomer, AJ Azzam (AJ Mardan x Ysadora by Marwan Al Shaqab), who won a host of titles as a yearling in 2015, including the Triple Crown, but had not been seen since. HDM Bella Ciao (out of Rahafa Al Hawajer by RFI Farid) is his first foal to appear at Aachen. Bred by Haras del Mar in Spain and now owned by Ajman Stud, which bred and owns her sire, she was first on four of the six judges’ cards in the finals. She was also the winner of the very first class. The filly with the highest score, however, was the winner of the huge second yearling class, FAM Donatella (Dominic M x D Crystal Moon by DW Magnum Fame), an allAmerican filly owned by Al Jawaher Stud, also in the Emirates. She took Silver in the finals, followed in Bronze position by Adwaa Al Arab (Emerald J x HK Jojo RLC by HK Keav Power), bred and owned by

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All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Yearling Filly ADWAA AL ARAB (Emerald J x HK Jojo RLC), owned by Ali Bin Mohammed Ali Al Ali, Saudi Arabia.


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All Nations Cup Gold Champion Gelding EM POLAR (Lumiar Amadeus x Pepreszka), owned by Teresa van Nes, Luxembourg. bottom right:

All Nations Cup Bronze Champion Gelding EL EMANDO (QR Marc x Emanda), owned by DG Arabians, Germany, and leased by Stefanie Bovens.

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All Nations Cup Silver Champion Gelding LME RAPHAEL (Emerald J x Lavinias Design), owned by Armada Arabians, UK.

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(Validoro x Delights Diva RB by Ajman Moniscione), bred and owned by Al Sayed Stud of Saudi Arabia, who had placed second in his class by a very thin margin, whereas that class’s winner, Samjad Stud’s BV Samjad (RFI Farid x Ushuaia BV by Makisa Adaggio) from Lebanon went home without a medal. Silver again went to a secondAli Bin Mohammed Ali Al Ali of Saudi Arabia. Adwaa place winner, ELR Ferdinand (Morion x Fahrinna by Al Arab had been second in the third class by a very RFI Farid) from Al Faisali Stud, Saudi Arabia, while narrow margin; the class winner Lubna Al Firas that class’s winner, Knocke Arabians’ Jassid KA (QR (Marajj x S Lady Diana), bred and owned by Al Firas Marc x Joumalia de Stud/UAE, did not get a medal. With ten fillies in “WHAT REALLY PUSHED UP THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES WAS THE NUMBER Nautiac by Marajj) from Belgium, took Bronze in the ring in the finals, all of OF YEARLING FILLIES THIS YEAR, WHICH WERE DIVIDED INTO THREE the finals. Jassid KA had them stunningly beautiful, CLASSES. MANY OF THEM WERE THE DAUGHTERS OF POPULAR SIRES, had the highest score of it seems amazing that the BUT THE ONE THAT BEAT ALL THE REST TO BECOME GOLD all yearling colts. judges managed to get CHAMPION WAS SIRED BY A NEWCOMER.” The junior filly them sorted out at all. championships were hotly There were rather contested, but in the main a duel between two grey fewer yearling colts than fillies, with two fairly small beauties: three-year-old winner LR Era De Excalibur classes, and the finals brought some reshuffling of (Excalibur EA x LR Expected Beauty by Shael class results again. Gold went to Dosar Alsayed


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German National Gold Champion Senior Stallion ELSHAAN (Marshan x Elena Bint Europe), owned by Sax Arabians, Germany. FINKE

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German National Silver Champion Senior Stallion ARIAN SHAH (Jonathan El Ludjin x L.M. Alisha), owned by Camelot Arabians, Germany. bottom left:

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Dream Desert), an exquisite snow-white filly a b o v e : Monika and Reinhard Sax, of Sax Arabians, Germany, the most successful exhibitor at the who had been German Nationals. Gold Champion at Aachen as a yearling, and two-year-old Valentine MI by DA Valentino), a pretty and very newcomer Algamra (AJ Portofino x AVA Mariyah by refined chestnut bred by Mulawa Stud in Australia Eden C), who had also won her class. Both of them and now owned by Albidayer Stud, UAE. looked stunning in the finals. In the end three out of The junior male competitions saw the hotly the four judges in this championship saw Algamra anticipated return as Gold Champion “ALSO, COMING STRAIGHT FROM HIS PERFORMANCE TEST, HE WAS FIGHTING FIT RATHER THAN of Hanaya and LR Era de IN SHOW CONDITION; IN FACT NEITHER STALLION HAD BEEN TRAINED OR CONDITIONED FOR Arabians’ HL El Excalibur as Silver, Ganador (HP one of them SHOWING. IT MAKES A NICE CHANGE TO SEE HORSES LIKE THIS HONORED WITH TITLES.” Shakir TE x Lonco vice-versa. Bay Maria by HP Emir), the colt that had swept all Algamra, who is bred in the U.S., is owned by before him as yearling, then disappeared for a year, Mohammed Sheikh Suliman of Israel, and LR Era De and come back this year to win Gold at Menton Excalibur, bred by Las Rosas Arabians of Uruguay, earlier this season. And indeed, he looked is owned by Alsayed Stud of Saudi Arabia. In this magnificent and duly won the three-year-old class case, Algamra was also the highest scoring junior against considerable competition. But there’s a new filly, with three 20s each for both type and head. kid on the block who walked away with the victory in Era was not far behind, though, also getting three the two-year-old class, just as narrowly and hotly 20s each for type and for head. Bronze was contested: EKS Farajj (Ibn Farid x EKS Bint Helwah awarded to the filly that was third in the threeby Laheeb), bred by Elkasun Arabians of South year-old class, A Vision MI (Allegience MI x Always

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German National Bronze Champion Senior Stallion CAMAR QBINEC (Arian Shah x Qair Un Nissa), owned by Camelot Arabians, Germany.


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German National Gold Champion Senior Mare GE MAYSOUN (GR Amaretto x GR Maimun), owned by Gesüt Eulenthal, Germany. top right:

German National Silver Champion Senior Mare MALALA (Meshan Ibn Kubinec x Marni), owned by Sax Arabians, Germany. left:

German National Bronze Champion Senior Mare DG SCHAMILA (Sahib x HK Kamria), owned by KF Arabians, Germany.

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Africa and owned by Mubarak Al Khashab of Kuwait. Similarly to the junior filly with a score over 93. And speaking of championships, the Pianissima, it was very much a triumph of finals were basically a Polish mares, which came first (and also duel between these two 2nd and 3rd) in all classes but one. That glorious grey colts for one exception, which was the seven- to the golden crown. And it 10-year-old class, had a straight Egyptian winner went to EKS Farajj, courtesy of four out of six who also went on to take the Gold Champion Mare judges, bringing about the impressive impromptu title: Maisa Al Nasser (Sinan Al Rayyan x Zenubia Kuwaiti male choir mentioned above, with HL El Al Nasser by Imperial Mahzeer), a classically Ganador having to be content with Silver this time beautiful fleabitten grey Egyptian mare who won around. A very happy Iosif Mertyris from Greece against massive received the Bronze trophy for his three-year“AS ALWAYS, THE SENIOR MARE CLASSES AND CHAMPIONSHIPS PROVIDED competition, both in her class and in the finals. old D Ibn Rasheem (FA El THE REAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW. THESE ARE THE CLASSES WHERE 20S This is remarkable for Rasheem x Angeliccah by PILE UP AND THE SCORES REACH THE STRATOSPHERE. IT WAS QUITE THE several reasons. It is the Marwan Al Shaqab), who SENSATION WHEN PIANISSIMA SCORED OVER 93 IN 2008, BUT HERE ALL first time ever that is a virtual carbon copy of MARE CLASS WINNERS ENDED UP WITH A SCORE OVER 93.” straight Egyptian mares his sire and the first horse won Gold both in the to win a title for Greece at German Nationals and the All Nations Cup (and the ANC. He had been third in his class behind Saif both of them the only straight Egyptian competitor Albidayer (Excalibur EA x Nesj El Markhisa), in their respective shows), and it was also the third another very impressive individual deserving of top consecutive Gold Mare Championship win for Al honors. Nasser Stud after Rihab Al Nasser in 2018 and As always, the senior mare classes and Anood Al Nasser in 2017. It is the first one for a championships provided the real highlight of the straight Egyptian, though, and once again goes to show. These are the classes where 20s pile up and prove that a top class Egyptian can win in any the scores reach the stratosphere. It was quite the company. What of the Polish mares, then? They did sensation when Pianissima scored over 93 in get Silver and Bronze, of course. The beautiful bay 2008, but here all mare class winners ended up

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German National Gold Champion Colt CP DJULIANO (Shanghai EA x CP Djulietta), owned by ZG Polte-Welbers & Spönle, Germany. top left:

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German National Silver Champion Colt CBA MATTHEUS (Fadi Al Shaqab x Maharani CF), owned by Bouché Arabians, Germany. right:

German National Bronze Champion Colt ESSANDRO (Lamandro x Espannja Al Justice), owned by Sax Arabians, Germany.

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titles in the finals as well. Gold was awarded the senior class winner Shanghai EA (WH Justice x Salymah by Khidar), who had been class winner Alsa (Kahil Al Shaqab x Gold Junior Champion Alameda by Wachlarz), who got the highest at Aachen in 2011 and score of the entire show with 93.83, was Silver Senior Champion awarded the Silver title. She is bred by Stallion in 2016. Since then he has been busy siring Janow Podlaski, but now owned by Ajman Stud. winning offspring, but this year he emerged from Bronze went to another class winner, Wildona his temporary retirement. He is now 11 years old (Shanghai EA x Wilda by Gazal Al Shaqab), bred by and in his prime, and got both the highest score of Michalow and owned by Mohamed Sheikh Suliman all stallions and the Gold Title. The Silver winner of Israel. The competition for the medals was was the winner of the seven- to 10-year-old class, simply stunning, with the likes of Halsdon’s Shadi Al Khalediah (F Ekspulsja (Gazal Al Shamaal x Layan Al Shaqab x Elandra), who “IT IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT STRAIGHT EGYPTIAN MARES WON GOLD Khalediah by Dakharo), won her class with the BOTH IN THE GERMAN NATIONALS AND THE ALL NATIONS CUP.” bred by Al Khalediah second highest score of Farm of Saudi Arabian the show, Akmal Stud’s and owned by Raza Allahdadi of Iran – another Pepita (Ekstern x Pepesza), and Michalow’s own first at the All Nations Cup. Bronze went to the World, European, and U.S. National Champion second-placed horse in this class, the U.S.-bred Wieza Mocy (QR Marc x Wieza Marzen) not even Atius O (Shahim Al Nakeeb x Atia Oone by Johann getting a title. El Jamaal), owned by Abeer Ahmed Alsaihati of The stallion classes were a lot smaller again. The Saudi Arabia, a classic white stallion with a class for seven- to 10-year-olds, which should have dramatic trot. Both he and Shadi Al Khalediah are been the biggest and strongest according to the sired by straight Egyptian stallions. The four- to sixcatalog, proved a major disappointment when half year-old stallions had no say in the championships, of the class was not forward, including some of the though the class winner, Halsdon Arabians’ most eagerly anticipated contenders. Still, both Polish-bred Calateon (Vitorio TO x Calatea by senior classes had winners in the 93+ range, and Ekstern), won the special prize for the best those two, to no one’s surprise, took the two top

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German National Gold Champion Filly ELISHA BINT MARSHAN (Marshan x Essdreama), owned by Sax Arabians, Germany. top right:

German National Silver Champion Filly IS EMINI (Ascot DD x IS Emina), owned by Gestüt Ismer, Germany. bottom left:

German National Bronze Champion Filly BEL MAYLEEN (AJ Mardan x Maryse OS), owned by Beluga Arabians, Germany.

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European privately bred and owned horse. For the fourth time in succession, the All Nations Cup for the most World Champion Stallion, Al Lahab is also successful exhibiting the horse with the most and highest wins nation went to the in the history of the All Nations Cup. He is Emirates. But, for the one of only two horses to have won four first time since 2015, the ANC titles (the other one being Equator), and the Breeders Cup once again went to Poland, causing only one to achieve two Gold and two Silver titles, a lot more celebration and excitement than the with 14 years between the first and the last win. actual Nations Cup win. Poland is definitely back in This of course also makes him the most successful the game. straight Egyptian horse in the history of the show. Even without the addition of the European Another extra this year was a special evening on Breeders Trust, the ANC has several extras of its Saturday to own, such as the celebrate the traditional flag “BUT, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2015, THE BREEDERS CUP ONCE AGAIN WENT TO German registry’s parade and some POLAND, CAUSING A LOT MORE CELEBRATION AND EXCITEMENT THAN THE ACTUAL 70th anniversary, special awards for NATIONS CUP WIN. POLAND IS DEFINITELY BACK IN THE GAME.” including a free both two- and buffet dinner and four-legged several special displays. The latter included the recipients. The Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 awarding of the 2019 German WAHO Trophy to was given to British artist, author, judge, an the amazing gelding Haifi El Sorrento (BS Specific all-round Arabian historian and expert Peter x Haifa Dinjah), who is currently the most Upton, who was sadly not there to receive it. The successful Arabian dressage horse in Germany. winner of the Lifetime Award, however, was on The Ismer Stud, which is now the oldest (as well as hand to inspect the portrait that German artist the biggest) privately owned Arabian Stud in Katja Sauer had created of him: the 20-year-old Germany, is also celebrating its 60th anniversary straight Egyptian stallion Al Lahab (Laheeb x The this year, and the Ismer family was honored with Vision HG), bred by Ariela Arabians of Israel and the Graf-Landsberg-Vehlen Medal, the highest owned by Hansjürgen and Inge Friedmann of honor awarded by the German Equestrian Germany. Besides being a top sire and the 2006

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ALL NATIONS CUP AACHEN, GERMANY SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019 JUDGES: Mrs. Marianne Tengstedt, Denmark; Dr. Gianmarco Aragno, Italy; Mr. Klaus G. Beste, Kuwait; Mr. Lucas Gozdzialski, Poland; Mr. William Oppen, Argentina; Mr. George Zbyszewski, U.S.; Dr. Marek Trela, Poland

GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AACHEN, GERMANY SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019 JUDGES: Mrs. Helen Hennekens-van Nes, Belgium; Mr. Josy Everars, Belgium; Dr. Marek Trela, Poland

CHAMPION SENIOR STALLION GOLD: Shanghai EA (WH Justice x Salymah EA), Ajman Stud, UAE. SILVER: Shadi Al Khalediah (F Shamaal x Layan Al Khalediah), Reza Allahdadi, Iran. BRONZE: Atius O (Shahim Al Nakeeb x Atia Cone), Jas Stud, South Africa.

CHAMPION SENIOR STALLION GOLD: Elshaan (Marshan x Elena Bint Europe), Sax Arabians, Germany. SILVER: Arian Shah (Jonathan El Ludjin x L.M. Alisha), Camelot Arabians, Germany. BRONZE: Camar Qbinec (Arian Shah x Qair Un Nissa), Camelot Arabians, Germany.

CHAMPION SENIOR MARE GOLD: Maisa Al Nasser (Sinan Al Rayyan x Zenubia Al Nasser), Al Nasser Stud, Qatar. SILVER: Alsa (Kahil Al Shaqab x Alameda), Ajman Stud, UAE. BRONZE: Wildona (Shanghai EA x Wilda), Al Sheikh Stud, Israel.

CHAMPION SENIOR MARE GOLD: GE Maysoun (GR Amaretto x GR Maimun), Gesüt Eulenthal, Germany. SILVER: Malala (Meshan Ibn Kubinec x Marni), Sax Arabians, Germany. BRONZE: DG Schamila (Sahib x HK Kamria), KF Arabians, Germany.

CHAMPION JUNIOR COLT GOLD: EKS Farajj (Ibn Farid x EKS Bint Helwah), Al Khashab Stud, Kuwait. SILVER: HL El Ganador (HP Shakir TE x Lonco Bay Maria), Hanaya Stud, Switzerland. BRONZE: D Ibn Rasheem (FA El Rasheem x Angeliccah), Iosif Mertyris, Greece.

CHAMPION COLT GOLD: CP Djuliano (Shanghai EA x Djasira Princess Psytadel), ZG Polte, Germany. SILVER: CBA Mattheus (Fadi Al Shaqab x Maharani CF), Bouché Arabians, Germany. BRONZE: Essandro (Lamandro x Espannja Al Justice), Sax Arabians, Germany.

CHAMPION JUNIOR FILLY GOLD: Algamra (AJ Portofino x Ava Maryia), Al Sheikh Stud, Israel. SILVER: LR Era De Excalibur (Excalibur EA x LR Expected Beauty), Alsayed Stud, Saudi Arabia. BRONZE: A Vision MI (Allegiance MI x Always Valentine MI), Albidayer Stud, UAW.

CHAMPION FILLY GOLD: Elisha Bint Marshan (Marshan x Essdreama), Sax Arabians, Germany. SILVER: IS Emini (Ascot DD x IS Emina), Gestüt Ismer, Germany. BRONZE: Bel Mayleen (AJ Mardan x Maryse OS), Beluga Arabians, Germany.

CHAMPION YEARLING COLT GOLD: Dosar Alsayed (Validoro x Delight’s Divah RB), Alsayed Stud, Saudi Arabia. SILVER: ELR Ferdinand (Morion x Fahrinna), Al Faisaly Stud, Saudi Arabia. BRONZE: Jassid K.A. (QR Marc x Joumalia De Nautiac), Knocke Arabians, Belgium.

CHAMPION FOAL GOLD: Bourhani Bellavera (RFI Farid x Bourhani Fadissima), Bourhani Arabians, Germany. SILVER: Aziza Aarmaani (LF Aaarmaan Vittorio x Monira Bint Amir), Sax Arabians, Germany. BRONZE: IS En Vogue, (Ascot DD x IS Epalla), Gestüt Ismer, Germany.

CHAMPION YEARLING FILLY GOLD: HDM Bella Ciao (AJ Azzam x Rahafa Al Hawajer), Ajman Stud, UAE. SILVER: Fam Donatella (Dominic M x D Crystal Moon), Al Jawaher Arabian Horse Stud, Kuwait. BRONZE: Adwaa Al Arab (Emerald J x HK Jojo RLC), Ali Bin Mohammed Ali Al Ali, Saudi Arabia.

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CHAMPION GELDING GOLD: EM Polar (Lumiar Amadeus x Pepreszka), Teresa van Nes, Luxembourg. SILVER: LME Raphael (Emerald J x Lavinias Design), Armada Arabians, UK. BRONZE: EL Emando (QR Marc x Emanda), DG Arabians, Germany, and leased by Stefanie Bovens.

Only four weeks after the All Nations Cup, the Arabian world was shocked by the news that ANC Manager Wolfgang Eberhardt had died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 27, aged 71. Wolfgang was such a longstanding and prominent member of the Arabian horse community, especially in Germany, that his death leaves a truly gigantic hole. He was the man who got things done, whether during his years as chairman of the German Arabian Horse Association (2005-2010 and again from 2015) or, back in the 1990s, with his own enterprise “Arabian Future”, which organized shows, conformation seminars, stud farm visits, and even a trip to Scottsdale, besides publishing a magazine. Back then, he and his wife, international judge Sylvie

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Wolfgang Eberhardt with two of his helpers at the All Nations Cup

Eberhardt, also kept a small stud of straight Egyptian horses. Most notably they bred the stallion KEN Asam (Masoud x KEN Amal), the youngest ever winner of the state stallion licensing. Even after closing down both Arabian Future and his stud, Wolfgang remained active on behalf of the Arabian horse. In their official tribute, the German Arabian Association (VZAP) stated: “Our association has lost a man to whom we owe more than words A H W > 13 < 1 1 / 1 2 . 1 9

can say and who never lost his sense of humor even in the most difficult situation. We are immensely grateful to Wolfgang Eberhardt for the enormous dedication he invested in the VZAP for many years. We are painfully conscious of the gap his death has torn.” For many years, Wolfgang had been the driving force behind the All Nations Cup, as well as its heart and soul. He spent many months of the year planning and organizing, personally supervised every aspect, made sure everything worked smoothly, seemed to be everywhere at once, and still had a kind word for everyone. Little did we know, when those who had died this year were honored during the gala evening on Saturday, that the man who had made it all happen would be the next friend whose passing we would mourn. The All Nations Cup will not be the same without him.


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German National Gold Champion Foal BOURHANI BELLAVERA (RFI Farid x Bourhani Fadissima), owned by Bourhani Arabians, Germany. top left:

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German National Silver Champion Foal AZIZA AARMAANI (LF Aaarmaan Vittorio x Monira Bint Amir), owned by Sax Arabians, Germany. bottom right:

German National Bronze Champion Foal IS EN VOGUE (Ascot DD x IS Epalla), owned by Gestüt Ismer, Germany.

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Federation for achievements in horse breeding. It is the first time this award has gone to a whole family, and deservedly so, as the stud is now run by the third successive generation of the same family. Three generations were present to accept the award: the current stud manager Dr. Nils Ismer with his mother Almuth and his young daughter Lina. The Ismer family is also famous for their zoological garden, and some readers may not be aware that Almuth Ismer has not only raised three children of her own, but also any number of orphaned exotic animals, including several tigers! One of the evening’s highlights was a jump and drive competition featuring two top level driving ponies and two Arabian stallions doing the jumping. One of them was the 2016 WAHO trophy winner Al Ashar, ridden by 11-year-old Neele Schlichte. This pair competes very successfully in open jumping competitions, promoting both Arabian temperament and athletic ability. On a more sober note, there was also a quiet moment in memory of the people the Arabian community lost this year, which include Dorothy Stream, DC and ringmaster Gijs Eggink, veteran straight Egyptian breeders Liesel Vetter and Willi

Poth, and of course “the greatest showman,” trainer and handler Ryan Jones, who died so unexpectedly at the British Nationals. In a moving ceremony, the trainers and handlers, judges and other officials placed white roses in vases beneath photographs of the deceased, which were on display in the hospitality tent throughout the weekend. The evening came to a close with an impressive quadrille of 20 partArabian ponies ridden by children. And talking of part-Arabian ponies – as always, the ANC dressage and jumping competitions were on all weekend, running parallel to the halter show in the dressage stadium. Though held on the same grounds and only a stone’s throw away from each other, these two events rarely mix and have entirely different sets of spectators as well as competitors. But it is worth mentioning that on this occasion, the prestigious Paltra Cup for the best results in L level dressage was won by Virginia Spönle, riding her 25% Arabian mare Adrette-D, while dad Frank Spönle was busy showing top show champions next door. Even though it often looks as if the show people and the riders occupy separate worlds, those worlds still sometimes overlap; and that is definitely a good thing.


Lifetime Award winner AL LAHAB (Laheeb x The Vision HG) inspects his portrait.

Team Poland, winner of the Breeders Cup.

2019 ANC SPECIAL AWARDS

2019 German WAHO Trophy winner HAIFI EL SORRENTO (BS Specific x Haifa Dinjah).

Nils Ismer and daughter Lina, of Ismer Stud, accepting the Graf-Landsberg-Vehlen Medal presented by the German Equestrian Federation for achievement in breeding.

Memorial in honor of those who passed this last year.

A quadrille of 20 part-Arabian ponies closed out the evening performance. A H W > 15 < 1 1 / 1 2 . 1 9

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Al Ashar and 11-year-old Neele Schlichte competed in the jump and drive competition.

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2019 All Nations Cup & German Nationals  

This year's Aachen weekend may have scaled back on the extravagance, but there was no shortage of quality horses at the German National show...

2019 All Nations Cup & German Nationals  

This year's Aachen weekend may have scaled back on the extravagance, but there was no shortage of quality horses at the German National show...