The Time of Sundown
Published on the 23rd of March 2019 by Susanne Bösche
A look into history has shown that generals and strategists celebrated great successes, but experienced defeats and dark hours. History has also shown that it is wise taking nothing for granted and nothing for impossible. The Senior Stallion Championship of the prestigious Dubai International Arabian Horse Show (DIAHC) was the best proof when it was the time of Sundown KA.
It was a close call and many spectators responded with surprise when the final decision of the show was announced: Bronze Champion Senior Stallion was awarded to Alexxanderr, the reigning PSAIAHF Champion Stallion, Silver went to the legendary QR Marc, bested only by his own son, Sundown KA (out of L Serenella).
QR Marc back in the show ring after years he fulfilled his duties as a breeding stallion for Knocke Arabians? This announcement caused a little sensation. In fact, nothing less than the Gold Championship was expected. As said before, it is wise taking nothing for granted. With 19 to 18 points, Sundown KA accomplished Gold after winning the class of 4 – 6 years old stallions with the high score of all males (93,20), leaving the great Alexxanderr in second place. For those who are not too familiar with the name Sundown KA: he is a striking grey, bred by Knocke Arabians, proudly owned by Al Saqran Stud and was awarded Unanimous Gold Champion Senior Stallion in Sharjah just two weeks ago.
Sundown KA was not the only Sharjah champion who succeeded in repeating the victory in Dubai. Among them was the 2005 born, charming Ekstern daughter Pepita (x Pepesza), bred by Janow Podlaski and proudly owned by Akmal Stud. Fleabitten grey Pepita not only received the high score of all females (93,20) but Gold Champion Senior Mare, too. Silver and Bronze were given to AJ Sawari (Marwan Al Shaqab x Siberia SA) and Delight's Divah RB (Ajman Moniscione x Honey's Delight RB).
The chestnut coat of A Vision MI is shimmering like gold which suits her just fine. Bred by Mulawa Arabian Stud in Australia, A Vision MI (Allegiance MI x Always Valentine MI) made her debut at the Northern Hemisphere last November waving the flag for Albidayer Stud. After winning Sharjah Gold Champion Junior Filly, the elegant three years old was clearly the front runner in Dubai, too, leaving already accomplished show champions like D Shihanah (Silver) and AJ Norah (Bronze) behind.
Sharjah Silver Champion Junior Colt EKS Farajj (Ibn Farid x EKS Bint Helwah), a dark grey two years old, bred by Willie Brown and proudly owned by Al Khashab Stud, repeated his success in Dubai in a strong competition. Clear winner and favourite of the judges and the public was the wonderful Kwestura grandson AJ Kafu (Shanghai EA x AJ Kahayla), who took Gold in Aachen and Dubai in 2018, proudly bred and owned by Ajman Stud. EKS Farajj accomplished Silver with 2018 Triple Crown-winning Admiraal (Emerald J x Haniyyah) winning Bronze.
Dubai Arabian Horse Stud celebrated a double success in the Yearling Colt Championships, winning Gold with D Mezyan (FA El Rasheem x D Mazaia) and Silver with D Shakhat (D Khattaf x D Shireen); both colts are grandsons of World Platinum Champion Royal Colours. Another FA El Rasheem received Bronze: Muthabahi Al Hawajer.
Dr. Ghanem Mohamed Obaid Al Hajri of Al Hawajer Stud celebrated another success with a FA El Rasheem get, winning Gold Champion Junior Filly with Maria Magdalena NWA (x Magdalina NWA), bred by Northwest Arabians. Silver was awarded to AJ Samara (AJ Mardan x Sama AM), 2018 Triple Crown winner, while Fame Donatella (Dominic M x D Crystal Moon) received Bronze.
Congratulations to all of the competitors of the DIAHC traditionally held as the last show in the Middle Eastern winter/spring calendar. The focus of the show scene will now shift to Europe. Maybe some of the recent winners will also be campaigned on European soil. Stay tuned!