It’s All About Fun

It's more fun when you're not the only one having it. The EACSO team charmed once more a great show for amateurs on stage where one could have fun with his Arabian horse. Since 2014, the European Amateur Cup is a special and one of a kind event in Europe. It as the very first one established for Amateur handlers and it is offering a huge range of classes, not only halter but also liberty, pleasure (classic, hunter and western) and trail (in hand and ridden).

Again, one of the highlights of the show was the Disney Class. A new variation of Italian plumber Mario and his younger fraternal twin brother Luigi, embodied by Koen Hennekens and Fredrik van Sas, provided for fun.

It was also great to see many entries in the Pleasure classes, especially in the Novice section. Annelieke Stoop won Hunter Pleasure Novice with selfbred Kashmira Lazize (Idzard x Paroeska) while Lisa-Marie Heckenbücker came first in Classic Pleasure Novice with Polish bred gelding Postar (Om El Bellissimo x Pomerania). How nice to see this team back under saddle after Lisa-Marie and Postar were quite successful in in-hand classes.

Trail in Hand Novice turned out a very strong class with more than 15 competitors. Gaby Van Keulen and MJ Cantress (JK Catalyst x SH Enchantress) were awarded first place with 147 points, followed by Canisia Romani with Gyanada ETH (Tameen x MW Gladdys) with 144 points and Juan Murillio and his Profender KA daughter MJ Wild Narciza.

Saturday evening everybody enjoyed good company at a fine barbecue, the perfect end of an exciting first day. And this is exactly what people value the Amateur Cup for, because of its friendly, familiar, and especially horse friendly atmosphere – proven by truly positive emotions, smiling faces and many tears from utmost happiness.

The Amateur Cup also shows the versatility of the breed. Thanks to the various classes offered, people and their horses could participate in six different sport classes, amateur in hand classes, liberty, fun class and junior handlers. In this way, a theoretical maximum of ten different things to do with your Arabian horse. Thanks to lasting passion of a fantastic organizing team, people who don’t gather for attention though Stijn Schyvens, Ilse Verbruggen, Rob Rens, and a large number of volunteers really deserve to be praised highly for their passion and patience in all those years, organizing this event.

Sunday was reserved for halter classes and the ceremonial handover of Best in Show titles. First show, first championship! Dominique Van Giel experienced a great European Amateur Cup. “I was lucky to present the magnificent filly Messouda J (Shiraz De Lafon x Miami J) on her first show. She did great! We won our class with an amazing score, I was already more than proud”, Dominique writes. “Later that day we were named “Best in show Novice”. So happy with this amazing result! Most important i really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. I would like to Thank the organisation for this fantastic event and to create the chance for everyone to participate and experience showing horses. Also thank you very much Aljassimya Farm to support this initiative! And thank you to Christine Jamar for the opportunity to show this great filly!”

First runner up Best in Show Novice was MJ Cantress with Jessy Loockx on the lead, followed by Kelly Huysmans with Rayaanh’h (Abha Qatar x Nadrah’h Bint Santaana).

Just one week after her own show, Wendy Delvalle showed her selfbred Forelock’s Yzadora (Bashir Al Shaqab x Forelock’s Yzabeau) to great success, winning Best in Show Amateur. Dorien Bols with the Al Maraam daughter Elgazonda was named 1strunner up while Kelly Levels-Schruijer with ZK Zayid, by Adabayor Kossack turned out second runner up.

Right at the end, the title for Best in Show Experienced were given to aforementioned MJ Wild Narciza and Katja De Bruyn. The Sharahm daughter Agmal Sharah with Sandra Christiansen on the lead became first runner up followed by Sakir Al Baydaa, by Alfabia Babilon, and Priscilla De La Ruelle.

This show has grown in popularity over the years and for everybody involved in the organizing it is just wonderful to see that all the effort is paying off and that so many people enjoy their Arabian horses. Thank you to the organizing team around Rob Rens of E.A.C.S.O. for arranging everything so elegant and smooth and the generous sponsorship all sponsors who make such a show possible. Arabian Horse Global Network would like to extend our thanks for the excellent collaboration. Another heartfelt thank goes to never-resting photographer Jan Kan, enjoy his photos, livestream in replay, and figure out all results here.