Israel's Great Beyond

2018 Israel Arab Horse Society Galilee Show - impressions by Michael SteursFamous for its lush green landscape, the Galilee is Israel's great beyond. In addition, the unique combination of fascinating history, breath-taking scenery and – usually - sunny weather make the Galilee Show the perfect opportunity to present the magnificent Arabian horse to an experienced panel of judges. Especially since the new showground was established and an upgrade was made for the facilities.

From Sweden, Mrs. Ann Norden came from Sweden to join the judges' team Faustino Scanzi, Italy, and Tamasz Tarczynski, Poland. The first championship decision of the team was unanimous when they awarded Gold Champion Filly Foal to Halal Al Hasan (TH Hamza x Heelim JFD), bred by Al Hasan Arabians and owned by Ali Mostarihi. Silver was given to The Millenium Star daughter Enigma with Alehandra H.B., by EKS Alihandro, winning Bronze.

Do you remember Cacharel's famous promotion video for its perfume back in 1988? The Gold Champion Yearling Filly has the same look-at-me-attitude: "Lulu – qui c'est moi!" After winning Silver at the Israeli Arabian Horse Festival in April, Lulu AA garnered Gold this time. She is by globally influential champion sire Marwan Al Shaqab out of Straight Egyptian bred Labibah AA, bred and owned by Ariela Arabians and Ali Zbidat. Marwan Al Shaqab is also the great grandsire of Silver winning Shiraaz AZ, by Fadi Al Shaqab. Another Fadi Al Shaqab received Bronze: Sultanat Al Tarab.

The Gold Champion Junior Filly was bred in Austria by Mario Matt Arabians: M.M. Enya (RFI Farid x M.M. Eliana), who is tracing back to Espressa, a full sister to European Triple Crown winner Essteem. The proud owners Adel Falah and Salah Mahajni, Najami Stud, couldn't be happier about their showstopper M.M. Enya. The Al Ayal AA daughter Duraa Al Ayal AA accomplished Silver with Al Johara, by LF Al Saher, winning Bronze.

Let's change to the young boys, the colts, which play the whole day, long and enjoy to romp about and running. The Gold Champion Colt Foal saw another unanimous decision: Shams Al Asser (Shams Sharav x AA Mona Albi), bred by Marbat Al Aser and owned by Salh Abu Saed. Naborr BP is the sire of Silver winning Sultan Ben Naborr and Bronze-winner Morjan Al Abed is by Magic Magnifique.

Excellence AF – the name says it all. This promising colt garnered Gold Champion Yearling Colt and represents the youngest generation of the WH Justice' champion makers dynasty. Excellence AF is a son of 2014 European Triple Crown winner Excalibur EA and therefore a great-grandson of WH Justice. The dam Emelia (Ajman Moniscione x Emarilla) traces back to the famous Emigrantka – Emigracja dam line. Afifi Arabians are the proud breeder and owner of Excellence AF. Silver was given to Ajid, by AA Aluf, with Quamar Elain By Bri, by Emerald J, winning Bronze.

Another great of the Arabian horse scene is the sire of Gold Champion Junior Colt Anaal Al Bashir: Gazal Al Shaqab. Bred and owned by Abu Zaaf Akab, Onaal Al Bashir is out of mainly Egyptian-bred El Shayma. Kaiaan RG, by Zain Al Asayel, achieved Silver and Bronze was given to Al Zeer Salem, by Amir Al Hejra.

Let's catch up with the senior champions. The Straight Egyptian bred Dibaj accomplished Gold Champion Senior Mare. Bred and owned by Ketane Mamon, Dibaj is by Shabab Jamal (Thee Desperado x Alijamila), linebred to the great Ruminaja Ali. The dam Nilus is by PH Sham out of Setala from the Om Dalal family. Silver and Bronze were given to two lovely Stival daughters: Raya ST and R Dancing Star.

The last decision of a show is usually the one for the senior stallion championship and in this case, it was – again – unanimous. Rozin Kadan is the proud owner of S.A. Al Zahir who was bred by Shaul Ariel. Sired by the late Nader Al Jamal and out of Al Duqa AA, by Al Maraam, S.A. Al Zahir is mostly Egyptian-bred. His granddam Dumka (by Laheeb) is out of the precious Dabrowa by Probat, representing valuable Polish bloodlines. The Solaz J son Ammer JFD received the Silver championship and Mastro Al Jamal, by Selket Marque, received Bronze honours.

Not only for Israelis but for all Arabian horse lovers: This show should be itinerary for travel as it is a wonderful opportunity to meet passionate, friendly Arabian horse breeders, superb horses in a historic part of the country. Congratulations to all of the competitors and a very sincere thank you to the fantastic support of the Israel Arab Horse Society, represented by Muhannad Darawsha and his great organizing team. Arabian Horse Global Network would like to extend our thanks for the excellent collaboration.

2018 Israel Arab Horse Society Galilee Show - impressions by Michael Steurs

2018 Israel Arab Horse Society Galilee Show - impressions by Michael Steurs

2018 Israel Arab Horse Society Galilee Show - impressions by Michael Steurs