Be Grateful For Competition

Life is a competition at every turn! The International Arabian Horse Championship of Kuwait just witnessed the final decisions. Trophies and awards were given to excellent horses. It was a tough competition and we should be grateful for it because competition matters profoundly. Why? Because it makes you better, makes you focus on your goal and – finally - you can’t achieve excellence without competition. And horse breeding is no exception.

One who is really focused on his horses and who always works to achieve the next goal is Mubarak Hamdan Rashed Al Khashab, the proud owner of Al-Khashab Stud in Kuwait. Since 2015, the horses of this farm celebrate one successful show season on an international level after the other. The latest Kuwait International Championship was the sequel to this success story.

Al-Khashab Stud achieved Silver and Bronze in the Yearling Fillies Championship with Jude MS (Abha Ubangui x JJC Lourdes), bred by Mandara Arabian Horse Stud, and Ghazl Al Khashab (Shakar Pegasus x Majeedah CF), bested only by the Hadidy Al Shaqab daughter Ghalliba Al Shaqab, tracing back to the wonderful Mammona through Malvina.

In the Junior Filly Championship, the order was reversed. The EKS Alihandro daughter Rshediah Al Khashab (out of Symphony Of Love), bred by Psynergy Enterprises, took Gold with Menwah Al Shaqab (Wadee Al Shaqab x Miss El Power JQ) achieved Silver while Bronze was given to Sultanah Al Arja (A Jericho x PA Perdita), bred by the Chishoms and owned by Abdulaziz Al Shuraiaan, Kuwait.

The decision in the Senior Mare Championship was clear – Donna Molta Bella SRA achieved another set of roses just one week after the prestigious title show in Saudi Arabia, the Prince Sultan Festival. Nevertheless, Al Khashab celebrated another success with its Mameluk daughter Malikat Al Moluk (x Asalat Al Hala). Bronze was given to Farah Al Shaqab (Al Adeed Al Shaqab x SWF Valencia).

What about the colts and stallions? The Yearling Colt Championship ended with a great victory for Kuwaiti Ali Matar Al Wawan. It was his Fadi Al Shaqab son Aliyaar Al Wawan (out of Psynecia SPA) who achieved Gold with Al Shaqab’s Tayamon Al Shaqab (by Marwan Al Shaqab winning Silver. Tayamon Al Shaqab is a son out of Bronze winner Farah Al Shaqab.

The title for the Junior Colts remained in the country, too. It was the US-bred RD Harenaado (Hariry Al Shaqab x DM Endless Romance), proudly owned by Bassam Al Saqran, who accomplished Gold. Al Babtain Stud celebrated Silver for Sultan GK (WW Stivavellea x Al Magna) and Khaled Al Nughemshe is the proud owner of Bronze winner D Arghad (Fa El Rasheem x Krystal Tiara).

Already an accomplished show horse, Fadi Al Shaqab returned to the show ring and took Gold Champion Senior Stallion. Born at Michael Byatt Arabians, USA, Fadi Al Shaqab is a maternal grandson of Al Shaqab’s legendary sire Marwan Al Shaqab through his dam Abha Myra, combined with another influential sire on the other side of his pedigree: Besson Carol, tracing back to Ali Jamaal. Al Saqran Stud’s Excalibur EA (Shanghai EA x Essence Of Marwan), the reigning All Nations Cup Gold Champion Stallion, achieved Silver while Bronze was given to Sari Alo Wanah (Alfonzo x OFW Annica), bred by Abdullah Nasser Al Khaldi and owned by Abdullateef Alrushidi.

An Arabian horse show can be a chance for the farms to verify their breeding plans and in this way, competition can be helpful. Thanks to the state stud Bait Al Arab, Kuwait has a fantastic platform for such competitions. And there is more to come in the 2017/18 season. A major event for the Straight Egyptian horse lovers is felt some time ahead: Kuwait's All Nations Cup for Straight Egyptians is just around the corner and will be run as a two days event under the auspices of Bait Al Arab, too, from 16.02. – 17.02. – live stream, photos, results powered by ArabianHorseResults.com