Dealing With The Adversities
Published on the 11th of June 2018 by Susanne Bösche
Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Golden City of Prague has developed into one of Europe's popular tourist destinations. In the same time, the interest in Arabian horses grew significantly. The Prague Intercup became a recommended show within the European show circuit. From 2017, the show was moved outdoors and placed in the historic centre of the city of Prague. However, this year the organizing team had to deal with the adversities of a heavy storm, as the weather Gods did not always had good intentions.
The Saturday’s rainstorm in the middle of the show was quite strong and a considerable amount of damage was caused to the showground as well as to the equipment. This is the moment, when a strong team is worth a great deal – and the Prague Intercup team succeed with such determination and amazing grace by making sure that the show can continue on Sunday. Actually no damage was visible at the championships. In the end, the panel of experienced judges – Mrs. Hyde. Mrs. Tengstedt, Mrs. Eberhardt, and Mr. McCrea – made all the decisions and the rosettes were given to the champions, the international ones and the European Cup ones.
The Highest Score of the Show (92,67) was given to ten years old Ereira (Piruet x Elgina), bred by Michalow Stud and proudly owned by Halsdon Arabians, UK. Shirley Watts bought the grey beauty back in 2015; three years before, Mrs. Watts have bought her dam Elgina, by Ekstern. This year, Ereira returned to the show ring and caught the attention of the judges. She not only was awarded as the High Scorer of the Show but also became Best Mare, Best Mover, and Unanimous European Cup Gold Champion Senior Mare.
The other unanimous decision was made in the International Senior Mares championship. The Ajman Moniscione daughter Bassandra Settimonciello (out of MA Scarlett) received Gold with aforementioned Ereira winning Silver and Juwanda OS Bronze. Bred in Italy, Bassandra Settimonciello (what a name!) is proudly owned by Ajman Stud, UAE.
Shadi Al Khalediah accomplished the award for Best Stallion thanks to his 91,58 points received in his age class 4 – 6 y.o. stallions. Later Shadi Al Khalediah who won International Gold Champion Senior Stallion. Egyptian bred multi champion F Shamaal is the sire of Shadi Al Khalediah and also an international champion-winning mare: Layan Al Khalediah. Bred by Al Khalediah Stables, Saudi Arabia, Shadi Al Khalediah is proudly owned by Reza Allahdadi.
Zbynek Hubalek proudly accepted the award for Best Czech Horse, won by his mare Draga (El Nabila B x Diastema), bred by Michalow Stud.
The Best Straight Egyptian of the show came from Germany: Muranas Amir, bred by Michaela Weidner but proudly owned by Miloslava Khamisova, CR. Muranas Amir is a nine-year-old stallion by PVA Kariim out of Shem El Princess Malikah.
The Progrom daughter Wadelia (out of Wrozka), bred and owned by Lutetia Arabians, FR, was named Best Junior Female with 91,50 points. The lovely two years old filly achieved European Cup Silver Champion Junior Filly, too, bested only by La Movidas' Annah El Jyar (Jyar Meia Lua x Anais El Bri).
The most successful breeder of the 2018 Prague Intercup was Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, winning Gold Champion Yearling Filly (D Ghaliah, by Fa El Rasheem x D Aghadir), Silver Champion Yearling Filly (D Gharam, by FA El Rasheem x FT Shaella), Silver Champion Junior Filly (D Yara, by FA El Rasheem x FraseraMashara), Silber Champion Junior Colt (D Ibn Rasheem, by FA El Rasheem x Angeliccah), and Bronze Champion Senior Mare (Juwanda OS, by WH Justice x Shak Lavanda).
We would like to congratulate all winners and champions and say thank you to all sponsors who helped to make this show possible. Thank you, too, to Jaroslav Lacina and his team, who helped make this a very memorable event and thank you for cooperating with Arabian Horse Global Network. It is always a pleasure to visit the Golden City of Prague and the Arabian horse lovers in this welcoming country.