Unanimous Vote for Polish Nobility
Published on the 5th of May 2019 by Susanne Bösche
Piacenza - that's Polish bred nobility waving the flag for Al Shahania Stud, Qatar, alongside handler Tom Oben. Between the colourful Tulips, Piacenza demonstrated her quality and accomplished Unanimous Gold Champion Senior Mare and the high score of the show.
The QR Marc daughter Piacenza was bred by Michalów Stud; her dam is the Emigrant mare Primawera. Piacenza herself is no newcomer to the show ring, she took titles like Polish National Bronze Champion Junior Filly, Junior Spring Show Top Five, European Junior Top Five and World Junior Top Ten. Now Piacenza adorns the stables of Al Shahania Stud and already proved that she is a good producer, too. Last year, her daughter Tahrin Al Shahania, by WH Justice, impressed in the show ring.
The future belongs to the young. Three-month-old filly CBA Indiyana not only received the title of Unanimous Gold Champion Foal (Hennie Kuiiff Trophy) and Most Classic Head but was also named Best in Show alongside Philippe Hosay. Bred by Claus Bouché, Germany, CBA Indiyana's sire is Wadee Al Shaqab of the Gazal Al Shaqab sireline through Marwan Al Shaqab. The filly's dam Ilena Al Aryes, by Aryes El Ludjin offers several lines to Ali Jamaal.
Another German celebrated several victories. Frank Spönle presented several horses for Ajman Stud, Hanaya Stud, and Mr. J. Mattens in the championships and took away four times Gold plus one Silver and two Bronze medals. Among the Gold Champions was Mahder Al Jamal (Nader Al Jamal x Mahity El Jamal), bred and owned by Mr. J. Mattens, Belgium. The white stallion received the high score of all stallions.
A quite large group of interested Israeli breeders visited the show and witnessed Matteo AH (x JPJ Talal) winning Silver Champion Senior Stallion. The Emerald J son is already a multi champion in his homeland Israel, bred by AH Arabians and owned by Vivian Ashkar and Amjad Massrawa.
Koen Hennekens, who was so successful in the Amateur Shows in the past few years, proved what he learned. Alongside his lovely gelding Nabeel Al Nasser (EKS Alihandro x Noof Al Nasser), Koen accepted the trophy for the Gelding Championship.
A special award for Holland’s Best was given to the Dahman Al Mahder son Sindbad Al Bahar (out of Bess Me Simona), bred and owned by Mrs. P.A.M. Bohmer. Silver went to Cadanz Ghazal, by Shiraz De Lafon, bred and owned by Mrs. M. Strijbos-Puts. The gelding won the class for junior geldings before. The Fa El Rasheem daughter Fiera Belinda, bred and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Safady, received Bronze. Not her only precious metal this weekend; Fiera Belinda also won Silver Champion Yearling Filly.
The show scene often becomes a target of public criticism: too much business, too much show. One of the most emotional occasions came when the music, the show stopped, paused for a moment. It was time to honour Gijs Eggink, a successful dressage rider and part of Flaxman Arabians. When the ECAHO was established, Gijs became a well-known DC and ringmaster at many shows around the world and a role model for others. For 35 years, his name is known in the Arabian horse scene. Though seriously ill, Gijs availed himself of the opportunity to teach and instruct new DCs at the Tulip Cup.
Everything speaks for the event’s organizers that they left room for such a moving moment. Wendy Delvalle and her family are marvellous hosts and the 2019 Tulip Cup was no exception. The organizing team did everything to please participants, officials, and spectators. This year, the Tulip Cup was held at the Equestrian Centre De Peelbergen, a perfect accommodation which is set up in accordance with the wishes of the equestrian world. The well-lighted riding hall offered a friendly atmosphere, cosy restaurants prepared delicious meals.
Arabian Horse Global Network would like to extend thanks for the excellent collaboration to Wendy Delvalle and her organizing team. It is always a pleasure to visit the Tulip Cup.