A Golden Cloverleaf of Success

"Wels is a beautiful tourist destination in its own right but when combined with an amazing Arabian Sow, the Horse Fair, and the La Movida Open House it makes for a truly memorable occasion," judge Graham Smith speaks enthusiastically. For sure, the team of Dubai Arabian Horse Stud will enthusiastically remember the 2019 Wels show, too. Dubai Stud is a global player in the Arabian horse scene, yes; nevertheless, it is something special to celebrate an amazing golden cloverleaf of success at an international show. Dubai horses won four Unanimous Gold Championships and a Silver Champion title at the international B show in Wels, Upper Austria; all horses were presented by Paolo Capecci.

The starting point was made by yearling filly and colt, both sired by FA El Rasheem. The chestnut filly D A'Asaleyyah is out of Elle Flamenca (Ajman Moniscione x Allamara MA), a famed champion winner of her own. The one-year-old D Khattaf son D Shakhat probably inherit is bay colour from his maternal grandsire Kahil Al Shaqab. D Shakhat has six lines to Ruminaja Ali, through Gazal Al Shaqab as well as through The Minstril.

Ruminaja Ali, through The Minstril and Gazal Al Shaqab, can also be found in the pedigree of Unanimous Gold Champion Senior Mare D Khattafah. The dark bay D Khattafah, UAE Nationals Silver Champion Mare earlier this year, seems to be the female counterpart of her famous sire Royal Colours; her dam is D Jowan, by Marwan Al Shaqab and traces back to Russian bred Palitrina, by Menes.

It was another FA El Rasheem daughter who brought the fourth golden leave winning the title Best in Show, too, with the high score of 92,67 points: D Seeneyyah. Not only her sire is well-known to the world, but her dam is Royal Emira (True Colours x Xtreme Wonder), a younger full sister to Royal Colours.

D Kaheel brought home Silver in the Junior Colts division, bested only by AJ Elaf (AJ Mardan x AJ Estrella), bred and owned by Ajman Stud – a tough competitor for Dubai Arabian Horse Stud in most championships at the Wels show.

Though Elshaan (Marshan x Elena Bint Europa), bred and owned by Sax Arabians, gained three times 20 for his movement (!) as well as the highest score (91,50) of senior stallions he was awarded Bronze in the championship, bested by Radad Al Shaqab (Hadidy Al Shaqab x Rasha Al Shaqab) – winning Silver – and Antaris OS, who accomplished Gold. Bred by Osterhof Stud, the fine grey RFI Farid son Antaris OS is owned by Ajman Stud. With his striking movement, Elshaan became Best Mover International at least.

With her lovely grey gelding Sabreena Joiser, Austria, touched Gold, too, winning a well-filled gelding class with Touch Of Gold, by MCA Magnum Gold.

Not only the gelding classes met with a positive response from the grandstand but the riding classes and classic dressage quadrille, too. Mario Matt organized some Western classes and several well-known names showed up. Such a variety and showing the versatility of the Arabian horse are a true benefit for the event.

Best Austrian bred horses, mare and stallion, was awarded to Al Hambra Stud for Al Inaya (WH Justice x Al Dafina) and Al Picasso (RFI Farid x Al Princess Aliha). While the later also won Austria National Gold Champion Senior Stallion, Al Inaya was bested only by MM Niyama (WH Justice x Nautis El Perseus) in the National Senior Mare Championship.

One who thoroughly enjoyed his three days of judging halter and saddle classes at the beautiful location of Wels is Graham Smith: "I was impressed by the overall quality of horses in Wels it is a great recognition about how highly regarded the show has become on the show calendar. Wels Arabian Show is run in conjunction with the Wels Horse Fair which sees many breeds and horse events conducted over three days. There is much to see and do for the horse enthusiast. The La Movida Open House fits in well with the "international feel" of the weekend. Viewing Ferdinand Huemer's horses in family groups is fascinating and warmly welcomed by the spectators and Arabian enthusiasts. My very sincere thanks to Anne Heiloo and all her support team who were terrific in the organisation of the show and also for looking after the judges so well. I also wanted to thank Elisabeth Chat, Daniel Mantler Daniela and Elena Gaiotti for providing me with opportunities to work and learn from them on a range of western ridden classes - I loved it. Congratulations to everyone concerned - you certainly promoted Austria, Wels and the Arabian horse in a positive way."

Next year Wels will celebrate its 30th anniversary. There were persistent rumours, Anne Heiloo won't be organizing the show anymore. Actually, Mrs. Heiloo, president of the Austrian studbook, agreed to take up the challenge in 2020 again.

"It promises to a great event," says Graham Smith with a smile. "Wels is a beautiful destination and when combined with the Wels Horse Fair and Arabian ECAHO B Show you really should try to attend."

That's all there is to say!