Two Triple Crowns

Wearing his trademark sunglasses even at nightfall, Karl Lagerfeld gave the Champs Elysee - known as the most beautiful avenue in the world with 400 trees - a fashionable start to the holiday shopping season as the Chanel designer turned on Christmas lights on the Parisian avenue on Thursday, just before the Arabian horse scene celebrated the World Championship in the French capital. Two Triple Crown winners gave Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and his Ajman Stud team a fashionable end of the European show season at the World Championshipsunder the patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Already the first decision on Sunday caused a sensation: the first Triple Crown at 2018 World Championship! The World Gold Champion Yearling Filly was given to amazing AJ Samara (AJ Mardan x Sama AM), the reigning All Nations Cup and European Gold Champion Yearling Filly. This AJ Mardan daughter just finished her Triple Crown in Paris alongside Frank Spönle. Congratulation to her proud breeder and owner Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi of Ajman Stud, UAE. It is already the second Triple Crown winner sired by only seven years old AJ Mardan after AJ Azzam in 2015.

Silver was given to D Shihanah (FA El Rasheem x D Shahla) of Dubai Arabian Horse Stud and Al Orasia Stud's Israa AH (Wadee Al Shaqab x Zhared Dreamz JTA) accomplished Bronze, proudly owned by Al Orasia Stud, Bahrain. As far as we know, the very first World Championship for this country.

Then the next sensation: Two In A Row for Ajman Stud! The RFI Farid daughter HDM Maria Apal (out of WW Mania Apal) received World Gold Champion Junior Filly alongside Frank Spönle. HDM Maria Apal was bred by Eleonore Mertens, Belgium. It was a tight decision. HDM Maria Apal won with 17 points. Silver winning D Ajayeb - another RFI Farid daughter out of Ladi Veronika, bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud - earned 16 points.

Bronze was given to Balada Al Alfabia (EKS Alihandro x ZT Magna Psyche), bred by Alfabia Stud and owned by Al Jassimya Farm.

In the Senior Mares Championship, a glistening white beauty returned to the arena and she impressed all! After winning Gold in Menton (2018) and Aachen (2017), Anood Al Nasser took Gold in Paris, too. The Ashhal Al Rayyan daughter out of Aleysha Al Nasser was bred by Al Nasser Stud and is proudly owned by Akmal Stud, Saudi Arabia; wonderfully presented by Glenn Schoukens.

Silver and Bronze were given to other snow-white beauties. Om El Aisha Aljassimya (WH Justice x Om El Aliha), bred by Om El Arab International and owned by Al Jassimya Farm, took Silver.

Wadad Zamani (Laheeb x Zena Al Buraq) accomplished Bronze for her owner Hanaya Stud. This mare was bred by Osman Al Kasasi, so another Bronze World Champion bred by an Israeli breeder.

The title for Platin Worldchampion Female was given to immortal Emandoria (Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda) a truly regal mare from Michalows E-family, the result of a mating of two World Champions and a World Champion herself, winner of the 2013 Triple Crown. 14 years of age, Emandoria hasn’t lost anything of her outstanding appeal, beauty, and fascination.

The Yearling Colts Championship caused another sensation, the second Triple Crown Winner for Ajman Stud! All good come in three! Admiraal received the third 2018 World Gold Champion for Ajman Stud and completed his Triple Crown with this. Just amazing! Proudly owned by Ajman Stud, the yearling colt Admiraal (Emerald J x Haniyyah) was bred by Al Muawd Stud and very well presented by Rhodri Jones.

He made his debut and accomplished Silver: Arrab Aljassimya, sired by Al Ayal AA and out of freshly crowned World Silver Champion Senior Mare Om El Aisha Aljassimya, bred and owned by Al Jassimya Farm. Duke Santonio Me (Santorini x Amaliaa), bred by Dawn Cascoe, made a dream come true for his owner Meshaal Almesbah, Kuwait, by winning Bronze Champion Yearling Colt.

After winning World Gold Champion Yearling Colt in 2016, D Seraj came back and wowed the judges and spectators likewise. Proudly bred and owned by Dubai Arabian Horse Stud, D Seraj (by FA El Rasheem) is a maternal half-brother to freshly crowned World Silver Champion Junior Filly D Ajayeb, out of Ladi Veronika. Both juniors were presented by Paolo Capecci.

Another Ajman Stud star accomplished Silver: AJ Kafu (Shanghai EA x AJ Kahayla), the reigning Dubai and All Nations Cup Gold Champion Junior Colt. Athbah Stud celebrated its Bronze winning colt Gabel Athbah, by the untamed EKS Alihandro out of Meqbilat Athbah.

Kahil Al Shaqab was proudly presented by Al Shaqabs stud manager himself, Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, for the title of Platin Worldchampion Male, a title only available to former World Champions. Just in the tradition of his family, the Marwan Al Shaqab son Kahil Al Shaqab out of OFW Mishaahl accomplished the World Champion title as a junior(2011) and senior (2014). In addition, Kahil Al Shaqab already sired World Championship winning get with Minwah and Pustynia Kahila.

The final decision of the day was the World Champion Senior Stallions and the crowds favourite did it - Equator was named Gold Champion after winning Silver in 2017 and 2015! After taking Silver in Dubai and at the All Nations Cup, winning Gold at the European Championships earlier this year, Equator accomplished Gold at the World Championships for his leaser Al Sheikh Stud, Israel. Out of Ekliptyka, Equator is sired by legendary World Champion QR Marc and so he continues the tradition of World Champions from the Marwan Al Shaqab sire line. Since 2010, every Senior World Champion Stallion has been a Marwan son or grandson!

The Bronze winner is also coming from Israel: Al Ayal AA, by Al Ayad and out of the broodmare supreme The Vision HG, who passed away this August. Proudly bred and owned by Ariela Arabians, a great competitor concentrating on Straight Egyptian Arabians. Silver was given to ES Harir (AJ Dinar x TF Magnums Magic), bred by Emirates Stud and proudly owned by Al Saqran Stud. Silver and Bronze was a tie and it caused a bit of confusion during the prize-giving ceremony; both stallions received 11 points, but ES Harir won by the class score.

Lots of special awards were given, i.e. Ajman Stud was awarded "Farm of the Year" while Dubai Arabian Horse Stud garnered Best Breeder in World Championship plus awards for Best Sire and Dam for FA El Rasheem and D Shahla respectively. Not to forget the awards for Best Breeder/Owner in World Championship (Ariela Arabians), Best Straight Egyptian Male (Al Ayal AA) and Female (Wadad Zamani) and the French Cup, which went to Jahamal De Cartherey.

Arabian Horse Global Network congratulates all winners and their teams. It was a competitive show. See you next year in Paris, enjoying the City of Light, the Champs Elysee and the most beautiful Arabian horses.

Figure out all results here and lots of photos by Saleh Mostafa here