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22 Mar 2018
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Al Baydaa strike it rich at Sharjah horse show


EGYPT-BASED Al Baydaa Stud snapped up two of the six gongs on offer at the recent Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival which saw a total of 261 horses from connections around the world compete. The show was held at Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. And while Al Baydaa Stud clinched the Gold Champion titles in the Fillies and Mares divisions with Seranza and Emandoria respectively, Stadnina Koni Michalow claimed that honour in the Stallions Division with Equator. While Equator and Emandoria were convincing winners in their classes, Seranza was adjudged winner after finishing as the filly with the highest score.

Owned by Al Baydaa Stud, Seranza scored a total of 371 marks, while AJ Tarim owned by Ajman Stud placed second with a score of 369.5, only just ahead of Dubai Arabian Horse Stud-owned D Mumayyazah who managed 369. The Stallions class saw Equator claim victory with a second round score of 26 compared to Eden C of Al Sayed Stud, who managed to claim 15. Nashmi Al Hawajer, owned by Dr Ghanem Mohammed Obaid Al Hajri, managed just three. Emandoria, winner of the Mares category, was perhaps the most convincing winner among the three as the managed a score of 28 compared to the 10 of second placed Ajman Stud horse AJ Reeda. Close behind in third was Emandoria’s stable companion Galerida, who claimed a scored of seven.

Lr Era De Excalibur, owned by Khaled Saeed Abdulla Al Sayed, was adjudged Gold Champion in the Yearling Fillies category after winning 25 points, while Dubai Arabian Horse Stud’s D Ghaliah, claimed the Silver Champion honours with a score of 11. Sheikh Sultan Mohammed Al Thani-owned Nouwaydra Al Zobair was declared the Bronze Champion with a score of seven. The Yearling Colts class was won by D Bareq of Dubai Arabian Horse Stud with a score of 19, while Sinmar Albidayer, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassemi, landed second with a score of 14. Third place after scoring 12 went to the Khaled Saeed Abdulla Al Sayedowned Maher Al Sayed. The Colts category was won with a score of 18 by Gabel Athbah, owned by HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al Saud, while second place went to D Shallal belonging to Dubai Arabian Horse Stud after it scored 11.

Just behind in third with a score of 10 was the Khaled Ghanem Mubarak Al Omairi-owned KA Nabras. Show Director, Sultan Al Yahya’ie said: “This was a very successful event and the interest in the competition shows how big it has grown. Next year we hope to have an even bigger event in place as we will be celebrating the competition’s 20th anniversary.” Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of sponsors Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “Our support for the Sharjah International Arabian Horse Festival is due to the prestigious position of the festival, which is held Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and to the local and regional reputation of the festival. The success of the festival can be seen in the light of the high turnout of people that are inspired by the sport of our parents and grandparents.”

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