The Northern Arabian Group had long held the view that
the amateur owner, rider needed encouragement and the
opportunity to compete their horses on a more level playing
field; hence in 2004 the first ‘amateur’ show
was launched. Now in its’ second year, the show
has expanded its’ range of classes to include non-Arabians,
both in-hand and ridden.
Despite an abysmal week of heavy rain and driving winds,
owners and handler’s defied the weather and travelled
to the venue at Wetherby Racecourse. Their dogged determination
was rewarded when the sun finally broke through the cloud
mid morning, and heavy coats gave way to tee shirts. The
facilities at the racecourse were excellent, the rings
within yards of the racing stables.
In hand Judge Frances Grant-Chivers awarded Heather McBreen’s
stunning yearling purebred Arabian colt the first class
of the day. Ali Saleem, is by the prolific stallion Rusleem,
this double El Saleem colt is one to watch. ‘I spotted
him as a foal, and tried to buy him from his breeder John
Coward, but he was promised to Stephen McMorrow,’ said
Heather ‘A few weeks later, Stephen telephoned me
to say he was going to Australia and would not be able
to take on the colt after all, did I still want him!’ Ali
Saleem went on to take the Junior Male pure bred Championship,
An apprehensive Mark Sorraine was forward to show his
two year old colt NL Amir ‘We have had a bad start
to the season’ said Mark ‘Somehow Amir had
managed to become upside down in the box on the way to
Malvern!’ There were no problems for Mark this time
as colt went on to take second place without incident to
Pat Birbeck’s homebred colt DNS Diddi.
Sharon Tyer, was still pinching herself at the end of
the show, after her gelding AG El Khalif won Reserve Senior
Champion, Khalif was produced and shown beautifully, by
his owner, who was obviously delighted with their success.
C Horrox’s gelding Parisfal stood second on this
occasion, but came out later in the day, this time to compete
under saddle in the novice ridden, and was awarded the
Reserve ridden purebred Champion title for his owner! The
novice ridden is always highly contested, and this class
was to be no exception. Standing in second place to Parisfal
was Sue Owens on the little shown Aleshir Alarabia, who
almost de-noviced in this, one of their first outings!
This pair had the only team of supporter’s willing
them to take second place! Their individual show was almost
faultless and this combination are sure to feature in the
ribbons in the future.
There was a bit of excitement in the pure bred mare class
when the Harris family’s filly foal HAC Izahbeyla,
decided to evade her handler, and could not decide which
mare was her ‘mum’ HT Lamia. Everyone was on
hand to shepherd her in the right direction and mother
and daughter were soon reunited to resume their first place
position. Standing second to HT Lamia was Nileisha a typey
chestnut daughter of Ansata Nile Pasha. This was the first
outing to a show, for Nileisha’s new owner Karen
Davies, ‘I had my heart set on a rosette, but can
hardly believe it! I will definitely think about showing
her again!’ HT Lamia continued to build on her success
in the senior mare class, when she was awarded the Overall
In hand Champion of the show for owners Mr & Mrs Harris.
Mare and foal only failed to make it a double victory when
they were piped to first place in the foal class by Tina
Bennett’s very promising, but as yet un named filly
foal who is by her own stallion Shamil. ‘I am very
pleased with ‘Spikes’ (Shamil) first pure bred
foal’ said Tina. We wait to hear what ‘Spikes’ filly
will be named! Overall Reserve Champion went to Jayne Johnson’s
successful mare, Premishah Bint Premier.
Horses forward for the Part bred and Anglo Arabs were
light despite entries, however the quality was good, the
in hand championship was awarded to the worthy winner Diamond
Brite, a 3 year old filly by Fairlyn Gemini, exhibited
by Anne Ainley.
Josie Swinburn’s chestnut and white mare Homeside
Keepsake added a splash of colour, to the proceedings when
she won the Open in hand Championship from Melissa Potters
Telynau Delft. Keepsake is by the coloured stallion Orinoco
and was bred by Josie.
Young riders and handlers were out in force, but it was
a win in the ridden for Sue Travers on her Skewbald gelding
Bailey’s Tipple, who also went on to win the ridden
coloured horse class. Nicola Stanier and her palomino pony
Inglebrook Miranda came second under saddle, but the same
combination gained a first in the young handlers class.
Melissa Potter came a close second with Telynau Delft.
Young riders and exhibitors handled their horses and ponies
with care and consideration, each combination immaculately
turned out and were a pleasure to watch.
Mr and Mrs M A Johnson had a very busy day with their
homebred stallion Rasheik ibn Malik. More used to competing
under saddle, he took part and won the in hand stallion
class. Not long after, he competed in the open ridden,
gaining another win. He then went on to take the Overall
Ridden Championship, the part bred Trellech Countryman
impressed ridden judge Kathy Houghton to be awarded the
reserve title for his owner Lydia Johnson.
We were to see Rasheik ibn Malik again, when this lovely
natured white stallion gave the show a final Arabian spectacle.
He appeared in the main ring for the final time attired
in full authentic Arabian dress, attended by his Bedouin
rider and spear-carrier. He showed no sign of tiredness,
despite his long, but successful day. He cantered and paraded
himself around the arena, much to the delight of the audience
coming to a halt to allow his rider to launch a spear into
the ground. The stallion looked spectacular in his traditional
saddle and bridle. ‘The proper Arabian saddles are
expensive. This one came from Jordan. Their a a lot advertised
on the Internet but many aren’t really suitable to
ride in safely’ said Mrs Johnson ‘Anyway, Rasheik
bought this one for himself as a treat from his stud fee
The show will take place in June next year and will become
part of a full weekend Arabian event. The Amateur Show
will expand it’s range of classes to add even more
appeal to the amateur non Arabian horse owner, and will
be followed on the Sunday by The New Northern Arabian International ‘C’ Show.