The second UK Egyptian Event was held on August 4th and 5th in the
newly renovated Equine center at Addington Buckingham. The facilities
were superb, with two huge indoor schools, bar and restaurant, outside
dressage arenas, and all set in beautiful British parkland. The only
draw back was the lack of entries, and the PA system not reaching the
rather far off stabling area. This show was started by Merylyn Drain,
and it has taken a lot of hard work to organise. She is very ready to
listen to complaints and suggestions, and by next year the wrinkles
should be ironed out to make an outstanding and happy show. Certainly
the rosettes and trophies were fabulous. The list of sponsors headed
by Donald Duke was impressive, the culmination being a cheque for £1000
for the Supreme Show Champion generously donated by Donald Duke.
However, I had a wonderful time. My fellow judges were Dr. Nasr Marei
from Egypt, Willy Poth from Germany and Dr. Santoro from Italy. Even
thought the entries were small, we had some outstanding horses. We were
very level on our scores, and what a joy it was when we all agreed on
three 20's for movement, the standard of movement was very good as was
the handling. For me personally, it was wonderful to see a much higher
standard of feet and legs, than I am accustomed to looking at in the
States. I only saw one slight club foot, and very very few calf knees
or offset cannons, although most legs are not perfect by any means.
When we did vary in scores, it was usually only a point or so apart
and often on legs.
The stewards and Angela Angold were absolutely super and very attentive,
bringing drinks when wanted, and after a slight confusion the first
evening when we arrived, everything went fairly smoothly. We were given
wonderful food and wine at lunch and dinnersomething one would
never see in the States.
The classes were divided into Straight Egyptian, Related and Influenced,
with each division having classes for both males and females of the
various age groups. So there was something for everyone, including dressage
and ridden horses. We also had costume, and Dr. Marei and I judged the
liberty class the easy winner being Emma Maxwell with Belkis Al
There were rosettes for everyone, which is always nice particularly
when they are such attractive ones. We took in turns giving them out
at the end of each class. I did receive an uncalled for comment from
one of the handlers when I was giving out the rosettes. I personally
can give a reason for every placingAmerica taught me that, one
may not agree with an opinion, but it does the handler no good at all
to be impolite.
After all the classes were judged, we had our work cut out naming the
Champions. Sometimes we were totally unanimous, and sometimes it was
a two to one result. The first Championship was for the Straight Egyptian
female. This was won by a very attractive and ethereal mare JA Amazing
Grace (AK Ishmael x AK Sharoufa) imported from the US by John and Wendy
Marr. Reserve to her was the typey, refined and feminine Kateefah( Kerim
Shah xMoneeshah) owned and bred by Ann Potts.
Next were the Straight Egyptian males. Taking this one by storm and
a unanimous decision was the outstandingly beautiful Orashaan(Maysoun
x Orasha) on lease to the Jones family, his sire won this event last
year. Reserve to him was his dark grey son Jedah out of Siametta, a
colt with an exquisite head, owned and bred by the Jones family.
Next up were the Egyptian Related Championships. Winning the Female
Championship was Haiti Shaklana (MA Alishak x Halina Shaklana) an extremely
pretty 2 year old filly, owned by the very excited and well known actress
Susan Georgeshe really appreciated her successes !! Reserve was
Meenah (Mukthar x Dimira) a lovely type of mare owned by Mr and Mrs
Winning the Male Championship in this division was the great moving,
exotic headed Ora El Masri (Orashaan x Alianda) owned by Ryan Jones.
Reserve was Hakka( Al Hakkim x Kyrenia) another typey good mover, owned
by Andrea Taylor.
Finally, in came the horses for the Egyptian Influence Female Championship,
this was deservedly won by the most attractive, feminine yearling filly
Karalisa (Ibn Charisma x Kalana) owned and bred by Andrea Ware. Reserve
was the extremely typey TAS Fascination (Zircon Nazeer x Jemille) owned
and bred by Pauline Hitchings.
The males in this division were equally impressive. The Champion was
Narissma (WSA Charisma x Nazieka) a typey and correct stallion with
good movement. Reserve was Grando (Grenlando x Martina Nareen) a good
typey mover with presence, owned and bred by the Jones family.
There followed a Supreme Championship for the Related and Influence
Champions and reserves, which was won by Narissma with Ora El Masri
Reserve. The Straight Egyptian Supreme Champion was a win for Orashaan
with JA Amazing Grace in Reserve.
The Supreme Champion overall and high point winner was a unanimous
decision for Orashaan with Narissma Reserve.
During the Saturday evening there was a charity art auction, and apparently
a hilarious 'slave' auction with the male handlers being on offer to
the highest bidders. The purchaser could do what they wanted with the
slave for two hoursblows ones mind !!
I sincerely hope that this show has all the support it deserves to
grow into a first rate show. I believe that next year the Egyptian bred
and Influenced horses will be amalgamated, to make for bigger classes.
The number of Straight Egyptians in England is rapidly growing, but
in Europe they do not have the problem of competing with non straights
as they do in the States. I hope to be back there next year as a spectator.