The 2nd Egyptian Event UK took place at a new venue - the beautiful
Addington Manor which is ideally placed in central England just
south of Buckingham.
The facilities were absolutely A1 - two large, well-lit and well-maintained
indoor schools (the "poopa-scoopa" man came out regularly!);
international dressage arenas; acres of lovely parkland; a good
cafeteria and a bar; showers (clean - at least to start with!);
spacious indoor stables (although some were quite a distance from
the arenas); a superior sounding PA system
I believe the
venue is under new ownership/management and if this standard can
be maintained they are certain of success.
The judges had come from far and wide - Liz Salmon from
the USA; Dr Francesco Santoro (Italy); Willie Poth
(Germany); Dr Nasr Marei (from Egypt and I think making
his UK judging debut); with UK's Audrey Paul as Reserve;
Anne Green (Ridden) and Paul Turner (Dressage).
Although entries were slightly up on last year and some lovely
Arabians were on view it must have been disappointing to all concerned
that entries forward ranged from zero to a maximum of 8.
The Event is basically arranged into 3 sections -
- Straight Egyptian (SE) of which there are relatively
few in this country but their numbers are growing annually via
imports and breeding.
- Egyptian Related/Bred (ER) - sired by a SE or both
grandsires SE (in either case the dam must not be a SE).
- Egyptian Influenced (EI) - having a SE within three
generations (sire/dam; grandsire/dam; great grandsire/dam) which
must cover a considerable number of Arabians in this country.
Indeed it seemed strange to see several "Russian"
Arabs (in both the ER and EI sections) but they of course are
perfectly acceptable via the Egyptian stallion Aswan who was
used so extensively at Tersk.
Equally some "Polish" Arabians could have entered -
via Aswan's son Palas. Perhaps owners are still unsure of their
horses' pedigree qualification - if you are just send details
to the organisers and they will soon say "Yeah" or "Neigh"!!!
So check your Arabians' pedigrees and make date for 2002!!! Stallions,
colts, mares, fillies, foals and geldings all have in-hand classes,
plus the ridden, dressage and "speciality classes" -
54 in all!
The 2000 show Supreme Champion Maysoun (DE) had returned to Germany
after his brief stay at the Jones' Bychan Stud but his influence
continued via his son Orashaan (DE) who is making a return
visit to Bychan. Indeed the Jones family had brought three horsebox
loads and seemed to be showing (and winning) in almost every in-hand
The show opened with the EI Youngstock classes and culminated
with Championships for the colt Grando (Grenlando/Martina
Nareen) and filly Karalisa (Ibn Charismma/Kalana) - both
exhibiting spectacular movement - with the former owned by the
Jones' and the latter shown for Andrea Ware by Ryan Jones.
The Geldings section covered SE/ER/EI and here the Champion was
the well-known Kabbari (Crusader (SE)/ Kazanina) - another
Ware/Jones combination - looking magnificent and towering over
the opposition. Reserve was the flamboyant bay Fferzan
(Ffatal Attraction (US)/Fazleta) shown for Louisa Biles by Mark
Next the ER youngstock classes where last year's Reserve Supreme
Ora El Masri (Orashaan/Alianda) began his 2001 winning
ways, again for Bychan with another Orashaan son, Eddashan in
Reserve. The female section resulted in a Championship for a very
pretty, typey steel grey filly named Haiti Shaklana (MA
Alishah (US)/Halina Shaklana) owned and bred by Susan George and
shown by Matthew Gales. Susan brought five horses to the show
and was elated when each one returned with at least a red rosette!
The SE youngstock section was headed by the Bychan colt Jedah
(Orashaan (DE)/Siametta (SE)) and the filly Kateefah (Kerim
Shah(US)/Moneeshah) owned and bred by Mrs A Potts and shown by
Lisa Carter. Reserves were Mrs R Brown's EA Sinbad (Orashaan
(DE)/AK Sheherezada (US)) and the Marr's Divine Grace (US)
(Thee Desperado (US)/JA Amazing Grace).
The Brood Mare class was won by the USA import Raqqisa
(Gamal Al Arab/Rahmaa), now owned by Pam Cooper with her Maysoun
colt foal taking the Foal Championship.
Final class of the afternoon brought 7 forward for the Junior
Classic Head which Dr Marei awarded to the Turners' colt Azteq
(by the Spanish Borneo ex Ashiqa).
Outside in the wonderful dressage arena Susan George's Luzhana's
Star Gazer (Ibn Estasha(DE)/Luzhana) ridden by David Steans
was performing two tests almost in splendid isolation!
We returned to the arena mid-way through the evening for the
Costume Class. The two entries had a combined age of 45 - not
that anyone would know that from their performances! The incomparable
Aliha (Indian Silver/AK Atallah (US)) with Emma Maxwell
was back in the limelight and loving every minute! Second was
the Marawan daughter Hidayed owned by Mr and Mrs Tatam.
The evening horse-wise closed with The Stallion Showcase where
Chi Lin Tienshan (Lyndham Tarac/Lazuli of Chi Lin) and
the recently imported Ansata Shaamis (Ansata Halim Shah/AK
Faressa) were centre stage. The Gala Evening dinner dance and
auction (including that of slaves!) went on well past midnight
(1.11 a.m. to be precise!).
Next day the sun shone again making me wish we were outside
and able to use that lovely parkland as a background for photographs!
Day Two followed the same format but for Seniors. EI Females saw
a successful return to the ring for Pauline Hitchings' now alabaster
beauty TAS Fascination (Zircon Nazeer/Jemille) who held
off the challenge of Caroline Reeves' International Show sensation,
the hovering "Russian" Magdalina (Gvizd/Moskawa).
ER Females went to another of Andrea Ware's this time Meenah
(DE) (Mukthar (DE)/Dimira (DE) with Amira Al Noor (SES
Pasha's Mirat (US)/Nekeyah) taking the Reserve for Mrs J Harris
and Mr P Hardcastle.
SE mares were very few in number but the Marrs' JA Amazing
Grace (US) (AK Ishmael/AK Sharoufa) lived upto her name and
made her UK debut a Championship winning one in the hands of Mark
Gamlin with Emma Maxwell showing Delyth Gamlin's A Little Tenderness
(Crusader (SE)/ Bint El Sanaa (US)) to the Reserve.
In the outside ring Delia Theobald and Mistic Moon (Spoetnik/MC
Lady Misteri) were repeating their 2000 win to became Ridden Champion
with Luzhana's Star Gazer in Reserve.
The afternoon session commenced with a one minutes silence in
respect of Major Ian Hedley who had very recently passed away.
Major and Mrs Hedley and their Briery Close Arabians had attended
the 1st Egyptian Event and were due to attend the 2001 show. It
would be impossible to adequately represent the Major's contribution
to the Arabian in the UK, indeed world-wide, in a few words here,
but on a personal level Peter and I owe much to the Hedleys, for
they (and the Houghtons) instigated our involvement in photographing
Arabians over 20 years ago and our thoughts are with Annette at
this sad time.
The atmosphere went up a gear as the stallion classes commenced.
EI Male Champion was the tall and attractive Narismma (WSA
Charisma (US)/Nazieka) owned, bred and shown by Rebecca McCormick
but it was a close shave as Caroline Reeves very explosive little
stallion G Shakib (Ibn Estopa (DE)/ Omel Shiva Estopa)
was awarded 100% for his movement! ER Champion was another marked
100% for movement - Andrea Taylor's Hakka (Al Hakkim (US)/Kyrenia
- a rare individual who manages to out-trot Rhodri Jones! Reserve
was another big mover - Susan George's 20 year old Artist
(Aswan/Stitha) bred by the Tersk Stud. What could the Straight
Egyptians come up with now?
Well after all those off-spring of Orashaan it was time for him
to make his own entrance! Flying round the ring Orashaan
scored 92 - the highest points of the show - to
take the Championship ahead of his Bychan neighbour Emiratus
B (El Thay Mameluk (DE)/Ibn Galal 1) bred by Babolna Stud (Hungary).
A little relaxation was now required and came via the Senior
Classic Head class. Eight were forward with Dr Marei picking out
last year's Champion the mare Saatiah (Carmargue/First
Blush (US). However Saatiah in a "head-to-head" with
the Junior winner had to give-up her beautiful Karen Kasper bronze
award to Azteq.
Up a gear again - this time for the Liberty Class, also judged
by Dr Marei. First in was Emma Maxwell's SE mare Belkis Al
Badia (Crusader/Bint Al Badia) showing off a great trot and
just pipping (amongst others) Magdalina. This mare has obviously
got a special relationship with Emma as she came back into the
ring to receive her reward of a beautiful framed picture of an
Arabian cantering in the desert wearing just a rope loosely round
her neck (the Aliha of the future?).
Final Championships time! This is where the Juniors and the Seniors
for each sex/section come together and then the Section Champions
until there are just two left - a ER/EI Supreme and a SE Supreme
and then they become the Supreme and Reserve Supreme of the Show!
Phew! Lots of lovely rosettes/sashes/trophies available here plus
£1000 to the Supreme and £500 to the Reserve!
SE Female Champion:
|JA Amazing Grace
SE Male Champion
ER Male Champion:
|Ora El Masri
EI Female Champion:
EI Male Champion:
ER/EI Supreme Champion:
|Ora El Masri
SE Supreme Champion:
|JA Amazing Grace
of the Show:
Champion of the Show:
So the 2001 Egyptian Event came to a close and I eventually got
my wish to photograph some beautiful Arabs outside although my
idea of photographing them standing between the sphinxs could
not happen as the sun was now at the wrong angle!
Final message - look at those pedigrees and book the date for
the 2002 Egyptian Event UK! Executive Director Merylyn Drain,
Patron Donald Duke and their hard-working team would be
delighted to see you!
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