BOLTON ARAB SHOW - 21st June 2003

Following quite a hectic week, as far as shows are concerned, Bolton Arab Show took place on the glorious and sunny Saturday following the Cheshire Show. With what this show has on offer it seems a pity that more people did not support it. The showground itself is so easy to get to, situated just a couple of miles from the motorway not far from Bolton Town Centre and in the Country Park. There is excellent parking space with good access for both horseboxes and cars. Caterers attend and there are permanent washrooms and facilities.

What was lacking in numbers, was more than made up for with quality, Mrs. S. Pyke, from North Wales was judging the in-hand sections, commented on the quality of horses brought before her. High Tor Arabian Stud from Hambleton brought out their two year old filly HT Ormuz (Thee Equalizer x HT Obsession), to win her class and then not only went on to take the Pure Bred In-Hand Championship, but the Overall Supreme In-Hand Title as well. Her dam, HT Obsession, (Dakshah x Bint Fikri) won the mares 4 years old & over, and yet another Dakshah daughter, HT Naomi (Dakshah x Naamoura), owned by Miss L. Rankin, continued the success in true family tradition winning her yearling class and then taking the Reserve Pure Bred Arab In-Hand Champions title, so an excellent day for High Tor.

A very promising yearling colt L.A. Picasso, (Ras al Jadi x Sonic Saint), owned by Mr. A. Taylor, took the first class, unchallenged, but he has been making his mark recently with good results at both, The North Western and The North West Groups shows, definitely one to watch for the future. The gelding classes had some really lovely animals forward, Mrs Pyke again commented on how pleasing it is to see so many good prospective performance horses, with sound conformation and good limbs. The 1/2/3 yr olds saw top honours going to the Vodolej son, Chanzes R, (Vodolej x Focus Galliano), a very charismatic three year old. The four year old & over Geldings, one of the bigger classes at the show, this time had HT Favio, (Shaikh Al Kuran x Bint Fikri), heading the line.

A fairly recent acquisition for Sue Brown, from Cheshire was the very nice bay stallion Ellectron, (Eukaliptus x Sasza), who won his class in fine style over Omar el Kheil (Sharik el Kheil x Dageegah), who didn't seem to settle as well as I have seen him do on previous occasions.

The Anglo & Part-Bred Arab In-Hand section saw another successful result recorded for Chasecroft Dimple, (Telynau Piersporter x Chasecroft Dolly Daydream), owned by Margaret Ogden and again expertly shown by fourteen year old Rebecca Georgeson. Repeating her Cheshire result she took the Reserve Championship title in the section, on this occasion to Stychlands Noble Heir. (Strinesdale Matador x Fairley Venitia) "Dimple" is certainly getting noticed; she is one of the nicest fillies on the show circuit this year and I am sure destined for top honours before too long. Stychlands Noble Heir owned by Mrs M Beeston finished his successful day being awarded the Overall Reserve Supreme In-Hand Champion of the show.

Ridden classes, in previous years have had good support here, but again the popularity and demand for the prime show dates in these crucial summer months has taken it toll, the four ridden Anglo & Part-Bred Arab Classes received no entries at all, probably due to another big show, a few miles away, attracting the exhibitors.

Antonia Mitchell, was appointed to judge the Ridden sections, so gave all her attention to the Pure Bred Ridden Classes which brought forth some extremely nice horses. Chloe Thorne with her beautifully presented gelding, Kaaih, (Kaih x Aji Atallah), took first place in the class for Novice Ridden Stallion/Mares/Geldings, above Shadenco, (Decco x Shadena), owned and ridden by S. Cuddon, with third place going to El Cheszaar with C. Beswick-Wild.

The Open ridden Mares had only two forward, first place awarded to a really lovely chestnut mare, Mandala, (Militaire x El Korrinna), who went extremely well for both her owner S. Loughlin and the judge. The Ridden Champion & Reserve was taken from the final Ridden Class of the day, the Open Ridden Stallions & Geldings. Maleikero, (Dakshah x Mel Queda), had made the journey from the midlands with his owner Andrea Boyle, who seemed quite impressed with the show commented "I've brought him to give him a day out by himself" He certainly looked superb, settled well and deserved his first prize and Championship. Second place and Reserve Ridden Champion went to local owners Mike & Jayne Johnson with their stallion Rashiek Ibn Malik, being ridden as competently as ever by Joanna Smith.

It really is so nice to see some exhibitors taking the trouble to travel and support as many of the Arab Shows as possible, large or small. With escalating costs, the smaller shows and affiliated sections need the support of exhibitors and sponsors to survive. Hopefully there will be more entries next year. It is such a good little show and perfect for Youngstock and Novices, so make a note in your Forward Planner, Bolton Arab Show is always on the Saturday after Cheshire County Show. Looking forward to seeing you in 2004.


Class 1: Pure Bred Yearling Colts:
1st - LA Picasso Ex: A. Taylor

Class 2: Pure Bred Arab Yearling Fillies:
1st - HT Naomi (Res Ch.) Ex: Miss L. Rankin
2nd - HT Faberge Ex: Mr & Mrs Woodward
3rd - Zaiesha Ex: E. Waite

Class 3: Pure Bred Arab 2/3 yr old Colts:
1st - Ohio Ex: Miss D. Hill

Class 4: Pure Bred Arab 2/3 yr old Fillies:
1st - HT Ormuz (Ch & Sup Ch) Ex: Mr & Mrs Woodward
2nd - Appassionata Ex: Mrs B & Miss V Marsh
3rd - Kammilla Ex: Miss M Rumsam

Class 5: Pure Bred Arab 1/2/3 yr old Geldings:
1st - Chanzes R Ex: Mrs J Topping
2nd - Bendaross Ex: M Wilcock
3rd - BH Azahli Ex: Miss D Scott-Fowler

Class 6: Pure Bred Arab Mares 4 yrs old & over
1st - HT Obsession Ex: Mr & Mrs Woodward
2nd - Tara Shaklana Ex: Ms J Dickinson
3rd - Levetta Ex: Mrs L Green

Class 7: Pure Bred Arab Geldings 4 yrs old & over
1st - HT Favio Ex: Mr A J Davies
2nd - Sheikh El Badhas Ex: A Southworth
3rd - Dashiek Ex: Miss L Johnson

Class 8: Pure Bred Arab Stallions 4 yrs old & over
1st - Ellectron Ex: Miss S. Brown
2nd - Omar El Kheil Ex: S. Bibby Anglo/Part-Bred Arab In-Hand Classes

Class 9: Anglo/Part-Bred Arab Stallions 4 yrs old & over
1st - Stychlands Noble Heir (Ch AA/PBA & Res Sup Ch) Ex: Mrs. M. Beeston

Class 10: Anglo/Part-Bred Arab Mares & Geldings 4 yrs old & over
1st - BH Arizona Ex: Mrs N & Miss S C Helliwell

Class 11: Anglo/Part-Bred Arab Yearling not ex. 153 cms at maturity
1st - Tempest Solomon Seal Ex: Mrs k Holt

Class 12: Anglo/Part-Bred 2 & 3 yrs old not ex 153 cms at maturity
1st - Chasecroft Dimple (Res Ch AA/PBA) Ex: Mrs. M. Ogden

Class 13: No Entries Class 14: Anglo/Part-Bred Arab 2/3 yrs old exc. 153 cms at maturity
1st - Wards Place Lolita Ex: K Walsh

RIDDEN CLASSES: Judge - Ms. A. Mitchell

Class 15: Novice Ridden Pure Bred Stallions/Mares/Geldings
1st- Kaaih Ex: Miss C L Thorne
2nd - Shadenco Ex: S Cuddon
3rd - El Cheszaar Ex: C Beswick-Wild

Class 16: Open Ridden Pure Bred Mares
1st - Mandala Ex; S Loughlin
2nd - Cleotte Ex: G Topping

Class 17: Open Ridden Pure Bred Stallions/Geldings
1st - Maleikero Ex: A Boyle
2nd - Rashiek Ibn Malik Ex: Mr & Mrs M A Johnson
3rd - Moon Magician Ex: Dr. S. Taylor-Green

1st- El Rafeek Ex: J Smith
2nd- Dahabb Ex: E. Mercer

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