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Doris Melzer, Erwin Escher & Carola Toischel

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Mosalli - Supreme Champion Stallion

After many years in the "exile" the Egyptian Event Europe took place again at the fabulous racetrack at Baden-Baden, a picturesque town in southern Germany. Willi Poth, the organizer of the very first Egyptian Event Europe was the one who discovered this racetrack for the Egyptian Arabian horse in the eighties. Willi Poth's shows were tremendously successful and set the standard for all who followed.
To enter the gates of the show ground again after so many years was like "coming home". The organizers had worked night and day to make this Event a special one - and they were more than successful. "We worked for more than six month," says Ferdinand Schwestermann, President of the Pyramid Society Europe. It was worth the effort!

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The organizers of the Event - Ferdinand Schwestermann
and Mr. and Mrs. Hans-Jürgen Friedmann

Despite the fact that temperature rose to fever pitch, on Sunday the stands were packed with visitors from various different countries and you could hear languages you never dreamed of. People came in from Europe as well as from Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, and the USA to watch some of the most beautiful Egyptian Arabians vying for the victory. In fact, the competitors were at least as international as the visitors but in opposite to the people at the stands, they had not the slightest problems to communicate with each other...

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Senior CHampion Mare Elf Layla Walayla

The horse that blew all other competitors away was the lovely mare Elf Layla Walayla (Assad by Ansata Halim Shah x 223 Ibn Galal I) whose name means "thousand and one night" - and indeed she looked like a fairy-tale beauty. Exotic type and extreme head defines this mare who is bred at Bábolna and owned by Nayla Hayek/Switzerland. Petite and very feminine, Elf Layla Walayla has a smooth body, nice carriage and a reaching trot. Is it any wonder she won Senior Champion Mare and later was crowned Supreme Champion Mare of the show? A man who was sitting near me remarked, "but she has no extreme dish, how could she be named Champion Mare?" Time to think again Mr. Dishlover - a concave profile alone doesn't define a classical head at all and "type" is more than just a beautiful face. The judges rewarded Elf Layla Walayla's type with the highest score possible - three times 20 points!

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Elf Layla Walayla

An interesting side note: Elf Layla Walayla was not in show training prior the Event and lived her normal life at the pasture. "After the show she went home safe and now enjoys her pasture again," reports Nayla Hayek. It is still possible to win with exceptional horses even without intense training.

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The Reserve Senior Champion Mare Loubna
(by Imperial Imdal) was bred in Israel

Reserve to Elf Layla Walayla in the Championship stood the extremely nice fleabitten-grey mare Loubna, who also had a perfect score for type ("20" from all judges). She is by Imperial Imdal out of the champion producing Imperial Kalatifa (by Imerial Al Kamar) and was bred in Israel by Ariela Arabians but now is owned in partnership with Jackie Ware/Great Britain.
This mare shouldn't be described with hackneyed phrases. She is so much more than words can say. Go and try to experience Loubna for yourself. See her, touch her, breath her, and give her a hug. Her flair and lovely face with big dark eyes will speak for itself. She won several championships already and this show was not her last public appearance.

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Mosalli (by Imperial Imdal) - he trotted his way
to the Championship!

Suddenly he was there! A white phantom stallion trotted into the ring. No, he literally flew in and looked as if he was floating on air. Some horses may look good just standing in front of you but when they begin to move they lost everything. Not with this horse! He posed extremely well but as he started to trot he left you speechless. He is a very elegant stallion with long legs and neck and a superb trot, with unusually good suspension. His name? Mosalli (Imperial Imdal x Musaliha by Malik), Loubna's half-brother.

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Mosalli won his large and very competitive class with ease and trotted on to win the Senior Champion Stallion title by unanimous decision. There was no other stallion in the ring that could rival his charisma and animation and none of his competitors was as balanced as he was. Of course, his trot also helped to make him champion (he got "20" points from all judges). Like Loubna, he is bred and owned by Ariela Arabians and is standing on lease at Bettina von Kameke's farm in Germany. Interestingly, he was bred to Loubna's dam last year and the filly who was born looks every inch like the little Egyptian princess everyone had expected.

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The Imperial Imdal grandaughter Pyramid Laneya
was Reserve Junior Champion Filly

Imperial Imdal's lease to Israel was an overwhelming success as confirmed by the many champion get he sired from the Ariela mares. Amazing, that he left equally good sons and daughters. One of his many successful sons bred by Ariela Arabians is Laheeb (x AK Latifa), who was Reserve European Junior Champion Colt and in turn sired the extremely typey Al Lahab, who won Reserve Junior Champion Colt at the All Nations Cup. At this weekend Al Lahab presented one of his first daughters to the public, the breathtakingly beautiful Pyramid Laneya. An impressive filly with extreme type, Pyramid Laneya has long legs and moves gracefully. She looks really cute and bewitched spectators and visitors alike with her charm and elegance. Later she won the "Most classic Head" class as well.

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Chen Kedar, Mosalli & Frank Spönle

Without any doubt Imperial Imdal's influence was evident at this year's Egyptian Event Europe and Chen Kedar from Ariela Arabians had reasons enough to smile.

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Maysoun's son Orashaan was presented in hand...

One of the most influential of all the Ansata Halim Shah sons in Germany is Karin Maiworm's Maysoun, who still is a force to reckon with. He was on lease to Great Britain for a season. Now he is at home again, standing side by side with his multi-champion son Orashaan, a stallion who is known for his flawless disposition (and of course for his many championships earned). Orashaan is currently in Western training with Kai Nehring. He and his sister showed Orashaan and "Baby" (an Ansata El Salaam son) under saddle and gave a very informative demonstration on how to train a Western horse, which was well received by the audience.

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...and under saddle

Maysoun sons sired the Junior Chamion Colt and the Junior Champion Filly respectively. By unanimous decision of the judges no other than the well-known Shabbura HP (Maydan-Madheen x Shahneekha by Anaza Bay Shahh) was declared Junior Champion Filly. Shabbura already is a proven winner on the show circuit. Bred and owned by Horst Preuss, she boasts a royal pedigree. Her sire was the Supreme Champion of the EEE in 1998 and her maternal half-sister Princess of Egypt won Junior Champion Filly at the very same show. Though relatively young, Shabbura's dam Shahneekha produceed one superb foal after another and reigns as the "queen mother" at Horst Preuss' farm.

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Maydan-Madheen (by Maysoun), teh sire of Shabbura HP,
was presented at the Stallion Showcase

A very pretty filly with a high-set neck, Shabbura has three good balanced gaits and her trot has a nice airy quality. Reserve to her (as already mentioned) stood Pyramid Laneya, owned by the Wagner family of Germany. Shabbura's younger full sister Sadah-Madheen won her class and subsequently was named Foal Champion of the show. Winning runs in the family!

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Shabbura HP, the Junior Champion Filly

As the Junior Champion Colt was announced, many spectators were a bit surprised but again it was an unanimous decision. First impressions can be tough but at a second glance AR Jamil Ibn Maymoun (Maymoun by Maysoun x AR Yashmay) looked nice. "He is a typey individual", judge Christina Wale from Sweden explains. "There is no doubt that he is an Arabian horse. I liked him very much!" He has a nice head and a very long neck and a good topline and correct legs. His breeder and owner Dr. Ali Radjai from Germany was overjoyed with the victory of his colt.

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AR Jamil Ibn Maymoun, the Junior Champion Colt

The Reserve Junior Champion Colt Massubi (HF Darius x Tamar Manara) was born in Israel and is a very promising youngster. Pretty and very elegant, this smooth bodied colt with his small, typey head was one of the crowd's favourites. It is sufficient to say he has a proud future ahead of him. He is bred and owned by Tami & Eli Arad.

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The Reserve Junior Champion Colt Massubi
came in from Israel

The Reserve Senior Champion Stallion was the ethereal Farres (Anaza El Farid x Shameerah), who stood behind Mosalli in his class. He is more extreme in the head than Mosalli but certainly not as strong in the body as him and inferior in regard to movement. However, he is a very classic individual and no stranger to the winner's circle either. He is owned by Michael Resch of Canada.

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Born in the USA - Farres, the Reserve Champion Stallion

Two endurance races were held in conjunction with the Event (39 and 80 kilometres respectively) but most riders were not satisfied with the organization which need some improvement.

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Sharing the first place of the 80-km-race: Melanie Arnold and the
straight Egyptian Halim Reyahn (Dalia Halim x Moawada),
bred by Rothenberg Stud

The winners of the 39-kilometres-race were not presented in the ring and this wasn't a nice gesture to the riders and their horses who finished the race in top condition. I don't can speak for others but I would have loved to see them in the ring - it doesn't bother me if the horses are Arabians or not. A winner is a winner and he deserves a lap of honour.

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... and Ines Liskow and the straight Egyptian JKB Masoud
(El Thay Ibn Halim Shah x JKB Masouda)

At every show there are some horses that caught your attention but due to different circumstances didn't make it to the top. The black stallion Rodan El Pharo (Nahabi x AK Taldinaa) was such a horse.

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Obviously winning isn't everything!

He ended up last in his class (stallions, eleven years-old and over) but was first in the hearts of the spectators. He was the horse with the most spectacular action of the whole show (in fact he moved like a Hackney) and got 20 points from all of the judges. He bowed his neck like a peacock and presented himself with enormous self-esteem and tons of presence. It was sheer fun to watch him interacting in the ring with his handler Franz Bott, who owned him for many years - the two guys had a really nice rapport. Rodan El Pahro's new owner Ingrid Hofmann-Kirsch seemed totally satisfied with the performance of her stallion and didn't bother about the place. She knew he had made a lasting impression on most of the visitors.

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The Supreme Champions Mosalli...

After most ribbons and sashes were given away, there still was one big question to answer: Who will be the Champion of them all? For the Supreme Championships the juniors and seniors competed against each other - and obviously it were easy decisions for the judges. Mosalli emerged the Supreme Champion Stallion and for the mares it was Elf Layla Walayla who beat Shabbura HP.

The last act was to name the "Best Egyptian Horse of the Year". Here they stood, nose to nose, the reigning Supreme Champions of this show who both had won this titles in previous years (Mosalli in 2000, Elf Layla Walayla in 1998). The judges needed some time but then came up with a decision: They preferred feminine beauty over masculine power and gave the title to a deserving El Layla Walayla. It was a supreme ending of a supreme weekend!

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...and Elf Layla Walayla

Off to the classwinners!

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