MORION (Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina / Ekstern)

The foaling season and breeding season is a period of hard work for breeders. It is the time of verifying our previous breeding decisions and the time of making new ones. Questions about the best matching damline and sirelines are rushing in our heads. Of course, the most important thing for us are „marriages” that will emphasize the positive qualities of the mares which are the base of our breeding programs and eliminate undesirable features. 

Observation of the features and development of the current offsprings by MORION (Kahil Al Shaqab x Mesalina / Ekstern) confirms my belief that this is a stallion which allows us to expect promising ones. The first Michałów foals by MORION appeared in 2019 and met our expectations. In this difficult pandemic 2020, the Polish offsprings of MORION strongly emphasized their presence on the Polish show rings. The performances of the filly El Madera (Morion x El Medonia / Shanghai EA), El Medida (MORION x El Medara / Shanghai EA) and the colt Ferrum (Morion x Ferrmaria / El Omari) in Białka during the XXX Junior Spring Show of Arabian Horses made us proud. The victory of El Madera led by Paweł Syliwoniuk in the yearling fillies class 4B with a score of 91.33 points was only a prelude to the performance of El Medida presented by Artur Łojowski. Firstly, Artur led her to victory in the class with a score of 93.67 points with excellent marks for type, head and neck and movement, and then they together outclassed the competition in the Yearling Fillies Championship, winning a well-deserved gold medal. 

The performance of MORION's son, the colt Ferrum, was the beginning of this young horse's fascinating show career. By winning the Yearling Colts Championship in Białka, he began his way for more victories. Excellent performances both during the National Arabian Horse Show in Janów Podlaski, where he got the title of Yearling Champion Stallion, the award for the best movement and the extremely important title of Best in Show, as well as the performance in Prague, from where he returned with the title of European Champion, proves that the chosing Morion's breeding is worth serious consideration. 

Our offsprings by MORION from 2020 also allows us to be optimistic about the future. We believe in their successes at the shows, hopefully also at the most important title ones. 

MORION is very popular among breeders who have already noticed a huge potential in his offsprings, both for show and for breeding in the future. MORION gives offspring a large, black, well-set eye, a wide forehead, a long swan neck, good body shape and elegance. Choosing the MORION's breeding is a great chance for progress in breeding programs and spectacular successes on show rings.

Weronika Sosnowska

Senior horse breeding specialist
Michałów State Stud

On February 16th, at 4 a.m., the gate leading to Michałów State Stud was crossed by the phenomenal 7-year-old AJ AZZAM (AJ Mardan x Ysadora / Marwan Al Shaqab). The stallion with an amazing pedigree which is owned by Ajman Stud, was leased to our stud for two seasons. AJ AZZAM is the son of AJ Mardan (Vervaldee x Felica RLC / Shael Dream Desert), the Bronze Medal winner of the World Yearling Colts Championship in Paris in 2012, whose blood runs in the veins of the horses which gain spectacular successes on show rings. It is not without reason that AJ Mardan has earned the nickname "champions producer". On the dam's side, AJ AZZAM is the grandson of Marwan Al Shaqab, whose contributions to the development of the world Arabian horse breeding program are enormous.

 AJ AZZAM (AJ Mardan x Ysadora / Marwan Al Shaqab) is an extremely titled stallion, including reaching in 2015 for the so-called european triple crown, which means winning the Championship of All Nations Cup in Aachen, the European Championship in Verona and the World Championships in Paris.

We have great hope in using AJ AZZAM in Michałów! His coming to our stud has been already commented on widely in social media, which has made us very happy! 

Horse breeding requires humility and patience, therefore we will have to wait several months for the effects of breeding ideas related to this stallion, but the waiting for the results is the most exciting.

AJ AZZAM feels great. He is resting after the journey, surrounded by loving care. We would like to thank Ajman Stud for the trust and the possibility of fruitful cooperation.

Welcome home AJ AZZAM!

Thank you Elisa Grassi for the beautiful photo!

 

Happy birthday, EMANDA!

Yesterday, on February 11th , the mare EMANDA (Ecaho / Emanacja x Eukaliptus) celebrated her 25th birthday. Her sire, Ecaho, is the son of Janów's legendary Etruria. Emanacja, according to those who were lucky enough to admire her, was a dream for every breeder of Arabian horses. EMANDA is a mare that deserves to be called a legend. World Champion from Paris 2001. She gave many horses in her breeding career, and 17-year-old Emandoria, 2019 World Platinum Champion Mare, by the epochal Gazal Al Shaqab, deserves to be mentioned,. We all remember these emotions and tears of happines when we supported the performance of Emandoria led by Mariusz Liśkiewicz, admired by numerous international judges.

It is also worth paying attention to another great daughter of EMANDA, Emandorissa by Abha Qatar, who last year became the Polish Reserve Champion and the European Reserve Champion.

EMANDA is in a very good condition, under excellent veterinary care provided. EMANDA has her own special nutritional program dedicated to her individual needs, so that she could be with us for many years.

Happy birthday, EMANDA!

Photo: Photographic Archive of Michałów State Stud; author: J. Joanietz, 2004;

 

Yesterday,The first edition of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival has come to the end.  Thanks to the online broadcast, prepared by the professional Arabian Essence team, we had the opportunity to admire the impressive, lavish event prepared with attention to the smallest details. The organizers have made great effort to ensure that the impressions of this event will remain in our memory for a long time.

On the starting list there were many horses bred by Michałów State Stud and now owned by breeders from all over the world.The winner of the 3-year-old fillies was EMARELLA (Sahm El Arab x Emandorella / Eden C), who is the granddaughter of the Platinum World Champion EMANDORIA (Gazal Al Shaqab x Emanda / Ecaho). EMARELLA received a high score of 92.42 points, which guaranteed her participation in the championship. During the Festival we had the opportunity to admire the progeny of our stallion EQUATOR (QR Marc x Ekliptyka / Ekstern). In the same 3-year-old fillies class, in which EMARELLA competed, EQUATOR's daughter, MONA LISA ALJASSIMYA took third place with a high score of 92,17 and in the the 3-year-old colts class, his son MOMAYZ ALJASSIMYA was first with a score of 91, 33 points. The performances of MONA LISA ALJASSIMYA and MOMAYZ ALJASSIMYA prove that the stallions bred by Michałów State Stud are an important issue in breeding programs. Congratulations to Aljassimya Farm, owner of EMARELLA, MONA LISA ALJASSIMYA and MOMAYZ ALLJASSIMYA!

The 7-10-year-old mares class was a real feast for Arabian horse lovers. In this age category, Michałów's GALERIDA (Shanghai EA x Galilea / Laheeb) did not disappoint, beating her rivals with a score of 92.75 points. This wonderfully sophisticated mare was purchased by the current owner in 2019 during the Pride of Poland for EUR 400,000, which was the highest amount during the auction. Congratulations to the current owner of the mare, Al Thumama Stud! It was wonderful to see GALERIDA in the ring again!

In the oldest mares class (11+) PIACENZA (QR Marc x Primawera / Emigrant) took the second place with a score of 92.83 points. Congratulations to Al Shahaniya Stud!

Yesterday, 2nd February, PALMIRA (Monogramm x Palestra/ Penitent) celebrated her 26th birthday. She is one of three Monogramm's daugter, among Espadrilla and Emocja, which remained at our stud. PALMIRA is a mare that does not need to be introduced to the public in details. Those who were lucky enough to admire her during the shows agree that her exceptional beauty, Arabian bouquet and phenomenal movement were breathtaking. Among numerous titles, WAHO Trophy, which she received in 2010, should be distinguished. 

PALMIRA is the mother of the beautiful Pistoria (by Gazal Al Shaqab),sold in 2015 for a considerable sum of 625 thousand Euro at the Pride of Poland Auction and Parmana (by Al Maraam), the dam of Parmania (by Kahil Al Shaqab) and the promising colt Ptolemeusz (by Michałów State Stud stallion Złoty Medal).PALMIRA, despite her age, is in excellent condition, enjoys good health and life in her home stud, where she is surrounded by excellent daily care and love.We hope she will stay with us for many years!

Happy Birthday, PALMIRA

Photo: Karolina Misztal

Difficult horses give us the most!
ZAGROBLA (Monogramm x Zguba / Enrilo)

For over 27 years of working at Michałów State Stud, I have created my own private ranking of horses that offered me the most. ZAGROBLA is one of them. Born in 1994, she belonged to the group of the Monogramm's daughters. She was the second horse in the line at the same event, after Emmona (Monogramm x Emilda / Pamir), with whom I won the title of World Champion in Paris in 2000. She was one of the favorite mares of her breeder, Director Ignacy Jaworowski.

Such horses and such events are never forgotten. In 2000, the system in which the Arabian Horse World Championships were played was slightly different. First of all, gold, silver and bronze medals were not given, as it is nowadays. There were only the titles of Champion and Reserve Champion to win. Secondly, the horse presentation system was quite different. The horse was usually led more calmly to the show ring, presented in a standing-up position, shown at the walk, and then at the trot. The system was different and, in my opinion, much more difficult than nowadays, because it required the horse to change the pace of the showing suddenly. After the "standing-up " presentation, it had to develop immediately into motion. ZAGROBLA was a mare who liked this system very well.

I can write one thing about ZAGROBLA! Probably I taught her less than she taught me. In the beginning, she was my "mentor and guide". She had more experience. It was ZAGROBLA that shaped my view of training and showing horses. She taught me that you shouldn't trust a horse in a show ring too much. She was one of the most difficult horses I have trained and shown in my career. I knew that I would not win with strength and a whip but with the way of presentation.

ZAGROBLA in her „mother stud”did everything she was asked for. She could change the direction of movement on the lunge at a click. She stood like a statue, focused on the presenter. She did her best. I had to be very careful not to overtrain her at home, because she was an extremely expressive mare with a huge amount of commitment to work. She cooperated perfectly, also on warming up ring. As if she had felt that this had not been the show ring.

It was extremely difficult to show ZAGROBLA in the ring. She didn't want to give up to the coach completely. She always had something "hers" up her sleeve. Just because she was giving out all her energy it didn't mean she gave up completely. The year 2000 made me realize that she needed a certain amount of freedom to present herself well. She showed herself fantastic in motion. I can consider her, with many of the horses I have trained, to be one of the best and at the same time the most difficult horse to present for a presenter, due to the sweep of her movement. She always had to be hold lightly. She reacted very strongly to everything that surrounded her. That is why it was necessary to look for her in the warming-up ring the most peaceful place, somewhere on the sidelines, in order to protect her as much as possible and let her calm down.

She didn't like being left alone without the company of other horses. That is why it was so difficult to show her in the ring in classes, but easier in the championship, when she was standing with other horses. You had to keep her short when entering the show ring because on the long cord she started to snap and dance around the presenter, which was very effective but unfortunately it burned her out. Correct „standing-up”, surrounded by judges, spotlights and music, was extremely difficult to maintain. It was an absolute success to stand-up still for 3-4 seconds without with head, ears and neck in a good position. Those few seconds of maximum focus were all that could be brought out of her. Then she started tramping in place, swimming croup, putting her ears back. But she was so charismatic that those few seconds were enough to impress the judges, as it was in Paris in 2000 with me as presenter and at the 2003 US Championships with Michael Byatt. There was "something" about her. Winning the Arabian Horses World Championships in 2000, she had a perfect few seconds of "standing-up", and then she "fired" like a firecracker. On that day in December, Emmona, ZAGROBLA and Ekstern won three World Champion titles.

ZAGROBLA is one of the few mares that won the title of World Champion but never managed to win the title of Polish National Champion. This shows how good was other competitiors in national arena and how difficult she was to present. It was an exceptional mare that taught me a lot. She liked to show up but you had to be careful not to let her "burn" herself. She had extremely flexible movement, perfect body, great neck, beautiful dark eye. In my opinion she was a typical mare in the Polish style. A very expressive horse. She always marked herself. On the one hand, she couldn't be trusted completely, like a woman, but to get the effect she needed to be given a little freedom.

To this day, I have a photo in my home archive of her decorations in Paris. I still remember that experience. When we were in the ring a spotlight was directed at us. For her it was a huge stimulus, which made her tense all muscles and emphasized her Arabian bouquet. After the award ceremony and playing Polish anthem we left the ring wet, she – because of nerves and me - because of emotions and pride. The result was an excellent photo taken by Erwin Escher, who died in 2016, which was used on the cover of Araber Journal.

I remember her like that. Beautiful and untamed.

Mariusz Liśkiewicz
The main specialist of horse training and presentation
Michałów State Stud

 

Michałów Stud announces an auction to take place on January 21st, 2021 (list of horses updated from the January 19th sale)

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In front of us there is New Year, new plans and new challenges, including breeding ones. Meeting market expectations, on 16th January we invite you to the tender for the sale of Arabian horses. This is the first opportunity in this year to buy horses bred by Michałów State Stud. It is also a chance to enrich your own breeding programmes with valuable genetic material and to purchase horses broken to ride. In the offer presented below you will find interesting and very promising young fillies, mares with a breeding career and geldings after racing career.

Feel invited to submit the offers!

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EKSTERN (Monogramm x Ernestyna / Piechur) is a living legend of the Arabian horse world. Like his friend from the stable, the stallion GANGES (Monogramm x Garonna / Fanatyk), is a representative of the Kuhailan Haifi d.b. .

EKSTERN is the unquestionable winner. When he entered the show ring, he always reached for the highest awards, leaving his competitors far behind. He is the father of many champions and mares, endowed by the Arabian horse lovers with the nickname "mothers of champions". It is worth mentioning Pustynna Malwa, dam of the mare Pustynia Kahila, Mesalina, dam of the stallion Morion, who is the sire of the unbeaten so far Ferrum (out of Ferrmaria / El Omari), Ekliptika, dam of the World Champion Senior Stallion Equator and El Bellisima, Wieża Marzeń, dam of Wieża Mocy.

EKSTERN is no longer active as a stud stallion, but we are all happy with his presence every day. He is endowed with daily loving care and love. This is our true Friend.

Yesterday, 10th January 2021, EKSTERN celebrated his 27th birthday. Due to the Covid - 19 pandemic restrictions the birthday party was held in a small group of employees. There were birthday wishes, a delicious and healthy carrot and apple cake and memory photos. Long live the KING!

Happy Birthday, EKSTERN!

Weronika Sosnowska
senior horse breeding specialist
Michałów State Stud

 

 

"My place on Earth"

At the beginning of December 2018, a few days before the III Winter Arabian Horse Auction, I received a phone call from the then President of Michałów State Stud, Monika Słowik, with a proposal of cooperation. I must admit that this phone surprised me a lot. The cooperation included taking over the function of animal husbandry at the stud and creating breeding plan for 2019.

I didn't get much time to think. A decision that, I must admit, was not easy for me, had to be made immediately, literally overnight. I was in a great quandary. I was in love with the Kurozwęki Stud, where I started work as a animal husbandry right after graduating from studies at the University of Agriculture in Kraków. In that period of my life, I gave my whole heart to the Kurozwęki Stud, with which I was associated from the beginning of my life related to horses, especially pure arabian horses. Each of us has places which we always recall sentimentally, so it was a very difficult decision for me.

On the other hand, I realized that the proposal to cooperate with Michałów State Stud was a great opportunity for me to develop myself and that is why I decided to move. Of course, I was full of anxiety. I moved from a small farm to a huge one that I had to get to know. I had to learn a lot of new things, a different horse rearing, a different team management system. At the Kurozwęki Stud I managed a small team and looked after 60 horses. At Michałów State Stud, the number of horses oscillates around 400. It was and it is still a huge challenge. Moving from the Kurozwęki Stud to the Michałów State Stud, literally turned my life upside down, although it was an honor for me to receive such a proposal. It meant that my great life passion for Arabian horses was noticed. I perfectly remember that feeling while walking around the stables in the first days. I was intimidated by beauty of the horses that I was honored to look at. When I dived into their pedigrees, I was fascinated by their perfect consolidation.

The foaling season is ahead of us. I find it as the most beautiful period of time in my work. It is the foaling season that verifies breeding decisions. It shows whether they were right or not. Stable no. 4, the so-called „foaling stable” is the place where I spend the most of the time in the first months of the year. I try to be at each foaling, regardless of the time of day or night, especially when mares close to my heart, such as Galilea (Laheeb - Georgia / Monogramm), Wilda (Gazal Al Shaqab - Wilga / Ekstern) and Elihara (El Nabila B - Esmirna / Werbum) foal.They are the ones that captivated me the most with their type, charisma and beautiful eyes in dark frames.

Working in this place is the great honor for me and the huge challenge that I face every day. I love this place! My place on Earth! Also yours?

Weronika Sosnowska

Senior horse breeding specialist

Michałów State Stud

 

On Friday, the stallion Paris (Kahil Al Shaqab - Palmeta / Ecaho) bred by the Janów Podlaski State Stud, arrived at the Michałów State Stud for a one-year lease.

It seems that this stallion fits perfectly with his classic Polish type to the Michałów Stud herd of outstanding mares. We believe in him very much, but we will have to wait for his offsprings until 2022. The pedigree of this stallion is represented by a very strong Szamrajówka damline, which encourages us to use him in our breeding programme even more. He is the son of the epochal Palmeta (Ecaho - Pilica / Fawor) known as the mother of champions (Palabra, Palatina, Patria, Palatino, Paris, Pascuala). Palmeta, laureate of the 2015 WAHO TROPHY, was awarded the title of Polish National Champion (2003, 2012), European Senior Champion Mare (2005) and Top Ten of the Arabian Horse World Championship.

Paris is a stallion whose development has been followed by breeders of arabian horses for a long time. He made great impression during his first official performance at the Junior Spring Show in Białka. He distinguished himself from the other competitors by Kahil Al Shaqab (Marwan Al Shaqab - OFW Mishaahl / Mishaah). He is a stallion whose beauty, movement and charisma draw the attention of observers. After leaving the transport, he charmed everyone with his perfect front, and above all, with beautiful, huge black eyes in a velvet frame.

Soon we will present the profile of this stallion to breeders, both Polish and foreign.

Welcome home Paris!

Photos: Ewa Imielska Hebda