2005 NZ National Arabian Show

pictures and story by Demelza Hoogeveen

9 March 2005

Day one of the New Zealand Arabian National Title Show dawned bright and clear with a light breeze. The venue at Cambridge Lodge was superb and the hard work put in by organisers paid dividends, with a record number of 120 entries.

The judge was John Power from the USA. John had trained and shown horses at National level in halter, English, western and driving, and recently judged at the prestigious Scottsdale Arabian show.

Judging started with the junior partbreds and anglos. Rather than awarding placings, the "Top Five" horses are chosen, and from this Champion and Reserve - but spectators wouldn't know the result until the presentation in the sales arena in the evening. This added to the excitement and anticipation of the awards.

The Top Five junior partbred/anglo included: Candy Shazma (Trikola Ashes N ice x Candy Zara), Warrawee Dreams +Au (Warrawee Grandee x Star of Lochiel), Rayjan Marquis (Bremervale Pocahontas +Au x Blac) and Brechinridge Mi Alii (Diplomat +Au x Mi Swallow). The Reserve Championship went to the elegant Rayjan Marquis, bred in Mosgiel by Rayjan Stud and exhibited by J Anderson. Champion belonged to the good-moving import Warrawee Dreams, bred by Warrawee Stud and exhibited by Kelly Mason.

Entries for the senior partbred/anglo classes were of a high quality. The Top Three senior partbred/anglo gelding included: Graemar Finesse (Aloha Desert Prince +Au x Royal Purple), Jazz (E'Arlia Jarim +Au x Early Riser) and Samsara (Dunwingeri Kahlil +Au x Thumbelina). Reserve belonged to Kelly Mason's homebred Jazz, and Champion to Graemar Finesse, bred and owned by Deborah Howarth.

Jazz - Reserve champion partbred/anglo senior gelding and top 5 ridden partbred/anglo

The Top Three partbred/anglo senior mare included Burren-dah Satine +Au (Burren-dah Whispering Jack x Burren-dah Sabrina), WF Tamri (Cameo Olympiade +Au x Gretchen) and Linwood Flair (Gai Cadet +US x Waimeha Emma). Reserve went to Debbi Collett's homebred WF Tamri, with the Championship taken by the exquisite import Burren-dah Satine, bred by Burren-dah Stud and exhibited by Diane Trillo.

Unfortunately only one partbred/anglo stallion was presented for the National title - however, he was stunning and in my opinion could win against all breeds. This was the Australian import Naaman Tribute, bred by Naaman Stud and exhibited by Graemar Lodge (of Aloha Desert Prince fame). I am sure he will only enhance their already top quality breeding programme.

The purebred classes started after lunch, led by the juniors. The Top Five junior purebred gelding included AA Elite (WA Rouge Elite +US x AA Mystique), AA Rouge Royale (WA Rouge Elite +US x AA Sabrina), Karamea Krusader (Fairview Kaptivation +Au x Karamea Kalilah), Masada Park Maarouf (Breakaway Black Sambucca +Au x Dell Medina) and PL Naavah (Bremervale Shiloh +Au x Mona Lisa +Au). Reserve was taken by Alison Steward's handsome homebred Karamea Krusader, and the Championship to Araleigh Arabian's elegant bay AA Elite.

AA Elite - Champion junior purebred gelding

Many lovely fillies were presented for judging but some would have benefited from more effort put into preparation and presentation, befitting a National Title show. The Top Five junior purebred filly included: SS Mahabbah (Simeon Shemini +Au x SS Mahsaali), Maaresaa MA (Simeon Shemini +Au x Mea), Marhaba Sahiba El Nida (Araleigh Arzada x Keesha), Sarangani Rosa Rugosa +Au (Desperado x Rose of Sarangani) and Cypres Alii Esperance (Diplomat +Au x GS Nahriya Samarda).

Maaresaa MA - Champion purebred filly, with handler Doyle Dertell

SS Mahabbah - Res champion filly

Interestingly, the dams of Maaresaa MA and Marhaba Sahiba El Nida are full sisters by Simeon Shomer from Seetha. The Reserve went to Gerzanne Stud's SS Mahabbah, a pretty product of a father to daughter mating, and the Championship to Maaresaa MA, the first foal bred by Maazea Arabians - what a great way to start.


The Top Five junior purebred colt class included: Glory Days (Soolai'mon +Au x Bluegrass Amazing Grace +Au), Grand Odyssey +US (Odyssey SC x GA Mi Grand Lady), JA Courage Under Fire (Soolai'mon +Au x Euralea Fire N Desire), SS Fari (Simeon Shemini +Au x Simeon Setami +Au) and Dundevale Fire "N" Flare (Euralea Light My Fire x Landon Fadirah). The sire of Dundevale Fire "N" Flare and the dam of JA Courage Under Fire are full siblings.

Grand Odyssey - Champion purebred colt

Glory Days - Reserve champion purebred colt, handler Doyle Dertell and judge John Power

Reserve went to the aptly named foal (and crowd favourite) Glory Days, bred and owned by Donna Fox of Motueka. The Championship was taken by the recent import, Grand Odyssey, whose breeders came all the way from the USA to watch this striking bay colt, now owned by Araleigh Arabians, win the coveted National Title.


JA Courage Under Fire - Top 5 purebred colt

The Top Five senior purebred geldings contained seasoned campaigners. SS Nokomis (Simeon Shomer +Au x Kafiza), already twice National Champion, made it to the Top Five, as did Pinelodge Mississippi (Bremervale Legacy +Au x Bremervale Serena +Au) and Bayzar +Au (Tallangatta Tsar x Marmul), two horses that have been successful under both saddle and halter. The remainder was made up by Palissade +Au (Wollongbar Romulus x Charaway Martika) a recent import, and AA Masquerade (Bold Fyre +US x AA Mystery), who has completed 800km in Endurance.

SS Nokomis - Champion senior purebred gelding

AA Masquerade - Top 5 Senior gelding

The Reserve went to Palissade, bred by Charaway Stud and owned by Shannon Farge. The Championship was taken for the third time by the beautiful white SS Nokomis, bred by Gerzanne Stud and owned by Maazea Arabians.





Always a highlight are the purebred Arabian mares. Top Five included Euralea Spanish Light (Euralea Light My Fire x Euralea Espania Bint Yanah), El Kheir Shakari (Hy-Wynne Shaka +US x Taralea Allegree), SS Bahiya (Simeon Shemini +Au x SS Barzani), SS Sevita (Simeon Shemini +Au x Simeon Seviat +Au) and SS Bint Seetha (Simeon Shemini +Au x Rula). SS Bahia and SS Bint Seetha are three quarter sisters being by Simeon Shemini from Simeon Shomer daughters, and together with SS Sevita continued the success of Simeon Shemini progeny at National level.

SS Bint Seetha - Champion purebred mare

Euralea Spanish Light - Reserve champion purebred mare

The excitement was mounting when Euralea Spanish Light was called as Reserve Champion - this young mare is bred by Euralea Arabians and owned by Leslie Quinn, and line bred to the grand mare Yanah Ibn Estopa +WG. Who would the Champion be? I don't think it was any surprise when the exquisite white SS Bint Seetha was called forward, making it a 'triple crown' for owners Maazea Arabians, and breeders Gerzanne Arabians were of course thrilled.

SS Bahiya - Top 5 purebred mare

Last of all came the Top Four purebred stallions. As always, the numbers were small but the quality was high, with two pretty greys Bremervale Legacy +Au (Rave VF +US x Bremervale Nandina) and Pinelodge Maximus (Bremervale Legacy +Au x Bremervale Chanel +Au), the fiery chestnut Khouros +Au (SK Shakla Khan +US x Yukon Bint Kamista), and the big moving bay straight egyptian SS Ariq An Nasab (iiu) (Anaza Bay Shahh +US x Simeon Saharon +Au).

Khouros - Champion purebred stallion

SS Ariq an Nasab - Reserve champion purebred stallion

Reserve went to SS Ariq An Nasab, who thought he owned the ring, bred and owned by Gerzanne Arabians. The Championship went to Khouros, who knew he owned the ring, imported on lease by Angela Rogers and bred and owned by Sacred Hill Arabians.



The Costume classes contained a mixture of horses in native or show costume, all looking equally beautiful and worthy of a place in the Tales of the 1001 Nights. The Top Five belonged to: Lark Rafii (Echolade +US x AA Juliet), Bushland Assissi (Aquil x Waimheha Sabrah), Samsara, Palissade +Au and Bayzar +Au. Reserve went to Bushland Assissi, bred by P Rowe and exhibited by Zaha Arabians. The Championship went to Palissade, making it a successful night for Shannon Farge.

The ridden sections on day two were well supported including one competitor all the way from Southland (Anne Hutchinson and her horse Donegal Nicholas Arcadia). The Top Five purebred ridden Arabians were: Pine Lodge Mississippi, Donegal Nicholas Arcadia (Rosland +Au x Fatiha), Taralea Adjani (The Ambassador +Au x HFA Samira), Willowvale Sa'arfari (Eastwinds Axiom +Au x Dellmont Ardys), and Bayzar +Au.

Bayzar - Top 5 senior purebred gelding and champion ridden purebred

Top 4 stallion Pinelodge Maximus waiting to compete under saddle

Reserve went to Willowvale Sa'arfari, owned by Golden Shelter Arabians and bred by Willowvale Stud in Christchurch. This win must have been all the more sweet for Sa'arfari's sire has recently passed away. The prestigious championship belonged to Bayzar, bred by M and R Sharman, the culmination of yet another successful show for this horse and his owner Robyn Barker.

The ridden partbred/anglo Top Five included Birchfield Rowan (Hestbank Atash x Persian Nymph), Jazz, Burren-dah Satine, Samsara and TM Shikari Lad (Arana Jacquesse x Kala Shikari). Reserve went to the grey TM Shikari Lad, bred by Margaret Whitehead and exhibited by Victoria Armit. The Championship was taken by the flashy mover Birchfield Rowan, bred by J Campbell and exhibited by Kathy Hartley.

Birchfield Rowan - Champion ridden partbred/anglo

Another successful National Show, and a credit to the ever-improving quality of purebred and partbred Arabian horses in this country. On behalf of the exhibitors and spectators, many thanks to the organisers, who through their hard work make it all possible.


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