Saudi princes, brothers of the Emir of Qatar and their gold-ranked stallions: High visit to the European Championships for purebred Arabian horses in Leer (Leer)

Christine Jamar of Jadem Arabians of Balen and the European vzw upgrading complex (Ecpah) are already busy with preparations. On October 28, the United Arab Emirates Crown Cup will take place, where any purebred Arabian horse registered in the Recognized Horse Book can participate. Many horse owners from the Middle East, who often already have some horses, also participate in training here. Or flying special animals in the run-up to the World Arabian Horse Championships, which will take place in November this year in Paris. On October 29-30, the two-day European Championship will be divided into six categories, with the big mares and the big stallions.

It will be the first European Thoroughbred Arabian Championships without Charlie Watts. The deceased Rolling Stones drummer had inherited the microbe from his wife and had attended shows and tournaments at Aselhof before. © AFP

“The European Championship is organized alternately in Belgium and Italy, because the best Arab coaches live there,” explains Christine Jamar. One year the people of the south would have to drive a little with their animals, and in the next year the people coming from the north would drive. The first time we organized it in Ostend in 1987. This was followed by Moorsele and Azelhof in Lier, who took turns to some extent. Now we chose Lier again. Since the European Championship could not have been held in 2020, it is now a long time ago for Belgium.”

A moment's review at the European Championships a few years ago in our country.

A moment’s review at the European Championships a few years ago in our country. © BELGA

It will be the first European Championship without Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones, who died at the end of August 2021 and was a personal acquaintance of Jamar. She hopes that his 84-year-old widow, Shirley Ann Shepherd, will join the party. “The love for Thoroughbred Arabian horses actually came from Shirley, but Charlie Watts fully supported her and attended tournaments too. I know she will continue on the horse farm, because she recently bought a horse in Poland through a straw man at an auction in Poland,” Jamar says. “Anyway, we’ll welcome her with open arms when she comes, because they’ve always been very nice and kind people.”

Charlie Watts with his wife Shirley at a former European Championship.

Charlie Watts with his wife Shirley at a former European Championship. © rr

Former European Championship.  There is no shortage of red carpets.

Former European Championship. There is no shortage of red carpets. © rr

According to Jammar, the brothers of the prince and the Saudi princes are a bit like you and you in dealing with them. “Ordinary people in uniform, they can walk down the street disguised here. Literally, I find it much easier to have a conversation with people from the Middle East than with Chinese, for example. We don’t have to give them special protection. They arrange their own hotel in Brussels and they have Their bodyguards and their entourage.In the Middle East, European championships are followed via live broadcast.There is a lot of respect for the quality of our horses there.When I started 35 years ago, the breeding of purebred Arabian breeds in their country of origin was completely neglected.Sheikhs spend their money on other luxuries such as Boats, villas and carts. But in the Qur’an it is described that the Prophet Muhammad commands to cherish the Persians as an ornament. He made the thoroughbred breeding of the Arabian desert horse a religious duty. At a certain point the sheikhs and princes began to focus on this again. At that time, there were already good breeders, trainers and officials very much in Europe.

Russian Arabs

Russian Arabs are also of high quality. Will the Russians also come to the European Championship? “They care more about racehorses than they do show horses. So there will be no Ross. We are keeping them in the family.”

There will likely be Antwerp President Paul Jessens. He has a former world champion in his stable with 17-year-old QR Mark. deck price? About 10,000 euros. Gheysens will likely come with some offspring from his top.

Paul Gheysens with QR Marc with the golden seed a few years ago.

Paul Gheysens with QR Marc with the golden seed a few years ago. © VTM

golden pill

Last year, Christine Jamar won the gold medal with her purebred Arabian stallion Muranas during the first edition of the Katara Arabian Horse Festival in Qatar. Good for €212,000 and a gold vest over half a kilo, decorated with 545 diamonds and four rubies for her horse. Even Chinese President Xi Jinping has a Jamar-born hero in his stable. Received it as a gift from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The average horse fare for a top Arabian stallion is €5,000. But a really exclusive semen quack goes for 15,000 and even 30,000 euros. Golden seed! “This is, for example, from a stallion that is almost unavailable somewhere on a horse farm in Dubai,” says Jamar.

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