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European Championship Show (continued) BY ADELE FURBY, ISG JUDGE


Reserve Champion Stallion was the eleven-year old Omar son out of Koheilan IV-15, Odin. Odin was also exhibited during the show program at upper level dressage. He was bred by Austrian Franz Strasser and is owned by Heinz Pichler.


Koheilan Marakes


For me, this show was very interesting to attend and judge. I had the opportunity to see more of the Austrian bloodlines as well as some very good rep- resentatives from the bloodlines from the “eastern” countries- Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Repub- lic, and Slovakia. Overall, I saw an improvement in the quality of the walks, with better use of the back and more correct rhythm. Many of the horses were powerful movers from behind, but often their move- ments were inhibited by shoulders that, while plenty long enough, were too steep. This tended to nega- tively affect the length and slope of the humerus, and often the front cannons were a bit too long. So, many of the horses did not reach out in front of them- selves freely as well as they came under from behind. I would have liked to see more bone on a number of the young horses, too. On the other hand, the large majority of the horses exhibited very good to excel- lent Shagya-Arabian type, with beautiful toplines and good, big frames.


Many thanks to the Austrian Society and the ISG for organizing such a wonderful European Champion- ship show for Shagya-Arabians!


Photo credit: Gudrun Waidischka Koheilan Marakes and his half-brother in carriage


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