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Moiese, Montana, continued


The next stallion was the 3 year old grey Nikolas Royale AF #ShA-06-240 (Shagya Royal AF x *Niobe by Balaton). This big colt already measured 15.3 with a 20 cm cannon, and his type impressed the judges well enough to receive a 9. Rather unusual for a three year old stallion! He also received a 9 for his neck, and otherwise all 8's except for a 7 for his canter. Nik also proved to be an impressive jumper, so much so that Ahmed exclaimed, "Ten!", after his last run through the jump shute, with a 42" oxer with a 32" spread. Nikolas achieved the highest average score of any horse approved for breeding on the 2009 NASS Inspection Tour, with an 8.125.. He also became the first of Shagya Royal's sons to be approved for breeding.


Nikolas Royale AF struts his stuff...and elicits “A Ten ! ” comment from Judge Ahmed al Samarraie for his jumping. © Frankie Frazzini


© Frankie Frazzini Nikolas Royale AF pedigree and family


Walter Huber photo


*Niobe (Balaton x Nicola by Gazal VII) At age 6 at a Swiss Shagya show, 1992. *Niobe was imported to the US in 1994 by Dave Bulecheck. At just under 16 hh,she


was linebred to Gazal VII, since both her sire and her dam were by him, and she epitomized the “Gazal” type. *Niobe’s full brother, Nicolo, got the unheard-of average


score of“9” at the German stallion licensing!


Gazal VII (Gazal II x 129 Shagya XXV) Born in a boxcar during WW II in 1944, he was 21 years old when Walter Huber took this photo. He was chief stallion in Babolna


1953--1967 and then exported to Germany where he remained healthy and breeding until 1975!! For many years he was the most influential Shagya stallion in western Europe.


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