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Banafsaj wins Emirates Cup

posted on 12/04/2003: 1780 views

R.S Banafsaj, one-year-old grey filly owned by the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, won the Emirates Cup after being adjudged the best in the UAE Arabian Horse National Championship here yesterday. The filly, who has been bred here in the UAE by His Highness the President, is by Maleik El Kheil out of Batela. Earlier in the Junior Female Championship for one-year-old fillies, Banafsaj tallied 369 points ahead of Nurjus (356 points) to top the category. Banafsaj, who lost the Junior Female Championship to two-year-old filly J.J Ballerina, owned by Sheikha Amna bint Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, however, took the Emirates Cup, which is the symbol of supremacy as the best in this inaugural National Championship, organised by the Emirates Arabian Horse Society.

The two-day championship, which ended yesterday, drew an attractive pack of over 70 horses vying for top honours in 10 different categories. A sizable crowd at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club was treated to some classy 'equine modelling' as these stars strutted around in style, at times standing to pose in superb fashion. Five internationally-reputed judges Valerie Cinqualbre from France, Titti Gagliani (Italy), Nayla Nayek (Switzerland), Christine Jamar-Demeersseman (Belgium) and Hans Nagel (Germany) based their selections with separate marks for the horse's type, it's head and neck, the body and topline, legs and movement. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, attended the show which was organised under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. (The Gulf News)


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