An arena, adorned with an array of colourful plants and rustic wine barrels set before a backdrop of antique festoon lit marquees with seating for spectators as well as a variety of trade stalls and eateries set the scene for the first ever Arabian Jackpot Show. The Arabian Jackpot Show is a concept designed by Arabian breeder and enthusiast Katherine Scott of Torquata Arabians. Its purpose was threefold. One, to showcase the beautiful and versatile Arabian horse to the wider community at a fun and exciting event, with a range of attractions and displays such as the wonderful Arabian trick horse and authentic Belly Dancers, complete with live snake! The second was to provide competitors with the opportunity to compete for world class prizes, from the unique handcrafted Artist sculptured trophies all the way from Nevada Los Vegas to the fabulous handmade garlands and cash prizes of up to $1000 dollars offered for some classes. And finally to provide breeders and competitors in WA with some invaluable feedback on their horses and the direction Arabian breeding is taking throughout the world. The show was dual judged by two incredible International judges, Cindy Reich (USA) and Alicja Poszepczynska (Poland) using a comprehensive scorecard with judge Cindy carrying a microphone in the ring and giving feedback and comments on individual horses in the ring as well as explaining the results, an excellent learning experience for both competitors and spectators. Professional announcers and fabulous music made for an entertaining and exciting atmosphere throughout the day and for anyone who couldn’t attend, the event was professionally live streamed across the globe!
The morning commenced with a full programme of halter judging, with each section, Derivative and Purebred, culminating in two major awards classes, the Diamond Breeders Challenge, a specialised championship class for weanlings and yearlings, and the Jackpot class, where all gold winners from their section returned to compete for a large cash prize pooled from entry fees. It was truly spectacular to see all these fabulous horses enter the ring together and form an incredibly strong line up for the judges to pick from. In the derivative section, Arabian Pony Osiris My Golly Gosh was awarded the Breeders Diamond Challenge trophy. The Derivative Jackpot class was next with the top award going to the lovely Partbred stallion Springfield Park Tylah, Arabian Pony mare Wendamar Nibbles was sashed runner up.
Next were purebreds, with the Breeders Diamond Challenge award going to filly Khaleesi SPI. After careful deliberation the judges sashed the stunning purebred colt Justin MI the winner of the purebred Jackpot class with the beautiful Nadalla Park Makmiadiva as the runner up.
The afternoon was ridden classes, featuring Derivative, Purebred and Combined classes, including the Arabian costume class that was a crowd favourite and wonderful to watch. After a tricky workout set by our judges and some truly fantastic performances, the Derivative Jackpot class was awarded to Redline Shooting Star with Gordon Park Stagecraft the runner up. The purebred saddle horses were a pleasure to watch, with Pembrooke Park Marquiss winning the Jackpot award and CE Mistaah Midnite the runner up. The saddle programme ended with the Open Breeds Challenge, a saddle class open to all breeds and riders. With a cash prize of $1000 on offer to the winner it was no surprise this class was hotly contested and had to be split into two heats. From the incredible final four selected to work out, Redline Shooting Star took out his second major award for the day and was selected the winner.
Following an incredible day of showing the after party kicked off, with a stallion parade for entertainment, gourmet canapes, open bar of beer, wine and assorted soft drinks, plus a Kid’s Zone for the little ones. The atmosphere was incredible as the cash prizes from the Jackpot classes were awarded and the super raffle prize winners announced, I think all who attended would agree, the perfect way to end a day of showing with a fabulous social event for all. This spectacular event looks set to return for 2018, be sure to follow the website to get involved!
(Article written by T.J McCallum)