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Nestled in a secluded area in Umm Al Quwain, is the picturesque Ghaleb Stud owned by H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Saud Al Mualla of Umm Al Quwain.
Ghaleb meaning ‘conqueror’ and ‘victorious’ is also the name of a unique dhow (the regional boat) named and owned by the Sheikh’s great-grandfather.
The stud is situated on a wadi, the source of which originates from the mountains some 70 kilometers upstream. The greenery creates some of the most sumptuous scenery experienced in the Emirates and is home to indigenous wildlife such as camels, the arabian oryx and reem deer.
Sheikh Mohamed followed and continues to follow his family's ancestors legacy in breeding top class Arabian horses.
His grandfather, Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Mualla owned one of the most famous Arabian stallions in the world Akbar, whose bloodlines go back to 1907, and this alone, is one of the reasons he continues the family’s passion for Arabians.
"I started with horses back in 1999,” says Sheikh, “just as a hobby, then from 2006 I started competing in Endurance and continued for two years but then had to concentrate on my studies". Back in 2015, he bought his first broodmare and his journey in Arabian Show Horses really began.
Summer of 2018 there were twenty-seven mares and three stallions at the stud in Umm Al Quwain, with four that competed in Europer. These included Amira JF (SMA Magic One x FS Dixie Rose) who came to the UAE from Las Vegas, where she was crowned reserve Champion Filly. Her meteoric rise was not only one of the best results from Ghaleb stud to date, but also a superb achievement reaching this within two short years. Amira had flown to France where she she made her European debut. Amira will competed at the Mediterranean & Arab Countries Arabian Sport Championships held at Menton in France on the 23rd & 24th June 2018.
Keeper of the Flame
(FA EL Shawan x Pianissima)
This 2012 mirror coated bay stallion just oozes elegance and demands attention simply by his presence alone. Prometeusz’s mother Pianissima was the only mare in the history of the breed to be twice named European Triple Crown winner, his great grandmother was that of the famous Ghazal Al Shaqab who was owned by the polish government had very few offspring and Prometeusz was the best to come from her. The stallion is a new purchase for H.H Sheikh Mohamed Al Saud Al Mualla, and in his company, one is reminded of the Maya Angelou quote,
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away".
His purchase came about quite by accident says H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Saud Al Mualla, "it was by coincidence, I called Greg Gallen (an acquaintance) to inquire about the stallion's semen and if it was available…and at that time I thought, why not ask if he is for sale?” “And, that was that,” he says, “a deal was put on the table and we purchased the stallion. He had been on the top of my list for our breeding program, so to now own him was an extremely special feeling,” he says. Prometeusz is currently standing at the OBI training centre in Europe and working with his handler Tom Oben. Tom’s debut with the Stallion was at the European C and International B Show held in Bruges, Belgium. Prometheusz flew back to the UAE for the commencement of the breeding season in 2018 and the Internationals offered in the Emirates.
When Prometheusz arrived at his new home at Ghaleb Stud his care and happiness, was a top priority for everyone at the stud. To have this special blood line at the stud is an honour and he will be an asset to Galebs breeding program for the future. Prometeusz will be open to Arabian breeders over next season in the UAE. The Show Hub will keep you posted on the developments.
His Highness is so very proud of his Arabians, and rightly so, this season he has some incredible fillies coming up, including Shalat Ghaleb By (Royal Colors x Taybah) The daughter of Sheikh Mohamed's favourite Straight Egyptian mare Taybah, he says, “she is one of my first broodmares and continues to give us such very special offspring, so certainly one to watch.”
UAE's token of appreciation
to Chinese President
Thursday the 24th of July 2018 marked a special moment in Abu Dhabi. The Chinese President XI Jinping accompanied by his wife Peng was on one of the first state visits to an Arab country in 29 years. As a gift to mark this occasion of friendship HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the Chinese President with the Purebred Triple Crown Arabian Gallardo J.
Who won the title under the flag of Ajman Stud in the ownership of HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman. The presentation took place at the Presidential Palace on Friday the 25th July. Gallardo J was showcased by Kelly Delen and Christina Schapfler. Christina handled Gallardo J with perfection during the presentation and Kelly represented the Arabian to the presidential party. Kelly said " am happy that we looked poised because it was such an exciting mind - blowing experience, it felt hard to grasp at the moment itself and even harder to explain the feeling to be there".
Gallarrdo J was bred by Christine Jamar of Jadern Arabians in Belgium, who also bred Gallardo's mother Gomera J and Father Emerald J who is one of the most influential sires of this time. (in video below)
Gallardo J was based at the Ajman Stud owned by Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi the Crown Prince of Ajman.
We asked Kelly what makes the stallion so special " to be a tripple crown winner is a huge honour that not many horse receive. They need to win not only the European Championships but the All Nations cup in Achen and the World Championships in Paris. Do be a Gold Champion in one of any of these shows is amazing, but to be Gold Champion in all three is truly remarkable. His beauty, his exotic face, the arch of his neck captures you the second you set eyes on the Stallion. But his show attitude and presence in the arena is what makes him a true Champion in the ring.
With the Arabian sport growing in China, Gallardo J will be a great asset to a new breeding program to establish the future for China in the Arabian Beauty industry.
Kelly Delen owns the Elba Training Center for Arabians in the heart of Belgium with her Fiance Tony Bauwens a safe haven for many clients dealing with Show Horses and Performance horses. From when I was young I wanted to work with these gorgeous animals, to do what we are doing at such a young age is truly remarkable and makes us feel grateful for every moment.
We wish the President and teams the very best for the future with their new Arabian and very much look forward to seeing him in the Show Arena under the Chinese Flag.
Elba training center can be contacted via their social media channels #elbatrainingcenter
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