During the 4-6th of March, 2016 the ECAHO General Meeting took place in Muscat, Oman. The conference's agenda also included sessions of the Board, Stud Book Committee, as well as the Show and Sport Committee. Poland was represented by a numerous delegation: Anna Stojanowska (Vice-President of ECAHO), Marek Trela (Treasurer of ECAHO), Jerzy Białobok (a many year Polish representative in the Show Committee), Monika Szpura (Polish representative on behalf of the Agricultural Property Agency), Tomasz Tarczyński and Krzysztof Poszepczyński (representatives of the PAHBA, an organization associated in ECAHO).
We are pleased to inform that due to the end of Marek Trela's term, an election was held to choose a new ECAHO treasurer. The candidature of Jerzy Białobok was announced and he was chosen for a 4 year term unanimously. We would like to cordially congratulate on this decision.
During the session of the Show Committee one more Polish show was approved for this year - the ARABIA-POLSKA Show in the Buksza Polo Club, which will take place on the 24-26th of June, 2016.
Full information from the meeting and decisions made there will be presented during this year's annual PAHBA General Meeting, which will take place on 9-10th of April, 2016.
An official information and letter from the President of ECAHO, Jaroslav Lacina, has appeared on the ECAHO website (www.ecaho.org). It is a request for the Polish authorities to explain the dismissals of Anna Stojanowska, Jerzy Białobok and Marek Trela from their governmental functions.
The letter emphasizes the services of those people for Polish Arabian horse breeding, their work towards the development and benefit of ECAHO, as well as their influence on world breeding.
It also warns against the consequences of this decision, which can cause a destruction in both national and worldwide breeding.
In relation to the numerous questions about the date of the annual General Assembly of the PAHBA we would like to remind that it has been set for April 9-10th, 2016 and published on December 21st, 2015 by the PAHBA president http://pzhka.org.pl/index2.php?option=news&lang=en&page=4 . It is also in her capacity to determine the agenda of the meeting 4 weeks prior to this date. Due to the ensuing situation (professional and personal) we would like to ask for understanding in this matter.
Enthusiasts and breeders of Arabian horses have been electrified with the news about the sudden and completely unexpected dismissal of Anna Stojanowska, horse breeding inspector of the Agricultural Property Agency, as well as Marek Trela, president of Janów Podlaski Stud and Jerzy Białobok, president of Michałów Stud. This information caused huge concern regarding the future of the breeding program in the state studs and maintaining their high-class level, especially at the shows, which without any doubt can be attributed to the above mentioned specialists, judges and authorities in this field. It is commonly known that Arabian horse breeding cannot be compared to other types of animal production and the breeding of show horses has an aura of artistry about it. Furthermore, it should be continued consequently along a planned out path, retaining the required craftsmanship. It does not cope well with frequent changes, be they in the breeding program or politics.
As a member of the PAHBA board and administrator of the website I wish to express deep hope that PAHBA president Anna Stojanowska, board member Jerzy Białobok and audit committee member Marek Trela will still serve their mission for the benefit of Arabian horses, as representatives of breeders associated in the PAHBA and as Polish ambassadors in ECAHO and WAHO.
On February 19th, 2016 the PAHBA Board Meeting took place and included the following agenda:
1. Approval of the agenda.
2. The outcome of the statuette design contest (to be awarded as prizes at the Junior Spring Show in Białka and the Polish National Show in Janów Podlaski).
3. Discussing the proposition of A. Sobieszak and H. Sztuka regarding a publication dedicated to breeding - as a supplement to "Świat Koni" magazine.
4. An application sent by the organizer of endurance races - Dolina Gawora.
5. Discussing the subjects for this year's seminar part of the General Assembly of the PAHBA.
6. Discussing possible changes in the PAHBA statute.
7. Discussing the need for updating address details on the WAHO website.
8. Miscellaneous and other motions.
All members of the PAHBA Board were present at the meeting and all of the above matters were discussed in a professional manner. A memorandum from the meeting and the resulting decisions will shortly be prepared by President Anna Stojanowska.
Last week the Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championships were held, which included about 400 horses entered in 21 numerous classes. The Polish breeding program, as usual, strongly marked its presence, as about a dozen Polish-bred horses could be seen performing.
The greatest success was achieved by the 3 year old Lord El Shawan (bred by M. & J. Pietrzak), who placed second in class and claimed a gold medal in the championships. The same class also saw Colinero (bred by M. Kondrasiuk) take 5th place.
Next in terms of success was Camilia (bred by Białka Stud), who won her class of 5-8 year old mares and later a bronze medal in the finals. In the same class the Janów-bred Zadora placed third.
Furthermore, in the 8 year old and above stallions class Girlan-Bey (bred by M. Bogajewicz) placed second, whereas Pero (bred by Janów Podlaski) placed fifth.
The nomination of Marek Trela indicates a special recognition of the Polish breeding program by the international community.
Horses bred by the members of the PAHBA performed very well at the 2016 Prince Sultan Arabian Horse Festival in Tebrak, Saudi Arabia, which took place during the 27-29th of January, 2016.
The two year old colt Fuerte (bred by Jan Dobrzyński) won his class and claimed the bronze medal in the Championships.
Pinga (bred by Janów Podlaski Stud) competed in the 10 year old and above mares class, which she won and later went on to secure the gold medal in the Championship. The performing in the same class Norma (bred by Michałów Stud) was second and received the bronze medal in the finals. Whereas third place in this class was taken by Wkra (bred by Michałów Stud).