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).
Between the 19th and 23rd of January, 2016, the United Arab Emirates held their National Championship Show. The event was not affiliated by ECAHO.
Among the competitors were as many as 10 horses bred by the members of the PAHBA, which placed in the top five of their classes.
These included: in the 4 year old mares class: Prosnega (bred by Michałów Stud) – 2nd place, Palangija (bred by Michałów Stud) – 5th; in the 5-7 year old mares class: Camilia (bred by Białka Stud) – 2nd, Zadora (bred by Janów Podlaski Stud) – 4th, Erginia (bred by Michałów Stud) – 5th; in the A series of the 3 year old colts class: Lord El Shawan (bred by M. and J. Pietrzak) – 3rd; in the 4 year old stallions class: Zothar (bred by Paweł Rutkowski) – 3rd; in the 5-6 year old stallions class: Peron (bred by Białka Stud) – 4th; in the 7 year old stallions and above class: Pero (bred by Janów Podlaski) – 3rd and Drabant (bred by Michałów Stud) – 5th.
Furthermore Lord El Shawan (bred by M. and J. Pietrzak) won the silver medal in the Local Arabian Horse Championship (for horses of UAE ownership).
We would like to inform that the conditions regarding the discounts for breeding to sires from Studs supervised by the Agricultural Property Agency in the 2016 season remain unchanged, which means that Owners of mares registered in the PASB are entitled to a 50% discount on the 2016 breeding fee. Due to formal and legal reasons the Agricultural Property Agency studs will not restrict the discount solely to PAHBA members. In case of sires owned by private studs the decision regarding any kind of discount belongs to the owner of that sire.