Janów Podlaski, Poland
August 9 – 11, 2019
Story by Deirdre Hyde, Photographs by Pawlowski
Poland has long been a mecca of the Arabian horse, and the influence of its State Studs cannot be overestimated, such has been their profound influence on the breed. Without Poland, there would have been no Skowronek; without the State Studs, no Bask. Bey Shah could not have been bred, nor Marwan Al Shaqab; there would be no Padrons Pysche and so many more household names of today. It was, therefore, bittersweet to return to Janów Podlaski for this year’s Pride of Poland Festival after a break of three years which has seen such sweeping changes in the political scene of the country and, of course, the Studs.
The organizer this year was the Polish Jockey Club under the watchful eye of Tomasz Chalimoniuk. And by great good fortune for him, all his foreign judging and DC teams arrived in Warsaw at more or less the same time, so coming out of the airport one was immediately thrown amongst friends, and a merry band filled the bus taking us to Janów Podlaski. The judges were Koenraad Detailleur from Belgium, Eiad Safady from Holland, Francesco Santoro from Italy and myself. The DC committee was headed by Elizabeth Chat from Austria, Daniel Souppat from France, and Gianpaolo Teobaldelli from Italy, while the ringmasters were Dr. Mohammed Hammad from Egypt and Roberto Ceccaroni from Italy.