The Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski, opened a show of Arabian horses in Lublin on Friday 5th August.
The President viewed the top Arabian thoroughbreds in Poland at the Janów stud in the village of Wygoda. He also took a carriage ride as part of the opening of the 33rd Polish National Arabian Horse Show.
The leader said, “the Polish love of horses takes on a particular dimension in the history of our nation. It is therefore important in such a beautiful and unique place to think for a moment of how the horse is part of the Polish heart and soul.”
Polish breeders and buyers come together to showcase and purchase the best Arabian bloodstock at the Janów stud.
The farm was created in 1817 with the approval of the Tsar, Alexander I, as a Polish state-owned enterprise. During the 1914 revolution, the horses were evacuated deep into Russia, never to return. The farm was relocated to Germany after the Russian march into Eastern Europe and returned to Poland in 1946.
Since 1969, Janów has been the host to the auction offering Arabians from Janów, Michalow, Bialka and Kurozweki. The auction is preceded by the National Championship for Arabian Horses. The stud itself is famed for its 19th Century stable blocks designed by the architect Henryk Marconi.