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Press review: Arabians. Horse Mag, number 7, April-May-June 2010
 
Author : Monika Luft | 2010-08-16 | Drukuj
 
     
 
Since some time a French quarterly 'Arabians. Horse Mag’ became successful in the market of European magazines about Arabian horses. The magazine stands out from the others with a very elegant layout. The pictures are not as numerous as in the competitive journals; however, they are better suited and better composed. Thanks to the space, kept during the make-up, articles can be read easily and in a pleasant way. Clearly the magazine’s creators observed the rule ‘less means more’ – we have to admit that the magazine’s esthetics wins by this decision.

The content is also a little bit different than in the majority of journals already well known in the market. There are less reports from the shows (although they are also present in this magazine), and more journalism. As befits a French magazine, there are many articles regarding races and endurance. As we all know, France is famous for equating Arabian horses with horses to ride. Horse sports are appreciated here far more than in the other countries of our continent.

In the newest issue the first part of a three-part cycle ‘The Lots of Arabians Horses in Poland’ draws attention. The Polish Arabians survived three great disasters of the 20th Century: the World War I and the Bolshevik invasion, the World War II and the Stalinist communism. We, Polish lovers of the breed, perfectly know the tragic experiences of the last century, in which both horses and people participated. For a French reader many things might be a complete novelty, especially because not every Frenchman has to be aware of the history of Poland. So, the first article of this cycle describes the extinction of aristocratic studs from the Eastern borderlines during ’the blaze’, as a Polish writer Zofia Kossak-Szczucka described the Bolshevik invasion, and the losses that suffered the Polish, dynamically developing breeding due to the 1914–1918 military actions. Let’s remind, that – as Dr. Edward Skorkowski, the editor of the „Polish Arabian Stud Book” wrote in his introduction to its 1st volume (1926) – „Only 10% of the pre-war stock of our Arabian breeding was saved: from over 500 broodmares of our Arabian studs – as few as 56 were registered in the 1st Section of the Polish Arabian Stud Book. These 56 mares are the foundations of the breeding of the Polish Arabian, from which this breeding will be reborn – because it cannot perish, since it produced Melpomena and Skowronek”.

It seems that the future of ‘Arabians. Horse Mag’ is worth following. According to the magazine’s motto, it’s created by “passionnés pour les passionnés” (“enthusiasts for the enthusiasts). Will the ambitious assumptions be kept in next issues? I think so. We shall see anyhow…
 
     
 
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