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Press review: „The Arabian Magazine”, October 2008
 
Author : Monika Luft | 2008-11-04 | Drukuj
 
     
 
The latest available (October) edition of British “The Arabian Magazine” (which was released just before the Moorsele European Championships) is in a considerable part dedicated to Polish breeding. In his text “A Passion for Poland” Paul Atkinson summarizes the history of Polish national studs: “Poland! The very name is synonymous with the feast of Arabian horses”, writes the author who does not conceal his fascination with our country and its horse breeding tradition. “Today’s Poland is very different from the land I first visited over 30 years ago”, stresses Atkinson. There are no more grey and gloomy streets with people waiting in endless queues for everything. Warsaw impresses with its new appearance and aspires to be called one of the modern and cosmopolitan European Capitals. But one has not changed – the Arabian horses of breathtaking beauty and quality still pasture the green-grasses of Janów and Michałów. Atkinson brings back Janów legendary horses, such as Arra, Algeria, Etruria, Bandola or Pilarka, but subsequently he has no doubts that they have proud continuators – it is enough to mention the most famous: Pianissima. Dam lines from Michałów are not any less famous and they include a few international champions (mostly deriving from Emigracja) among which is Kwestura – the most expensive Polish Arabian horse ever and a symbol of Polish breeding. Also Białka, with its own branch of the “P”-line (began by Pentoza), has its place both in history and present times of our breeding. „A visit to Poland must be an essential for all Arabian breeders”, sums up Atkinson. “The sense of history and tradition, the calm yet ordered routine and the opportunity to be a part of something unique in the horse world, are all major incentives to visit the Arabians of Poland and I can heartily recommend doing so”.

In „The Arabian Magazine” we also find Annette Mattson’s wide report (including photos) from „Pride of Poland” – the National Championship and auction in Janów. According to Mattson we witnessed a show of really high quality horses. And as the author suggests, after all the emotions of the auction and the championships rivalry it is worth to visit other state studs: “It is a unique opportunity to be able to see these mares with their foals and youngsters, a true treat for any breeder and Arabian horse enthusiast”.

Mattson’s photographies are also attached to another article. Suzanne Ress’es text "Polish Arabian Race Testing” is devoted to Polish tests of bravery at a racing track. As the author points, Arabian horse racing in Poland is not aimed at training the fastest horse, but at a physical and emotional test for horses destined to breeding – a bit like a type of military service which does not need to create professional soldiers but should turn boys into man. That was the idea of Prince Roman Sanguszko when in 1848 he initiated race training for his horses in Sławuta. The idea could not be completely preserved till our times. Races are now open to horses from all around Europe and a driving rivalry between horses and trainers have hugely raised the training costs. As Ress observes, today even the state studs cannot allow themselves to give all their young horses to training (around 60% of the three-year-olds from the studs owned by National Treasure are sent to track), not to mention private breeders.

The Polish Issue in the magazine is completed by Robert Raznowiecki’s article “Polish traces of Sanadik El Shaklan”, reprinted from our portal. We are also pleased to add that a broad info about polskiearaby.com appeared in the opening news of this edition of “The Arabian Magazine”.

Apart from the topics related to Poland „The Arabian Magazine” brings many others interesting articles. What is certainly worth mentioning is the account from Aachen by editor-in-chief Samantha Mattocks. For her this show has an exceptional meaning: „From the moment you hear Aida until the last horse has left the ring as Sunday draws to a close, you know you are in the company of some of the best Arabian horses in the world; few shows that can boast this fact year after year. (…). Show such as this create memories to feed your dreams and encourage a new generation of breeding and breeders”.

„At What Price: Fame” is a text which is worth thinking over. Its author, Halyn Sulyeman Ali Abdullah, introduces himself as a descendant of the Bedouins – the first Arabian horse breeders. In moving words he describes what an Arabian horse was to his ancestors – not only the most precious property, but first and foremost a friend and companion treated always with the highest respect. „Nowadays, few and far between are the owners, breeders and horsemen that take the time to really know their animals”, laments Abdullah, “to recognize the individual personalities of each horse and treat him accordingly”. In the past, in the Bedouins’ tents “the foal at birth did not touch the ground, but was received into welcoming arms where he was caressed for quite some time”. Nowadays, what happens on the show rings, must hurt everyone who is not indifferent to the fate of these beautiful and full of dignity horses. An Arabian horse, explains Halyn Sulyeman Ali Abdullah, does not have to fear to be able to show his best. On the contrary, if it trusts the coach it will stand like a monument, or, if that pleases the coach, it will walk proudly, with its tail up, waiting for applaud and admiration. A horse does not have to be threatened to be able to present itself. But a vast majority of presented horses seem scared to death. They stand, but they shake of fear, or they sometimes rebel and prance or even attack their presenters. “It is only a matter of time before the audience at one of these show will witness someone being attacked to a severe injury or worse”, warns the author. “What then will become of the horse responsible?” Who can help it? Only the judges. They are closest to the ring and to them it should be clear which horse was properly prepared for the show and which is forced to obedience by beating and fear. Judges decisions should prevent horses maltreatment. Indifference and keeping eyes shut to obvious violations of ethical principles in treating horses kills the dignity of the most beautiful horse breed.

The magazine’s October edition also brings useful guidance for breeders and owners. Brigitte de Wolff (who in an interview by Samantha Mattocks tells the story of her love to Arabian horses and of traumatic war experiences which touched her family), describes how to photograph horses: “It is, of course, easier to create an unforgettable image when you are taking pictures of dressed up Bedouines in an exotic desert, riding a beautiful Arabian and accompanied by their salukis and a falcon. But is also very possible to create images that provoke the same emotions, but then taken closer to home”. How? Brigitte’s husband Erwin de Wolff reveals his secrets.

These are just a few topics from the latest “The Arabian Magazine”, but there are many more inside the edition. It is certainly worth reading! www.thearabianmagazine.com
 
     
 
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