Legendy Polskiego Jeździectwa – Ludzie

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Born in Wrocław in 1953 as Andrzej Pater, he grew up in Kraków and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1981, he has lived and worked in the United States, and since 1988, in Kentucky, famous for its thoroughbred horse breeding.

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Andre Pater is a man of profound knowledge and penetrating intuition, natural talent and rigorous work ethic. He is a talkative, endearing storyteller whose profession requires long hours of solitude with canvas and brushes. As a sporting artist, he achieved success by various means, but his inappeasable curiosity forces him to constantly evolve style and themes.

He explained this evolution as telling a story for many years. A wealthy businessman asked Pater about his dreams. Now, he said, “it’s a rush from payment to payment,” but he felt the question needed a better answer. Looking at the view from the roof of his client’s house, Pater pointed to the horizon and said, “I dream that I am going there, but when I am there, I see another horizon.”

Pater painted many of the best thoroughbred horses of his time, but in search of the next challenge, he took his family on a trip to the West and became enchanted with Indian-related themes. He was dominated by themes of Indians in traditional costumes and on horseback. Art collectors followed him and in 2016 his “Red Arrow”, a portrait of Lakota warrior, crowning the Sporting Art Auction (in collaboration between Keeneland racetrack and Cross Gate Gallery), was sold for $276,000.

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Author: Jacalyn Carfagno

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Entry updated: 29.04.2023



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„Inspiring Surroundings” [EN] (2022) – Mariah Kline

„Chwytając światło” (2021) – Jacalyn Carfagno

„Andre Pater” [EN] (2020) – Pam Maley

„A Creative Journey” [EN] (2019) – Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley

„Andre Pater. A sporting artist for the ages” [EN] (2019) – Jen Roytz

„Kentucky Governor`s Mansion” [EN] (2015) – Andre Pater

„The Bluegrass Palette of Andre Pater” [EN] (2010)

„Atlanta `96 retrospective” [EN] (1996) – Andre Pater

„Matter of Light” [fragmenty] [EN] – Andre Pater

Andre Pater. Amerykańska podróż | FILM

Andre Pater – Wizjoner Sztuki | PCBJ



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A hero of the struggle for freedom of two nations, Polish and American, a general and a hero of the war for independence of the USA. Called „the father of the American cavalry”. In 1929, the U.S. Senate established the “General Pulaski Memorial Day” on October 11.

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Casimir Pulaski was born, most surely, on 6 March 1745 in Warsaw. He grew up in the family goods of Winiary on Pilica river near Warka. A local tradition says that he took his first studies in the parish school in Warka. He continued his education at the theatine priests’ Warsaw School in Warsaw. He received a court etiquette lesson at the court of Prince Kurland Karol in Mitawa, where he was a page. His parents, Józef and Marianna from Zieliński family, took care of the patriotic upbringing of the future Hero of Two Nations. His father, a landowner, the Warka district governor, but above all a recognized lawyer and an active participant of many parliamentary debates, involved in the activities of the anti-Russian opposition in the 18th-century Republic of Poland, introduced him into the world of politics. Undoubtedly, his father’s influence prompted Casimir Pulaski and his brothers to participate in the Bar Confederation (1768-1772) that was created by their paterfamilias among others.

Young Pulaski, although he did not have much military experience, quickly became one of the most famous commanders of the Confederate troops fighting for Poland’s escape from under Russian influence. He was the most famous for his effective defence of the Jasna Góra Fortress (1771). He was known for organizing daring trips to the enemy. During this period, he became a legend – songs were sung about him and poems were written. His character was immortalized on the paintings by outstanding 19th-century painters, among others: Józef Chełmoński and Juliusz Kossak.

In 1772, Casimir Pulaski left Poland and went into exile as a result of the collapse of the Bar Confederation and due to the connection of his person with the unsuccessful assassination on King Stanisław August. After several years of wanderings around Europe, in 1777, he decided to go oversea where American colonials fought against English for independence. Participation in the American Revolution could open up new opportunities for Casimir Pulaski. His rich war experience gained from Confederate fights convinced George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army, to engage brave Pulaski in the American army.

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Author: Karol Kucharski, Casimir Pulaski Museum in Warka

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Casimir Pulaski died on October 11, 1779 from the wounds suffered during the siege of Savannah. He was buried on a local plantation, as shown by archaeological research from 1996 during which a coffin with the inscription “Brigadier general Casimir Pulaski” was discovered.


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„Kazimierz Pułaski” (2021) – Małgorzata Król

„Wizerunek Kazimierza Pułaskiego w sztukach plastycznych. Próba bilansu” (2016) – Iwona Stefaniak

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„Muzeum im. Kazimierza Pułaskiego” (2011) – Iwona Stefaniak

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Kazimierz Pułaski. Bohater Polski i USA | FILM

Amerykańska rewolucja z mazurkiem w tle, czyli Będomin | FILM

Za wiarę i niepodległość – konfederacja barska | FILM


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Honorary Patrons: Field Bishop of the Polish Army – Wiesław Lechowicz, paratroopers of the Home Army – elite of diversion

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Guardians: Legia – Kozielska Equestrian Club Association


Triple medallist of Championships of Poland, 2nd Vice-Champion of the Army (1935), Olympian of Olympic Games in Berlin 1936 (with Zbieg II), the head of the equestrian section of WKS Legia (1937-1939).

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A very good rider. Of very large physical abilities. Very dutiful, hard-working, diligent and passionate about horse riding. Due to his great skills, his attending a higher course for horse riding instructors is very desirable. He completed the course with a winning score. As recommended by the commandant, Lt. Sokołowski was appointed to a higher course, in which he participated between October 1932 and September 1933 and graduated with a second place. (…)

In the 1930s, he was one of the best riders in the country. He achieved his first successes in international competitions already in 1930. On 7 June, during the Central National and International Horse Competitions at Łazienki in Warsaw, he was third (on Lala) in the Dressage Test for the Award of the Society for Horse Breeding Encouragement in Poland. In May 1932, he was placed second in the Dressage Test in Grudziądz, organized by the Pomeranian Society for Horse Breeding Encouragement. He has also participated Equestrian Championships of Poland taking place since 1931, where he stood on the podium four times. (…)

In the interwar period, Tadeusz Sokołowski acted in two sports clubs. In 1926, he worked at the Military Sports Club “Gryf” in Toruń, and in the period 1937-1939 he headed the riding section of the Military Sports Club “Legia” in Warsaw. (…)

As a paratrooper, he adopted the pseudonyms “Trop” and Tadeusz Serafin. (…)

After an unsuccessful attempt (due to the guard’s treason) to escape from the Minsk prison, major Tadeusz Sokołowski, previously tortured in the investigation, was flogged to death on the stairs of the Gestapo building in Minsk overnight of 6-7 February 1943.

Authors: Renata Urban

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Tadeusz Sokołowski was murdered by Gestapo in Minsk overnight of 6-7 February 1943.
He was 38 years old.

In 1980, in the left nave of the St. Jacek’s church at ul. Freta in Warsaw, a commemorative plaque was unveiled for the soldiers of the Home Army, the paratroopers from England and Italy, who died for the independence of Poland. Tadeusz Sokołowski is one of the 110 killed paratroopers.


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„Wielka ewakuacja 1939-1940” (2020) – Janusz Wróbel

„Sportowcy na froncie” [link] (2015) – Karolina Apiecionek

„Tadeusz Sokołowski – olimpijczyk z Berlina 1936 r.” (2012) – Renata Urban

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„Międzynarodowe zawody konne w Rydze” (1936) – Adam Królikiewicz

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The best Polish driver of four-in-hand.

Tenfold gold medallist of Championships of Poland. Elevenfold medallist of European Championships and World Championships.

The only Pole entered into the Glory Wall in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle).

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During his many years’ career, he participated in many national and foreign events. He drove ten times at the Championships of Poland in the period 1979 – 1988, for 10 consecutive years he has been invincible, standing on the podium and winning gold. Within 17 years, he competed five times in the European Championship, ranking in the top ten as many as four times. Together with his colleagues from the team, he won silver in the team classification three times, in the following years: 1975, 1977, 1981 and bronze in 1979. This year he won also individual bronze medal.

At the World Championships, he qualified to the top ten individually four times for seven starts and was placed second with the team twice.

Izabela Warkusz (Driving at SO SP Starogard Gdański„)



As the only competitor from Poland, he has been distinguished three times on the famous winners’ board, placed on the premises of this historical hippodrome CHIO Aachen
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The co-authors of his successes were, among others: Kazimierz Stawiński, Czesław Matławski and Zbigniew Markowicz, during whose time I tried over 130 stallions for carriages. 18 of them came to the start.

Witold Duński (Konno po sławę / Zygmunt Waliszewski)

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Zygmunt Waliszewski died on January 28, 2013 at his home in the Stallion’s Depot in Starogard Gdański, aged 82. He was buried at the “Old” Catholic cemetery at ul. 2 Pułku Szwoleżerów Rokitniańskich in Starogard Gd.


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“Odszedł Zygmunt Waliszewski” [link](2013)

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„Powożenie w SO SP Starogard Gdański” (2001) – Izabela Warkusz

„Wokół Mistrzostw Świata w Poznaniu” (1995) – Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski

„Karety, Bryczki i uprzęże” (1995) – Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski

„Słownik terminologiczny zabytków Z. 2 Zaprzęgi Konne” (1989) – Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski

„Powożenie dyscypliną przodującą” (1977) – Bernard Berdychowski, Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski

„Mistrzostwa Świata w Powożeniu Het Loo-Apeldoorn 1976” (1976) – Zbigniew Prus-Niewiadomski

„Czwórka w kolorze białym” – Jan Okulicz

Zdjęcia Zygmunta Waliszewskiego – zbiory prywatne

Katalog Winners 100 Gwiazd – 2021

Katalog Respekt – 2020


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A soldier of 1st Light Cavalrymen Regiment, AK. A participant of Warsaw Uprising and ‘Storm Operation’, an initiator of rebirth of the carriage sport and long-distance rides in Poland. An outstanding expert of driving competition.

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Marek Zaleski

Jeździec, hodowca, trener, działacz Polskiego Związku Jeździeckiego. Jeden z architektów legendy polskiego powożenia.

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Michał Bogajewicz

A businessman, a philanthropist, a founder of the medal for the “style and elegance” in horse driving. A former owner of the best Polish driving firm.

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Honorary Patrons: Polish Equestrian Association

Sponsors: The White Eagle Foundation

Guardians: Riders of “Agro Handel” Śrem Equestrian Club

Patron and organizer of sports: football, cycling, speedway, motorboating and now riding as well.
Founder of Agro-Handel Śrem Equestrian Club, the best club in Poland for several years.

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From 1962 to 1968, he was an activist of the LZS Głuchowo (road racing). During this period, the team achieved many successes in cycling in the category of youth and junior, including the Youth Championship of Poland. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Polish Cycling Association in 1971.

Since 1978, he has been on the board of the Unia Leszno Sports Club for several years. As an activist and a donor, he was the (wageless) President of Helping Hand Foundation in the period 1993 – 2003. Its main task was to provide comprehensive assistance to competitors who suffered serious injuries on speedway. He supported them financially and when buying rehabilitation equipment. As a sponsor of speedway sport, he supported speedway riders: Piotr Pawlicki, his sons Przemysław and Piotr, Adam Łabędzki, Roman Jankowski and his son Łukasz. Between 1993 and 2003 he was a strategic sponsor of KP Obra Agro-Handel Kościan, while bringing this small club to many successes in football.

Currently, he owns the Agro-Handel Śrem Equestrian Club, which, according to the ranking of the Polish Equestrian Association, has been the best club in Poland for 16 years. Competitors from Agro-Handel Equestrian Club are eight-time individual Senior Champions of Poland in show jumping. In the colours of Agro-Handel Śrem Equestrian Club, the titles of the Individual Show Jumping Champion of Poland were won by: Aleksandra Lusina (2007 and 2009), Mściwoj Kiecoń (2010 and 2011) and Jarosław Skrzyczyński (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018).

Competitors from Agro-Handel Equestrian Club participate in the most important sports events in the country, in Europe and worldwide, such as the European Championship, World Championship or the World Cup Final.

Agro-Handel Śrem Equestrian Club is the organizer of many equestrian events of the highest rank. He organized the Show Jumping Championships of Poland in all categories in 2011. In previous years, the most important equestrian events in Poland took place at the courses of the Agro-Handel Śrem Equestrian Club.

Very wide, cyclical sports offer of Agro-Handel Śrem Equestrian Club is as follows: Polish Equestrian League, White Eagle Olympic Hope Tournament, Sports Championship for Young Horses and the international event – CSI2*.

In 2003, Jan Ludwiczak established the White Eagle Foundation. It serves as its President. Its aim is to promote the idea of entrepreneurship, support local social, cultural and sports initiatives, promote companies and people of business, culture, sport and local government. Every two years, the Foundation organizes competitions aimed at distinguishing people, companies and institutions especially deserving for the development of entrepreneurship, science, culture, sport and self-government in Poland, rewarding them at the gala with an honorary diploma and a statuette “White Eagle”.

In 6 editions, White Eagle Foundation awarded such athletes and sports activists as: Roman Jankowski, Ryszard Szurkowski, Prof. Jerzy Smorawiński, Irena Szewińska, Włodzimierz Lubański, Józef Szmidt, Tomasz Majewski, Adam Małysz, Aleksander Doba, Czesław Lang and Anita Włodarczyk.

Jan Ludwiczak was the President of the Polish Food Producers Club operating at the Association named after Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski. He has been active in industry associations: “Polish Meat” Association, Polish Butchers and Pork-Butchers Association and the Association named after Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski.

For his social activities and exemplary running of his own companies, he was awarded with many prestigious awards and distinctions, including: “Leader of Polish Business” – awarded by the Business Centre Club, “Manager of the year 2002” awarded by “Wprost” magazine, and the title of “The Highest Quality Manager”. He was the winner of the award named after E. Kwiatkowski “For Entrepreneurship” in 2009. He was the Sports Personality of the Year 2018 – the plebiscite organized for the 61st time by the editorial office of “Głos Wielkopolski” magazine. Jan Ludwiczak was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit in 1984 and the Golden Cross of Merit twice, in 2002 and 2003.


Authors: Editorial staff of the Polish Equestrian Legend project

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Honorary Patrons: Foundation in Aid of Polish Cavalry Tradition in Grudziądz

Sponsors: Reprezentacyjny Oddział Kawalerii Ochotniczej w barwach Szwadronu Przybocznego Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej

Guardians: Leszek Nagórny, Grzegorz Gajewski, Jakub Czekaj, Tadeusz Kühn

Officer of Polish Army, speciality – the representative cavalry. Cavalry Training Instructor. Riding instructor of Polish Equestrian Association and physical recreation instructor with a speciality of riding.

Founder and trainer of Volunteer Cavalry since 1993

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Robert Woronowicz – the best rider among soldiers and the best soldier among riders!

A captain of Polish Army, an officer and head of training of the Cavalry Squadron of Polish Army in the years 2000-2015, a volunteer cavalry captain, a co-organizer and member of the board of the Federation of Volunteer Cavalry in the years 2006-2017, an organizer of volunteer cavalry structures, a commander of Mounted Cadet Corps “Krakus” participation in the parade on November 11, 1998, a trainer and educator of several generations of Amazons and cavalrymen, among others, co-founder of Volunteer Cavalry Squadron in colours of 1st Light Cavalrymen Regiment of Józef Piłsudski (2001) and the Representative Volunteer Cavalry Squad in colours of the Household Squadron of the President of the Republic of Poland (2019); he also took an active part in the acceptance of the inheritance of the tradition of 1st Light Cavalrymen Regiment by 1st battalion of air cavalry and in many reconstructions, films, competitions.

He is the author of the rules of cavalry competitions, as well as the multiple Militari Champion of Poland and the author of the elaboration of the cavalry regulations and completed equipment projects (a military saddle, a lance) for the Cavalry Squadron of Polish Army.

The exceptional distinction is indication of Robert Woronowicz by the Association of Regiment Circles of Cavalry of the II Republic of Poland in London to the Chapter of Colours and Traditions of Cavalry of the II Republic of Poland.

He started his adventure with cavalry in 1989, when, as an instructor at the equestrian camp, he made horses available to four veterans of the 3rd Regiment of Mounted Riflemen . Despite not sitting in the saddle for several decades, the veterans had been doing great with horses, what made him aware of the quality and durability of cavalry training.

Cavalry captain Robert Woronowicz is interested in and supports Representative Volunteer Cavalry Squad in colours of the Household Squadron of the President of the Republic of Poland that was established in 2019. He always asked where lances are. He ordered (unopposed) lances in both ranks. This squadron was the only one in the cavalry to have lances in both ranks. Along with the publication of the entry appointing the cavalry captain Robert Woronowicz as a one of Polish Equestrian Legends, Anna and Artur Bober gave lances to provide a proper look to the Squad.

The co-founders of volunteer cavalry squads mention as follows:

“I met Robert at a time when horse riding and cavalry traditions were not only not very popular, but dealing with them was difficult. Robert always believed that the cavalryman had to ride a horse, so he managed to convince the wider circles to this opinion and bring the cavalry out of the underground – he became famous as the commander of the first parade with the participation of a volunteer mounted squad during the Independence Day in Warsaw in 1998.

Another extremely valuable feature of the cavalryman, which Robert attends, is taking care of horses he owned or cared for as a riding instructor, among others in the Olympic Preparation Centre in Stara Miłosna.”

Cavalry captain Tadeusz Kühn

Cavalry captain Tadeusz Kühn is a co-founder of the Volunteer Cavalry Squadron in colours of 1st Light Cavalrymen Regiment of Józef Piłsudski. A co-founder and a member of the board of Voluntary Cavalry Federation within the period 2006-2017.

“As in the case of contacts with cavalrymen serving in the army during the second Republic of Poland, it is an honour to say about myself that I was formed and raised by an outstanding instructor and officer. Lectures and especially cavalry classes in horse-drawn formation, learning to use side arms or behaviour in uniform, are unforgettable memories. Often demanding, especially toward the staff, but always friendly and able to explain the principles of operation, meaning and motivation of cavalry ethos, he did not leave illusions whether someone is suitable for this service…

With enthusiasm, he keeps his online blog (rotmistrz.blogspot.com) since 2014, where it is worth to look! I also had the pleasure to work out for printing the author’s cavalry regulations (2014, 2020) prepared by Robert based on military publications from the period of the second Republic of Poland while adapting them to the realities of the present day and treating the cavalry mission in Polish Army as typically representative.


Let everyone know that there is currently no greater authority in the field of cavalry practice, like Mr Cavalry Captain Robert Woronowicz.”

Cavalry captain Jakub Czekaj

Cavalry captain Jakub Czekaj, the commander of Representative Volunteer Cavalry Squad in colours of the Household Squadron of the President of the Republic of Poland, the president of Regiment Society-Family of 8th Uhlans Regiment of Prince Józef Poniatowski, a co-founder and a member of the board of Voluntary Cavalry Federation within the period 2006-2013.

Authors: Grzegorz Gajewski and Leszek Nagórny

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„Regulamin Kawalerii” (2017) – Robert Woronowicz

„Oficer – Dowódca Kawalerii Ochotniczej” (2017) – Robert Woronowicz

„Dumka” (2017) – Robert Woronowicz

„Polska lanca wz. 2013” (2016) – Robert Woronowicz

„Husarz (usarz) a huzar to nie to samo” (2016) – Robert Woronowicz

„Siodło kawaleryjskie wz. 36 2012” (2016) – Robert Woronowicz

„Generał” (2016) – Robert Woronowicz

„Arlekin III, prawdopodobnie ostatnie zdjęcie” (2016) – Robert Woronowicz

„Wiersze pana Remyego Van Ardena” (2015) – Robert Woronowicz

„Lance polskiej kawalerii przełomu XX i XXI wieku (1993 r. – 2014 r.)” (2015) – Robert Woronowicz

„Niezwykłe spotkanie” (2015) – Robert Woronowicz

„Lanca – broń polskiej kawalerii. Historia oraz praktyczne użycie w walce” (2015) – Robert Woronowicz

„Malowany Szwadron, wspomnienia Generała” (2015) – Robert Woronowicz

„Rzecz pozornie prosta – pozorniki” (2014) – Robert Woronowicz

„Szarża pod Uniejowem” (2014) – Robert Woronowicz

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Honorary Patron: Polish Equestrian Association

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Guardians: Wiesław Dziadczyk’s family

II Vice-Champion of Poland in show jumping. A trainer in the stud farms Kozienice, Klikowa and Pruchna. A rider who jumped an obstacle “wall” 2.20 m on the mare Via Vitae. To this day, this record of height on this type of obstacle is not beaten in Poland.

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He was born in Bogusławice on 04 November 1937. District Piotrków Trybunalski, Łódź Voivodeship. His father: Wacław. His mother: marianna Węgrzynowska from home. His sisters: Gabriela, Joanna, Maria, Barbara. His wife: Natalia Zając from home. His daughter: Monika. His sons: Paul and Maciej.

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In the autumn of 1954, the first meeting with horses of the Stallions Depot in Bogusławice took place.

“I remember this day, November 15th. Then I went to work. My father had eleven hectares of land. I was the only son and my father was sorry of my leaving the farm. He thought that I would only supplement my income at the Depot and that I would return to my patrimony. I did not come back. I was taken by horses. After the first year of work in the Depot, I went to a sports group.

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In 1965 (…) he accepts the proposal of the cavalry captain Jerzy Sas Jaworski, with the last combat assignment in the Warsaw Cavalry Division, an outstanding breeder, the director of the Stud Farm in Kozienice. He becomes a sports instructor in a group of sports horses, after major Marian Fabrycy.

He spent twelve years in Kozienice. There he met horses of his life, mare Via Vitae a daughter of mare Via Aquia (by Aquino) and stallion Dar es Salam, a chestnut, born in Kozienice Stud Farm in 1960.

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In 1969, at the International Official Horse Competitions – CHIO in Olsztyn, he won the Puissance Show Jumping while jumping a wall two hundred twenty centimetres high (to this day this is the record in jump over the wall in Poland ). It is worth recalling that in the same year in Radom, Wiesław Dziadczyk on the mare Via Vitae, established the then Polish record in the high-jump, which was 2.05 cm.

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Author: Witold Duński, PCBJ Edition

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Honorary Patron: Polski Związek Hodowców Koni

Sponsor: Urząd Gminy w Michałowie

Guardians: The Białobok’s family

Outstanding breeders of Polish Arabs. During their operation, Michałów Stud Farm received the Prize of President of the Republic of Poland from Aleksander Kwaśniewski (2001).

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I was born on 20 September 1947 in Sieradz. My mother Alina Helena Wiśniowska from home was born near Zbaraż. My father Ryszard Laufersweiler, a pre-war KOP officer, was a lecturer at Military College of Communication Troops in Zegrze (…)

Michałów (…). My brother Krzysztof and my cousin Sławek Wiszniowski brought me here on a very cold day of December 1969. We went by train to Kielce and then by car to Michałów. We were welcomed by the chief heartily (…)

Author: Urszula Białobok

Read Urszula Białobok’s memories, written manually, about her life and work at Michałów Stud Farm…

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He was born on 17 December 1952 in Śrem, Poznań province. His father: Stefan. His mother: Emilia Grabowska from home. His sisters: Hanna and Krystyna. His wife: Urszula Laufersweiler from home. His son: Emil. A graduate of Agricultural Academy in Poznań – Zootechnic Faculty.

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It was 1977. A young breeder Jerzy Białobok was always interested in Oriental horses. He was keen on pure-bred Arabians. To get to know them, it was necessary to run through a training at an Arabian stud farm. There were only two – Janów Podlaski and Michałów. Eng. Białobok came to the Służewiec Racecourse. He talked to their directors, Andrzej Krzyształowicz and Ignacy Jaworowski. There were a sufficient number of apprentices in Janów Podlaski however Jaworowski invited him to Michałów. It was 15 August 1977.

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The Białobok family had no relationships with horses. His father Stefan was a geneticist. He was interested in trees. He finished Main School of Farming and then obtained a degree of doctor at University in Berlin before 1939. His grandfather Jan Kanty Białobok worked at Scientific Institute in Puławy and dealt with trees and shrubs. One silver spruce, no more than 2.5 m high, is called Białobok.

Jerzy Białobok: “My father was a researcher and a professor of Polish Academy of Science at the Institute in Kórnik. So, there were a certain breeding tradition. Farm horses in Kórnik were used for work in nursery gardens and a farm. My mother finished a horticultural school in Poznań and worked in Kórnik. My grandfather on the distaff side, Tadeusz Grabowski, was a professor of Jagielloński University. Then he was a head of Romance philology department in Poznań and dealt with literature of romanticism period. I was absorbed by horses.”

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Author: Witold Duński

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For two years after the war, I had been seeking out Polish thoroughbreds robbed by Germans. Since I could not become reconciled with a new political situation in Poland, I emigrated to South Africa where I created a Lipizza horse team after the fashion of Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Jerzy Iwanowski


Honorary Patron: Polski Związek Jeździecki

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Guardians: Maria Iwanowska

A soldier, a cavalryman, an officer of the 1st Armoured Division commanded by Gen. Maczek. A creator of a Lipizza Horses riding school in Johannesburg.

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Jerzy Iwanowski was born in a noble family at Lebiodka estate (situated within actual borders of Belarus, around 120 km directly from Polish border). As an eleven years old boy, he was a witness of the independence recovery in 1918. When adult, he participated actively in the independence establishment as a doctor, a farmer, a landed proprietor, a horse breeder and a soldier at the same time. He took part in the World War II and settled in Africa after the war. He spent the last years of his life in Poland. In his autobiographical book “Times of my life”, he shared his heart-nearest ideas.

His history is an excellent example of a patriotic attitude expressed in an activity in the interest of his Motherland under any circumstances.

As a young graduate of the secondary school named after Tadeusz Reytan in Warsaw, Jerzy Iwanowski started medical studies at Warsaw University and then he finished Main School of Farming in Warsaw. At the same time, aged 24, he finished Cavalry Reserve Cadet School in Grudziądz in 1931 as a platoon officer cadet with an assignment to 1st Krechowieccy Uhlans Regiment named after Bolesław Mościcki in Augustów. After completion of obligatory military reserve exercises, he was appointed as a reserve second lieutenant with an assignment to 23rd Grodzieńscy Uhlans Regiment. Not long after his 27th birthday, on 02 May 1934, he was brought to his host 1st Krechowieccy Uhlans Regiment. On 17 November 1936, he finished agricultural studies and started working at National Horse Breeding Works in the position of a deputy manager of the Stallion’s Depot in Bogusławice. On 01 January 1937, he got promotion as a cavalry reserve lieutenant. He was about 30 years old then.

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Author: Urszula Kowalczuk

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Jerzy Iwanowski died on 28 May 2008 aged 101.
He was buried at Oliwski Cemetery in Gdańsk.


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Son of a cavalryman, a soldier from 25th Regiment of Uhlans of Great Poland. 13 times medallist of Championships of Poland in dressage and show jumping. The first Pole who prepared a horse for competitions of Grand Prix class. A coach of Polish Olympic Team for Olympic Games Moscow 1980 that won a gold medal (individually) and a silver medal (as a team). A graduate of Coach Study Centre at Academy of Physical Education in Poznań.

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Born at Wygoda estate near Janów in 1926 as a son of Aleksander and Zofia. His father was a cavalryman, a soldier from 25th Regiment of Uhlans of Great Poland.

A future champion started working with horses quite prosaically – from an agricultural labour. As a young boy (6. class of a primary school), he led horses out to meadows on the river Bug. He used to ride bareback and work as a harvester. In 1939, the World War II outbreak occurred. The herd and the stud farm were evacuated towards Romania to duck Germans. On 17th September, Russians attacked Poland, so the horses came back home after 2 weeks of march to avoid capture by Russians. Efforts of our grooms to rescue the herd and the stud farm failed because just after 2 weeks, Russians grabbed all horses and moved on Caucasus together with them. Later on, a border with Germany was settled on Bug River and the horses were left on Russian side. During German occupation, Germans redeveloped a horse breeding at Janów.

In 1941, Kowalczyk started working as a groom. Then German-Russian conflict outbreak occurred. In 1944, the front moved towards Poland and the horses were evacuated far inside Germany. During the war, he survived bombing of Dresden where he was together with the herd.

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Author: Paulina Kucharska

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Marian Kowalczyk died in Poznań on 29th August 2017, aged 93. He was buried at a cemetery at Nowina street in Poznań.


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