Honorary Patron: Metropolitan Archbishop of Białystok, Dr. Józef Guzdek
(Field Bishop of the Polish Army 2010-2021)

Sponsor: Witold Modzelewski

Guardians: Henryk Sobierajski with his family, Muzeum Niepodległości (The Museum of Independence)

A soldier, a rider, an Olympian. The last Polish commander of the Draft during World War II. He was killed while standing for his motherland.


Henryk Dobrzański was born in Jasło on 22nd June 1897.

The knight of the Virtuti Militari – twice, Honoured with Polish Cross of Valour – four times.
Cross of Defence of Lvov and Eastern Cross.

Major Henryk Dobrzański, pseudonym “Hubal”, was the last Polish commander of the Draft during World War II.

While mounting Mumm Extra-Dry, he and Kazimierz Szosland (Cezar), Karol Rómmel (Rewecliff) and Adam Królikiewicz (Picador) won the first Nations Cup for Poland, Nice 1925.

In the same year as the only competitor, he overcame the course faultlessly twice at the Nations Cup competition at Olimpia sports palace in London.

He performed this on Fagas, the horse lent by cf. Leon Kon. Fagas, born in 1912, was of bay colour, 162 cm high at withers. German origin. Until 1923, he was the official horse of the following commanders of 16th Greater Poland Uhlan Regiment. He was a participant of the front-line operations during Polish-Bolshevik war.

For this performance, Dobrzański received the gold cigarette case from the Prince of Wales, with the engraved inscription: „The best individual score of officers of all nations” (click to read more).

The lost defensive war did not induce him to throw up a fight for Poland. After Warsaw fall, he said: “

(…) At all events, I will not unarm, I will not take my uniform off… so help me God!„.

Read the article about Henryk Dobrzański’s favorite horses on
Hubal. Major nie tylko na siwym koniu – Tropem Hubala, Ewa Pawlus

Henryk Dobrzański was killed in a battle under Anielin in 30th April 1940. He was buried it in an unknown location.

Polish Digital Equestrian Library:

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„Major Dobrzański – 'Piękny Henio'” (2023) – Ewa Pawlus

„Henryk Dobrzański i Jego pobyt w podwarszawskim majątku Krubki” (2022) – Ewa Pawlus

„Rocznica pobytu mjr. Hubala w Krubkach (2022) | FILM

„Ostatni koń mjr Dobrzańskiego” (2022) – Ewa Pawlus

„Śladami majora Henryka Dobrzańskiego Hubala. Ostatnie dni ” [fragmenty] (2022) – Jacek Lombarski

„Henryk Dobrzański – dżokej, jeździecki reprezentant Polski” (2021) – Ewa Pawlus

„Henryk Dobrzański. Na koniu i w mundurze” [link] (2021) – Sportowcy dla niepodległej

„Major Hubal – Fakty, legendy i mity – tom II” [fragmenty] (2021) – Jacek Lombarski

„Hubal. Major nie tylko na siwym koniu” (2020) – Ewa Pawlus

„Major Hubal – Fakty, legendy i mity – tom I” [fragmenty] (2020) – Jacek Lombarski

„Polscy jeźdźcy olimpijscy okresu międzywojennego część II” (2019) – Hanna Łysakowska

„Polscy jeźdźcy olimpijscy okresu międzywojennego część I” (2018) – Hanna Łysakowska

„Sportowcy na froncie” [link] – Karolina Apiecionek

„Dobrzański-Hubal Henryk” (2012) – Witold Duński

„Jeźdźcy-Olimpijczycy Drugiej Rzeczypospolitej” (2012) – Renata Urban

„Major Hubal: legendy i mity” fragmenty (2011) – Jacek Lombarski

„Jeźdźcy olimpijscy” (2000) – Hanna Łysakowska

„Sport jeździecki w broniach konnych II Rzeczypospolitej” (1974) – Zygmunt Bielecki

„Złota Papierośnica księcia Walii” (1959) – Adam Królikiewicz

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