Polish team consisting of: Capt. Z. Kawecki / Bambino; Major S. Kulesza / Tośka; rtm. H. Roycewicz-Leliwa / Arlekin III – won the silver medal.

August 1-16: XI Olympic Games. The Olympic Games in Berlin are breaking records so far: 4,069 participants from 49 countries. The Polish team consists of 112 people. The Olympic torch, brought from Olympia, is burning for the first time as a symbol of ties with ancient tradition. Richard Strauss’s Olympic anthem resounds during the opening ceremony.


53 riders from 19 countries, including 17 teams of three, register for military. The Polish team is made up of rtm. Henryk Roycewicz on Arlekin III, Zdzisław Kawecki on Bambino and Seweryn Kulesza on Tośka (because Ben Hur suddenly went lame). Roycewicz is 13th after dressage, 15th Kawecki, 26th Kulesza. The team is fifth, with a small point loss, ahead of the dangerous Germans.


After the cross-country test, G. Rau assessed the Poles’ riding style as follows: „To a large extent, convincing, adapted to the horse’s movement, very flexible. Thanks to this, we are talking about the complete harmony between the rider and the horse, which makes movement and jumping over the obstacle much easier.”


The event jumping competition in military takes place at the main Olympic stadium with 90,000 spectators. The first of ours is mare Tośka, the least tired of the team. She finishes the course without errors and in good time.


After the start of Bambino, we move up to the second place and win the silver medal.


You can find the whole article and other sources at Polish Digital Equestrian Library (click)

Author: Muzeum Łowiectwa i Jeździectwa (Hunting and Horse-Riding Museum) – Hanna Łysakowska

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