Honorary Patron: Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski

Sponsor: Gospodarstwo Rolne Pszczółczyn Ewa Gotowska i Jakub Kalitowski

Guardian: Elżbieta Perec

Polish hippology’s expert, a writer, a landed proprietor. Aged 60, he acquired fame as a “mounted traveller all over Poland” to describe it in his reports.
In 1936, he received one of five the first Honorary Equestrian Badges (among others with the late marshal Józef Piłsudski and Polish Olympic medallists).


Born on February 25, 1870 in Ruszcza near Kraków.

Paweł Popiel was not a count and he did not let for such a compellation to him. He managed the hereditary “Kurozwędzkie” goods and brought them to a high level (especially the woodland).

He had three passions. He dealt intensely with restoration of considerably cleared forests (1500 ha) to bring them to the very good condition. His second passion was writership that developed very intensely at a later period of his life. He published at “Sylwan” (a magazine for foresters) and at “Czas” and “Rolnik” magazines wherein he published systematically descriptions of his mounted travels all over Poland.

The third Paweł Popiel’s passion was horse riding and hippology. He ran a small stud farm (succeeded after his father) of Thoroughbreds and part-bred horses. He was considered as an authority at the horse pedigree field. He published books and articles on stud farms, e.g., “Monograph of the stud farm in Dzików” (Jeździec i Hodowca, 1936).

He worked with foreign equestrian magazines – „Sanct george zeitung”, „Die sportwelt”, „Le jockey”.

Thanks to this co-operation, he popularized Polish breeding and horsemanship. (…)

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Author of the text: Elżbieta Perec

Paweł Popiel died on June 23, 1936 in Kurozwęki, at the age of 66. He was buried in the Popiels family chapel next to the church in Kurozwęki.

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„Paweł Popiel moimi oczami” (2020) – Elżbieta Perec

„Ku naszym kresom na koniu” (1936) – Paweł Popiel

„Honorowa Odznaka Jeździecka” (1936) – Redakcja czasopisma „Jeździec i Hodowca

„Wiślanym szlakiem do polskiego morza na koniu” (1935) – Paweł Popiel

„Do Białowieży i do kraju hucułów na koniu” (1934) – Paweł Popiel

„2918 kilometrów na koniu” (1933) – Paweł Popiel

„1421 kilometrów na koniu” (1931) – Paweł Popiel

„Notatki i spostrzeżenia hodowlane” (1926) – Paweł Popiel


Paweł Popiel on the mare Lalka.
Paweł Popiel (1870-1936) and his horse „Jedynka”.
Photo taken in Łoniów (1930s). Paweł Popiel is sitting on the mare Jedynka. He is probably accompanied by Count. Emanuel Moszyński (owner of Łoniów) or his son. As the third person, he is sitting in a cart drawn by a farm horse (as Paweł Popiel himself called it), the helper who accompanied him on his trips with the food cart. Photo: Courtesy of the Kurozwęki Palace Complex