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).


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.


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.


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.”


Author: Witold Duński

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„KWESTURA – 'The Best'” (2020) – Urszula i Jerzy Białobokowie

„I nieśmiertelni muszą odejść” (2015) – Jerzy Białobok

„Państwowa Stadnina Koni Michałów 1953-2013, część II” (2014) – Urszula Białobok

„Państwowa Stadnina Koni Michałów 1953-2013, część I” (2013) – Urszula Białobok

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„Perskim okiem cz. VI” (2011) – Jerzy Białobok

„Firma jest najważniejsza” [link](2009) – Monika Luft

„Perskim okiem cz. V” (2009) – Jerzy Białobok

„Perskim okiem cz. IV” (2009) – Jerzy Białobok

„Moja droga do koni” (2008) – Urszula Białobok

„Perskim okiem cz. III” (2007) – Jerzy Białobok

„Urszula i Jerzy Białobok w fotografii Tomasza Jurgi” (2007) – Tomasz Jurga

„Fawor 1981-2005” (2006) – Urszula Białobok

„Perskim okiem cz. II” (2006) – Jerzy Białobok

„Perskim okiem cz. I” (2006) – Jerzy Białobok

„Odszedł wielki hodowca” (2004) – Urszula Białobok, Jerzy Białobok

„Mike’a Nicholsa podróże do Michałowa” (2002) – Anna Stojanowska

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„Stadnina Koni Michałów” – zespół redakcyjny

„The Power of success – Michałów Stud” [link][EN] – Urszula Leczycka

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Patron Honorowy: Polish Union of English Thoroughbreds Breeders

Mecenas: Katarzyna & Marcin Konarscy

Opiekun:  LKS Stragona Strzegom

„The great successes of Polish equestrianism, world championships, Olympic medals … all this would not be possible without a wide base of conditions such as breeding, tradition, sports and equestrian clubs, and above all people who, thanks to their knowledge and passion, devoted all their life.”

Tomasz Konarski

Grzegorz Konarski was a director of Strzegom Stud Farm for many years. Maria Konarska was the main breeder therein.

Grzegorz Konarski was a founder, a creator of the first successes and many years’ president of the Equestrian Club Stragona Strzegom.


Grzegorz Konarski was born on 16 April 1942 in Kluczewsko in Włoszczowa district, at Konarski’s family property.

His family was connected with land for generations. Grzegorz’s grandfather, Maksymilian Konarski, was born in 1876. He had agricultural university education, managed the estate between 1900 and 1937, made a contribution to the commune development, founded a mill on Czarna river, was a communal judge, a founder of a Grange, a Fire-Brigade and a Savings and Loan Company in Kluczewsko. Besides, he was a member of a district council, Agricultural Association of Kielce and a church supervision. They had three children: Stanisław, Krystyna and Andrzej.


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Author: Artur Bober on the basis of his conversation with Grzegorz Konarski.


Maria Konarska, from home Moraczewska, was born in 1946 at Piotrkowska street in Łódź. Her mother had a dress and elegant clothes studio over there and a flat upstairs. Maria lived there a short time because her parents moved a year later to Odolańska street in Warsaw and she spent her childhood in this place. She keeps in mind her childhood as very happy despite many tragic events that happened to her family.


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Author: Leszek Karpina on the basis of his conversation with Maria Konarska.

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Honorary Patron: Polish Union of English Thoroughbreds Breeders

Sponsor: The Polish Jockey Club

“A child and a wanderer” of Gen. Anders. An outstanding breeder of racehorses and sports horses. A rider and a horse expert. Since 1959, he worked at Ochaby Stud Farm and then at Stubno Stud Farm and Walewice Stud Farm. A participant of races in Warsaw, Sopot and Pardubice.


Eng. LECH STRZAŁKOWSKI devoted all his life to work with horses.

He was born on 17 March 1923 in Kamień Koszyrski within the family of a teacher Antoni Strzałkowski and Jadwiga Wolska from home. He stayed with his family at Polesia until February 1940 when soviet authorities taken Strzałkowski’s family away to northern Kazakhstan. In 1941, they got through Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan and then, in 1942, together with Polish Army organized in USSR under Gen. Władysław Anders’s command, through Caspian Sea to Teheran in Iran. In 1943, Polish civil families were transported to India, to a camp for Polish refugees. Over there, Lech Strzałkowski stayed until 1947 (Karachi, Kalhapur). In June 1947, he returned to Poland, to Warsaw. In 1951, Lech Strzałkowski finished his education at the high school named after Adam Mickiewicz in Warsaw and passed his high school finals while obtaining General Certificate of Education. In the same year, he started studying at the Zootechnic Faculty of Main School of Farming in Warsaw where he graduated as a livestock specialist engineer on 25 March 1955.

Since 01 February 1955, after he received a work order (by medium of inspector Bolesław Orłoś), he started working at Państwowe Tory Wyścigów Konnych (Jockey Club) in Warsaw, then in Wrocław and again in Warsaw. He used to work there until 01 October 1959.

On 01 October 1959, he started working at National Studs as follows: Within 1959-1961 at Pruchna-Ochaby National Stud (French Anglo-Arabs), 1961-1963 Trzebienice-Udórz National Stud (horses of Little-Poland type), 1963-1969 Stubno National Stud (Furioso-Przedświt type), 1969-1980 Pruchna-Ochaby National Stud, 1980-1982 Walewice National Stud (Anglo-Arabs), 1982-2006 Stubno National Stud (English Thoroughbred) that was privatized on 29 April 2003.


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Author: Lesław Kukawski

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Honorary Patron: Polski Związek Jeździecki

Sponsor: Wydawnictwo Galaktyka

Guardians: Wojciech Mickunas’s immediate family

A rider. A participant of Olympic Games (Munich 1972 – groom Paweł Wierzbicki, Seoul 1988 – as a team coach – placed fourth), a multiple medallist of Championships of Poland, a triple participant of European Three Days’ Event Championships. A journalist and an excellent bard.


He was born on 16 March 1947 in Sompolno near Koło as a son of Jan (a major, an esteemed trainer) and Janina Budziński. Ha was a graduate of First General Secondary School named after K. Marcinkowski in Poznań (1964) and the local Agricultural Academy (Zootechnic Faculty, 1968), and Academy of Physical Education (1978) as a Master of Science in physical education (professional qualification: sport); he was a competitor (178 cm, 70 kg) and Three Days’ Event specialist: Chyszów Stud Farm, near Tarnów (1960-1962), Equestrian Centre in Poznań 1962-1969), LZS Racot (1970-1973) and Legia (Stara Miłosna) (1973-1976). He made his debut (1961) at competition in Łąck on the mare Hersylia. Then, he moved together with his parents to the centre at Wola in Poznań wherein he developed his talent under his father’s leadership. Once, his father wrote that Wojciech was “brave, resistant and deft”.

The leading Polish rider (1965-1972) specializing in Three Days’ Event but starting in dressage, too. Champion of Poland in Three Days’ Event twice (1969, 1972); a runner-up twice: in dressage (1968) and in Three Days’ Event (1968); a quadruple II vice-champion of Poland: in Three Days’ Event (1965, 1970, 1971) and dressage (1969) on: Zawrat, Dżemila (4 medals), Giecz and Armator. He started unsuccessfully at European Championships (1967, 1969, 1973) on Dżemila, Dźwięk and Dariusz.

Upon termination of his career as a competitor, he started working as an equestrian trainer and populariser, among others at LKS Hubertus in Biały Bór (1976-1977), Lumal Three Days’ Event Section in Zielona Góra (with its seat in Drzonków) 1978-1983, and also, he was a trainer of Polish Three Days’ Event Team that was placed fourth at Olympic Games in Seoul (1988). Stanisław Jasiński (from Stara Miłosna) is Mickunas’s pupil. A Sport Champion. He is married (Zofia) and has two daughters: Barbara (1971) and Bogna (1972).

Author: olimpijski.pl

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„Trener radzi” (2006) – Wojciech Mickunas

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„Mistrzostwa Polski w WKKW i CCI, Jaroszówka 1984” (1984) – Wojciech Mickunas

„Polskie WKKW w drodze do Los Angeles, część II” (1984) – Wojciech Mickunas

„Polskie WKKW w drodze do Los Angeles” (1983) – Wojciech Mickunas

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Honorary Patron: Museum of Independence in Warsaw

Sponsor: Polish Horse Breeders Association, Władysław Brejta

Guardians: Łukasz Schuch, Agnieszka Bojanowska

Polish hippologist, an excellent exterior expert and a racing organizer. Co-originator of horse breeding in Poland after the World War I and II. He has written (together with W. Pruski and J. Grabowski) the Vol. II of the manual entitled “Horse breeding”.


He was born on 12 March 1892 in Warsaw within the family much-deserved for Poland and its capital. He was a child of a big city. So, from whence was his life-affecting passion for horses he came to love from childhood and then came to know their breeding thoroughly and so permanently that he devoted his long life to them.
Warsaw at the end of nineteenth century – the world of Stanisław’s childhood – the beautiful Trakt Królewski, and particularly Aleje Ujazdowskie, the famous promenade in Warsaw of that time, equipages with elegant horses, equestriennes and riders – all of them fascinated the child’s mind.

Pole Mokotowskie – 1899. His father took seven-year Stanisław to the racecourse for the first time. This event has exerted a huge influence on the child’s mind; the boy started being passionate of racehorses at first and then people, trainers and all things related to horse; he can still hear and see something new! He made every effort to visit racecourses and then observe morning gallops and penetrate secrets of horse training.

On 05 March 1982, aged 90, Eng. Stanisław Schuch MSc died. He was a former Chief of Horse Breeding Department at Agriculture Ministry and the main co-originator of horse breeding in Poland after the World War I and II.

He was honoured with the Order of Polonia Restituta Fourth Class, the Officer’s Cross, and Fifth Class, the Knight’s Cross, as well as with many other distinctions.

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Author: Adam Sosnowski

Stanisław Schuch died on 05 March 1982 aged 90. He was buried at the Evangelical cemetery in Warsaw.

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„Polacy z wyboru” [fragmenty] [PL][DE] (2012) – Tomasz Markiewicz, Tadeusz W. Świątek, Krzysztof Wittels

„Wspomnienie o Stanisławie Schuchu” (1982) – Adam Sosnowski

„Stadnina Koni Widzów-Skrzydłów” (1978) – Stanisław Schuch

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„Wyścigi koni pełnej krwi o znaczeniu światowym” (1970) – Stanisław Schuch

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„Washington International 1968” (1969) – Stanisław Schuch

„Koń i jeździec” (1967) – Stanisław Schuch, Józef Markiewicz

„Horses and Horsemanship” [EN][FR][DE][RU] (1967) – Zespół redakcyjny (dodatek)

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„Ocena klasy konia według czasu wyścigu i rekordu” (1966) – Stanisław Schuch

„Wybitne importowane ogiery i ich wpływ na hodowlę pełnej krwi w Polsce” (1966) – Stanisław Schuch

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Słownik Jeździecki i Hodowlany – Lesław Kukawski



Honorary Patron: Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Dawnej Broni i Barwy


Guardians: Krystyna Kukawska, Zygmunt Kukawski, Monika Słowik

A horse breeder, a cavalry historian, an activist and an equestrian judge. A former president of the department of the Old Weapon and Colours Association in Poznań.


Lesław Kukawski was born in Lvov on 07 April 1930 as a son of Zygmunt, a graduate of Wood Faculty of Technical University of Lvov, and Janina Stańkowska from home. He died on February 10, 2016. His funeral took place on February 20 at the Trzcianka cemetery.

He died on 10 February 2016. His funeral took place on 20th February at the cemetery in Trzciana.

From childhood, he was interested in army and history thanks to his family’s attachment to national traditions and struggles for independence.


His work at stud farms gave him practical knowledge of hippology; then he dealt with history of mounted armies. He gathered literature and objects connected to mounted formations, transferred to him by former soldiers living in the country and abroad or bought if necessary and affordable. He brought carpet-bags full of militaria from his uncle living in London since the war. When his collection was too large to find room at the house in Pańska Łaska, he transferred it to Museum of Cavalry Training Centre in Grudziądz in 1990s.

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Author: Aleksandra Szulen-Kukawska

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„Lesław Kukawski (wspomnienie)” (2020) – Aleksandra Szulen-Kukawska

„Zarys dziejów zorganizowanej hodowli koni w Wielkopolsce 1895-1995” (1995) – Lesław Kukawski

„Militari. Konne Mistrzostwa WP” (2004) – Lesław Kukawski

„Wyścigi a wojsko II Rzeczypospolitej” (2004) – Lesław Kukawski

„Polski dosiad czym był Grudziądz dla polskiego jeździectwa” (2002) – Lesław Kukawski

„Pierwszy redaktor naczelny 'Konia Polskiego’ nie żyje” (1989) – Lesław Kukawski

„Lesław Kukawski i jego zbiory” (1986) – Marek Szewczyk

„Koń w życiu i kulturze” (1985) – Lesław Kukawski

„Stanisław Wotkowski i jego Jeździec i Myśliwy” (1965) – Lesław Kukawski

Some argue that there are no irreplaceable people – this saying does not apply, however, in the case of the late Lesław Kukawski. With him, the vast knowledge of the Polish cavalry of the 20th century passed away. It is good that in his books and articles he shared with us some of the knowledge he had. For several decades he was a tireless researcher and propagator of the history of cavalry …

Author: Marek Fijałkowski
Lesław Kukawski in Nieświastów on the French Anglo-Arab, the stallion Bijou; year 1950.
Photo from the archive of Lesław Kukawski.
Medal for „style and elegance” in driving (Zbigniew Dąbrowski, Hanna Ganowicz, Lesław Kukawski)