The first mares xx came to the stud farm in 1956. The facility Żółkiewka was adapted for them. In 1972, the stud farm had already 75 mares xx and a department Skarżyce was brought into operation.

The Strzegom Stud Farm was situated in the west part of Poland, in Lower Silesian voivodship, in a picturesque region of Pogórze Sudeckie.

From pastures, you can see Wzgórza Strzegomskie and further a range of Karkonosze mountains.

The Stud Farm came into being in 1955 on the basis of the State Farm Group located around Strzegom city.

At that time, it was a big State Farm having 1,200 milch cows with full calf rearing, Central Bull Rearing House for 120 animals, a piggery for breeding, Merino Sheep Breeding Centre with 2,000 mothers and Hunting Centre with a pheasantry for about 16,000 pheasants.

At first, Silesian horses were to be bred, however already in 1956, the first English Thoroughbred mares arrived and gave rise of the future stud farm. The facility Żółkiewka was adapted for them.

The first mares bought to Strzegom were Thoroughbreds: Tirenia (by Good bye – Tirana by Wily Attorney) and Zahukana (Good bye – Zapomniana by Pasjans) bred at Kozienice Stud Farm, Casarossa (Oduagis – Casablanca II by Pilade) from Widzów Stud Farm and a yearling, filly Hekla (Aquino – Hybla by Cavaliere d’Arpino) from Golejewko Stud Farm. The facility adaptation and the stud farm organization proceeded very efficiently, so that on 1st July 1957, on the day of official opening of the stud farm, 24 mares from other stud farms were located in Żółkiewka. In 1966, there were 40 mares therein.


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Author: Maria Konarska

Below you will find links to related materials in the Polish Digital Equestrian Library.

Polish Digital Equestrian Library:

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„Historia Stadniny Koni w Strzegomiu” (2022) – Maria Konarska

„To był świetny czas, czyli o Rosario i nie tylko” (2021) – Paweł Gocłowski

„Gruzja” (1993) – Genowefa Dzięgała

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Maria & Grzegorz Konarscy

Horse breeders. Grzegorz Konarski (the director) and Maria Konarska (the main breeder) have been working at Strzegom Stud Farm for many years. Grzegorz Konarski is a founder and one of creators of the Equestrian Club Stragona Strzegom.

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Honorary Patron: Jerzy Wojciech Sienkiewicz

Sponsor: Bogusław Lustyk

Guardians: Petroniusz Frejlich, Krzysztof Czarnota

A romantic, a horse breeder, a field crown chancellor. A descendant of the oldest and the most powerful noble families in Poland. A “Gold-bearded emir”.


Roman Abraham was born on 15 December 1784 in Lvov. He was killed on14 May 1831 in a battle near Daszów.

(…) One of Wacław’s biographers, Antoni Józef Rolle, noticed:

„[…] Emir’s life, although so many times told, was not properly examined yet and this is a rewarding and instructive theme even for an explorer”.

Today, in spite of twenty literary works devoted to Rzewuski and almost the same number of elaborations that originated since the Daszów battle, the above statement remains actual. There are no exhaustive and general research of the count’s life. The most of the mentioned elaborations relate to chosen fragments of his life and many of them arose based on single or incredible sources.

For example, orientalists or pure-bred Arabians breeders were interested only in the “hippological” and “Arabian” thread of Emir’s biography, however researchers of Polish conspiratorial and patriotic activity in nineteenth century did not bestow too much attention to Rzewuski. And after all, this is extremely interesting theme. Already Lucjan Siemieński wrote about Wacław:

“I do not know a man that could deliver, in our prosaic times, such a great poetic thread like him, not only with all his life but even with his death.
Be killed in a battle would be an ordinary matter – so many others died and die in this way – but get lost mysteriously – traceless… not every man can”

Piotr Jaxa Bykowski, one of nineteenth-century biographers of Rzewuski, was awake to imperfection of elaboration written hitherto.
He emphasized a need to fill up the existing gap by conducting deep source research. In 1879, he wrote:

“Maybe, somebody will create a whole from our monographs [concerning Wacław Rzewuski – F. K.]” (…)

We invite you to get the feel of the dissertation that makes an attempt to present the whole question, i.e. Wacław “Emir” Rzewuski’s biography, to evaluate his achievements, to describe his progeny lots and Rzewuski’s family history beginning from their legendary, fairy rudiments.

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Author: Filip Kucera

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„Duma o Wacławie Rzewuskim” – Juliusz Słowacki
„Emir Rzewuski” (1933) – Witold Pruski
„Wieniec Sławy, Sługa Znaku” (2012) – Izabella Pawelec Zawadzka
„Historia hodowli koni arabskich w Polsce – Emir Wacław Rzewuski” (2000) – Roman Pankiewicz
Krzysztof Czarnota o Emirze Wacławie Rzewuskim | FILM
„Ludzie i konie na kresach – Emir Wacław Rzewuski” (2018) – Krzysztof Czarnota
„Zapomniane hippologiczne prace Emira Rzewuskiego” (1934) – Józef Mencel
Wacław Seweryn Rzewuski i jego konie arabskie | FILM
„Wacław 'Emir’ Rzewuski (1784-1831) podróżnik i żołnierz” (2015) – Filip Kucera
„Magnat, poeta, awanturnik, patriota” (2002) – Hanna Łysakowska
„Wacław Rzewuski” (2021) – Krzysztof Czarnota
„Stado Emira – fragmenty” (1996) – Roman Pankiewicz


Breeder: Stadnina Koni Antoniny, hr. Józef Potocki


Antoniny, the legendary Volhynian goods owned by Count Józef Potocki (1862-1922), were famous for their wealth, modern agrarian and industrial economy, hunting organized with a huge flourish and pure-bred Arabian breeding, whereof tradition went back as far as the end of eighteenth century.

The greatest pride of Józef Potocki’s Antoniny breeding and at the same time the most famous Arabian stallion bred at Polish stud farm was and still is Skowronek.


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Author: Aldona Cholewianka-Kruszyńska

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„Skowronek” (2004) – Aldona Cholewianka-Kruszyńska

„O Ibrahimie, ojcu Skowronka” (1971) – Roman Potocki

„O książce Lady Wentworth” (1938) – Roman Potocki

„Hodowla Arabów w Wielkiej Brytanji” (1929) – Józef Potocki


Honorary Patron: Elżbieta Orłoś

Sponsors: PTTK Skrzyczne shelter
Andrzej Lohman, Zofia Lohman-Ndou, Arber Ndou

Guardians: Andrzej Orłos’s family and his grandchildren Maksymilian, Karolina and Zofia

An Olympian. A Champion of Poland in Dressage, Show Jumping and Three Days’ Event. A breeder. A coach of Polish National Team in show jumping and Polish Olympic Team in Three Days’ Event.


He was born in Albigowa on 16 February 1934. He died on 29 April 2018 in Bielsko-Biała and was buried in Sopot.


„(…) His father: Bolesław. His mother: Erika Siarkiewicz from home. His sister: Danuta. His brothers: Marcin and Wojciech. His wife: Karolina Soja from home. His daughter: Elżbieta. His son: Marek.

A graduate of Agricultural and Technical Academy in Olsztyn. A manager of Training Institute in Kwidzyń. An assistant director of the Stud Farm in Plękity. A Horse Breeding Inspector of Horse Breeding Federation for Northern Poland.

A director of the Stud Farms in Kadyny and Rzeczna. A competitor of Country Sports Club in Kwidzyń.

The history of Poland designated an engineer position among horses with its painful points, meanders, suffering.”


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Author: Witold Duński


„His inadequate weight – more than 70 kg; his inadequate height – 180 cm; but he insisted to become a jockey. Already as a pupil of a grammar school, he got up at half past three(!) every day to mount back several horses at Służewiec in Warsaw.

When in a secondary school, he spent his free time on racing, too. However, all that was not enough to start in real races. This was a legal right of permanent employees of Jockey Club only. He could take advantage of this only after obtaining the secondary-school certificate (1951) when he started working at Stanisław Pasternak‘s racing stable (he wished to study zootechnics but was refused to accept due to his landowners’ origin).”

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Author: Piotr Dzięciołowski


„(…) After Tomaszewski’s departure, Andrzej Orłoś, the enthusiastic and keen on horses manager of Training Institute dealt with trainings. Thereat, he did not throw up his competitor’s career. In addition, he dealt with driving and taught even Bao Day, a full-bred horse, to go in team. (…)

Thanks to Orłoś and Grabowski, new training fields and a grassy hippodrome came into being. A substantial amount of obstacles was built. (…)

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Author: Mieczysław Zagor

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„Andrzej Orłoś – Bao Day biegał własnym rytmem” (2010) – Piotr Dzięciołowski

„Rozwój sportu jeździeckiego przy Stadzie Ogierów w Kwidzynie” (1996) – Mieczysław Zagor

„WKKW na Olimpiadzie w Moskwie” (1980) – Andrzej Orłoś

„Andrzej Orłoś” (2012) – Witold Duński

Andrzej Lohman i jego świat – Andrzej Orłoś – część VIII FILM

Andrzej Orłoś – Musimy zarażać młodzież jeździectwem! | FILM

Orłoś i jego koń | FILM

Praca z koniem, skoczkiem – część 1. | FILM

Praca z koniem, skoczkiem – część 2. | FILM

Ludzie i Konie | FILM


Honorary Patron:

Sponsors: Urszula and Jerzy Białobok, Alina Sobieszak, Anna Stojanowska,
Magda and Marek Trela

Guardian: Araby Magazine

A highly esteemed world-class authority in the field of Arabian horse breeding. Together with Alina Sobieszak, she established Araby Magazine.


She was born in Warsaw in 1937. She died on 27 March 2015. She was buried at Brudnowski Cemetery.

Ms Alicja Sobieszak remembers Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka as follows.

“Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka died 6 years ago but she did not left us – we often remember her as well as her opinions and articles, we often publish her photos whereon she is with her beloved Arabian horses and many friends whom she had worldwide.

I had honour and pleasure to collaborate with Iza during my work in Animex and later, when her dream came true and she caused issue a magazine devoted to Arabian horses – in 2006, a quarterly “Araby” (Arabian Horses) broke into market (since 2012, a new title “Araby Magazine” is used).

My first reminiscence: A half of 80’s. – my first auction of Arabian horses in Janów Podlaski. It takes place lively and Marek Grzybowski, the auctioneer, gives a higher amount offered every moment and …when I expect his hammer blow, “Sold!” – silence falls and a warm voice begins a tale on the presented mare – this is the tale on beauty, pride, courage…”


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Author: Alina Sobieszak

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„Wspomnienie o Pani Izie” (2020) – Alina Sobieszak

„50-ta Jubileuszowa Aukcja Koni w Książu” (1974) – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka

„Pianissima i reszta świata” (2008) – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka

„Pianissima i reszta świata” (Araby Magazine) (2008) – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka

„Pianissima and the rest of the world” [EN] (2008) – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka

ARABY MAGAZINE NR – 2 – 2015 (10) – a special issue entirely devoted to Mrs. Izabella Pawelec Zawadzka.

„Konie wyczarowane” (2013) – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka


Sponsor: Stadnina Koni Krasne (Krasne Stud Farm)

One of the oldest English Thoroughbred stud farms in Poland (1857). Ludwik count Krasiński was its founder and owner. A base of the breeding were superb mares imported from England.

Krasne Stud Farm belongs to few breeding centres existing to this day that can be proud of equally long and interesting history.

It owes its character tu specific people that distinguished creditably not only in history of domestic breeding but also in history of Poland.

The stud farm in Krasne founded by Ludwik count Krasiński in 1857 has 150-year traditions in horse breeding and much longer in propagation of agricultural culture at Polish country.

Achievements of Krasiński (of Squawk coat of arms) family were important due to superb breeding and productive results; they also emphasized Polish character when Poland was absent in the map of the world.

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Author: Izabela Rajca-Pisz

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„Stadnina Koni Krasne” (2007) – Izabela Rajca-Pisz

„Minął rok” (2021) – Roman Krzyżanowski


Sponsor: Ośrodek Hodowli Zarodowej w Kamieńcu Ząbkowickim
(Breeding Centre in Kamieniec Ząbkowicki)

A pearl in the crown of Polish carriage driving. Silesian horse breeding. In addition to a stallions’ depot, there were also a stud farm and an equestrian club specializing in driving: pairs and four-in-hand.

Mysticism of such a place as Książ joins with many elements.

History of the castle in Książ, lots of its many years’ owners (Hochberg family) and history of horse breeding are connected each other over centuries. So, it is difficult to tell the history of one of these elements without referring to the others.

However, a proper groundwork for this book was beginning of Silesian horses.

Breeding of this pedigree aristed and formed just in this area, and activity of Książ Stallions’ Depot made a contribution to its establishment and spread…

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Autor: Izabela Rajca-Pisz

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„Państwowe Stado Ogierów Książ” (1974) – Zbigniew Dąbrowski

„50-ta Jubileuszowa Aukcja Koni w Książu” (1974) – Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka

„Katalog aukcji koni, Książ 25-26.05.1990” (1990) – Zespół redakcyjny

„Katalog III aukcji koni sportowych w Książu” (1976) – Zespół redakcyjny

„Stado ogierów Książ” (2005) – Izabela Rajca-Pisz

Stado Ogierów Książ w Wałbrzychu (2016) | FILM

Ślązaki z Książa na medal (2018) | FILM

Stado na medal! (2018) | FILM


Honorary Patron: Władysław Potocki

Sponsor: Katarzyna and Zbigniew Głuszek with their children Maciej, Hania and Wojtek

Guardians: Jan Świdziński and other members of the family of Maria Kinga Świdzińska

A scientist and a horse breeder. Since 1974, she researched English Thoroughbreds in Golejewko; her papers are very valuable. In 1981, she defended her doctoral thesis concerning estimation of Thoroughbred stallions.


She was born on 6 August 1935.

Maria Kinga Świdzińska was born in Cracow as a daughter of Ignacy and Anna Potocki. She spent her cheerful childhood with her three brothers at her mother’s estate Izdebki and in Rymanów Zdrój, a health resort belonging to fer grandfather Jan Potocki.

After outbreak of war, the family bilked Germans into Volhynia but, due to Bolshevik Army attack, they returned to Rymanów located then in General Guberniya.

The period of the World War II was enormously difficult for the family. From the beginning of German occupation, Anna and Ignacy conducted underground activity. At their villa in Rymanów, they conducted a point of Polish officers smuggling across the border.

The most difficult period started in 1941 as a result of one of employees’ denunciation that Ignacy Potocki hid a hunting weapon. Ignacy, under sentence of death, has hidden under a changed name for four years in Solska Forest where he still conducted underground activity while rescuing, among others, refugees from the camp in Zwierzyniec.

Anna Potocka moved with her children to Izdebki where her home was in effect a repository for hiding conspirators, Home Army officers and people with judgments of death. Only in 1944, Anna left with her children to Łuczanowice, her brother’s estate; her brother Andrzej Mycielski was a law professor. Other there, she met his husband at last. When the soviet troops were occupying Cracow, the family lived in the city and Anna ran a private canteen to earn a living.

After the war, Ignacy Potocki who was a balneologist, went to Lower Silesia looking for employment; he began his career from a position of a driver. The family, while avoiding arrest in the Stalinist period by a miracle, lived in Szczawno Zdrój where Ignacy was employed already as a balneologist in 1950.

Maria Kinga Świdzińska touched horses closer right here, in the Stallions’ Depot in Książ. She started equestrian education here. At that time, after she watched the movie “Great award”, her fascination of horses was such a huge that she decided to breed horses. (…)

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Author of the text: Katarzyna Głuszek

Maria Kinga Świdzińska died on January 25, 2021, at the age of 86. She was buried at the local cemetery in Golejewko.

Polish Digital Equestrian Library:

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„Maria Kinga Świdzińska – wspomnienia” (2021) – Katarzyna Głuszek

„Ogiery pełnej krwi angielskiej w polskiej hodowli w latach 1982-2002” (2004) – Jan Świdziński, Katarzyna Wiszowaty

„Maria Kinga Potocka-Świdzińska” (2012) – Witold Duński

„Ogiery pełnej krwi angielskiej w polskiej hodowli w latach 1946-1976” (1982) – Maria Świdzińska

„Wypasy górskie rocznych źrebiąt pełnej krwi angielskiej” (1980) – Maria i Maciej Świdzińscy

„Ogiery pełnej krwi angielskiej w polskiej hodowli w latach 1946-1976” (1979) – Maria Świdzińska

„Stadnina Koni Golejewko” (1973) – Maria i Maciej Świdzińscy

„Wychów źrebiąt pełnej krwi w SK Golejewko” (1971) – Maria i Maciej Świdzińscy

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