1.3.16 Reporty z Mediów – Media Reports

1.3.16 Newsweek.pl Artykuły – Folwark koński Aleksandra.Gumowska@newsweek.pl
A Purge in the State Studs – An Orwellian Horse Farm

1.3.16 Tok FM “Prezes stadniny odwołany. To pół biedy? Problem jest dużo poważniejszy i dotyczy zupełnie innej kwestii”
The Stud Director Dismissed. Just too bad? The problem is much more serious and raises several unrelated questions 

http://www.tokfm.pl/Tokfm/1,103454,19703221,prezes-stadniny-odwolany-to-pol-biedy-problem-jest-duzo-powazniejszy.html

1.3.16 Polityka “Koń a sprawa polska”
The horse and all things Polish

http://www.polityka.pl/tygodnikpolityka/spoleczenstwo/1652614,1,z-zycia-sfer.read

1.3.16 Interview TV24 – “Gwarancję dają ludzie, którzy się na tym znają”. Prezesi stadnin o swoich odwołaniach
“The guarantee can only be given from the people with the knowledge and experience”. The Stud Directors speak out concerning their dismissals
http://www.tvn24.pl/wiadomosci-z-kraju,3/prezesi-stadnin-o-swoich-odwolaniach,623590.html

1.3.16 Interview TV24 – Szejk z Kataru: usuwacie najlepszych ekspertów, teraz ja ich zatrudnię
Qatari Sheikh: You have dismissed your best experts, now I will hire them

http://www.tvn24.pl/szejk-zatrudni-zwolnionych-dyrektorow-stadnin,623784,s.html

Anette Mattsson, breeder, advisor and photographer, Sweden

Letter of concern regarding the dismissal of Anna Stojanowska, Marek Trela and Jerzy Bialobok

I have been involved with the Polish Arabian horse since 1982 when the breed and the horses swept me away and I knew that my life would wander along the same path as the Polish Arabian horse. The news of the dismissal of Marek Trela, Jerzy Bialobok and Anna Stojanowska are of deepest concern as their knowledge and experience are invaluable for the Polish Arabian State Studs but also for the Arabian Horse breeding world wide.

To be a real breeder is nothing you can throw yourself into without any knowledge and a great proof of that is Poland – here the great horsemen of the State Studs works with a goal and a vision and the knowledge that breeding takes time and with time comes more knowledge. Breeding at the State Studs is about preserving the Sire lines and Dam families and to improve the coming generations of the horses, to know which horses to hold on to and which combinations to make. And this knowledge comes from knowing the horses for generations – the experience about strengths and weakness with different lines and how to utilize them in the breeding program.

It is a work that can not be done without a wholehearted commitment, with a love and pride combined with the dedication to the horse and to the great history, and this is something that you can see in Marek Trela, Jerzy Bialobok and Anna Stojanowska. They live FOR the horses and the legacy of their predecessors and to dismiss them from their dedicated work and passion is not only a disaster for them but for the hundreds of years of Polish tradition of horse breeding and for the Arabian Horse world-wide.

The Arabian Horse is the National Treasure of Poland and I never forget when I in 1989 set foot in Poland for the first time. When I for the first time made the epic drive towards Zegarowa – The Clock stable – at Janów Podlaski I was overwhelmed and I could feel and breath the history not only of the farm itself but of the Polish Arabian horse and the Polish people that as for me, both are evidence of the strength and determination to never give in and never give up.

Swedish breeders have since the 1960´s had a great relation with the Polish State Studs and most of Swedens foundation of Arabian horses comes from Poland. And with the Polish-bred horses I have had the fortune to work with I also inherited the pride and joy that I knew that the Polish people have towards the horses. During my first visit I noticed that this pride and joy could be seen in everyone involved with the horses, from the Directors to the grooms and in their eyes you could tell how humble and proud they were to be the caretakers of these great horses.

The history of the Polish Arabian horse teaches us all how something can be larger than life and how the Polish people have been fighting for their horses through World Wars and occupations. And even though history tells us that they lost their horses the people would never give up, they fought for the horses, rebuilt the breeding programs and continued to perserve the Arabian Horse and to cherish their National Treasure.

Janów Podlaski and Michalów were led by two great and knowledgable Directors after World War II – Andrzej Krzysztalowicz at Janów Podlaski and Ignacy Jawarowski at Michalów. Krzysztalowicz had the huge task of rebuilding the breeding program after World War II and Jawarowski was the first Director at the newly built Michalów where the Klemensów horses were moved to. Both of these men were great horsemen, they had been working with breeding for a long time prior to being Directors and they knew that breeding is not a short-term operation. If we look back today on the mares that they were given, It is impressive to see how they skillfully used the mares to create a new foundation on which today’s Polish Arabian horse is built upon.

In the 1970´s Marek Trela and Jerzy Bialobok started to work at Janów Podlaski and Michalów respectively and as in Polish tradition they worked next to the Directors – Marek Trela as the Veterinarian at the farm and Jerzy Bialobok started out as a groom. More than 20 years later both of them were to step into the shoes of their mentors but they still had Krzysztalowicz and Jawarowski living at the farms with the opportunity to discuss and explore different situations or thoughts.

Trela and Bialobok had not only the task of continuing the breeding program, but also the task of getting the stud farms to be self-supporting. Looking back at their time as Directors they have not only succeeded with that, they have also positioned Janów Podlaski and Michalów as the best and most successful Arabian horse stud farms in the world. They have earned, together with Anna Stojanowska, a respect and trust from breeders all over the world and they are well respected judges and representatives of Poland.

I plea to you, with my greatest respect, to reinstate these three experts to maintain the continuity and effectiveness of the Polish breeding programs. The Polish Arabian Horse is Your National Treasure and it is of outmost importance to secure the future and to preserve the Polish Arabian State Studs Janów Podlaski, Michalów and Bialka.

Sincerely,

Anette Mattsson

Society of Hungarian Arabian Horse Breeders

Letter to Polish Minister of Agriculture from Magyarorszagi Arablotenyesztok Egyesulete (MALE):

Bábolna, 26th Februar, 2016
Att. Mr. Krzysztof Jurgiel
Minister of Agriculture

Dear Sir,

Arab horse breeding and cooperation in Poland and Hungary look back on 220 years of history. Since World War II, we have been watching with admiration how Polish studs achieved excellent results with consistent breeding efforts. That is evidenced by horse auction sales reaching EUR 4.6 million in 2015 despite the recession.

That was the beneficial consequence of alternating governments leaving specialists do their jobs without intervention. After the war, Mr. Andrzej Krzyształovicz was followed by Dr. Marek Trela, while Mr. Ignacy Jaworowski passed the baton to Mr. Jerzy Biaɫobok in Michalow, that is to say two persons were responsible for ensuring the consistency of breeding at each stud during the past 70 years. In comparison, 4 chief executives have followed each other’s track at Bábolna, Hungary, since 2008, and as a result no more than 2 pure-bred Arabian foals were born in 2015. Are you sure you want that to happen you?
National studs will never be replaced by private keepers of horses who develop today only to disappear tomorrow. Naturally, there certainly are ambitious private breeders out there, but one must admit that your horses could not have reached the price level that every competitor admired at the auction last year if they had not been bred and raised in Janow and Michalow. Just as one does not buy a Rolex at a roadside bazaar, once a pure-bred Arabian leaves a stud, it will be worth a fraction of its original value. Are you sure you want that to happen to you?

Your recently dismissed professionals have always demonstrated the deepest loyalty to Polish horse breeding and the government in office from time to time, and have worked themselves and Polish-bred Arabian horses up to become the most distinguished global envoys of their homeland. These professionals must have made mistakes, just as everyone does, but your decision on dismissal was politically rather than a professionally motivated. The market of Arabian horses is a highly sensitive domain, your partners in the past may as well turn their backs on you now. Are you sure you want that to happen to you?
Breeders’ vision of the future spans generations, politicians only keep election cycles in sight. Horse breeding is a process that takes longer than a political cycle, so you should not heed the advice of consultants who, motivated by envy or the hope of other immediate gain, have prompted ill-conceived advice this time. The method of beheading all studs simultaneously was typical of Hungary in the 1950s. Time is running short, but perhaps it is not too late for you to wisely reverse your decision now that you recognise its international impact and financial consequences, so as to live up to the expectations of a civic government.

We trust your wisdom and consideration: why let perish now what even wars and dictatorships could not destroy?

Yours sincerely,
Dr Walter Hecker, Honorary President
Tamás Rombauer, Chairman

1.3.16 Newsweek – Folwark koński

Send thank you to: aleksandra.gumowska@newsweek.pl
[English translation below – courtesy of Joanna Krawczyk]

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AN ORWELLIAN HORSE FARM | A PURGE IN THE FAMOUS STATE STUD
by Aleksandra Gumowska

Nothing has united Polish people – from left to right, from Catholics to atheists – as much as the stupid and unjust dismissals of the Directors of the Arabian State Studs.

Mr. Skomorowski, the new acting president of the Arabian State Stud in Janów Podlaski, closed the office for the night and, dressed in a rarely seen dark suit, headed along pine tree lined path toward the small hotel located in the neighboring building. When the lights went off, the stables lit up, abuzz with commotion.

“I can smell fear from the people,” stated the stallion Pogrom.

“And anger,” added the mare Piniata.

“And sadness,” the grey Pomian nodded with his beautiful head.

It was on Friday afternoon that the animals found out that the man who took care of them for almost 38 years, president Marek Trela, was dismissed. At around 3 pm they noticed a car pull up to the office, out of which two people emerged. Mirosław Helta from the Agricultural Property Agency handed Trela a notice of termination with immediate effect and Marek Skomorowski presented a contract, in which was stated that he would be taking over management duties. He asked for the keys to the car, as he needed the vehicle to return immediately to Lublin. The news among the more than 450 Janów horses spread immediately.

Lazybones, the cat, eavesdropping during the first meeting with the staff, overheard “the New Guy” forbid the Janow Podlaski employees from talking to the press.

“He can’t forbid the horses,” the bay Pogrom snorted angrily. “We will talk on their behalf.”

Lazybones threw George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” on the ground. “We must read this and discover the best strategy for rebellion. We cannot give in to swine.”

Will Horses Succumb to Depression?

That same day, on Friday, February 19th, a notice of termination was handed to all three of the most respected and accomplished Arabian horse specialists in Poland: At 11:00 am to Anna Stojanowska, main horse breeding specialist from the Agricultural Property Agency; and in the afternoon Jerzy Białobok, the president at Michałów Stud and the afore mentioned Trela at Janów. “For the past several years, the Agency has made the directors’ life a nuisance when the financial results were on the low,” points out Marek Szewczyk, the former chief editor of Koń Polski. “Today the Agency lashed out against a fantastically managed company that brings Poland a tremendous amount of fame. 2015 was the best year in the history of Janów Podlaski. Even the cows set records in milk production.”

The Newsweek reporter even called the new acting president, but he was in Warsaw at the time and said that he definitely would not meet with her. This occurred after he spoke about his previous professional experiences: “I have always liked horse very much, but I have not had any close encounters with them.”

And: “I have already asked and now understand that the cows are still giving milk, and the horses have not succumbed to depression and are behaving normally. I don’t think I did them any harm.”

The stud earns income not only from horse breeding, but also from raising dairy cattle and crops. The greatest fame, however, comes from its Arabian horses.

Pinga: bay, beautiful and moody, awaits her return home from Saudi Arabia. She has made people – both in suits and in long robes with headscarves – get up from their chairs and cheer, applaud and wave their hands in awe. She’s a lady, a star, a diva. She was at her show ring best – which for her is always incredible – in November in Paris, where she was crowned World Platinum Champion, the highest recognition in the world for an Arabian mare. In Paris ten more Janów-bred horses found themselves among the best in the world, whereas Michałów Stud and its president were recognized as the Best Breeder of the World Championships.

“No wonder people are pissed,” the four year old Piniata scoffed, shaking her mane. “At a staff meeting five days after the New Guy took Trela’s car keys, he threatened stating ‘if someone doesn’t like what’s going on, he won’t be stopping them’.”

Pride of Poland

“This guy has straw sticking not only out of his shoes, but also his mouth,” adds Pieta, a bay 13-year old. Pieta doesn’t like strangers; she’s not very trusting. Though she comes from Janów, she is currently a guest here. She was purchased a few years ago in the Pride of Poland sale, held annually each August in Janów Podlaski, for 300 thousand euro by Shirley Watts, wife of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

Pieta returned to Janów to be bred and, without any problem, she returned safely in foal. Horses from Janów and Michałów have been purchased by princes from the Arabian Gulf, director Mike Nichols (“The Graduate”) and country singer Kenny Rogers. The annual Pride of Poland Sales are flooded by sheikhs and businessmen.

“This is simply whoredom,” states Pogrom simply, not even attempting to mask his outrage. Even he has already heard about the indignation of the sheikhs and breeders from all over the world. If it was Pogrom that had to talk with the New Guy, things would not go down so peacefully. Muscular, always focused and ready for battle, he knows his own strength. You either work according to his rules, or you change the trainer. So utterly handsome, all the mares sigh with affection in his presence. His large, dark eye is a commanding feature of his masculinity; his head could perhaps be slightly more dished, as is expected in Arabians, but he more than makes up for it with his harmonious build. He won every single championship in the USA in which he competed.

Digging Up Some Dirt

The Minister of Agriculture, Krzysztof Jurgiel, ensures that the people that have been appointed to replace those dismissed have the right qualifications and that these managers will be further supported by experts just as good as those just fired. This was his message to the Polish Parliament, but the horse breeding community is reeling with laughter and despair. Because there are no such qualified people in Poland. “There are people with some qualifications, but speaking in racing terms, they are several lengths behind the dismissed threesome,” specifies Marek Szewczyk.

The animals are trying to find out what is the cause of this sudden change. There were successes, there was income, the horses were happy. During the show season they could count on regular training with personal trainers, prior to the shows a spa several times a week – warm baths, moisturizing shampoos, softening conditioners, mane and tail detangling conditioners, body lotions.

“They will turn the authors of the Stud’s successes into criminals!” Pogrom is far from staying calm. “They are saying that Trela is responsible for Pianissima’s death.”

“Rubbish,” neighs the tiny bay filly Pamina. “I was there.”

Pamina is the yearling daughter of Pianissima. When she was born, Trela went to the stable, looked and nibbled on his moustache. He said nothing, but departed waving his staff the way he always does when an outstanding foal is born.

“Pianissima was a common girl who became a queen,” sighs Pieta. She won all the most prestigious awards and titles, among them the ultimate honour – World Platinum Champion Mare. “And she died like a normal horse. “A day earlier we presented ourselves at the autumn breeding inspection. The next morning everything was also fine. Only later that day did she start feeling uncomfortable, turning around, sweating on her neck and shoulders. The doctor took her to the Clock Stable, listened to her intestines and there was nothing – silence,” Pamina recalls woefully.

It was a torsion of the colon – which traps gases and feedstuff inside. Horses can neither burp, nor fart to relieve the pressure. Upon hearing the news of the colic, Trela instructed an immediate transport to Warsaw. Upon arrival, the doctors discovered that she was beyond saving. They helped Pianissima pass on to greener pastures, responsibly and humanely.

“They’re digging up dirt,” states Pogrom, Pamina’s father, without any doubts. He has heard there was an autopsy, reports – everything is documented. Pianissima’s mother also died from colic complications due to a colonic torsion.

“They’re making criminals out of those most responsible for our success. When Trela envisioned Pianissima, then mated her sire and dam, and later promoted her to all her successes, no one thanked him,” chimes in Piniata, for good measure.

Fascists, Communists, 4th Polish Republic

“Quiet, quiet!” Lazybones the cat tries to keep the horses calm. He has just returned from an inspection around Janów, the pastures and the stud. “People don’t see any future for Janów Podlaski and Michałów Studs. Breeding and selling mistakes made already in the first year would result in a inferior generations to follow, which would further cause damage to the prestige and reputation of the entire program. And what if they decide to sell the best of you in an attempt to fix the budgetary shortfall in the government? What if they start treating the stud as an ATM machine?”

“And what if they abandon us?” asks Piniata, the slightly haughty daughter of the diva Pinga. Strangers frighten her. At the shows she often hides behind the back of her presenter, who is much smaller than her.
“People have never abandoned us,” says Pomian, Pinga’s brother, comforting her. Trusting, he likes when people ride him. “Remember when Trela showed the Prince of Bahrain around, who brought with him a stallion as a gift for the stud? And then one of the grooms came up to him and said that one of the horses may be lame? He said “Please wait” to the prince,” recalls Piniata. “And went to see the horse.”

The older horses recall what their grandparents told them, heard in turn from their grandparents, and so on. When, during the evacuation of horses in 1939, four young stallions broke loose and ran away, the pre-war stud director, Stanisław Pohoski, wanted to commit suicide. It turned out that they were the ones that survived, because the Russians took 350 Janów-bred horses to the Caucasus and the Germans wanted to rebuild the stud, so they sent out patrols in search of the runaways. When, in January of 1944, the Germans ordered another evacuation – this time to the Reich – they threw out other Germans from the wagons so that more horses would fit. They stopped the train when a mare lay down to deliver her foal. The horses survived air raids on Dresden, lived to see the end of the war in Germany and returned to Poland. The communists, even during the period of martial law, allowed horses to travel to the World Championships in Paris.

“Still that doesn’t prove that we will survive the 4th Republic of Poland,” Piniata stutters, unconvinced.

Upon hearing these words Peanut the cat, usually hidden in the corner of the staff room, emerges to be seen and heard by everyone. He heard on the radio that horsemen from around the world have never been so outraged. The English version of the petition was signed by over four thousand people from Europe, USA, Australia, Israel and the Arabian homeland, as well as political party members from PIS, PO and Kukiz, and diverse believers such as Catholics and atheists.

Revenge

Lazybones the cat again brings tidings. Amongst breeders, rumours have been swirling that behind the dismissal of the three specialists, are two people: PIS Senator Jan Dobrzyński and Andrzej Wójtowicz. Both breed Arabian horses. Dobrzyński used to manage the deputy office of the current Minister of Agriculture, Krzysztof Jurgiel. Both have come in conflict many times with Trela, Białobok and Stojanowska. People are saying that the dismissals are their form of revenge.

Wójtowicz denies involvement. Dobrzyński was unavailable to speak.
It is unknown whether the next, the 48th Pride of Poland Sale, will take place in August. It is unknown whether next year the 200th anniversary of the Janow Podlaski will take place. It is also not known who will choose the stallions for the mares, who will decide which horses will be presented at the shows. All of these decisions were made by the dismissed presidents.

Stojanowska, the dismissed Inspector, does not foresee any chance of cooperating successfully with the Agricultural Property Agency under the current management. Trela is also doubtful of a positive resolution of the situation, because in his opinion, things have gone too far. Terminating his contract is one thing, but being threatened with potential prosecution for the death of Pianissima, over which everyone wept and mourned, from the Director to the grooms, is – in his opinion – crossing the line.

In this situation the concern is for the dismissed directors, both fired very close to retirement. Both received job offers already the next day. Not in Poland, because there are no studs in Poland of similar significance.

“But is that what we want, to have them breed horses in the Middle East?” asks Barbara Mazur, co-organizer of Pride of Poland.

For now the foals born this spring will be the results of matings envisioned and planned by Trela and Białobok. On Thursday in Janów Podlaski, a colt was born. It is not known whether Trela would have waved his staff at the sight of him…

English Translation courtesy of Joanna Krawczyk

1.3.16 Reporty z Medii – Media Reports

3/01/16 Interview TV24 – “Gwarancję dają ludzie, którzy się na tym znają”. Prezesi stadnin o swoich odwołaniach
“The guarantee can only be given the people with the knowledge and experience”. The Stud Directors speak out concerning their dismissals
http://www.tvn24.pl/wiadomosci-z-kraju,3/prezesi-stadnin-o-swoich-odwolaniach,623590.html

3/01/16 Interview TV24 – Szejk z Kataru: usuwacie najlepszych ekspertów, teraz ja ich zatrudnię
Qatari Sheikh: You have dismissed your best experts, now I will hire them.

http://www.tvn24.pl/szejk-zatrudni-zwolnionych-dyrektorow-stadnin,623784,s.html

Press Conference 29 February 2016 – English Summary

Press conference in Warsaw, February 29, 2016, Anna Stojanowska, Jerzy Bialobok and Marek Trela, with several veterinarians contributing.
[This is a summary, not a transcript. Big thanks to Joanna Podhorodecka for doing this!]

Marek Szewczyk opened the discussion by introducing the speakers, who called the conference to address the charges made against them by Waldemar Humięcki, President of Agricultural Property Agency. Journalists received a written statement addressing the charges.

TVN 24 asked about the dismissal procedure. On Friday 19.02 Stojanowska was invited to Sutkowski’s office, who in a raised voice informed her that there were serious charges against her and she was to be dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Later that day disciplinary dismissal was changed into a regular release from employment. At the same time officials were sent to the Studs, to inform the managers of their dismissals. Białobok was in Warsaw at the time. On Monday, when the new manager arrived, he showed her the grounds and handed over the stud accounts. The delegation that informed Trela of his dismissal included the new manager, Marek Skomorowski, who took the company car, the credit cards and the account tokens. Trela removed his belongings from the office and left for Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Addressing the charges made against her, Stojanowska explained that even if they were true, she was only an inspector and had no influence either on the management of the studs or the content of the agreements signed by their directors. She was charged with something she could not have done, as it was beyond her responsibility.

Marek Trela addressed the question of Pianissima’s demise by reading the account of the events made by the stud employees and the veterinary doctors’ statement. Pianissima was on show the day before and everyone could see she was in excellent condition. Trela left for Rome, where he received the information that the mare showed symptoms of colic. At 15.45 a stable hand observed the symptoms: Pianissima was lying down and rolling. She was given analgesic and relaxant medication, and when rectal examination confirmed colic she was immediately driven to the veterinary clinic in Warsaw, where the surgery started at 19.45. It revealed volvulus with substantial rotation and colon fracture. In consultation with Marek Trela, the decision was taken to euthanize the mare.

The veterinary doctors present (Prof. Marek Tischner, Janusz Okoński, Piotr Szpotański, Bernard Turek) confirmed that colonic volvulus is a serious and often mortal condition, which cannot be predicted or prevented from happening. If there is more than an hour from diagnosis to surgery, the chances of the horse’s survival are minimal. The surgery can only be performed in a clinic, by qualified personnel and cannot be attempted in field conditions.

The next question was the financial condition of the studs. There have been two governmental reports on that: one by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) and the other by Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA). The reports have been published and both are positive. The most serious doubts concerned the fuel tanks at Janów, which needed maintenance, and the fact that the Stud did not charge for boarding the horses who stayed longer than agreed after the auction. This concerned specifically the mare Palabra, who immediately after the sale got her leg caught in the bars of her stall. The staff managed to free her without any further harm, but she needed surgery. To preserve the company’s good name, Trela decided not to charge the new owner for the board during her recovery.

Addressing the charge of lowering the value of horses, they explained that there is no accepted official procedure for valuing horses, and the price of a horse results from many factors, not the least of them being the potential buyers. The reserve price for the horses is often set an hour before the auction. Pianissima was never intended for sale and never given a specific price. When leased to US, she was insured for 600.000 euro. Setting the price, as the Agricultural Property Agency just did, is ultimately harmful for the market as it sets a limit for potential future transactions.

Stojanowska emphasized that under the management of Trela and Białobok the two studs brought profit every year, varying between 600.000 – 3.700.000 zlotys and largely depending on the results of the auction. Last year’s profits reached 3,2 million zlotys for Janów and 2,3 million for Michałów, not only due to the horses, but also the Studs’ other activities, like cattle. Other studs have worse results since there is no comparable market for their horses.

Białobok said that Michałów is a tasty morsel, with its 640 hectares of land, 400 horses, 600 cattle, 40 employees, new stables, facilities and equipment, but what is priceless is its breeding stock, which has brought the stud 21 Europe championship, 13 World championships and 11 US championships. He suggested that perhaps their successors would prove more successful, which was met with laughter from the audience.

In reply to the charges connected with lease contracts, Trela explained that they have been leasing horses for over 40 years and great care is taken to make such agreements beneficial to both sides. From the point of view of the horse owner the profit is twofold: leases are a large source of income as well as an effective form of promotion. Trela reminded the audience that it was the horses leased to US in 1970s that were largely responsible for the popularity of Polish Arabians.

Stojanowska pointed out that studs require specialists in head positions to manage their diverse activities, such as breeding, race-track training, preparing horses for shows and auctions. Szwedek explained that the stud manager decides not only about the finances, but also about the breeding program, often having to balance contrary goal: the need to retain the breeding stock and the necessity to make profit.

In reference to the charge of renting an apartment to himself, Białobok explained that the agreement was signed between himself as the tenant and the stud represented by head accountant. They have 10 apartments for employees holding specific functions which require their presence round the clock. The rent is average for the area and the same for all tenants.

The names of Dobrzański and Wójtowicz were brought up by one of the guests. Stojanowska answered that both are Arabian horse breeders and their customers, but beyond that she knew nothing of their activities. Trela mentioned that Dobrzański once inquired about the mare that did not sell in the auction, but did not pursue the topic when told the reserve price.

When asked about plans for the current breeding season, both directors admitted that such plans have been made and will be implemented by the new management, provided the stallions are still available.>/p>

The discussion moved on to embryo transfer. Professor Tischner explained that it is a well-established method in animal husbandry, a relatively simple procedure by which up to 5-6 embryos per season can be collected. It is harmless for the mare and has no negative effects on her future breeding career. Trela observed that the limit on one embryo transfer foal per mare that can be registered in Polish stud books was set due to marketing reasons, not for any health considerations. In the case of international leases, embryo transfer allows the mare to participate in shows and to return to the home stud earlier, without the necessity to wait for the birth of the foal. Stojanowska repeated that in Poland there are no legal regulations on flushing animal embryos, so any law-breaking is out of the question. The only limits concern entering embryo transfer foals into stud books.

Private Breeders Try to Testify at Agriculture Committee Meeting – English Summary

2/26/16

The speakers are Krzysztof Gozdzialski (horse breeder, Falborek Arabians) and Adam Wyrzyk (race-horse breeder and trainer). They are about to join the session of the committee of agricultural development to talk about the recent changes in national Arabian studs. They express their regret and shock over the dismissal of national stud managers, arguing that it is a great loss for all, as they are experienced professionals, recognizable and trusted worldwide. Gozdzialski agrees that that the national studs dominate the market and set high standards for private breeders, but he considers this to be a benefit, ensuring the quality of Polish horses, both private and state-owned. “It is not that national studs inhibit me in any way,” he insists, “I’m doing my best to catch up with them. But I want to win in a fair competition and I will never resort to foul play.”

The speakers point out that national studs and the persons of their managers can guarantee obtaining breeding stock from abroad. Because of the quality and quantity of their excellent broodmares, Janów and Michałów can tempt foreign breeders into leasing their best stallions. And if such a stallion is made available to national studs, private breeders can also benefit. Wyrzyk expresses his concern for the future of such international leases, as there is a rumour that the owners of a stallion currently leased to Michałów want to terminate the agreement after the recent changes.

Gozdzialski strongly emphasizes that Białobok and Trela guarantee the stability of Polish Arabian horse breeding. He admits that he has been in conflict with Jerzy Białobok over the newly introduced regulations in the races, but he insists that the dismissal of specialists of such standing and expertise cannot be tolerated. Wyrzyk comments on the absurdity of the reasons given for the dismissal, which are clearly just a pretext.

During the committee session (currently in progress) the speakers are planning to ask for justification of the changes and to make sure that the MPs understand what has just happened, by presenting them with the objective facts.

2/26/16 TokFM Radio interview with Anna Stojanowsk English summary

The more specific a particular area is, the more specialists are required at each and every level of the professional hierarchy. Arabian horse breeding is quite different from most business endeavours, where the head positions can successfully be occupied by skilful managers without hands-on experience in a given field. It is a very specific area which requires years of practice, as the breeders in a way put themselves in the position of the Creator: they bring a new foal to life, matching a mare with a stallion. For such a match to produce the desired effect, we need experience and enough humility to be able to learn on our own mistakes, since, after all, we are not Creators.

All great studs, whether private or state-owned, have always been managed by professionals with vast experience. The historical events that have affected them – two world wars, martial law, the Chernobyl disaster – never removed specialists from their position, as it their presence that guarantees the continuity of the studs’ breeding programs. Nowadays people keep horses not as working farm animals, but for sport and recreation, or simply to feast their eyes on their beauty.

In our advertising we often use the slogan that an Arabian horse is like a work of art. Similarly to a work of art, the value of an Arabian horse is hard to estimate. For masterpieces to appear, you need people who know how to create them. The basics of horse care can be learned from manuals, but to accurately assess a particular horse you need a holistic view that can only be gained through years of experience and seeing thousands of horses.

Marek Trela and Jerzy Białobok studied for years with their mentors before they themselves became managers. But they never ceased to learn. Jerzy Białobok always says that horse breeding teaches humility. After forty years of work you can still be faced with a failure. Or as was the case with Marek Trela, you manage to breed a perfect horse that wins all championships and garners praise worldwide, only to helplessly watch her die.

Horse breeding is a long term enterprise. The success of Polish Arabian horses relies on the stability and continuity of the breeding programs, unaffected by changing economic and political conditions. This was be guaranteed by state studs, whose managers changed rarely and have always been experienced specialists. Even the communist authorities allowed the studs to remain apolitical. Arabian horse breeding in Poland is relatively insignificant in numbers, as only 500-600 foals are entered into stud books every year, but in terms of quality it is impressive and has had enormous worldwide influence.

Polish horses are in demand among international buyers, but it is important to retain the resources that would allow for the continuation of the bloodlines. The role of managers is to say which horse must remain in our hands and which one can be sold without lasting damage to the breeding stock. If someone with no idea what he is doing were to make such decisions, he would strive for financial gain and sell the most valuable mares, pearls like the late Pianissima. But such success would be short-lived, as there would be no dams left to bear the next generation of champions. In Polish national studs it is possible to hear that a horse is not for sale, no matter the price, as was the case with Pianissima. I don’t know who can say that now. I fear that our resources will in a short time be ruined or sold out. The staff at the studs are excellent and dedicated, but they are not qualified to make decisions like this, since they have their own narrow specializations. Sooner or later, they all come to the manager asking what to do next, and the manager must know the answer.

We were notified of our dismissals on Friday afternoon and the first job offers began to arrive on Saturday morning. But finding employment was not what we were worried about. We thought of our lives in terms of mission, guarding the national treasure. For my colleagues, Marek Trela and Jerzy Białobok, this must be doubly difficult, as they also lived at the studs. How can they leave the stables and the horses they watched be born? How can one leave behind 40 years of life? How one must feel when after 40 years of dedicated work he is thrown away like trash, on absurd charges that only prove the ignorance of those making them? In Poland there are no legal regulations on embryo transfer in any kind of animals. The only limits are imposed on the registration in the stud books of foals born in this way. In Poland one foal a year can be registered; in other countries the limits are different or non-existent. The mare that has been talked about so much is on lease in the USA, and thus subject to the regulations of US stud books, which impose no limits. It has also been suggested that the mares leased abroad return damaged or infertile. This is absolutely untrue: each and every one of those mares returned in good condition and re-entered the breeding program.

Nagłe zmiany w Państwowej Hodowli Koni Arabskich – Press Conference

29.2.2016 Press Conference Anna Stojanowska, Marek Trela, Jerzy Bialobok

Summary in English

TEMAT: Nagłe zmiany w Państwowej Hodowli Koni Arabskich.
ZAGADNIENIA:
1. odniesienie się do zarzutów postawionych przez Agencję Nieruchomości Rolnych, w sprawie dowołania Prezesów Spółek Hodowli Koni Arabskich.
2. zagrożenie wynikające z powyższego dla polskiej i światowej hodowli koni arabskich
DATA I MIEJSCE: 29 lutego 2016 (poniedziałek)
godzina 12.00 – Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna – VI piętro, sala “Europa”, ul. Zielna 37, 00-108 Warszawa
UCZESTNICY: Anna Stojanowska, Marek Trela, Jerzy Białobok,
GOŚCIE: Eksperci weterynaryjni