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Rick Flammer, Longin Błachut, Susana Flammer and Ontario HF by Czesław Witko
Rick Flammer, Longin Błachut, Susana Flammer and Ontario HF by Czesław Witko

Yesterday very impressed and moved Rick and Susana Flammer left Poland. Owners of Harizan Farm (Brenhan, TX), have visited Poland for the first time since 17 years. Former owners of Arra, Orlica, Orlik and Origan as well as Stokrotka and Orgia purchased in US they established their breeding with Polish female lines famous for their braveness. They have also been using sires of Polish roots. This is their stud from where Ontario HF purchased to Poland by Mr. Czesław Witko of Kilenarowa Stud comes from.

They also began their trip in Poland from Kielnarowa. ‘We were a bit afraid of how the former owners will look at our boy… But everything was fine, with warm and moving atmosphere, Susana had even tears in her eyes’ – says Czesław Witko. During the dinner at Tarnawka many nice words were told about the good condition of Ontario. The Flammers were joking that if they were horses in the next life they would like to find their home at Kielnarowa.

Tadeusz Budziński, Longin Błachut, Susana and Rick Flammer by Czesław Witko
Tadeusz Budziński, Longin Błachut, Susana and Rick Flammer by Czesław Witko

Seriously it was reminded that besides Geronimo HF, Ontario is considered to be the best Monarch AH son. He left only 9 offspring in US but good enough for the offers of re-importing Ontario to US by those breeders who thinks that he was sold too early. Czesław Witko assured that the frozen semen of this Wiking’s grandson would be available any time.

After the visit at Kielnarowa and night spent at Albigowa – Bask’s birthplace – and after the visit at Mała Wieś Stud by Mr. Jan Głowacki (current owner of Sasanka Fata) the Flammers enjoyed the race day at Służewiec racecourse in Warsaw. And the day was so special! The Oaks winner became Orgia Fata born at the Flammers’ stud out of the mare owned by Mr. Longin Błachut. The same day when the future triplecrowned Orgia Fata was born famous Orgia died so the new born filly was named after her.

Despite they bred 24 horses themselves from which over the half won the stakes, Susana and Rick Flammer have never had such a successful day. Orgia Fata winning Oaks became Triplecrowned! There were only 7 horses triplecrowned in last 80 years in Poland, including two stallions: Semen and Druid and five mares: Ikwa, Prowarka, Sasanka, Orgia (the last two are Orgia Fata’s granddams) and Arra, that won in 1975. ‘Flammers presence at this race day was the super pleasure for me – says Longin Błachut. – I couldn’t dream of better spectators’.

Piotr Bukała, Rick Flammer, Longin Błachut, Susana Flammer, Czesław Witko and Ontario HF (arch. SK Kielnarowa )
Piotr Bukała, Rick Flammer, Longin Błachut, Susana Flammer, Czesław Witko and Ontario HF (arch. SK Kielnarowa )

At the end the Flammers visited Janów Podlaski stud hosted by stud director Mr. Marek Trela. It’s a pity that their Arabian horse breeding lasted for several years only. Nowadays the Flammers are involved in charity including some Rotarian help for Africa. But they still say unanimously: ‘Despite the new generations and breeding fashions I still think that Polish bloodlines O, S, A and G are the most valuable producing the best performance and show horses in the world’ – said Rick Flammer before he left for US.

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