Last weekend the noble guests, Wendy Carr and Suzanne O’Rourke from United Kingdom were hosted in Poland. Wendy Carr is the person well known to each Polish Arabian horse enthusiast – this was she who leased and popularized Polish National, European and World Champion Stallion – Fawor in the UK including her own Silverdale Arabians farm. The stud is still successfully run together with the training centre – it’s stables gathers around 70 horses currently including the progeny of outstanding Polish-bred mares Ewoluta (Piechur – Erudycja) bred at Michałów and Sasza (Fawor – Saszetka) from Janów Podlaski, the only horse since the legendary Skowronek (born 1909) that gained the title of British National Champion twice (1993, 1995). Her daughter born at Silverdale Arabians Saszarta (by Elart) was also successful at shows with HoCon Towerlands show Reserve Championship title.
But these are not the only claims to fame of Silverdale Arabians to the Polish breeding. This was Wendy Carr herself who saved the group of outstanding Polish-bred horses purchased by Paolo Gucci (incl. Pilot and Pilarka) going through the hard times after the Gucci’s breeding empire collapsed in the late 90’s. “The stud of Paolo Gucci had two divisions: in US and UK”, mentioned Wendy while being in Poland. “Both really great places, unfortunately the owner was a very ill man that times and after the crash his horses remained lonesome walking on the muddy paddocks”.
The group of horses were safe kept by Silverdale Arabians where they found a good home until the great sales series were organized. In the group put on the sales were the legendary Pilarka, being 21 of age, former twice European Champion, World Champion Mare and World Cup Champion Mare. At the age of 17 she has beaten the record becoming the British National Champion and Best in Show. Pilarka as well as Pilot were purchased by Shirley Watts (Halsdon Arabians) later on.
Wendy Carr who is active breeder and member of Arab Horse Society Public Relations & Membership Committee as well as her friend Suzanne O’Rourke, the owner of Nomaad Arabians, Kent, are great enthusiasts of Polish Arabian horses. With the special sentiment they watched Fawor’s descendants in Poland. Suzanne herself owns his granddaughter – Silverdale-bred black mare BBlack Kashmira by Simeon Sadik’s son Ariston, out of Bint Fawor by Fawor.
The reason of their coming to Poland was a black Polish-bred stallion that could not only be mated with BBLack Kashmira to produce some fashionable black foals but also to develop the breeding stock of young but ambitious Nomaad Arabians farm.
After few days of searching through the Polish studs in central Poland they found the grandson of Fawor indeed – black colt Faradis 2007 (BS Black Fable – Forsycja by Fawor) bred and owned by Silvatica Black Arabians. Both guests especially admired his pedigree combining Fawor’s daughter – Forsycja and BS Black Fable – son of black World Champion Stallion, Pure Polish Taladinn (DWD Tabasco – Winnetka). Faradis, while reached UK will be put in breeding program but his new owner plans his show career as well – both in hand and performance competitions. Wendy Carr, who was visiting Poland after quite a long break was very curious about the current news from Polish breeding backstage. Suzanne O’Rourke, visiting Poland for the first time was very impressed by Polish hospitality and – of course – Polish Arabians. Both ladies promissed to be back in Poland soon.