The foaling season is in full – in the late winter/early spring time in Poland every breeder get excited watching the next generation being born in the barn. Unfortunately, at the beginning of this season Polish breeding had to bid farewell to the two outstanding broodmares. Yesterday Białka Stud informed about the death of its most valuable senior – nearly 30 years old Pentoza. Month before Janów Podlaski lost one of its most significant broodmares of the past few years unexpectedly…
Lets remind that in 1981 Białka Stallion Depot was chosen by the Ministry of Agriculture to be the place for the new created Arabian State Stud to be established at. The foundation horses came from the three existing State Studs of Janów Podlaski, Michałów and Kurozwęki. The first 20 mares came to Białka in November the same year – including Janów-bred Pentoza, the only representative of the Szamrajówka female line amongst the group of foundation mares. Where there anyone than that could have expected that this 3 year old bay filly would be a foundation mare of the whole family producing Białka-bred champions worldwide?
Pentoza, born in March 1978 was a daughter of Pentoda by Bandos – the dam of 10 foals including Penicylina by Palas – two years older than Pentoza, the mare bought at 1985 Polish Ovation Sale by David Murdoch for $1,5 million. The mare was named US National Champion later on. The second born daughter of Pentoda was sired by the son of dark bay Krezus and valuable Ellora by Witraż (dam of El Paso and El Azrak) – Ellorus. It was Pentoza herself who fulfilled all the expectations as a family establisher and Szamrajówka line continuer in the new State Stud by giving birth to such individuals as the mares: Passada (by Woroblin), Perforacja (by Ernal) and Petycja (by Palas). From the 5 daughters of Pentoza born at Białka, Perforacja was the most valuable one without a doubt – she was the dam of excellent Pesal (by Partner). The stallion, multiple winner of show classes, gained the titles of: Polish National Junior Champion (1993), Polish National Reserve Champion (1996), All
Nat. Cup Reserve Champion (1996), Polish National Senior Champion and Best in Show (1997), Warsaw Summer Show Reserve Champion (2001), Champion Stallion and BiS in Rome (2002), Reserve in Pietrasanta (2002) and Italian National Reserve Champion (2002). He was also Top Five in the World Championships twice and named ECAHO 3-stars sire. Even though he is currently owned by Klarenbeek Arabians (NL) he is still recognized as a symbol of Białka. Soon after the sale he came back on lease to Poland siring over 100 offspring here. His best get so far is the first Polish National and World Reserve Champion Colt bred by Polish private stud (Niewierz) – Girlan-Bey.
The other son of Perforacja, Perkal (by Pamir) was very brave on the racecourse winning Janów Stake (Produce), second in Sambor St. and 4th in Derby. Last but one Pentoza’s daughter, Petycja by Palas is a granddam of Pereira (by Eldon), dam to very promising Perolia (by Gazal Al Shaqab) – 5th at the strong competition at Polish Nationals and twice Reserve Champion Filly at Janów Autumn Show also Reserve at Bełżyce show in Poland. She was also brave while at the racetrack.
The horses from Pentoza’s line are famous for their correctness, strength and good character, being brave at the racetrack and successful in shows, but also excellent as family horses. This makes them the perfect Arabian horse. This was also Pentoza herself, that each year during the Junior Spring Show at Białka, dressed in the noble green blanket and the Arabian style halter played a main role as a proud crown of every breeding parade held just after the show. This year the youngsters from all over Poland will come to Białka just in nearly two months – but there will be no Pentoza to meet them this time – she passed away on 10th March, just before her 30 birthday anniversary.
This was the second big loss of Szamrajówka (P-line) this year in Poland. As the Polish monthly “Koński Targ” informed, at the beginning of February, suddenly and unexpectedly, Polish National Junior Champion Mare and BiS (1999), Polish National Reserve Senior Champion Mare (2004) and Reserve Champion of Falborek show (2004) – Pianosa (Eukaliptus – Pinia by Probat), passed away in Janów Podlaski. She was mostly known worldwide as the dam of the most beautiful filly born in the past few years in the world – Triplecrowned Pianissima (by Gazal Al Shaqab), that also became US National Champion last year and began this season as a senior champion of international show in Saudi Arabia.
The news about this sudden loss of Pianosa who just gave birth to 2008 Gazal Al Shaqab colt (she delivered Passionaria in 2007 and the colt Polon by Eksten in 2005 as well) electrified the community not only in Poland; some people can not believe it still. Pianosa was 10 only… Unfortunately breeding has it’s own rights and brings joy as well as sadness. Sometimes, what is the most precious is being taken away unexpectedly quickly.