Open letter from ECAHO President concerning the appointment of new acting members of the Janów Podlaski Stud board, 16 March 2016
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
In connection with the information which I received in past days I would like to express my personal confusion about the situation and the measures adopted in Poland.
Concerning the information from official parties I would like to remark that some information published about newly appointed persons now responsible for the breeding of Purebred Arabian horses in Poland – and especially in Janów Podlaski Stud – are untrue and misleading.
Persons who were in charge in the previous times were proper members of ECAHO and its Commissions and Committees. However, the newly appointed person is not – and never was – member of any ECAHO Commission or Committee. This person is not – and never was – representative of Poland in ECAHO. This person was only acting as Disciplinary Committee member or Ringmaster at several ECAHO shows of lower categories.
Furthermore I would like to draw attention to the disturbing fact that the responsibility for breeding in Janów Podlaski stud was granted to the hands of person who is engaged in resale and taking commissions from the sales of Arabian horses. These facts are purely demonstrable.
My concern is all the greater because the experience in horse breeding cannot be acquired theoretically, but the only way to obtain such experience is a practical work. I am not aware of any such experience gained by the persons newly responsible for the breeding of Purebred Arabian horses in Poland.
Another relevant point that I would like to point out is a very important reaction of several ECAHO Officials, who in response to the above mentioned facts rejected to act at any Polish Arabian horse shows at any capacity. As an example, I attach the letter from one of the ECAHO Judges Mrs. Ann Nordén from Sweden which is supported by many other Officials. Their activities at Polish shows are pending until the situation in Poland is returned again into the hands of the most experienced and the most responsible persons, not seeking for their own profit.
I firmly believe that everything that is happening now, will soon be reset and all further steps will be accepted with regards to the development of Polish Arabian horses, not only for our own benefit a few individuals.
Jaroslav Lacina, President of ECAHO
To the President of ECAHO, 18 March 2016
To: Jaroslav Lacina
It is with great astonishment that I have read the letter you published on the ECAHO website.
In view of the emotional and, unfortunately absurd arguments, contained in the above letter, as Management of the body supervising the Janów Podlaski Stud, I feel obliged to answer the charges and set straight the spurious accusations and insinuations that you have presented on the official website of an organization whose objective, for 30 years, has been to defend the rules of fair play in the international market for Arabian horse breeding.
In all of its decision-making process (also with regard to the managerial staff), the Agricultural Property Agency, as a body exercising owner supervision, is guided by the need to ensure open, honest and professional management of the Janów Podlaski Stud. As a state institution, the Agricultural Property Agency represents the State Treasury for the Republic of Poland. Being responsible for the management of its subordinate institutions, it is fully within its rights to introduce changes leading not only to the efficacious and economical functioning of the Janów Podlaski Stud (the managed entity), but also to effectively exercise owner supervision.
I would like to emphasize that the persons responsible for the management of the Janów Podlaski Stud have all the qualifications as well as our complete trust necessary for the effective management and to lead cooperation both at a national and international level, including the cooperation with ECAHO.
Furthermore, I feel obliged to note the extremely alarming fact of a clear political involvement of ECAHO in the situation related to the political debate in Poland. Sadly, it is an incontrovertible fact that the political neutrality of ECAHO, a prestigious organization, has not been maintained. While I can understand that personnel changes in entities owned by the Republic of Poland may trigger negative impressions among individuals with ties of friendship and loyalty to the previous Management of the Janów Podlaski Stud, I have to make it clear that these feelings should not cloud a professional assessment of the situation related to the breeding of Arabian horses in Poland.
It should be noted that the insulting phrase “this person” that you have used in the open letter and that refers to Mr. Mateusz Leniewicz-Jaworski, a new Board Member of the Janów Podlaski Stud, is reprehensible to the highest degree. Over the years, Arabian horse breeding has been (and in Poland it remains) a domain in which individuals with the highest decorum are involved. Regretfully, I cannot find a justification for the lack of decorum manifested in the wording of your letter.
I am deeply saddened to learn that a group of official ECAHO representatives have refused to take part in the Arabian horse shows in Poland and act in any capacity during these shows in response to the personnel changes in our Studs. Unfortunately, this is a manifestation of the political involvement and misconceived loyalty to the previous management. I have to make a categorical warning that, beyond doubt, this situation will be detrimental for Arabian horse breeding in Europe.
To conclude, I would like to emphasize that, on our part, we declare a full transparency, openness and willingness to cooperate with your organization, and we hope for reciprocation from ECAHO.
I am convinced that we can work together effectively for the benefit of Arabian horses while maintaining autonomy in the decision-making process in our countries.
President of the Agricultural Property Agency
Dr. Eng. Waldemar Humięcki
Letter of Jaroslav Lacina: ECAHO website http://www.ecaho.org
Letter of Waldemar Humięcki: ANR website