Are you familiar with the early history of Janów Podlaski Stud? Karol Fryderyk Seelig, “animal doctor” since 1835, wrote about Arabians and the love of the Poles towards them: “These horses are too small and weak for carriages, too short and insufficiently strong for riding. A question comes to mind – what use can they be; perhaps only for stallion depots, as in this country Arabian horses are especially liked; regardless whether they are good or not, whether they are suitable for breeding or not – it doesn’t matter”. But in the years 1861–66 subsequent Janów Podlaski’s managers fled after several months of taking up the job… These and more anecdotes and plenty of details regarding the period 1817–1939 can be found in the book “The history of Janów Podlaski Stud 1817–1939” by Professor Witold Pruski, published in 1948. You will find the article about the book, “2017: 200 years of Janów Podlaski. 2019: 100 years of Arabian breeding in Janów Podlaski” in our Reading-room.
In some second-hand bookshop in Warsaw I happened to come across a work unavailable to today’s readers: “The history of Janów Podlaski Stud 1817–1939” by Professor Witold Pruski, published in 1948 by the Poznań Society of Friends of Science… read more