It was the second time when the Endurance Club „Koczek” in beautiful countryside of Polish northern lake district organized the all-Polish endurance championships this season. The championships on 100 and 63 km distances were held together with regional ones (55 and 22 km). Pure bred horses were undoubted leaders, as only Arabian horses took part in the longest distance.
Koczek event was as good organized as usually though the weather was changing. On Saturday the heavy rain disturbed in running the distances but Sunday was nice and sunny.
The way of the distances was various and interesting with one big turn-round and the way along the gravel pit with hilly and sandy ground but without dangerous stones. Squishy way forced the participants to slow down the tempo but judges’ absence on this difficult part that could have been overlooked by someone was quite surprising.
Aleksandra Szulen, experienced endurance rider (National Champion of Poland) points out the bad habits of some inexperienced participants. Several kilometers way without service, watering and break for a horse is a fault giving bad opinion on such a horse’s rider and bad condition of Polish endurance level. It may cause disqualification because of the
movement, dehydration and pulse problems. Endurance riding – reminds Aleksandra Szulen – has a long tradition in Poland: the international results of past, excellent riders Jerzy Urbański or Mariusz Liśkiewicz are the best confirmation. Nowadays there are a lot of troubles with good level of all-Polish or even regional events organization, with getting good riders and moreover – good horses. Just a few riders represent Poland in foreign events. Fortunately these few are fighting successfully for the highest prizes with the best riders from other countries.
Maciej Kacprzyk, the senior class participant in Koczek event says:
– At least the long distance of 100 km was held at this event. Unfortunately only 2 horses took part but they finished with good results. Ester (Wermut – Eskadra) was Polish National
Champion twice so far this time he was supporting Mu-Zahrat (Dobryń – Mu-Gaza), the mare that had her debut on this distance. It should be mentioned that mares competed quite rarely in endurance events in Poland so far. Fortunately it seems to be changed – with good result. Besides Mu-Zahrat the good scores were given to the other two mares: Pisarka and Per Aspera. These were good points of this event. Bad ones were again, as on May, the long times of entering the gates by the horses. It prooves weak preparation of horses and bad riding style of riders.
** – 100 km
1. Kamilia Tobiasz and Ester 1994 (Wermut – Eskadra, bred by SK Kurozwęki): 13,87 km/h
2. Marcin Tobiasz and Mu-Zahrat 1999 (Dobryń – Mu-Gaza, bred by Zygmunt Tobiasz): 13, 87 km/h
* – 63 km, senior:
1. Wojciech Kot and Efezuesz 1997 (Ecaho – Efezja, bred by SK Michałów): 18,42
2. Beata Szlezyngier-Jagielska and Biznes 1996 (Penthagonn – Bazylika, bred by SK Kurozwęki): 18,42 km/h
3. Sławomir Kosicki and Asłan 2000 (Ecaho – Amina, bred by Zbigniew Górski): 15,68 km/h
4. Maciej Kacprzyk and Pisarka 2002 (Pesal – Pytia, bred by Agnieszka Wójtowicz): 14, 76 km/h
* – 63 km, junior:
1. Maja Kijewska and Koral: 17,88 km/h
2. Anna Tarnowska and Bader 1998 (Ararat – Barkarola, bred by SK Janów Podlaski): 15,06 km/h
P – 52 km
1. Beata Szlezyngier-Jagielska and Eminem: 14, 14 km/h
2. Maciej Kosicki and Her 2001 (Pamir – Heroldia, bred by SO Białka): 13,38 km/h
3. Anna Skowrońska and Leon: 13, 32 km/h
L – 22 km
1. Patrycja Berezowska and Neron
2. Katarzyna Bogdanowicz and Workal
3. Joanna Wojtecka and Per Aspera 2002 (Emigrant – Pescara, bred by A. Arefiew)