Horse auction yields EUR 1.4 mln at celebrated Polish stud farm

The five-year-old mare named Galerida went for EUR 400,000. Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

A total of fourteen Arabian horses were sold at the prestigious Pride of Poland auction Janów Podlaski stud farm in eastern Poland on Sunday, netting their owners a combined EUR 1.396 million.

A five-year-old mare named Galerida, bred at the Michałów stud farm in southern Poland, fetched the auction's highest price, EUR 400,000. In total twenty-one horses were sold at the auction, which was the 49th of its kind.

Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, who watched the auction, said that it was conducted very well and its results show how important the breeding of Polish Arabian horses is.

In total the auction netted EUR 1.4 million.Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

The minister said that the auction proved there was no attempt to sell horses at low prices just to increase revenues. "Several horses were not sold because the prices offered did not match their value," he said.

Janów Podlaski also held the three-day 41st Polish National Arabian Horse Show, under the official patronage of Polish President Andrzej Duda, which finished on Sunday. Over 100 horses from 29 stud farms were presented at the show. The best-rated Arabian horses were distinguished with the title of champion.

This was the 49th time the auction has been held.Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Last year, six Arabian horses were sold during the 48th Pride of Poland Arabian horse auction in Janów Podlaski for almost EUR 410,000. The grey mare Prunella topped last year's sales, fetching EUR 150,000 for the local stud farm. She was sold to a Czech bidder.

The Pride of Poland has been organised in Janów Podlaski since 1970. The Janów Podlaski stud farm, established in 1817, is the oldest state-owned stud farm in Poland.