Poland to sport 150 horses on national show in Janów Podlaski

Last year's Pride of Poland auction generated EUR 1.7 mln in profit. Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

A record number of 150 horses from 40 owners will be presented at the 42nd national championships of Arabian horses in Janów Podlaski, eastern Poland, on August 7-9, the head of the Polish Jockey Club, Tomasz Chalimoniuk, told a videoconference on Friday.

Of the 150 horses, 61 are from state-owned stud farms and 89 from private ones.

Agriculture Minister Jan Ardanowski said that the strong presence of private horses in the championships is a beneficial development that the government was planning to support, arguing that increased interest in horse farming helped develop many horse-related recreational activities.

The landmark Pride of Poland auction will be held on August 9, followed by the Summer Arabian Horse Sail auction a day later, according to the Polish Jockey Club, the organiser of the event.

Due to the pandemic conditions, the organisers introduced a number of facilitations, including phone bidding, but also put in some restrictions on access to the event.

Additionally, limitations on travel will likely affect the final result of the auction, Chalimoniuk said.

Last year's Pride of Poland auction generated EUR 1.7 mln in profit.