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Owners of Top Horses Win Mercs
The owners of some of Poland’s most beautiful horses walked away with medals and new Mercedes cars at the Al Khalediah European Arabian Horse Festival held in Nowe Wrońska, near the town of Płońsk in Poland’s central Mazovia region.

The event, held Aug. 21-23, was organized for the second time by Polska AKF, the Polish division of Al Khalediah Stables of Saudi Arabia.

In total, six gold medalists walked away with brand-new Mercedes cars.

The Nowe Wrońska show is the only event of its kind in Europe where horse owners battle it out for such valuable prizes. The event attracted about a hundred Arabian horses representing stud farms from all over the world—from Poland to the United Arab Emirates. The contestants included Arabians that previously won medals at a world championship for this breed in Paris.

An international panel of judges selected the most beautiful horses as emotions among the public ran high. Two gold medals went to the famous Janów Podlaski stud farm in eastern Poland, which in 2017 will be celebrating its 200th anniversary. Another gold medal was awarded to a 60-year-old stud farm in Michałów, 230 km south of Warsaw. Yet another gold was claimed by a horse from a stud farm run by Andrzej Wójtowicz in Bełżyce near the eastern city of Lublin.

Two gold medals went to German trainer Frank Spönle. An elegant VIP tent provided comfortable seating for horse owners, diplomats, sponsors and local and central government officials. The prizes were presented by officials including Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński as well as guests from Saudi Arabia.

“Most Saudi Arabians view Poland as the second homeland of the majestic Arabian horse,” said Hubert Kulesza, director-general of the Al Khalediah European Arabian Horse Festival.

The three-day event closed with a race for the Al Khalediah Poland Trophy at Warsaw’s Służewiec Racetrack on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Krzysztof Pless