By Anna Cuber / PZHK
Photography: Katarzyna Wiszowaty
Only a dozen or so years ago Edmund Lazarewicz decided to breed jumping horses. Impressively, his decisions have led him to exclusively breed horses and enjoy a peaceful life with his wife Ania. He doesn’t lack ambition, however, because together with a Polish veterinarian – a reproductive specialist – they performed the first OPU procedure in Poland with six mares.
Q Your own-bred horses take part in showjumping competitions and can be easily identified by the word "Lazar" incorporated in their names. Is it true that the outstanding competitor Edwina Tops-Alexander has expressed interest in one of your horses? As Jan Tops's wife, she can choose among the best jumping horses both within and outside Europe.
I can confirm. Not only Mrs. Tops Alexander, but also other competitors are interested in this horse. We would not consider selling the mare to a competitor other than a top rider. We want this horse to be able to appear in the best international jumping arenas in the future. This year, eight-year-old Velvet Lazar (it is her we are talking about) took part in 11 competitions, included in the Longines series, and completed 10 clear rounds. This is rare for such a young horse.
She is a horse with a typical jumping pedigree – her sire is Verdi, and her dam is Angela de la Cruz, by Numero Uno, and out of mare by Zandor Z. I think this is an interesting line with a special value to it. Velvet has already given birth to two daughters and one son – the stallion Darco Lazar (by Darco). At the moment her daughter Vanilia Lazar (by Vagabond de la Pomme) is in the hands of our sport rider, Tomasz Miśkiewicz. She has been perfectly prepared for competitions. Next year, together with Velvet Lazar and Stakatto Lazar (by Stakkato Gold) they will begin to enter international competitions. I think Vanilia Lazar is as good as her mother and we hope that she will achieve at least the same results. This mare also gave us a daughter – For Lazar (by For Pleasure). Therefore, I can safely think about selling Velvet Lazar, because I have the entire dam line secured in breeding and in sports use.
Q And what is your breeding goal?
My dream and, at the same time, my breeding goal is to create a Polish horse on which a Polish rider will successfully compete in the world’s largest arenas. Hence our assumptions that we will only sell horses to the best hands. It is true that in such a situation I will no longer be their owner, but the contract will always state that the horse must not compete under a name other than the one given to him by me, with the ‘Lazar’ component... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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