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Polish ‘hybrid’ auction and new dressage champions

Magdalena Jura riding her 13-year-old Polish-bred PZHK gelding Ron (Samba Hit II - Rewia wlkp x Rabus wlkp) to victory in the Polish national dressage championship

By Agata Grosicka
Photography: Lukasz Kowalski

September was a busy month in Poland, which saw the first ever Polish ‘hybrid’ auction, as well as the 2020 dressage championship. Both events took place in Radzionkow, at the premises of Cichon Dressage.

The third edition of the Cichon Foals Auction was the first ever Polish hybrid auction. In other words, an online auction opened on September 3, and ended on Saturday, September 5 – both online and in the Cichon Dressage premises during the 2020 Polish dressage championships.
The organizers offered a collection of 15 foals representing Cichon stallions and their foreign partners, Helgstrand Dressage and Deckstation Schockemöhle. The foals were carefully selected with 11 of them being the offspring of well-known dressage stallions including Vitalis, Fürst Toto, and D'Avie. Four of the foals came from acclaimed showjumping damlines and were by such stallions as Balou du Rouet, Chacfly PS, Casallco, and Kanndarco. While seven were Polish-bred PZHK foals, four were Oldenburg, alongside one apiece representing Hanover, Zangersheide, Danish Warmblood, and AES.
The auction was considered to be quite a success with 10 foals sold for the total amount of €77,200 (an average ofg €7,720). The most expensive foal of the auction was the PZHK dressage colt sp Cerewicz (Goldfinger VDT - Ciara x Corrado Son), bred by Zbigniew Kruk, who sold to an American customer for €10,200.
The balance of the sold foals will remain in Poland and were bought by local riders who found them attractive enough to invest in future dressage or showjumping prospects.
Among them was a beautiful palomino PZHK colt, Zandro Golden Jazz-J sp (Goldfinger VDT - Zaira J x Banderas), bred by Justyna Jaskulska, and sold for €6,800 to Grand Prix rider Dominika Krasko and Aleksandra Wrobel. An Oldenburg colt, Vinicius G (Vivaldi - Wey x Weltregent H) bred by Pawel Gasinski, was sold to the family of Dionizy Polikowski, the current children’s champion of Poland. Another foal bred by Pawel Gasinski – an Oldenburg filly Viviana G (Vivaldi - Quitie G x Quaterback), the super champion of the ‘open’ foal championships organized at the beginning of August 2020 reached the highest bidding price of €17,000, but the breeder subsequently decided not to sell her.
The auction season in Poland is not yet over, but will now follow European trends and move to the ‘virtual world’.

New Polish dressage champions

The Polish Dressage Championships which took place in the first weekend of September in Radzionkow were interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, due to the absence of multiple champion of Poland, Katarzyna Milczarek, which meant a newcomer, Magdalena Jura, was crowned. Secondly because Jura’s victory also drew a few years of hegemony to a close, during which foreign-bred dressage horses have completely dominated the Polish medals podium... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber