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Brennus PZHK (sp) (Moravia westf - Babilonia xx / Jape ) ridden by Andreas Dibowski

By Anna Cuber andTomasz Bagniewski / PZHK
Photography: Katarzyna Wiszowaty

An international three-day event competition attracted numerous entries to the Marbach State Stud and Baden-Württemberg stallion depot in southern Germany in May – including 74 participants in the CCI4*-S category. Of these were four horses of Polish breeding – holders of Polish passports – who were highly placed.

This event provides important verification for the German competitors before their National Championship scheduled for June in Luhmühlen; a renowned centre for the eventing discipline.
In Marbach, in third place – behind Michael Jung and Andrew Hoy – was Sandra Auffarth – an experienced German rider who has represented her country at three Olympic Games (London 2012: individual bronze and team gold with Opgun Louvo; Rio 2016: team silver; and Tokyo 2020: team fourth) individual 3rd place i the team gold on Opgun Louvo, Rio de Janeiro: the team silver, and Tokio). On this occasion Auffarth rode the gelding Rosveel T sp (ex Ros) by Bolshoi KWPN (Favoritas xx x Voltaire), who is registered in the Polish Warmblood studbook.
Rosveel T was born at the Racot Stud in 2013, by Bolshoi, out of Rosita sp (Reval [Holst]) – inbred four times to the well-known stallion Ramzes xo. Head breeder at Racot, Anna Bielawa-Smoczyk talks about Rosita in pure superlatives: “She is a mare with a golden character, very agile and comfortable to ride, intelligent, with a large frame (168-200-21.5 cms), but when the rider made a mistake of jerking or pulling at the reins, he was doomed. In such cases she rushed forward and it was not easy to stop her. The mare completed the stationary performance test in Biały Bór and finished 13th out of 25 competitors. She was bred with the KWPN Bolshoi, a son of Thoroughbred Favoritas xx, which suited her perfectly due to his size (163-192-21.5 cms).
“Rosveel T began his sporting career at the Polish Young Horses Champioship in Eventing, in 2018, as a five-year-old (placing fifth out of 12 entries) under the saddle of Tomasz Stachowiak. He began competing internationally with Polish rider Katarzyna Stapor (CCI1*-Intro, CCIYH2*-S). The Baborówko event in May 2019 was their last performance together, and six weeks later Sandra Auffarth rode him in competition for the first time. It’s not without significance that his Polish owner was Tomasz Trela – an eventing enthusiast who has been living abroad for some years. Considering Rosveel T is still only nine-years-old, and is being ridden by Auffarth – a sportswoman who is currenly 37th in the FEI eventing ranking, this pair will certainly be heard of in the near future.
Two other Polish passport holders in Marbach are also of Polish breeding: Barbados, (bred by Roman Drabinski who specializes in horses for eventing), and Brennus (bred by Mirosław Górny). The bloodline foundation in Drabinski’s stud is Babilonia xx (1996: Jape xx - Bayyina xx x Reform xx) bred by Barbara and Marian Pokrywka. Babilonia has been regularly bred since 1999, giving birth to 16 foals in Wierzchosławice, including: Banderas sp (Paweł Spisak), Belfast sp (Andreas Dibowski), Britanika sp, and Barbados sp... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber