A five-year-old mare named Galerida, bred at the Michalow stud farm in southern Poland, fetched the auction's highest price, EUR 400,000. Twenty-one horses were auctioned at the 49th Pride of Poland.
Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, who watched the auction, said that it was conducted very well and its results show how important the breeding of Polish Arabian horses is.
The minister said that the auction proved there was no attempt to sell horses at low prices just to increase revenues. "Several horses were not sold because the prices offered did not march their value," he said.
Also in Janow Podlaski, the three-day 41st Polish National Arabian Horse Show, under the official patronage of Polish President Andrzej Duda, finished on Sunday. Over 100 horses from 29 stud farms were presented at the show. The best-rated Arabian horses were distinguished with the title of champion.
Last year, six Arabian horses were sold during the 48th Pride of Poland Arabian horse auction in Janow Podlaski for almost EUR 410,000. The grey mare Prunella topped last year's sales, fetching EUR 150,000 for the local stud farm. She was sold to a Czech bidder.
The Pride of Poland has been organised in Janow Podlaski since 1970. The Janow Podlaski stud farm, established in 1817, is the oldest state-owned stud farm in Poland. (PAP)