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Grey, ar. 1948, Stud. Albigowa
Sire Line:Kuhailan Haifi
Dam Line:Mlecha


Bred by Albigowa Stud. Transferred to Janów Podlaski Stud when Albigowa Stud was closed in 1961.
                                 Died March 26, 1983 - her 35th birthday - at Janów Podlaski.

Bandola  (Witraż - Bałałajka)

 fot. Z. Raczkowska


March 26 we celebrate the birthday (anniversary of his death and at the same time) Bandola - one of the greatest mares in the history of Polish Arabian horse breeding purebred called, the legend of Janow'', the queen of Janow'','' immortal beauty, and even , Queen of the Polish'' '. Her name is now a symbol of beauty, her noble head with a proud expression easily recognize each breeder and lover of the Arabian horse.


Bandola - balalaika and Witraż daughter - was born on March 26, 1948 in Stud Albigowa . Already verified ( Arfa , 1947) call comely and noble balalaika of the most valuable in post-war Poland stud Arabic class Witraż was the result of a culture thinks Andrew Krzyształowicz , the deputy director for horse breeding stud Janów stationed in Posadowo . In 1947 Janow purebred Arabians were divided and transferred to Arab stud is organized in Albigowa and Klemensow (later transferred to Michalów ) and a small part of the New Court. In this way the mother Bandola , balalaika went along with twelve other mares and Witraż to Albigowa under the care of a well-known breeder of Roman Pankiewicza . Mr. Pankiewicz he valued highly both balalaika and Witraż - successfully many times have combined both. Raised among others, the famous Bask own brother Bandola , sold in 1963 to the United States , winner of the title of champion of the country and the title , stallion , which set a new standard for the Arabian breed ''

Bandola received a number of mares 4360 files, and its entry into the Stud Book is: PASB Volume III, Appendix I, page 11 She continued her dam line mares Mlecha oa, and after his father's side was represented sire stallion Kuhailan Haifi oa. 

Breeding career of this phenomenal mare has no equal. Bandola birth to 16 foals of hiding 14, including nine were qualified for breeding (5 sires and broodmares 4):
Bandurka - 1954 r., by Morocz,
Budnik - 1956 r., by Omar II,
Barkas - 1957 r., by Geyran,
Banger - 1958 r., by Geyran,
Bajram - 1959 r., by Pietuszok,
Barysz - 1960 r., by Faher,
Banda - 1962 r., by Pietuszok,
Beatrice - 1963 r., by Pietuszok,
Bandos - 1964 r., by Negatiw,
Banzaj - 1965 r., by Czort,
Banat - 1967 r., by El Azrak,
Bandama - 1970 r., by Celebes,
Bankong - 1971 r., by Elbrus,
Ballada - 1975 r.,by  Partner.

Bajram & Barysz -both grey, both grew and caliber (Barysz more handsome than his brother), both at the age of four years sold overseas, gained the titles of champions in Canada and the United States.

Beatrice, s a combination of great beauty and valor racing (Oaks winner). She gave 8 foals, including valiant track Beliza, whose granddaughter belladonna Janów was the best mare in the 1999 racing season. Beatrice was the same for many years riddle for breeders and editorial Stud Book. As the cottage after the molt proved Blackhorse ointment, a small amount of scattered gray hair. Only in adulthood began to turn gray until the age of 20 was already gray mare in a strong dark flea-bitten.

Bandos, another son Bandola, after his father - the great-grandson Skowronek, proved to be an outstanding sire, but first ... surprise. As mentioned Director Andrew Krzyształowicz looking at newborn Bandos, it was hard to decide to reconnect Bandola and Negatiw - born noble and beautiful, but small, thin bone on tortured feet. He grew up on a stallion extremely handsome, noble, dry as a bone'', in excellent type Saklavi the correct limbs. He showed prowess on the track. It has been widely used in Polish breeding, leaving among other things, three Champions Polish  - Eukaliptus  Enos & Pepton. With daughters Bandos Polish Champ were Arra & Europa, Vice - Champ- Pentoda, among the young (then) mares have won the laurels - Pektyna, Winda, Pianola & Enklawa. Bandos ,,saved'' in Poland among stallion Ibrahim oa, and combining the three precious blood progenitor: Gazella oa (by Negatiw), Mlecha oa (by Bandola) and Sahara oa (by Witraż), he had a huge load of genetic, who decided to its extraordinary breeding value. He left 149 foals. He was, a horse without price''. However, when he was 18, it was considered that it was properly used in Polish breeding, was sold long been concerned for this stallion American breeders ( David Murdock "Ventura Farms" for the price of 806 thousand. Dollars).

Banat - another great son Bandola ,,, saved '' valuable stallion Cross oa among inbred to Witraż , succeeded him many features . Banat - bay , full of temperament , very masculine , with a huge bouquet of highly embedded a beautiful neck, a small , full of expressive head with a characteristic rounded forehead , a fiery eye , well- muscled rump, short back, with a very good move , it was the horse of the unsaturated nature but emanates strength and beauty. She discovered that Mrs. Patricia Lindsay, when in 1975 leased it for two years with the Polish . In the UK, Banat won the title of national champion and champion Royal Ascot Show. He left there great offspring . With precious sons Banat are: Walker - Derby winner sold at the age of four years to the United States , winner of championships and the Cup of Nations, overall dimensions - Reserve Champion of Europe, Champion of Belgium and the United Kingdom, and the youngest of them - Arbil , a male follower Krzyżyk . From left by Banat mares most value our Pipi , daughter Pilarka phenomenal . Offspring Banat has very correct structure , a large beauty and bouquet, excellent movement , iron health and to the racing prowess . In 1984 , he was , like brothers , sold to the United States ( for 525 thousand . Dollars).

Ballada - last child was born Bandola at age 27. The ballad was typical, senile foal'' - little busy, quiet, with sad eyes, but pretty and correct. It was in the stud and extended the feminine line of the mother.  

And what was she Bandola? What people remember it?


Roman Pankiewicz


,,Bandola was, like all beauty, a little vain. She liked to be admired. Charmed with her beauty people to view it. But she was very independent character and temperament too much, then not every day gained sympathy from the staff. Bandola was always a big personality. Cocky, negative, shaking his head movement, Aug. always tried to do what she wanted, and she was very perverse. Is the releasing on pasture or to water, you had to be very careful not to be found where it should not be included. Truculent Bandola liked to be admired, but it is quickly bored. Impatient, and it was difficult to photograph her ​​at a young age.''
Andrzej Krzyształowicz:

,,Her beauty, nobility and great individuality drew the attention of breeders and horse lovers of Arab visitors Janów. Her peculiar way of being pointed out grooms. It quickly became first lady Janow and one of the most famous characters in the world.''

,,In 1965, the movie was filmed in Janów stud. The filmmakers, offering him horses abundant sugar, hoped that they bribed did everything we asked of them. Not much came of it. A Bandola loved sugar. And since then, the moment of the emergence of a larger group of people on a pasture, especially with a camera, Bandola rushed to meet them, getting angry and pushing other mares. It was getting a feeling for sight seeing - Bandola, which knows that it is the most important, the most beautiful in the herd, they should all give way, because the crowd to stand and will not show up! Bandola at rest was the favorite of grooms, who called her grandmother and surrounded by loving care. Until the last moment charmed her head with wonderful, vibrant, proud, maybe a little sad eyes, surrounded by long lashes.''



Due to the general weakness Bandola was asleep on his 35th birthday - March 26, 1983. She was buried under a big boulder in the park in the stables, next to Czort and Celebes.

It says that with her ​​departure ends a kind of legend, which was surrounded. Not true - the legend has just begun, because Bandola entered against immortals

Prepared by: Lidia Pawłowskaa, March 2000 - on the basis of Article Izabella Pawelec-Zawadzka, [1983]

Today, it is difficult to replace significant Janów Stud horses, in which she lived Bandola no blood flowed. The descendants of some of the great Bandola can read the articles about Eukaliptus (texts breeders Janow and Anna Stojanowskiej), with a statuesque Ecaho and the unearthly beauty Pianissimia - great granddaughter Bandola, or in the notes on the sires: Balon, Ararat, Emigrant, Arbil, Pilot, Ekstern, Pesal, Poganin, Piaff, Aslan, Grafik, Eurykles, Pegasus, Album, Harbin, Salar, Perseusz or Ostragon. List of valuable descendants Bandola complemented by excellent mares, especially daughters Eucaliptus. Examples could be multiplied ...



The Queen of Poland Bandola

Wed, Oct 22, 2014


There are some horses that are unforgettable. Among them, there are some that are also destined to make their mark not only upon a whole generation but for centuries to come.

The Queen of Poland Bandola
There are some horses that are unforgettable. Among them, there are some that are also destined to make their mark not only upon a whole generation but for centuries to come.
The Second World War brought with it disastrous consequences for Polish breeding, but in a ravaged country, three years after the war, in the spring of 1948, on 26 March, at the Albigowa Stud was born a filly called Bandola (Witraz x Balalajka).
For three years, she was able to play with horses her own age in the vast expanses of Albigowa. Then, in the spring of 1951, she headed off to the Warsaw racecourses where she stayed for two years and took part in 23 races (4/7/7).
During the autumn of 1952, she returned to Albigowa to be covered in spring 1953 by the stallion Morocz (Mazepa II x Elstera). From this union was born in 1954 the little bay mare, Bandurka. The latter never became part of the breeding stock because of her diminutive stature, a result of having been a twin.
In 1955, Bandola, who had been covered by Omar II (Hardy x Dora), foaled prematurely. This did not prevent her from being covered again by Omar II and Budnik saw the light of day in 1956. Two years later, she was covered by the stallion Geyran (Kaszmir x Zorza Pelkinska) and she gave birth, in 1957, to Barkas, a grey stallion. He ran 13 times (1/6/3) and in 1958, had a full brother, Banger. In 1959, Bandola gave another colt to the world. His father was the famous stallion, Pietuszok (Priboj x Taktika). At the age of three, the young Barjram made his debut onto the racing circuit. He took part in six races (2/1/3) and was exported in 1963 to Lasma Arabians in the US, where he took many Champion titles. Notably, he became Canadian National Champion in 1966. Bandola’s fifth colt was born in 1960. He was called Barijsz and his sire was Faher (Trypolis x Ferha). He also ran in Warsaw where he took part in 13 races (5/3/2). At the end of 1964,just as his brother before him, he left Poland but this time for Canada. In 1961, Bandola lost her colt by Sedziwoj (Trypolis x Saga), but was nevertheless covered the same year by Pietuszok. At the same time, the Poles decided to close Albigowa and it was thus that Bandola was transferred to Janów Podlaski where she gave birth, in 1962, to the little bay mare, Banda. The latter was also exported to the USA.
It was because of her young sister, Beatrice, born one year later in 1963 by the same sire Pietuszok, that the Poles sold Banda. Beatrice, a  grey mare, ran 12 times in the space of two seasons, carrying off four victories, notably the Oaks and was placed third three times. On her return to the stud, she was covered by her maternal half-brother Bandos (by Negatiw). Beander came into the world and left for Canada in 1976. Beatrice was, moreover, the dam of the brilliant Batalia (by Magnit), exported to the USA in 1982.
Beatrice also produced the beautiful Beliza (by Etap), who became Junior Reserve Champion of Poland in 1981. In 1982, Beliza was one of the best racing mares of the year. 
1964 saw the arrival of Bandos, the next colt out of Bandola. He was a brilliant stallion and a son of  Negatiw. From a young age, Bandos was nicknamed the king of Janów. He took part in 12 races and took a 3/0/3. From 1969 to 1977, Bandos was standing at Janów Podlaski. He proved himself to be a phenomenon, a true heir to his dam. Along with his dam, he is a legend. In his turn, he sired champions such as the stallions: Eukaliptus (ex Eunice), Euben (ex Eunice), Pepton (ex Pemba), Eternit (ex Etna), Kabaret (ex Kreolka), Andos (ex Andorra), Pyrrus (ex Pascha) and so on. There were also the Bando daughters, including: Arra (ex Arba), Enklawa (ex Engracja), Europa (ex Eunice), Pentoda (ex Piewica), Euforia (ex Eufonia), Pierzeja (ex Pierzga), Cometera (ex Felluka), Morning Light VF (ex First Light), and so the list goes on. In total, Bandos sired 80 foals at Janów. Between 1978 to 1980, he was covering at Michalów and sired around 40 foals.
In 1981, Bandos returned to Janów Podlaski where he stayed until 1982. At the Polish Prestige Sale of 1982, at the age of 18, he was sold for the sum of $805,000 ($1,984,154 in today’s money) to the renowned Ventura Farms in the USA.
At the same time, Bandola, his dam, continued her work of giving little princes to the world. In 1965, Banzaj (by Czort) was born. He ran 24 times (6/1/6) and was exported to the USA at the age of 10. After Banzaj’s birth, it was decided to let Bandola rest for a year. In 1967, she was covered again, this time by El Azrak (Faher x Ellora). From this union came the glittering, dark bay, Banat. The latter ran 39 times in the space of three seasons (6/2/12/8).
In 1974, Banat was associated to the breeding programme of the Kurozweki Stud where, from his first year there, he sired 12 foals, among whom was the brilliant mare Wiorsta (by Wieza) who was crowned Polish Reserve Champion Mare of England in 1981. 
Banat was loaned for two years (1975-1977) to the renowned Patricia Lindsay in the UK and there, he took the titles of Royal Show Champion and Reserve Champion. In 1978, Banat returned to Poland to be reintroduced into the breeding programme. In 1979, 11 foals were born, among whom were three stallions who were later used for breeding. They were Armaniak (ex Arba), Czako (ex Czapelka) and Sinlak (ex Simone).
Banat was the sire of 25 foals in 1980 and 10 in 1981, among whom Arbil (ex Arba), who remains one of Janów Podlaski’s best sires. Of the foals born in 1982, one proved himself to be a new star: Gabaryt (ex Gambia), who would later be leased for two years to the reputed Nejdi Arabians in Belgium. In total, he was the sire of 92 foals in Poland before being sold to Lasma Arabians (USA) for the sum of $525,000 (approx $955,412 in today’s money).
In 1967, after Banat’s birth, it was decided to let Bandola rest for a year so the she could be covered in 1968 by Pietuszok. Bandola herself, however, let another year pass. In 1970, covered by Celebes (Witraz x Canaria), she gave birth to a brown filly called Bandama, who was introduced to the Janów Podlaski breeding programme. 
In 1971, Bandola was mated with Elbrus (Mir Said x Ellenai) and a colt, Bankong, was born. Despite the fact that the latter differed somewhat from the foals to which we had become accustomed from Bandola, she was again mated with Elbrus. At around this time, it started to be noticed that she was no longer the merry young mare that she had once been. She prematurely foaled in 1972, 1973 and 1974 and once again bore a grey filly in 1975, Ballada (by Partner). Later Ballada was to be  covered by Gwarny (Amurath Sahib x Gwara). From this union was born the famous, Balon, again among one of the elite producing stallions of Janów Podlaski. Bandola was mated once more with Partner, but Ballada was to be her last descendant. Bandola died in 1983, at the age of 35, at Janów Podlaski.
Together with her brother Bask, this mare left a dynasty behind her. There are no words to describe the influence of this mare. No photograph can reflect the beauty of her expression. Thank you, Roman Pankiewicz, for having realised this dream for us all.



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