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Marsha Parkinson, 1st of September, 2004, Canterbury Farm at Melfield (MD)


Wilejka
chestnut mare, 1976, bred by Michalów Stud
sire line:Kuhailan Haifi d.b.
dam line:Szweykowska

  

Wilejka - her son Wojslaw and Michalow Stud barns in the background
Andrzej Novak-Zemlinski

It is with great sadness that the passing of this incredible soul is told. *Wilejka was an exceptionally beautiful mare, noble to the extreme, gentle to all, and a shining spirit.

I purchased her in Poland, with the blessings of my dear friends Urszula Bialobok, Director Jerzy Bialobok, and the members of the Michalow Stud farm. *Wilejka was 22 at the time, and had not had foals for three years. She was my favorite mare since I had visited Poland for the first time in 1983. Each time I returned, I would search her out, and marvel at her gentle ways, extreme dryness of head with soft eyes, and her ability to make you melt when she looked at you. Her throat was the finest that I have seen, with a lovely arch, and hinge, which entered her head through wide clean jaws. You could fit a large man's fist between her cheeks, which is the way it is supposed to be. Her eyes were filled with wisdom, and overwhelming kindness.

Warmia  (Comet - Wadera) - the dam of Wilejka
photo Zofia Raczkowska

She was shown to be the Polish National Reserve Junior Mare, and to other placements. Her beauty was of such elegance that she almost seemed ethereal. Royal heritage was her breeding, being sired by US & nbs ; National Champion Stallion,*EL PASO and out of the exquisite and treasured COMET daughter WARMIA. *Wilejka was the only chestnut, and the youngest of four full sisters. These were US National Champion Mare, *WIZJA , *WISTULA  and *WERJA , all imported to the US, with *WIZJA being on lease and returned to Poland.

When *Wilejka was to leave to come to the US, the Stud farm turned out in numbers, and gave a going away party for her, so loved was she. She was Urszula's favorite mare, so we became "sisters" and shared the love of this rare creature. The people of Michalow gave me a beautiful pastel drawing of *Wilejka as a gesture of kindness.

Wilejka - at Michalów Stud (1983)
photo Maria Kulisa

*Wilejka was suffering from heaves, and it was the hope that she would improve with a new environment as well as from medicines available in the US. She arrived in Los Angeles tired, but with ears up. A long and hard trip for a 22 year old mare with emphaseyma. The breathing problem was relieved greatly during the flight because I had FedEx'd a bottle of Ventapulmin to Poland for her trip. Worth every penny of the charge for overnight service to Poland!

Wilejka at farm in California
photo Marsha Parkinson

Once in California she began to improve with her breathing, and she gained weight, and was like a youngster again... still, of course, requiring due respect from all around. Given her age, and her potential to revert to heaves, I didn't want to breed her and have her carry a foal. Through the good graces of the powers that be, she was able to produce an embryo, which was transferred into a thoroughbred mare. This resulted in a gorgeous bay filly, sired by *GOLIATwho was born in December of the second year I had *Wilejka. The filly was named Walencia, after the tradition of Poland naming horses by the first letter of the dam, and she was also born in my foaling barn which was nestled in a valencia orange grove.

Walencia  (Goliat - Wilejka) - the last foal of Wilejka
photo from archiv of Marsha Parkinson

*Wilejka was the dam of 15 superb foals over the years. Her most famous offspring is *WOJSLAW Polish National Champion Stallion, Race Sire of the Year for Stakes Winners, and sire of such horses as : *EMANOR US and Polish National Champion;DRUID "best racehorse in 70 years" who sold for $500,000; ESTELKA  Oaks winner, and other halter, performance and race champions. Another son, WETERAN, is owned by Michael Sommer of Germany, and he has posted a photo of this successful stallion on AWH forum under the Kuhailan thread. This stallion has some excellent racing offspring as well. *Wilejka has two daughters who remain in Poland: WORSKLA by *Eukaliptus , WYBBRANKA by Piechur and WILNIANKA by Tallin full sister to *WOJSLAW and Polish Reserve National Champion Junior Mare. Three have been imported to the US, and along with *WOJSLAW  and WALENCIA, all reside at Canterbury Farm.These are *WILENKA Polish Top Five National Champion and full sister to *Wojslaw  *WELTAWA by Arbil and *WYBRANKA by Piechur  All three of these mares are bred to *GANGES or 2005. All are treasured, and are beautiful unto themselves and reflect the elegance and refinement of their mother.

Wojslaw  (Tallin - Wilejka)
photo Stuart Vesty

*Wilejka blossomed for six years in the US, having only minor times when the heaves became evident, usually brought on by weather changes. Sadly emphaseyma is a progressive and incurable disease, so as she aged it would occur sometimes without weather relatedness. Ventapulmin and Dexamethazone would relieve her quickly, and she would be fine for months and months. She lived in Maryland for three years with little effect from the heaves as well, and did babysitting duties with the mares and foals, or with the weanlings. They would follow her like ducklings in a line, and would hang out with her until she got tired of their foolishness and she would gently send them back to their mothers. Visitors would be met at the gate by her, and she would follow us through the fields, wiggling her nose at our pockets for carrots or sugar, which she often found (no surprise there!). She would follow until we left, and then would return, usually at a canter or trot, to her duties as the wise grandmother.

Wilejka at the age of 25
photo from archiv of Marsha Parkinson

Last Thursday, she said it was enough, and she simply made it clear that she was ready to go home. I stroked her head, talked to her in what little Polish I knew, told her that I loved her as did everyone who she touched, and she peacefully slipped away.

Sometimes the tears don't stop. But the joy of knowing her, of sharing her nuzzles, of having her put her head on a shoulder, of just watching her grace and nobility as she grazed in the green fields, and of course, her beautiful legacy reflected in her foals and grandchildren, are the priceless gifts which have enriched all that have been in her presence. She was a once in a lifetime mare.

Do widzenia. Dziekuje bardzo. And bless you my treasured friend.

 

Marsha Parkinson, 1st of September, 2004, Canterbury Farm at Melfield (MD)

 

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                                                     By Urszula and Jerzy Bialobok 

Wilejka
chestnut mare, 1976, bred by Michalów Stud
sire line:Kuhailan Haifi or.ar.
dam line:Szweykowska

  

Wilejka - her son Wojslaw and Michalow Stud barns in the background
Andrzej Novak-Zemplinski

We were expecting this news, *Wilejka's asthma worstened and she went very peacefully without much pain". This is how Marsha Parkinson, her owner and friend, describes *Wilejka's last days in a very beautiful and personal letter.

*Wilejka was foaled in Michalow on January 17, 1976. She was the fourth and the last filly of our cross between WARMIA and *EL PASO  The prior three siblings were bays: *WIZJA US National Champion Mare in 1977,  *WISTULA  (1974) and *WERSJA (1975).

Wizja  (El Paso - Warmia) - full sister to Wilejka
photo Jerry Sparagowski

*Wilejka was a chestnut with an irregular blaze. Her right front leg had a stocking and her left hind had some white around the coronet band. She had a beautiful head, very dry with wonderful large intelligent eyes. Her neck was long and very thin at the throat. Her body was smooth with very well pronounced withers and correct legs which we may attribute to her sire, *El Paso. *Wilejka was extremely charismatic and loved people. Her favotite treat was sugar cubes but she was satisfied with an apple or a piece of dry bread as well. If you had nothing in your hands she would come anyway, just to be scratched and patted.

Wilejka - at Michalów Stud (1983)
photo Maria Kulisa

*Wilejka had 15 foals in Michalow and she produced for us some great broodmares:

  • WILIA by Pepton dam of a great race horse WILIAN.
  • WILNIANKA By Tallin a full sister to *Wojslaw and dam of stallion WAWRZYN by Emigrant  WILNIANKA produced also a few excellent fillies -Wiselka; Wienna and Windawa.
  • *WYBRANKA by Piechur
  • *WELTAWA by Arbil
  • WIENIAWA by Monogramm
  • WORSKLA by *Eukaliptus

Wojslaw  (Tallin - Wilejka)
photo Wieslaw Pawlowski

Undisputedly, *Wilejka's best foal was the stallion, *Wojslaw He represents a very rare and almost extinct sire line of Bairactar. *Wojslaw was also a Polish National Champion Stallion in 1991. He produced several great mares: Estelka, Dajana, Zuzanna, Gryzetka, Loretta , Pasja, Ellanda, Emisana, Ewina, Fuksja, Daisy, Maceba   and a promising yearling, Demeter . However, most of all *Wojslaw produced great sons.

       .*EMANOR- Polish National Champion Stallion, Best in Show with extremely high score of 95.67 in 1998, Scottsdale Champion Stallion class for Stallions foaled in 1992-1993, Canadian Reserve National Champion Stallion and United States National Champion in 1999 as well as many times Champion, Reserve Champion and Top Ten in performance classes in the United States and Canada.

  • WERBUM - chief sire and sire of excellent young mares.
  • MONAR - chief sire in Michalow and Bialka. Sire of very promising offspring.
  • DRUID - excellent race horse, sire of beautiful colt DIAMENT and Derby winner GOREC. Gorec was bred by Mrs. Anna Nieora-Tchkuaseli out of a mare from the Tiersk Stud.

*Wojslaw also produced several good horses at Janow Podlaski Stud. His daughter, SALSA ,won Oaks and second place in this race was taken by his other daughter, EQVIDA The third place was taken by his grand daughter, EDIA, bred by Bialka Stud. His two sons, ENDURO and DOMINIK, raced very well also. In 2002 *Wojslaw was leased to Marsha Parkinson in the United States and purchased shortly there after.

Wilejka at farm in California (1998)
photo from archiv of Marsha Parkinson

When *Wilejka got older she developed asthma and we started to have some problems with getting her in foal. Despite medications, she was suffering more and more. The soil in Michalow is very calcium rich and this irritated her condition. Because of this we decided to find a new home with better climate for her. Marsha Parkinson, a great friend of Michalów and our horses, purchased *Wilejka and brought her to California. *Wilejka departed from Michalów on September 23, 1998, with all of us shedding a tear watching her go.

Walencia  (Goliat - Wilejka) - the last foal of Wilejka
photo from archiv of Marsha Parkinson

*Wilejka blossomed in California and we were always updated by Marsha, often with some pictures of our beloved mare. She even got in foal to Michalów's bred stallion *GOLIAT by embryo transfer and foaled a bay filly, Walencia, in 2000. We were so happy!

Wilejka at the age of 25
photo from archiv of Marsha Parkinson

In 2004 her condtion declined and the medications were not working as well as before. Marsha decided not to come to Poland that summer because she didn't want to leave *Wilejka in such a fragile state. "She went in peace", this was a message from Marsha received on August 26th.

We would like to thank you, our dear friend, for giving *Wilejka a few years more in a wonderful environment surrounded by your great love. We will cherish *Wilejka's memory in our sad hearts forever.

                                      Urszula and Jerzy Bialobok, September 2004

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   MORE DETAILED COMMENTARY BY MARSHA PERKINSON

Wilejka  ( El Paso x Warmia by comet ) 

Breeder Michalow Stud - Owner Canterbury Farms ( US) 

Birth : 1976 - August 26th 2004-  (28Years)

FEATURE COMMENTARY

It is with great sadness that the passing of this incredible soul is told. *Wilejka was an exceptionally beautiful mare, noble to the extreme, gentle to all, and a shining spirit.

I purchased her in Poland, with the blessings of my dear friends Urszula Bialobok, Director Jerzy Bialobok, and the members of the Michalow Stud farm. *Wilejka was 22 at the time, and had not had foals for three years. She was my favorite mare since I had visited Poland for the first time in 1983. Each time I returned, I would search her out, and marvel at her gentle ways, extreme dryness of head with soft eyes, and her ability to make you melt when she looked at you. Her throat was the finest that I have seen, with a lovely arch, and hinge, which entered her head through wide clean jaws. You could fit a large man's fist between her cheeks, which is the way it is supposed to be. Her eyes were filled with wisdom, and overwhelming kindness.

She was shown to be the Polish National Reserve Junior Mare, and to other placements. Her beauty was of such elegance that she almost seemed ethereal. Royal heritage was her breeding, being sired by US National Champion Stallion, *El Paso, and out of the exquisite and treasured Comet daughter, Warmia. *Wilejka was the only chestnut, and the youngest of four full sisters. These were US National Champion Mare, *Wizja, *Wistula, and *Wersja, all imported to the US, with *Wizja being on lease and returned to Poland.

When *Wilejka was to leave to come to the US, the Stud farm turned out in numbers, and gave a going away party for her, so loved was she. She was Urszula's favorite mare, so we became "sisters" and shared the love of this rare creature. The people of Michalow gave me a beautiful pastel drawing of *Wilejka as a gesture of kindness.

*Wilejka was suffering from heaves, and it was the hope that she would improve with a new environment as well as from medicines available in the US. She arrived in Los Angeles tired, but with ears up. A long and hard trip for a 22 year old mare with emphysema. The breathing problem was relieved greatly during the flight because I had Fed Ex'd a bottle of Ventapulmin to Poland for her trip. Worth every penny of the charge for overnight service to Poland!

Once in California she began to improve with her breathing, and she gained weight, and was like a youngster again... still, of course, requiring due respect from all around. Given her age, and her potential to revert to heaves, I didn't want to breed her and have her carry a foal. Through the good graces of the powers that be, she was able to produce an embryo, which was transferred into a thoroughbred mare. This resulted in a gorgeous bay filly, sired by *Goliat. who was born in December of the second year I had *Wilejka. The filly was named Walencia, after the tradition of Poland naming horses by the first letter of the dam, and she was also born in my foaling barn which was nestled in a valencia orange grove.

*Wilejka was the dam of 15 superb foals over the years. Her most famous offspring is *Wojslaw, Polish National Champion Stallion, Race Sire of the Year for Stakes Winners, and sire of such horses as: *Emanor, US and Polish National Champion; Druid, "best racehorse in 70 years" who sold for $500,000; Estelka, Oaks winner, and other halter, performance and race champions. Another son, Weteran, is owned by Michael Sommer of Germany, and he has posted a photo of this successful stallion on AWH forum under the Kuhailan thread. This stallion has some excellent racing offspring as well. *Wilejka has 3 daughters who remain in Poland: Worskla by *Eukaliptus, Wibranka by *Piechur and Wilnianka by Tallin, full sister to *Wojslaw and Polish Reserve National Champion Junior Mare. Three have been imported to the US, and along with *Wojslaw and Walencia, all reside at Canterbury Farm. These are *Wilenka, Polish Top Five National Champion and full sister to *Wojslaw, *Weltawa by *Arbil and *Wybranka by *Piechur. All three of these mares are bred to *Ganges for 2005. All are treasured, and are beautiful unto themselves and reflect the elegance and refinement of their mother.

*Wilejka blossomed for six years in the US, having only minor times when the heaves became evident, usually brought on by weather changes. Sadly emphysema is a progressive and incurable disease, so as she aged it would occur sometimes without weather relatedness. Ventapulmin and Dexamethazone would relieve her quickly, and she would be fine for months and months. She lived in Maryland for three years with little effect from the heaves as well, and did babysitting duties with the mares and foals, or with the weanlings. They would follow her like ducklings in a line, and would hang out with her until she got tired of their foolishness and she would gently send them back to their mothers. Visitors would be met at the gate by her, and she would follow us through the fields, wiggling her nose at our pockets for carrots or sugar, which she often found (no surprise there!). She would follow until we left, and then would return, usually at a canter or trot, to her duties as the wise grandmother.

Last Thursday, she said it was enough, and she simply made it clear that she was ready to go home. I stroked her head, talked to her in what little Polish I knew, told her that I loved her as did everyone who she touched, and she peacefully slipped away.

Sometimes the tears don't stop. But the joy of knowing her, of sharing her nuzzles, of having her put her head on a shoulder, of just watching her grace and nobility as she grazed in the green fields, and of course, her beautiful legacy reflected in her foals and grandchildren, are the priceless gifts which have enriched all that have been in her presence. She was a once in a lifetime mare.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS WILEJKA

Polish National Reserve Junior Champion Mare

All Nations Cup Gold Medal winner

International Aristocrat Dam of halter & performance champions

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