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Born 1941 at Krasnica, Poland.

Grey Mare

Sired by Amurath Sahib (35 Amurath II x Sahiba - Nana Sahib I)

Out of Iwonka III (Ibn Mahomet x Lysa - Hassizi)

Damline: Mlecha or.Ar. imp.1845 Jarczowce

Sireline: Sireline: Bairactar or.Ar. imp. 1817 Weil

Owned by Albigowa, Poland since 1948

Died 1957












Balalajka was one of the most remarkable Polish broodmatrons. Roman Pankiewicz, former director of Albigowa Stud Farm and highly respected within the Polish Arabian horse breeding community, recalled Balalajka, for an article run in the May 1980 issue of Arabian Horse World:

"Of all the mares I found on my arrival at Albigowa, I considered Bask's dam, Balalajka, the most valuable," he wrote. "Balalajka was a very well-conformed mare of excellent lines and great beauty, combined with feminine looks and gentleness.... however, at that time nothing could foretell her future career."

Balalajka's dam, Iwonka III, was among those Polish horses taken to the United States after World War II as "spoils of war". She left behind her in Poland only one other foal, Cellist, a 1942 colt by Trypolis who was used mainly to sire Anglo-Arabs in Poland. Iwonka III does have several lines descending from her in North America, however.

Balalajka's sire, Amurath Sahib, was an outstanding sire of broodmares and is well-represented in the pedigrees of many of today's U.S. and Canadian champions. Wrote Pankiewicz, "He passed on his clean lines, size, beauty, and type. Every daughter used in breeding left a lasting record."

Balalajka was the dam of the incomparable sire and US National Champion Stallion Bask (1956) and of Bandola (1948) - First Lady of the Janow Podlaski breeding program and dam of Bajram (1956), Barysz (1960), Bandos (1964), Banzaj (1965), Banat (1967) and Bachantka (1957) - exported to the U.S.A. where she founded an important family. Balalajka was also the dam of stallions Banio (1951) and Bej Assan (1953) - twice winner of the Criterium, and the mare Arfa (1947) - dam of Argos (1957), Arragon (1959), Almifar (1960) and Ariel (1961).










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Bask 1956(Witraz x Balalajka - Amurath Sahib)
1964 United States National Champion Stallion
1965 United States National Park Champion


Bachantka 1957 (Wielki Szlem x Balalajka - Amurath Sahib)

Bandola 1948 (Witraz x Balalajka - Amurath Sahib)


Banio 1951 (Witraz x Balalajka - Amurath Sahib)

Bask Clasix (Bask x Comets Trystar) Grandson of Balalajka




Name Born Sex Colour Sired by Record
Gondola 1946 Mare Grey Witraz  
Arfa 1947 Mare Bay Witraz Remarkable broodmare in Poland
Bandola 1948 Mare Grey Witraz Known as the "Queen of Poland"
Czelo 1949 Stallion Grey Witraz  
Bakalarka 1950 Mare Grey Witraz  
Banio 1951 Stallion Grey Witraz 1958 Chief sire at Nowy Dwór
Barcza 1952 Mare Grey Witraz  
Bej Assan 1953 Stallion Bay El-Haifi  
Bulat 1955 Stallion Grey Witraz  
Bask 1956 Stallion Bay Witraz 1964 U.S. National Champion Stallion, 1965 U.S. National Park Champion
Bachantka 1957 Mare Grey Wielki Szlem Varian Arabians, U.S.A. 1961

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