More *Witez II and A New Film About Polish Arabians

This video blog post is a follow-up to the article, A Real-Life War Horse: *Witez II’s Journey Through History.

In the clip, I provide more information about the author of the book And Miles To Go and reveal the truth about *Witez II’s “liberation” after the war. I also highlight the video Path To Glory: The Rise and Rise of the Polish Arabian Horse, which is probably the most comprehensive film ever made of Arabian horse history.

Bonus points if you can name the model horse behind me. 🙂

6 thoughts on “More *Witez II and A New Film About Polish Arabians

  1. Jen Miller says:

    Thank you so much for the great vlog post about Sites II and our film Path to Glory! We really truly appreciate the confined support! 🙂 I would just clarify that yes, Patton did ” liberate” Witez but Poles at the time naturally had hoped he would be returned to them, especially since he represented such valuable genetic material after such devastating losses. One can see why that would at first seem an unfair and bitter loss of a horse that was rightfully theirs. HOWEVER his exportation to the US became a blessing as Witez became an ambassador for Polish Arabians and set the stage for increased interest by the US market. That is why we refer to it as the “double edged sword”. Certainly thereafter and today the Poles do not resent the loss but see it as a negative turned very positive. I too grew up with And Miles to Go, which fueled my imagination and Passion for Polish Arabians since I was little! Here’s hoping more people everywhere will discover it for themselves! 😉

  2. Kristin says:

    Thank you for the additional information, Jen! And Miles To Go is such a great story, I hope it will be reprinted in the near future. Your film is a wonderful supplement to the book — thanks for your dedication to the project.

  3. Chris Bible says:

    My uncle, Burr Betts, of Colorado leased Witez II from 1960-1964. As a little girl, I used to hear a lot about this horse. I’m sure I saw him when we would visit from Indiana, but I don’t remember him. I also used to hear about another very valuable horse there at Circle 2 Ranch, but I cannot remember his name. I remember an impressive stallion barn where they did IVS, selling Witez II to mares all over the world. I enjoyed your video. It has inspired me to buy the book And Miles To Go for my adult daughter who raised Thoroughbreds and does 3 Day Eventing.

  4. Kristin says:

    Thanks for your memories, Chris! Maybe the other stallion at Circle 2 was Witezar? Hopefully someone else remembers.

  5. Chris Bible says:

    Yes, definitely it was Witezar. I am having fun looking into all of this horse history. I currently live part time in Colorado and am only about 15 minutes from the Circle 2 ranch. It is now a very fancy golf course, but still has the most magnificent views of the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.

  6. Kristin says:

    I’m glad you shared this 🙂 It’s fun to hear from people who had direct experience with the great horses of the past.

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