IV. CIAT in Ksiaz Castle, Poland, July 23rd – 24th, 2016
in memory of Princess Daisy von Pless
Entering the vast yard of the national stud near Ksiaz Castle you are impressed by the beauty and quality of these actually functional buildings erected in the end of the 19th century, comprising well designed stables, coach houses and a wonderful riding school. They are but a foretaste of the beauty and grandeur of Ksiaz Castle itself, situated nearby on top of a large rock amidst a beautiful and well kept park. This scenery, stud and park, forms the location of the 4th CIAT held in Kziaz Castle.
This year 15 stylish turnouts, 4 singles, 9 pairs, 1 tree abreast and 1 team had enlisted for this event. There were a few turnouts which had taken part in previous events here. To the joy of the organizers of the event as well as the numerous spectators several newcomers presented their beautiful horses, harnesses and carriages. Most of them came from the western parts of Poland. Three turnouts had made their way from the north and the west of Germany to this beautiful place.
This year the weather was much more favourable to the participants and their horses compared to the weather last year. The temperature was mild and a gentle breeze was welcome for the drivers and their passengers in the carriages wearing mostly formal dresses. Last year the heat had made them perspire and their horses sweat.
Fine turnouts were presented to the judges ( Enzo Calvi, Italy, Guiseppe Del Grande, Italy, Hartmuth Huber, Germany) in the show ring of the stud (1st position). They approached the second position in the shadow of the trees in the park near a pond and then drove on along the avenue leading right to the foreyard of the castle (3rd position). The avenue and the foreyard were lined with enthusiastic spectators who clapped their hands to every turnout passing by. Especially the ladies’ stylish, often flamboyant, dresses added much to the elegance of the whole event.
This year the road and track competition on Sunday morning was designed like last year, whereas the parcours of the cone driving contest in the afternoon turned out to be extremely difficult, not very pleasant to negotiate.
Nevertheless every driver was happy in the end and the prize giving ceremony offered a beautiful scenery to the spectators filling the terraces, 15 fine turnouts lining up and the drivers receiving their well-deserved cups, the horses their cockades.
The beauty and elegance of horses, harnesses, carriages and clothes reminded everybody of the days of horse drawn traffic, the wealth and style of the belle epoque, the days of Princess Daisy von Pless, the former owner of Ksiaz Castle, to the memory of who this extraordinary event was held.