Being in the middle of the FEI World Cup Driving™ series, we took some time out with one of the icons of the sport and FEI Athletes' Representative, Bartlomiej Kwiatek at his home in Poland.
Hi Bartlomiej, thanks for taking the time to meet with us.
So how did your passion for horses begin?
I’ve always loved animals. At home, we always had some dogs and cats and my mum would take me and my sister, Weronika, to the zoo every week.
One year, Weronika asked for our dad for a horse.
He told her he would only buy her a pony if she received a red strap on her school diploma. She took his words to heart and worked very hard for the whole school year and at the end she received a diploma with a red strap on it.
So, our dad bought her a pony—and it was the first time I fell in love with horses. Our first pony, Misiu, is still with us today.