GET-TOGETHERS OF HORSE ARCHERS
Held since 2004, the "Żurawiejki" is an annual get-together of people keen on horse archery. It is an event open for everybody, regardless of their skill in horse riding or archery. The purpose of the "Żurawiejki" is to bring together people doing or wanting to do the difficult, yet beautiful art of horse archery, have fun and exchange experiences.
This was the first and for a long time the biggest meeting of horse archers in Poland, with 50-60 participants from all over the country and often from abroad. I can tel with pride, that Witówko was the place where today's Polish Horseback Archery was formed, as you can see it today.
If you are interested in such activities, join us!
I guess it is high time I explained where the event's name came from. The "Żurawiejki" are short, two-verse cavalry songs (texts in Polish only), sung in turn to the same tune and followed by identical chorus. They recollect on a cavalry regiment or squadron, a person or event usually in a funny or spiteful way.
As you can see, the name had nothing to do with archery, but it somehow clung to our get-together (which originally was not very sophisticatedly called a "get-together"), perhaps because it also happened to be the name of a website on which I used to put information for participants and post-meeting stories and relations.
Anyway, you can say that now, after all these years, the term "żurawiejki" has become somehow connected with horse archery and is known both in Poland and abroad (also in some faraway countries - see the proof on the right ;-).
If you want to participate or have any questions or remarks, feel free to CONTACT me.
I would like to thank Michał Sanczenko for his help translating those texts into passable English;