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Polish govt faces reputation test at famed horse auction

  • Mare Pelota gets beauty products applied prior to the Arabian horse auction in Janow Podlaski, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at the auction at a 199-year-old stud farm, after the state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, considered a national treasure.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Mare Pelota gets beauty products applied prior to the Arabian horse auction in Janow Podlaski, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at the auction at a 199-year-old stud farm, after the state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, considered a national treasure.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mare Emira is presented at the yearly Arabian horse auction "Pride of Poland", in Janow Podlaski, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at the auction at a 199-year-old stud farm, after the state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, considered a national treasure. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Mare Emira is presented at the yearly Arabian horse auction "Pride of Poland", in Janow Podlaski, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at the auction at a 199-year-old stud farm, after the state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, considered a national treasure. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mare Al Jazeera is presented at the yearly Arabian horse auction "Pride of Poland", in Janow Podlaski, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at the auction at a 199-year-old stud farm, after the state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, considered a national treasure.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Mare Al Jazeera is presented at the yearly Arabian horse auction "Pride of Poland", in Janow Podlaski, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at the auction at a 199-year-old stud farm, after the state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, considered a national treasure.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's right-wing government is facing a test of its reputation at — of all places — a horse auction at a 199-year-old stud farm.

The state-run farm in Janow Podlaski, set amid lush meadows near the border with Belarus, has for decades drawn film directors and rock stars, Arab sheikhs and other millionaires for its yearly Pride of Poland auction, a sale of some of the world's finest Arabian horses.

The state breeding program's reputation faced a setback earlier this year when the new conservative government purged the three top managers in the breeding program, a centuries-old tradition considered a national treasure.

The new manager of Janow Podlaski is trying to save the farm's reputation, which has been damaged in the chaotic months after the purge.