Bagot Edition: PAJOTTENLAND – Orinex windmill and Belgian draft horse after Raoul de Wolff







The Belgian Draft Horse Museum in the former Vollezele Town Hall was the venue chosen by author Raoul de Wolf to present his latest publication, The Millers Orinx and Orange I Ancestor of the Belgian Horse. It was the physician in history, Hermann Vandormael, who performed the performance. The three pillars installed in the book are bread, windmills, and horses. The preface to the reference work was written by Jan Sporin, regional governor of the province of Velmis Brabant.

For years, Raúl has collected data, facts, data,…. In short, all information with Pajottenland as an approach. In the early 2000s, he was also the person behind the Pajottenland website, a site acquired by Pajottenland+ in 2009. So Raúl rightly deserves the title of “Pajottenland Connoisseur par excellence”.

Phanthemis House

The show was attended by relatives and friends of Bajön Land experts from the city of Galmardin and the neighboring municipalities. Also among them is Piet Vanthemse, who, as Chairman of the Horse Project Council, contributed to the recognition of Belgian horses as an intangible cultural heritage. “While reading the brochure, I discovered the story of a respected and well-documented family, a provincial story, a mill, and a horse breeder. A beautiful selection from our history,” was his comment.

Werner Godfreud

Werner Godfreud (Biver), guide and board member of the Belgian Horse Museum, believes that the publication deserves the seal of the reference work. His recommendation is therefore “honest with the truth and written without frills and illusions”, which is also shared by Hermann Vandormael, who was able to follow the whole work before the presentation. Werner thought that a book form with illustrative material would have shown Raoult’s detailed work better.

Hermann Vandormael

It was Hermann Vandormael (Hearn), a doctor of history and the author of several historical books, who was allowed to introduce the author and the book.

“He who thinks of ‘mills’ also thinks of ‘bread.’ In the writing, which Raoul himself calls a humble pamphlet, he goes back to his youth, in which the sandwich occupied an essential place in everyday style. There are still many traces of this in our present language,” he says. To mention but not limited to ‘Bread and games, that’s all the nation needs’ and the well-known prayer ‘Give us our daily bread this day.’ Implications can also be found in “The breadwinner of the family,” “Sitting on dry bread” and “He who eats his bread, one speaks his word.”

From brood to mills, from mills to Orinx, from Orinx to Orange I and from Orange I to The Belgian Draft Horse at Vollezele ‘is a series of standards all deserving of a glorious place in our history and which have been brilliantly reproduced by Raoul. It was no less About 52 mills, all bearing the Orinx family name – or derivatives thereof – are witnesses to a rich agricultural past at the time. In the wider area, the Hertboom Mill in OLV-Lombeek and the Hondzocht Mill, actually located in Wallonia, are still to be seen. The founders of horse breeding in our region.

When someone is said to have a horse’s teeth, or worse, a horse’s head, it is certainly not meant to be pleasurable, even to a horse. However, since time immemorial, the horse has been the animal most closely related to man. The expressions that compare human and horse are as many as they are varied and the power of our car is not expressed in engine power, but in horsepower. Bread comes from the flour that comes out of the mill. The horse used to bring flour to the baker, who was carrying his bread with a cart and a horse…. Raoul’s text, which is also easy to read, is truly a tribute to Brabant’s horses, to the families who have raised them for centuries and with the Orinx family leading the way. Honoring Brabant’s draft horse ultimately also means a tribute to our people.

Simply put, there are only two types of horses: luxury horses and working horses. The ‘Pajotten’ also belongs to the second breed, which runs patiently like a Brabant draft horse, charting trails for those who come later. It is therefore true that the Belgian horse has been recognized as an intangible and bravo heritage of Raoul’s work, which can safely be described as pioneering. Whoever reads it will gain insight into a fascinating piece of regional history, which is inextricably linked with bread, mills, and horses.”

The reference work contains 72 pages and costs €11.95. If interested, transfer this amount to a BE43 7340 6403 8601 from Raoul de Wolf, stating the “Orinx brochure” and the delivery address.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Bos+ as a contribution to solving the climate problem. This is possible because a moderate sponsor paid the printing costs.

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06 November 2022

Godelieve Deschuyffeleer

Godelieve Deschuyffeleer


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