Photo: Tamas Rombauer
There may be only some exceptional studs in the world which have been devoted to breeding and developing Arabian horses for as long as nearly two hundred years.
The name "Bábolnapuszta" is first mentioned in 1268 an a charter. This was the last stop where the famous Hungarian grey cows driven from the Alföld to Wien were stopping, and here they got sorted and sold to the butchers of Győr or Komárom, or driven further to Regensburg.
Later on the land became the property of the earls Szapáry, and after that II. Joseph according to the advice of the commander of the Mezőhegyes Studyard – named Csekonics József – bought the
land to establish a new studyard.
The committed and well connected cavalry captain chose the place carefully and established a military studyard, which was a stopping point for the military messengers. The soldiers of Napoleon burnt the establishment after the battle of Győr (1809), which was rebuilt during 1810-1820.
In the year 1836 came the famous stallion Shagya to Bábolna from Syria, his progenies are still valued in many countries, even nowadays.
Among the histories of the studyard commanders the most notable is Fadlallah el Hedad Mihály's, who came from the far away Syria to Hungary in 1857 driven by his love for horses, where he found a new home, and later he became, studyard commander.
One of the studyard commanders were Pettkó-Szandtner Tibor, the founder of modern coaching, he was also the leader of the Egyptian king's stud after the II World War.
The arabian stud farm counts nearly 268 horses, the core consists of 19 stallion and 51 breeding mares. In the breeding of pure-breed arabian horses the egyptian pure-breed horses are considered an exceptional asset.
The Shagya-arabian race is notable for its elegance, harmonic movement, exceptional good will, great learning abilities, good working abilities and good proportioning.
In the stud-farm of the Bábolna Nemzeti Ménesbirtok at Dióspuszta the breeding of English Thoroughbred is going on nearly for forty years now.
The racehorses of Bábolna are famous not only on the hungarian but on europian racetracks also.
Cover photo: Yulia Kuznetsova