Budapest (MTI) – Hungary’s government is committed to making the country a world leader again in horse breeding, farm minister Sándor Fazekas said in Bábolna, in northern Hungary, on Saturday.
The farm ministry is prepared to devote financial resources and provide professional assistance towards the establishment of more equestrian facilities in Hungary, Fazekas said in his opening address of a two-day international conference marking the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Arabian horse breeding in Bábolna.
The minister said that the government had supported major equestrian sporting events with 165 million forints (EUR 532,000) in 2013, 220 million forints in 2014, 107.5 million forints last year and 216 million forints this year.
He said the number of horses regularly taking part in official horse races had tripled since Hungary’s change of regime. In 1990, there were a total of 1,314 horses registered in the Hungarian Equestrian Federation compared with 4,010 in 2013. The number of annual equestrian sporting events has also tripled and there are over 600 horse events overall each year in Hungary, Fazekas added.