The tradition of the biggest equestrian event in Hungary continued last weekend. According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, the main title for the fastest equestrian of 2018 was won by the rider of Temerin (Serbia), representing transborder Hungarians.
The winner Arnold Nagy defeated the riders of Rózsaszentmárton, Pogány, Füzér and Zirc on the special track set up around the Millennium Monument at Heroes’ Square. His prize was the challenge-cup of the National Gallop, an 1848 hussar sabre and 5 million forints, while his horse, Fantázia (Fantasy), received the blanket of victory.
The truth is that Fantázia was not the first horse to cross the finish line but, since Ricárdó, the competitor of Zirc, lost his rider along the way, they automatically finished last.
The winner of the international race was China, followed by Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Besides the finalists, Turkey, Mongolia, Romania, Austria, Suriname and the United Kingdom also entered the competition.
During the weekend, the riders of 72 Hungarian and transborder settlements tried their luck in the qualifying rounds.
The winner of the “small hussar” gallop was Örs István Kolumbán with his horse, Fatima, from Spesiszentgyörgy.
Thanks to the pleasant, summery weather, thousands of people went out to see the races live. The visitors were also interested in the “Gallop Corso” on Andrássy Avenue and the “Nation’s Kitchen” introducing the gastronomy of the different settlements.
For that matter, the topic of this year’s National Gallop was “the year of families”, which was commemorated by a special procession. Moreover, the breaks between the races were filled with the traditional shows of hussars, archers and wranglers.
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