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“National Gallop” Held For The 10th Time At Budapest’s Heroes’ Square

Last weekend Budapest’s iconic Heroes’ Square was once again taken over by jockeys and horses. The 10th edition of the National Gallop was won by Tamás Petrik and his horse named “Vicces” from the village of Csemő.

The national winner was rewarded not only with the 5 million HUF cash prize but also an original Hungarian hussar sabre dated back to the mid-19th century. This year’s international race was won by Chinese jockey Bate Bayier.

The 10th National Gallop took place between September 15 and 17 in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Budapest’s Heroes’ Square was transformed into a 6,200-square-meters racetrack with grandstands set up in front of the two museums that flank the square. Young jockeys, modern-day hussars on horseback were tearing around the track as hooves were pounding all weekend.

According to the event’s official site, as many as 250 horses and riders competed for the 21.5 million HUF cash prize and national glory. Visitors could also witness historic mock horseback battles, archery shows and races for classic horse carriages.

via MTI and vagta.hu; photos: Zsolt Szigetváry – MTI