“National Gallop” Held For The 11th Time At Budapest’s Heroes’ Square
Last weekend, Budapest’s iconic Heroes’ Square was once again taken over by jockeys and horses on the 11th National Gallop. Arnold Nagy and his horse Fantázia (Fantasy) from Temerin, Serbia’s Vojvodina region, won the event.
Arnold Nagy preceded Rózsaszentmárton, Pogány, Füzér and Zirc’s horsemen on a special track circling the Millennium Monument in Heroes’ Square. He not only won the title of the fastest rider of 2018, but was awarded the 5 million Forint (EUR 15,000) prize and an original Hungarian hussar saber dating back to 1848.
Arnold Nagy, winner of the National Gallop. (photo: Tamás Kovács / MTI)
This year’s international race was won by a Chinese competitor, Li Fangge, followed by contenders from Serbia and Slovenia. Hungary finished in fourth place and the Czech and Slovakian riders came in fifth and sixth. A total of 12 countries participated in the international race, including Romania, Mongolia and the United Kingdom. The riders raced with Shagya-Arabian horses – an Arabian breed of studs founded in the territory of historical Hungary and borrowed from Bábolna.
Chinese Li Fangge, winner of the international race of the National Gallop. (photo: Tamás Kovács / MTI)
This year, the young riders’ race was won by Örs-István Kolumbán from Sepsiszentgyörgy with his pony, Fatima.
Örs-István Kolumbán, winner of the young rider’s race (photo: Tamás Kovács / MTI)
The 11th National Gallop took place between September 14 and 16 in the heart of the Hungarian capital. During the event, a total of 72 Hungarian and foreign riders competed on the 6,200-square-meter racetrack with grandstands set up in front of the two museums flanking the square. Thanks to the nice, summer weather, thousands of people attended the two-day event.
Below, we have compiled a photo album of the best moments of the National Gallop, captured by the photographers of MTI: