Nemzeti Vágta a Hősök terén, Budapest 2015. Szeptember 18-20.



It’s new Hungarian invention, a monumental reinvention of history and tradition…

1000 years of Hungarian history, 6200 square meters racetrack, 380 horses, 70.000,- EURO cash prize…

Sunday evening the National Gallop the feast of Hungarian cities and villages came to its end. On Heroes‘ Square Zsolt Gajdos the rider of Demecser could hold up the Gallop Sword the emblematic symbol of the winner’s glory and took home the 20-million-HUF cash main prize to his sponsor. The second best village was Ersekhalma and the third place went to Bordany. The National Gallop Final’s day attracted more than 100 000 visitors, from them 15 % came from abroad. The five days long image festival of the country all together attracted more than 200 000 visitors, this year.

Ten thousands of people could cheer at the National Gallop’s Final in the beautiful bright sunshine. The Gallop Promenade on Andrassy Avenue was highly popular. Tents were representing towns and cities across the nation showing off local traditions, handcrafts, special programs and their famous sights. On the ‘56-osok Square’ in the Kitchen of Hungary, every gourmet could taste dishes from the lowland, the highland, Transdanubia or even from Transylvania.

On spectacular parades and shows, we could see live pictures about Hungarian traditional battles thanks to the best historical equestrian teams. Millions of viewers could follow our equestrian traditions beauty on television.  

The winner Zsolt Gajdos seemed to be unbeatable.
On Sunday’s evening final after an exciting competition Doru under Zsolt Gajdos representing Demecser cut the goal line first. The second best was Malor (Maleur) under Gyongyi Molnar (the only female jockey of the Final) representing Ersekhalma and the third Katyusa under Andras Virag representing Bordany.

Competitors racing with traditional Hungarian horses got an award by their time results for the first time this year. Kader Tokio (Kisber half-breed) under Kornel Papp representing Villany the winner of ‘The Traditional Hungarian Horse Brand’ competition received 200 000 HUF and the owner of the horse connected to a sponsor can attend the National Gallop free of charge in 2011.
2010 is the Memorial Year of Count Szechenyi therefore on the new Szechenyi Racetrack built on the `56-osok Square` several other competitions and fascinating events took place during 3 days. On Sunday on Heroes’ Square was the Final.

In the feast of Hungarian cities and villages the cart-pushing competition was organized for the first time this year.  In Kocs village - known for its coach-type carts (the English word “coach” is originally from the Hungarian: “kocsi”) – cart-pushing is a tradition.

In honor of The Greatest Hungarian István Szechenyi’s work and memory, the National Gallop invited children for a drawing competition. From hundreds of drawings 22 children got different prizes.

The award of the nicest tent of the Gallop Promenade went to the twin-cities Sarkad and Nagyszalonta were awarded.

Dr. Istvan Tamas President of the  National Gallop proudly accounted that with organizing the successful 11 regional gallops the National Gallop became a 10 weeks long happening covering the whole country.

Not only the number of participants is growing but also the judgment of professionals and the people is more and more positive every year. In my opinion, this was due to the event’s extension to all regions, to the new rule preferring Hungarian horses and of course to the more prestigious cultural and professional programs. We welcome the twin-cities Sarkad and the Transylvanian Nagyszalonta to organize a regional gallop next year. – said the president of the National Gallop.

The numbers of the event are convincing.

In the preparation of the greatest Hungarian horse racing more than 500 people worked. More than 170 tents were built; ten thousand of dishes were served. An amount of three trucks of woodchips and 240 stables waited the arriving 380 horses. Heroes’ Square was transformed into a racetrack with 6,200 square meters’ worth of special equine-friendly sand. The workers collected at about 20 tons of trash.
This year 72 settlements entered for the rounds of the National Gallop from which 9 were transborder settlements. On the events performed on Heroes’ Square, more than 300 attendants showed up. Between the guests 44 Mayors, several ministers and under secretaries of the new government came to enjoy the National Gallop.