Member Report from Hungary
REPORT PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE 2022 CONFERENCE
The number of purebred Arabian breeders in Hungary is small with no significant changes. The Society supported the breeding of purebred Arabians by leasing stallions with improver effect in 2021 and 2022. The stud fees were discounted.
They are working on an online database on their website but have had some difficulties due to data protection laws.
In 2022 the Society is going to organise an international “C” Show in Babolna on the same date as the ISG European Championships, named as the Arabian Horse Festival.
The Society of Hungarian Arabian Horse Breeders is pleased to report on two successful breeding years, with 50 foals registered in 2005 and a similar number in 2006. Despite a drop in the number of foal registrations since about 5 years ago, the breeding of Arabians remains an important part of Hungarian tradition. In Hungary all foals are parentage verified at registration, by DNA typing. The use of Artificial Insemination, transported semen and embryo transfer are all permitted.
The State Stud Farm at Babolna is still the main centre for Arabian horse breeding in Hungary, although there are now many private breeders as well. One Arabian horse show is held each year, there is also an International Arabian horse show held every second year, as well as sport events in dressage, show jumping, cross-country and driving. There is no racing but endurance riding is increasingly popular with many competitions held each year. Arabian horses are also used for show jumping, dressage and cross-country competitions. Arabians bred in Hungary continue to do well internationally in showing and in endurance.
In order to promote our purebred Arabians, we first of all have to win over young people by breeding horses which can be used well for different activities. Our Society has good contacts with the press, many articles are published and you can often see films and reports on Hungarian television about Arabian horses. In these ways we try to educate the public on the history, care and use of purebred Arabians.