On the 22nd-23rd July 2023, the Open Slovak Dressage Championships were held in the premises of the Topoľčianky National Stud. Precious metals were fought for in the categories of young horses, pony riders and seniors.
In the days 8.-9. July 2023, the second dressage race of the year took place on the premises of the National Stud. Riders competed at levels from 'A' to 'T', including tests for young horses and for pony riders.
On June 24-25, 2023, the first of three planned dressage events took place in the premises of the National Stud. Competed at levels from "Z" to "Grand Prix", including tasks for young horses.
On June 1, it was International Children's Day at the stud. Children from kindergartens and primary schools from all over Slovakia visited National stud farm "Topoľčianky" š.p. From 9.00 a.m. a program for children was prepared, which began with a tour of the historic riding school, where they had the opportunity to see the royal breed Lipizzaner, registered in UNESCO. Subsequently, they had the opportunity to see the demonstration of all the breeds of horses bred in the stud farm in freedom in the indoor riding hall. In the outdoor areas, educational boards, an exhibition of carriages and carriages and training of the vaulting department were waiting for them.
On the last weekend of May, the first of this year's sports events took place in the grounds of the National Stud - the May Prize of the Topoľčianky National Stud. More than 80 riding pairs came to test their strength. Competitions were announced from the ZM level (90 cm) to M - 130 cm. As part of this event, one of the six rounds of the Young Horse Criteria, which is covered by the Association of Horse Breeders in Slovakia, was held.
At the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, which took place from November 28 to December 3, 2022 in Rabat, Morocco, the element "Lipizzaner Horse Breeding Traditions" was accepted into the list for the protection of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. It was an international nomination of eight European countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Italy - which highlighted the common heritage linking communities and states at the national and international level. The main coordinator of the entire nomination process was the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Lipica Stud Farm.
In addition to the traditional Open Day, May 1, 2023 was also the day of the inclusion of the new exhibition "European Bison and its interspecies hybridization with cattle" in the hippological exposition of the National Stud of Topoľčianky. Despite the fact that a bison and a horse are different animal species, the history of bison breeding in Slovakia is also connected with the history of the stud farm in Topoľčianky. Their joint history began to be written in 1981. In cooperation with the current Department of Genetics and Breeding Biology of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and the support of the Ministries of Culture, Education and Agriculture of the Slovak Republic and the State Forests of Topoľčianky, an experimental and breeding project was established, anchored in the research task "Study of biological and genetic issues of effective use of bison crossbreeding with cattle". The project manager was prof. Ing. Jozef Kliment, DrSc. and the co-researcher was prof. MVDr. Pavel Šťastný, PhD., who personally participated in the presentation of the new exhibition. The joint hard work was rewarded with positive results, and thus for the first time in history, an interspecies crossing of a Slovak mottled bull with a bison was achieved, which gave birth to healthy offspring. Despite the great response from the professional public, the experimental farm ended its operation in 1988. It is all the more important to remember this exhibition, which was also ground-breaking in the world in the field of interspecies hybridization.
This annual Open Door Day, which is traditionally held on May 1, broke all previous attendance records. The pleasant spring weather in connection with the prospect of a day full of experiences attracted more than 15 000 visitors to Topoľčianky.
April 22 - 23, 2023, on the grounds of the National Stud "Topoľčianky" š.p. held a general meeting of the international organization HIF (Hucul International Federation) with the participation of delegates from Hungary, Romania, Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and the Slovak Republic.
On April 15, 2023, the Horses for Sale Day was held in the premises of the Topoľčianky National Stud. Despite the rainy weather, many visitors and interested parties came. From the outdoor arena, the event moved to the covered hall of the historic riding school, where horses were shown on hand, free and under saddle.
On February 25, 2023, after a three-year break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the breeding seminar organized by the National Stud in Topoľčianky was held again. Almost forty private breeders and interested parties from all over Slovakia supported the event with their presence.
During the breeding season 2023, fresh semen will be available also for private breeders. More info at www.nztopolcianky.sk
Embassy II is a Hanoverian stallion born in 2001. He is a black bay gelding with a massive frame, with a height at the withers of 170 cm.
After a two-year break caused by restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year we welcomed Saint Nicholas and his entourage again to the premises of the Topoľčianky National Stud. Especially the little ones look forward to his arrival every year. On this occasion, an impressive program was again prepared for them.
1st December 2022 will be written in golden letters in the history of the National Stud. It was on this day that the historically rare Lipizzaner breed was entered into the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Slovakia, together with 7 other countries, succeeded with the joint nomination "Traditions associated with the breeding of Lipizzaner horses".
Ing. Emil Kovalčík, PhD. belongs to the long-term employees of the Topoľčianky National Stud. He has been working as the head of the marketing department and stud books for 20 years. He is an integral part of all domestic breeding and sports events. This year he celebrated his life anniversary, a beautiful round 50 years.
Chairman of the commission:
Ing. Péter GÖRÖZDI
Ing. Michaela Horná, PhD.
Ing. Eugen Feherváry
Ing. Juraj Kovalčík
The following cooperated with the commission:
Ing. Samuel Sokol, head of horse breeding
Ing. Emil Kovalčík, PhD., head of PK and marketing
Ing. Monika Ivančíková, PhD., Department of Marketing and Breeding Documentation
Miroslav Matúška, head of horse training
MVDr. Dušan Solár
On 21 October 2022, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Slovakia, J.E. Mr. Nigel Marcus Baker, visited the National Stud in Topoľčianky. He was welcomed by the director of the National Stud, Michal Horný.
The special guest viewed the historic riding school and the performance of riders with Lipizzaner horses, visited the hippological exhibition and entered the memorial book of the National Stud.
After a two-year break caused by measures related to the Covid 19 pandemic, on the third Saturday of October, the National Stud in cooperation with the Slovak Equestrian Federation said goodbye to the rich sports and breeding season. Hubert's ride already belongs to the traditions of the National Stud. This year's participants were greeted by typically autumn weather enhanced by the colourful diversity of the surrounding forests.
Ing. Péter Görözdi - chairman
Ing. Eugen Feherváry
Ing. Juraj Kovalčík
Ing. Vladimir Šmelko
MVDr. Stefan Karahuta
MVDr. Marián Pavľak (excused for 2 days)
Ing. Kamil Šulko (excused on the first day of credit rating)
On September 21, 2022, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Slovak Republic H.E. Mr. SUN Lijie and the Chairman of the SOPK Mr. Peter Mihók visited the National Stud in Topoľčianky.
Distinguished guests viewed the historic riding school, the hippological exhibition and entered the memorial book of the National Stud