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The National Stud has published its schedule of events for 2024

The National Stud has published its schedule of events for 2024

It is once again packed with breeding, sports and social events.

The calendar starts already at the beginning of March with the Breeding Seminar focused on the legislation connected with horse breeding in practice and the presentation of breeding stallions for the following breeding season. Other breeding events will continue in the course of the year, traditionally with breeding evaluations and performance tests in spring and autumn.

Visit of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

Visit of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Richard Takáč visited the National stud farm "Topoľčianky" š.p. at the beginning of the new year. Accompanied by the director of the stud farm, Michal Horný, he inspected the historic building of the riding school and the breeds of horses that the National Stud Farm has been breeding since 1921.

The visit also included demonstrations of the training of young and sport horses at this center. The head of the department also visited the Insemination and Reproduction Center at the Krásny Majer facility, which is the only one of its kind in Slovakia and provides services in the field of reproduction not only for the needs of the stud, but also breeders in Slovakia and abroad.

With the new year the first foal was born

With the new year the first foal was born

This year's breeding season at the National Stud began on January 7. In this period, the first foal was born at the breeding facility Rybník. It is the noble filly Tobrok IV-11, which is doing very well.

The foal's mother is the thoroughbred Shagya-Arabian mare 826 O'Bajan V-4, and the father is the thoroughbred Arabian stallion – Tobrok IV (Uzaar). More than 80 foals of all breeds bred by the National Stud are yet to be born at the stud.

The stud farm will officially open its sports, tourist and breeding season on May 1 with the traditional Open Day.

Saint Nicholas at the Topoľčianky National Stud

Saint Nicholas at the Topoľčianky National StudEven this year, the little ones did not miss the arrival of Saint Nicholas at the National Stud in Topoľčianky. Traditionally, it was preceded by a rich accompanying program. However, the biggest attraction for the audience was the fairy-tale story, which unfolded in the magical atmosphere of the approaching Christmas holidays right in the historic riding hall of the stud until the arrival of Saint Nicholas himself and his entourage.

Visit of Ambassadors

Visit of AmbassadorsOn November 14, 2023, the Topoľčianky National Stud welcomed the ambassadors of the countries that participated in the entry of the "Traditions of Lipizzan horse breeding" element into the UNESCO list for the protection of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. J.E.Stanislav Raščan (Ambassador of Slovenia), Csaba Balogh (Ambassador of Hungary), Călin Fabian (Ambassador of Romania) and Aleksandar Heina (Ambassador of Croatia) honoured Žrebčín with their visit.

Hubert's ride at the Topoľčianky National Stud

Hubert's ride at the Topoľčianky National Stud

It is already a tradition that the National Stud and the Slovak Equestrian Federation, with the participation of many equestrian clubs, end the sports season with a ceremonial Hubert ride. This year's participants were accompanied by wonderful weather with unusually high temperatures and the romantic autumn colours of surrounded woods.

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Slovak Championship in Vaulting

Slovak Championship in VaultingThis year, the top national event in vaulting - the Championship of the Slovak Republic - was held at the Masarykov dvor complex in Vígľaš. The event was also the final of the year-long vaulting series "Slovak Vaulting Cup 2023" (SVP 2023). Trainees had the last opportunity to gain valuable points for the national ranking and thus influence the overall ranking in the individual, pair, group and best horse categories.

World Driving Championships for Pairs 2023

World Driving Championships for Pairs 2023

From September 27 to October 1, 2023, the city of Le Pin au Haras in France became the venue for the top driving event. 94 competitors with 273 horses from 23 countries of the world met the qualification criteria. The organizer was the oldest French national stud farm, Haras national du Pin, which has newly built facilities for organizing large international events in various equestrian disciplines.

Lipizzans from Topoľčianky in UNESCO

Lipizzans from Topoľčianky in UNESCO

Authors: National Stud "Topoľčianky" š.p.; Dalibor Gregor
Pocket Edition
First edition, 2023
Number of pages: 72

Description: a small bilingual (Slovak, English) book publication from the National Stud Farm, published on the occasion of the entry of the Lipizzaner breed into the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity UNESCO

Lipizzans from Topoľčianky at the equestrian fair Horse 2023 in Lysa nad Labem

Lipizzans from Topoľčianky at the equestrian fair Horse 2023 in Lysa nad Labem

From September 22 to 24, 2023, the 30th anniversary equestrian fair connected with the horse exhibition - HORSE 2023 was held at the exhibition centre in Lysa nad Labem. Visitors had the opportunity to see 120 horses of various breeds and visit more than 60 sellers of equestrian and related assortment. Of course, the event included a rich all-day program, which started at 10:00 a.m. with a breeder's presentation of individual horse breeds, continued with an afternoon program in which these individual breeds were shown in riding demonstrations, and the culmination of the day was a night show, where the high-quality lighting and sound system enhanced the impressive atmosphere. Part of this jubilee year was live music performed by a violin quartet.

A Visit at the National Stud Farm Topoľčianky

A Visit at the National Stud Farm TopoľčiankyOn September 26, 2023, the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Dr. Stanislav Raščan visited the National Stud in Topoľčianky. He was welcomed by the director of the National Stud, Michal Horný, in the courtyard of the training centre. The special guest viewed the historic stables and the performance of the riders with Lipizzaner horses. He also visited the hippological exhibition and signed the memorial book of the National Stud Farm Topoľčianky.

Slovak Championship in driving 2023 in Topoľčianky

Slovak Championship in driving 2023 in Topoľčianky

During 9-10 September 2023, the premises of the National Stud became a place of a driving national competition at the level of two stars in the category of singles and pairs, which were also the Championships of the Slovak Republic and the qualifying round for the Golden Horseshoe driving series in 2024.

Slovak Vaulting Cup 2023 in Topoľčianky

Slovak Vaulting Cup 2023 in Topoľčianky

On August 26, eight vaulting clubs from Slovakia gathered in the grounds of the National Stud. The reason was the penultimate round of the Slovakian national ranking, the Slovak Vaulting Cup 2023. For all vaulters, loungers and their horses, it was an opportunity to improve their previous scores in their category. At the same time, it was the last competition before the Slovak Championships, which will be held on 15-17 September 2023 at Masaryk's yard in Vígľaš.

Championship of the Slovak Republic in endurance 2023

Championship of the Slovak Republic in endurance 2023

The first weekend of August in the premises of the National stud farm Topoľčianky racetrack, held endurance sport event. In addition to national competitions at 40, 60 and 80 km, there were also international competitions CEI*100 km, CEIYJ*100 km and CEI2*140 (2x70) km, which were also championships for seniors and juniors/young riders.

MICHAL HORNÝ celebrated his 60th birthday

MICHAL HORNÝ celebrated his 60th birthday

In the past few days, Michal Horný, director of the National Stud Farm "Topoľčianky", commemorated his life jubilee in the circle of family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. He was born on July 27, 1963 in the picturesque village of Topoľčianky.

Pavol Gašpar celebrated his 70th birthday

Pavol Gašpar celebrated his 70th birthday

Pavol Gašpar was a long-time employee of the Topoľčianky National Stud, where he worked for 45 years, 23 of them as the head of the Breziny breeding facility. During his riding career, he devoted himself to almost all riding disciplines - dressage, show jumping, eventing and driving. He was also involved as an official of the Slovak Equestrian Federation. He was a national judge, course designer and holder of a coaching license. In 2018, he was awarded with the SJF gold badge for his contributions to the development of equestrian sports.

Championships of the Slovak Republic in Dressage

Championships of the Slovak Republic in Dressage

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.

July Dressage Competition in Topoľčianky

July Dressage Competition in Topoľčianky

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.