Hungary can become the largest equestrian center of Europe, according to Fidesz. From September elementary school children can learn horseback riding in more than 200 elementary schools as part of the “Kincsem” National Horseback Riding Program since horseback riding has become a part of the national curriculum.
Therapeutic horseback riding might be part of the health insurance system as well.
We hope that Hungary will be the largest equestrian center of Europe said Fidesz spokeswoman Gabriella Selmeczi in Szilvásvárad at the Lipizzaner Horse Festival on Saturday. The sport raises the spirits of all age groups, but it could be a very important economic investment as well: equestrian sport, and equestrian tourism can create jobs and attract tourists.
So far more than 1140 km long path for horseback riding have been established across the country. "It is unprecedented that horseback riders and cyclists are allowed to move freely in our forests" said the Fidesz spokeswoman.
"We want to revive equestrian professions as well; tour guide and horse farrier courses are already available in several locations" said Selmeczi. She added that the government decided to upgrade several equestrian facilities, including the Szilvásvárad equestrian center, which cost HUF 1.6 billion.
Besides upgrading equestrian centers the government also supports equestrian programs such as show jumping, the national gallop, the Equestrian World Cup and so on and so forth. The past fifteen years, the number of registered horseback riding services increased by 60 percent; the government significantly reduced the cost of keeping horses as well. Equestrian programs are getting more popular among people; the number of participants that visit these events increasing each year, and as a result new forms of professions have been emerging, such as horse riding militia that already patrolling the country side.
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)