THE COUNTDOWN TO THE 6TH “OTP” EQUESTRIAN WORLD CUP ENDED THIS MORNING

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The  OTP Equestrian World Cup  2012 – Budapest,  press and media conference was held in the late  morning hours of to-day by Mr. Sándor Lezsák, vice president of the National Assembly, Mr. László Horváth, appointed prime minister trustee, Mr. Vilmos Lázár, president of the Association of Hungarian Sport Horse at the László Papp Sport Arena‘s Press Hall. Mr. Károly Fehér, chief press agent.

Also to-day was the DayZero – Children’s Day throughout the whole day!

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“In Hungary, it is visible again the Renaissance of the Equestrian Sport”, these were the opening words by Mr. Sándor Lezsák, Vice President of the National Assembly – one of the initiator of the program. Mr.Lezsák said: “At Lakitelek, operates the largest equestrian association in Hungary. Almost every day a couple of riders go out to the field. At this large farm field horses are getting in touch with the kids and the kids are building their relationship between horses. Many individuals are working hard in the background to make it happen to Hungary as to be a worthy, reach a place in the world of the equestrian culture.

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Mr. László Horváth, the ministerial commissioner initiated some horse sport related  current and distal possibilities. He told us: “Throughout the country this year the number of horse services increased in 60%. By the end of the year the number of registered rider’s figures will increase by 5-10%. Continued: “In the frame of the „Euro Horse” paths and routes to establish the landscapes for horse riders are being in progress by horse riders. The designation is nearly 10000 kilometers. This guideline will be available on the GPS network. The whole route map will be completed by May next year.

Talking about goals: “One of the highest goals is to bring the equestrian culture as a subject into the schools walls. The horse culture integration in the curriculum would touch many and by the gain knowledge the hidden love for the horses might awaken the kids to ride, continue the tradition of becoming the nation’s  horse riders or those who step out into the world of being an Equestrian champion.”

“In 2013, from the beginning on first day of the school year, starting here in September,  hopefully, it will be with the context of physical education, or as an optional educational opportunity incorporation to higher the standards of our equestrian culture.” The education will continue throughout three grades from the 3rd up till the 5th grade at the secondary schools.  Naturally, the gym teachers training should be incorporated into the system, just as well as the  riding courses. The ministerial commissioner was already happy to say: “Already, about 200 schools indicated that they are seriously thinking of introducing the horse culture as a plus subject within the physical education or to add it as a teaching faculty.” Another piece of  information said by him: “Plans are out now to create by January,2014 an existing „Rider Holding Network”, which would be uniformly in the vocational training through the breeding, culture, education, tourism and would handle the question of the functioning of the state studs.  Understood …  MUST is the great lord … as he continued: “The breeding, horse keeping and training an adequate number of skilled horse specialists must be available. It is as important for all sport parties, just as an example, in the swimming pools the breast, the back stroke or even in the freestyle… it is not enough to be trained in theory, without the appropriate practically knowledge!”  That’s right little can be achieved in the pools.”  Well said!

“Next week, the national equestrian program will be going on decisions on the level of  government negotiations.”

Yes indeed … The 185 year old history in the Hungarian horse racing and race horses traditions has to be brought back from the past. However, the whole sector can not function without the budget support for operation and most of all little can be achieved without the appropriate training.

Mr. László Német, spread two good news  that’s in  the air: ” The complete reconstruction of Szilvásvárad Equestrian Stadium will be supported by the government and also the National Horseback Riding.” unfortunately last year the Carpathian basin and the Children’s Horse Riding Archery meeting were cancelled, but it is necessary and  must be supported in the coming years.”

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Mr. Vilmos Lázár started his talk by welcoming the present VIP’s, press, media, celebrities saying the following:  „Every year, we sit down and look back at the past year’s competitions, in a way it  holds up-and-downs but this is kinda natural with the equestrian sports people. So at least when I’m asked, no one have never heard me saying I am satisfied, but this is most probably the way the sportsmen  express themselves.  Being here and to see we have reached this grand day to open the OTP Equestrian World Cup seems to be worthwhile and not a wasted effort. Already soften reflections of pleased faces with the shining eyes. I still must admit that there are still many more tasks to be handled than there are behind us.

Most probably we are now at the biggest equestrian event. This in a way reflects, shows the face of our country. The entire national equestrian program is a window to our showcase!

Today, on the DayZero it  is the children’s day! It is important for us to show the children of to-day the ponies, horses and the horse-riders. Giving them a chance to enjoy their stay and  cherish sweet memories of their time spent, seeing, being close to the horses and hopefully in many will make a difference in their lives gain from these influences. The national equestrian culture is all about teaching the kids not only to meet the horses, but to visit any other events connected to the horses as well. We are aware the horse industry is not able to be financed by the state, but being among the member states of the EU, we have to turn our eyes to the West experiences. These countries are more advanced in financing in the competitor sport.  Being abroad, at many competitions, throughout my active sportlife and in the recent years, I have seen how the sponsors financially giving their helping hand to bring under the umbrella a grand equestrian event.  Yes, have to keep in mind those individuals, families, private companies, competitive industries, horse riders, horse keepers, professionals in this field, the lovers of  the horse sport supporting the equestrian event. Naturally,  it is not just a give and take  event. The sponsors awaits to be well served in every way. Of course, they are awaiting for their brand to appear and be recognized properly. Else what’s important for them is to feel good in the environment they sponsored. They are “theeeee” VIP’s, exactly those individuals who make the horses and the horse riders win the events. Back in the first year of the equestrian event the main goal was to make the show roll along. This was the main emphasis, but there were many people whilst the show took place who responded as highly enjoying the presence of jumping numbers, also how attractive, superb time they spent at the events. We are happy to be seen in the growing of the horse-related activities.” Within every good there is always a little sadness, Mr. Vilmos Lázár expressed his a bit down with to-day’s horse related situation  „I am a bit sad but  have high hopes that in the profession field which now-a-days it ain’t running so well, it is like still water, believe this won’t be holding back for long and  awaiting for many expansion in the world of Equestrian for the change to come.

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Mr. Vilmos Lázár’s final words were:

“Our window  … is meant to be created as to show to the world our Equestrians”

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As the press conference was coming to the end, an award ceremony took place to announce the winners of the “Horse  Nation – during the season of 2011-2012” competition by votes through the Facebook.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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