The Mata Stud is an established Horse Stud Farm
situated in Mata, less than 2 miles (about 3 km) from Hortobagy village
. It has a 300-year history, and it is one of Europe’s traditional studs.
Photo: Laszlo Fodor
Mata Stud's stallion barns are open to visitors during work hours
. One of its most popular program is the country carriage ride
in the puszta
(great plain, steppe), which allows visitors to observe the Nonius breed horses, the Hungarian grey cattle
, the water buffalos, the Racka sheep
, and the Mangalitsa swine in their natural habitat, and meet the csikos
(herdsmen) and the gulyas
: April through October -- 10.00 AM, 12.00 noon, 2.00 PM, 4.00 PM
- Adults: 2,400 HUF/person
- Children (5-15 years): 1,200 HUF/person
- Children under 5 enter for free
- Horseback-riding and coach-driving courses
- Cross-country riding
- Musical horse parade.
Horseback trips with the Mata Stud
on Archimedia -- English, German, Hungarian
Hortobagy National Park
-- Hungarian, English, German
Hungarian Grey Cattle
Hungarian cattle farming goes back many thousand years in history.
The robust gray cattle was originally brought from inner Asia to the Carpathian Basin
by ancient Hungarians.
Long-wool Racka sheep
The Hungarian gray cattle and the long-wool Racka sheep
are both considered treasures of Hungary.
The long, curly hair and the spiral horns make this sheep unique in the world