Mezőhegyes

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Mezőhegyes
Coat of arms of Mezőhegyes
Coat of arms
Mezőhegyes is located in Hungary
Mezőhegyes
Mezőhegyes
Coordinates: 46°11′07″N 20°29′38″E / 46.1854°N 20.494°E / 46.1854; 20.494
Country  Hungary
County Békés
Area
 • Total 155.5 km2 (60.0 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 4,994
 • Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5820
Area code(s) 68

Mezőhegyes is a town in Békés county, in the Southern Great Plain region of south-east Hungary. It is home to the Hungarian State Stud (Hungarian: Mezőhegyesi Állami Ménes), founded in 1784 and famous for its Nonius, Furioso-North Star and Gidran breeds of horse.[1]

Geography[edit]

It covers an area of 155.5 km² and has a population of 6355 people (2007).

History[edit]

The Austrian Imperial and Hungarian Royal Apostolic Stud was founded in late 1784 in Mezőhegyes by Emperor Joseph II. As a result, the name of Mezőhegyes became interwoven with the concept of horses. It was here that the Nonius, later on the Gidan, the Furioso and the North Star types of horses and the Mezőhegyes English full bood were bred. The Mezőhegyes English full blood was one of the best horse breeds in Europe.

Nonius Mezőhegyes

The roofed riding hall designed by János Hild, which is still in use today, is the oldest roofed riding hall in the country. Riding lessons for both experienced riders and beginners are offered to visitors here. The most significant event here is the Mezőhegyes International Mare and Stallion Competition which is organized each June.

A member school of Harruckern János Public Educational Institute can be found in Mezőhegyes where marketable and qualitative trades are taught based on the area's agrarian traditions: agricultural mechanic, welder and brick-layer, and for girls: women's dressmaker, social worker and guesthouse and rural host, building on equestrian traditions: how to break in horses, blacksmith and tour leader.[2]

Sister cities[edit]

Mezőhegyes is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hartley Edwards, Elwyn (1994). The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0-7513-0115-9. 
  2. ^ Roaming in Békés County free guide 2010 Published by Békés County Government Text by Barát Tünde

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°19′N 20°49′E / 46.317°N 20.817°E / 46.317; 20.817