Born: 18. 01. 1966
Address: Szabó Lovasudvar 4900 Fehérgyarmat, Akácfa str. 57. Hungary
Course: 4900 Fehérgyarmat, Külterület 137/16.
Szabó András – Hungary
More than 20 years ago I was one of the founders of the Equestrian Sport Association of Fehérgyarmat. In the same year I started the Kürtgyarmat Archery Association with a few traditionalist friends. Although, we had difficulties in the beginning (knowledge, equipment, area) we were highly engaged in horseback archery training and practice. Slowly I started to build my own equestrian institution in the suburb of Fehérgyarmat, called Szabo Lovasudvar. I focused on the IX-X century with the preservation of Hungarian military traditions and the reconstruction of the historical way of life.
Kassai Lajos’s book made a huge impact in my life. We built our first horseback archery track and we practiced in self-educated way for years. In the beginning of my horseback archery career I visited Kaposmérő for open days, which impressed me. I learnt a lot of professional rules about the sport (regular training, consistency).
Unfortunately, I had a serious accident 13 years ago, the almost lost of my right arm seemed to break my ambitions as an archer. Fortunately, I was enough persistent to recover and continue my road with this beautiful sport. I graduated as a Horseback Trainer from the University of Nyíregyháza 10 years ago. Since then I have been teaching and educating children about equestrian culture in 3 schools. I believe we have to preserve our culture in a way to connect children to our traditions that is why I think is important to introduce the Kassai Horseback Archery School.
In my opinion the Kassai Horseback Archery School is a Hungaricum and it is crucial to be part of the Hungarian public awareness like other important Hungaricums such as folk dance, folk music, folk costumes.
With my association we organized several archery competitions, events such as equestrian, archery, baranta training camps for years. It was a great pleasure to establish the Kassai’s training camp with Vermes Balázs. We have a good relationship with the Bodnár tribe from Debrecen for years. With their support I built our new Kassai’s Horseback Archery track and I feel as a privilege to be part of the World Federation as an international judge.
My mission is to introduce and create the conditions for the Kassai system in the eastern corner of the country, Szatmár. I hope my student will acquire a deeper knowledge over the years and I try to educate them for respect, integrity, persistence, sportsmanship and living in harmony with nature.
Horseback archery till death!