Hungarians are said to be an equestrian nation, and in fact this is not just a myth.  The ancestors of Hungarians used to live in the centre of the Eurasian nomadic pastoral life, where they took active part in the domestication and utilising of horses. All were highly professional riders,  able to stand on their horses’s back, making a right- about  turn while riding, or get through under the stomach of the horse. Meanwhile they used their bows with satanic skill.

The most important weapon of the Hungarian tribes in the early medieval times was the bow, more punctual the “Asian reflex bow”, which they developed further.  Fierce warriors, the “Magyar”  were deadly when combining their famous knowledge of archery with their mastery of the horse, and the Steppe battle tactics of feigned retreats and encirclement, waging war as far west as France. The traditional Hungarian bow was made of five materials. Softwood; a glue made from fish air-bladders, called halenyv (fish-glue); sinew; horn and bone. The core was shaped to accommodate the grip, two flexible “karok” or “arms”, and two “szarvak” or “horns” at the ends of the bow. The wood was first bent under steam opposite to the direction in which it would eventually be drawn. Though canon and gun appeared too, using bow – with some little modification – remained favored up to the end of the 17th century, during the fights against Turk invaders too. Wind up the string is not so easy as it looks like, even when one have time and place enough – wonder how our ancestors were able to use it as a deadly weapon, in every position, sitting on the back of a sprinting horse!

The first Magyar settlers of Hungary are remembered by those traditionalists who reproduce the war games of that era with their horse-shows. Their equipment consists of bows, sabres, spontoons and spears. Their traditionally prepared, wooden-framed saddles fit their horses, the Turkmenian breed, which recall the past for the visitors just as well as their yurta accommodations and their ancient dishes.

Nowadays, in „ The Valley of Horses” in the village of Kaposmérő the steppe culture of horsemen is under a revival, because of Lajos Kassai, a modern warrior and philosopher. Not only has he founded a school of archery, but also recreated the ancient traditions and culture of his people, to which he has dedicated his entire life.