Riding Holidays Hungary

“Meet the Guides” at The Riding Holiday Show – Oliver Christen from Homoki Lodge, Hungary

The Riding Holiday Show on 12 December 2015 is all about “Meeting the Guides” – in fact that’s what we called the event when we first ran it in 2007. It’s a chance to learn all about wonderful riding holidays all over the world, directly from the people who will be guiding you day by day. As well as an opportunity to renew friendships and chat about past experiences.

We thought it would be interesting to run a series of profiles of some of the people who will be at the Riding Holiday Show and here is a special article from the owner of Homoki Lodge Hungary, Oliver Christen.


1.    How long have you been welcoming riding guests to Homoki Lodge?

It’s now been nearly ten years since the first guest arrived here at Homoki Lodge.

2.    Did you do any guiding before this?  If now, where did you learn to ride?

No, I did not guide before. I learned to ride here in Hungary.

3.    How did you get into riding and/or guiding? Was there someone who inspired you?

It was back in 2001 when the local Hungarian Cowboys (Csikos) caught my attention and also gave me the opportunity to  learn about their way of riding, which is a natural style and mainly taught by your best teacher “the horse itself”.


4.    If you hadn’t started taking guests at Homoki Lodge, what was your Plan B?

Actually there was no plan B. I was burnt out from my former profession. Living and working  with the horses it became excellent and well-needed therapy for me.

5.    People coming on a riding holiday often think you have the ideal job – what do you love about it? And what are the downsides?

Probably it is indeed the ideal job for those who are completely open to the wonder of nature and its creatures allowing us to discover the world together. The down side is that in the you still have to cope with daily duties in order to run a business well.


6.    What is the name of your favourite horse? And if they were a human, who would he/she be and why?

The name of the favorite horse is Vigéc (not the German word for how are you) it is Hungarian and means ‘agent’. He behaves more like the Habsburg’s emperor Franz Joseph and rules his herd by questioning if they are actually allowed to revolt!

7.    What can you not live without (when guiding or just generally)?

That is simple, the smell of nature with its hidden adventures.


8.    What has been your most memorable ride?

I remember a beautiful day guiding out in the Puszta region, we were passing a farmstead. During a canter I saw a buzzard picking up a chicken in the yard and then to my surprise it dropped its prey right onto my lap! My reactions were quick and and I was able to catch it and bring it home alive. It was an ancient breed of chicken and we were able to raise lots of this particular breed for many years. Our guests are still enjoying their tasty eggs for breakfast!

9.    How do you relax after a day in the saddle?

Having a glass of a good Hungarian red wine and enjoying the peaceful and relaxing surroundings of Homoki Lodge.


10.    What advice would you give a 21-year-old who wants to train for your job?

To be aware of any little issue that might spook a horse. Always make sure that distances between horses are kept by all riders and check constantly for riding comfort within the group. Be friendly and communicative with your guests and let them know about fauna and flora as well as local traditions.

11.    Where do you go on holiday?
We only have time to go on vacation during winter and tend to go to a quiet romantic place with sandy beaches and turquoise sea.


Thank you Oliver for some the images and for another intriguing article.

You can meet Oliver from Homoki Lodge at the Riding Holiday Show in London on 12 December 2015. Space at the venue is limited so you must obtain a ticket in advance. The event takes place at the Royal Overseas League in SW1 just off Piccadilly from 10 am to 6 pm.

38 different riding destinations will be represented at the Riding Holiday Show. All part of the In The Saddle portfolio of worldwide riding holidays.



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Homoki Lodge – NEW Luxury Glamping Yurts.

Combine exceptional luxurious accommodation with a magical autumn horse riding holiday amongst Hungary’s famous Puszta (grasslands). Canter along sandy tracks without being hindered by any gates or fences.

Yurts daytime

Homoki’s NEW Luxurious Yurts

Located in Southern Hungary, widely known as the Carpathian Basin, Homoki Lodge have recently opened their new luxury glamping accommodation to riding guests on a full board basis. These offer a unique style of comfort consisting of glorious gallery beds, air conditioning, underfloor heating and satellite TV.


There are seven Yurts – three Superior Yurts, two Deluxe Yurts and two Luxury Yurts.

Apart from one of the Luxury Yurts which is all on one level, the bed in the yurts is on an upper gallery. On the ground floor is a seating area, shower and loo, desk and wardrobe. The yurts have underfloor heating as well as air conditioning for hotter days. They come equipped with a minibar, complimentary tea and coffee, safe deposit box, hair dryer, free toiletries, slippers and a bathrobe. There is also free Wi-Fi and a TV.

For those wishing separate beds, the downstairs seating area can be converted to a bed.

Homoki Yurt Superior gallery with double bed

The Superior Yurt is 20m square with its own individual entrance and a private terrace overlooking the garden. It has a double bed and a shower.

Homoki Yurt Superior (3)

The impressive Superior Yurt

Inside View

Spacious shower cubical

The Deluxe Yurt is available at a small upgrade. It also has its own individual entrance. Slighty larger at 26 square metres and also fully insulated, it has a private terrace and deck chairs overlooking onto the garden. In the Deluxe Yurt the bed is Queen size and there is a Jacuzzi bath (with shower) for a little extra pampering.

Homoki Yurt De Luxe (2)

The Deluxe Yurt with its relaxing whirl pool bath.


Have a good night’s sleep in this large Queen Size bed.

The Luxury Yurt is larger again at 31 square metres. Each of the two luxury yurts has a private sun terrace with panoramic views of the Hungarian countryside. The Luxury Yurt has a King sized bed, jacuzzi bath and separate shower. Those staying in the Luxury Yurt are also offered a complimentary bottle of champagne and fruit basket.

Homoki Yurt Luxury split levels (2)

The Luxury Yurt with its large king size bed.

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Enclosed wardrobe and min bar.


Jacussi bath and separate shower in the Luxury Yurt


The horses are never far away.


A comfortable seating area while enjoying your complimentary Champagne in the Luxury Yurt.

For stays up to November 2015, we are offering a fantastic 40% off the regular rate. Prices start at Euro 145 per person per night (c. £109) (based on two people sharing) for the Superior Yurt. This price includes full board and four to five hours riding.

See inthesaddle.com for more information on the riding at Homoki.

To check availability please contact our office on 01299 272 997 or email rides@inthesaddle.com.

Homoki Yurt Luxury Glamping by night (2)

Homoki Yurt Luxury Glamping by night.










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