История коневодства в Тамбовской области
История коневодства в Тамбовской области
История коневодства в Тамбовской области
Horse-breeding in the Tambov Area
Applicant: Irina Nikitina, the pupil of the 11 “B” form CG
Supervisors: L.I. Ivina, the teacher of Biology
L.N. Kozhevnikova, the teacher of English
Historically Tambov area has been known as the territory of chanters.
By the amount of private stud farms it challenged superiority of Voronezh,
Oryol and Kursk areas. The development of horse breeding in many respects
was promoted by two circumstances. First because of the flood plains, where
the herds freely grazed (only in one Morshansk area today are left about 20
thousands hectares even after rash ploughing up of a large part of flood
plains). Secondly, and it is also important, the deep pocket of the Tambov
landowners. They had large and sometimes fabulous capitals. So, one of
brothers Archarov’s, the holder of extensive lands in Rasskasovo area,
bestowed him by Katherine П, handed the whole horse regiment to the Tambov
national militia in 1812, by putting on the horses his own bonded recruits.
He also gave regimentals, armed and supplied the regiment with provisions
for three months. Nobody in Russia made such generous gift for army that
Count Stroganov, princess Golitsina, general Lanskoy (the second
husband of Natalya Goncharova), Bashmakov - the Tambov millionaire and
holder of gold mines beyond Urals, old-line noblemen the Naryshkin’s, the
Arapov’s and many other had their own stud farms in Tambov area. The
Lavrovsky stud farm, which nowadays has worldwide glory, was built in
Tambov land by the landowner Voeykov.
The merchantry tried not to drop behind from the aristocracy. One
of the Aseev’s brothers, the holder of Arzhenka cloth factory, has
purchased the stud farm from a widow of the local broken landowner
Kruchenkov. The example of Aseev, but without the raping, was followed also
by other industrial aces from the districts of the region. It was
considered very prestigiously.
We should remember that horse-breeding remained one of the few
worthy commercial activities for the aristocrats. In 1840, when Chicherin,
the relative of our future Minister for Foreign Affairs, has opened
distillery in Lyada and the landowners Tulinov and Poltoratsky have
purchased cloth factories, noble society has apprehended it as mauvais ton.
But the pinces and dukes and members of the tsarist family very well
descended to trading horses from theirs stud farms.
All reading Russia knew from the story by Turgenev about
inveterate chanters from the district city of Tambov region with a
beautiful name - Lebedyan. But only few know today, that the fans of
equitation created there the first Russian association and issued first
horseracing journal. Much earlier than in metropolis and Moscow, the prize-
winning horserace of Oryol trotters were arranged in Lebedyan. Several
years later the same association of equitation fans was also established in
Tambov. This association built on share contributions the three-storey
building for its club on former Dvortsovaya, nowadays Sovietskaya Street,
one of first in the center of our city (now The Department of
Communications). In this club the horse-breeders from all Tambov districts
met at card tables and in the hall of extensive library.
The special page in a history of domestic horse-breeding were
written by the life copers brothers Demin’s from Kozlov. They managed to
get and turn over the blooded trotters even from Khrenov farm of count
Aleksey Orlov. Although, only after his death. While alive the count
strictly forbade selling his horses. Demin’s were in close friendship with
former count’s adscript Vasiliy Ivanovich Shishkin, the manager of Khrenov
farm. Shortly Shishkin opened his own stud farm.
The abundance of private stud farms in the region produced big
horse fairs, beginning from Lebedyanskaya and finishing with Tokaryovskaya,
one of cheapest in country. On Tambov fairs the merchants came a long way
from European countries, and also from Persia and Turkey. Only in 1897 61
580 horses were exported from Russia. Each tenth of them was purchased in
Tambov region. On fairs they sold not only separate horses, mainly it was
the business of small copers, the owners of stud farms sold the young
grossly, by so-called stakes after one famous stallion and different dams.
Unblooded horses on Tambov fairs were bought up for meat merchants from
Denmark. A kilo of horsemeat was equal in cost with a kilo of Danish
butter. Vneshtorg knows the price that the danish horsemeat lovers, the
horsemeat is the irreplaceable ingredient of top-grade sausage, are ready
to pay us for horses for meat.
Many brilliant trotters were grown up on Tambov stud farms. In
1904 at stud farm of Afanasyev in village Yaroslavka, now the territory of
Rzhaksa area was born grey stallion Krepysh. His father was Gromadniy, the
Imperial prizewinner, and the mother Koketka, the grand daughter of Varvar
– prizewinner from the farm of well-known horse-breeder Rogov. Changing
hands, Krepysh in a 1907 stepped on the turfs of Moscow and St. Petersburg
for the first time. By his graceful pace he made a conquest of fans.
Krepysh entered the competitions for 79 times and in 55 races he was the
first and he established or improved 13 records. With heartache thousands
of fans witnessed a loss of Krepysh in February 1912 in Moscow to the
American trotter General Age. They did not blame their favorite but his
american jockey William Keaton, who, they believed, intentionally drive
Krepysh in a wrong way.
The Novotomnikovo stud farm
The stud farm in Novotomnikovo played a large part in the
history of domestic horse-breeding; it was founded by count Illarion
Ivanovich Vorontsov-Dashkov in 1860 and still exists now. In short time he
bought up the best orlov’s stallions and dams, paying no attention to the
His new stud farm in Tambov area got famous after his bonded
jockey Oblopokhin on the stallion Zadorniy beat all capital jockeys on the
horses from the best prize-winning stables in St. Petersburg in 1861.
Zadorniy made three versts for 6 minutes and 6 seconds.
Vorontsov-Dashkov opened a new era in horseracing after he became
in 1882 a state manager of horse-breeding at tzar Alexander III request. At
that time he was the defense and domestic minister in the rank of adjutant
He turned the horse-breeding from lairds’ merry-making into real
commerce. The prices on the private stud farms were raised up. The owners
of stud farms in Moscow or St. Petersburg could be lucky enough and win
whole bags in one racing season.
In the last quarter of 19th century in a pursuit of high prizes
the american jockeys began to appear in St. Petersburg and Moscow more and
more often on theirs so-called “two-minutes” trotters – they cover a mile
(1600 meters) for two minutes and some seconds.
One of the first to Russia from America came Clayton’s, the well-
known jockey family – the father and sons with their own trotters. They
established the prize-winning stable and began the manufacturing of modern
very light carts with rubber wheels. Very soon they were unrivalled on the
racecourses of Moscow and St. Petersburg. One year Clayton and sons won
almost all prizes and earned more than 300,000 rubles. The horse-breeders
got agitated and began to repine. Some of them rushed to buy the very
expensive American trotters. Other protested demanding to forbid the
performance of American trotters in Russia.
In such conditions Vorontsov-Dashkov, as a head of domestic horse-
breeding, had to make a decision. He found a compromise. The prizes were
divided into two groups. One was for the horses of all breeds, other only
for Oryol trotters. But nevertheless, the count preferred American
trotters. «The only criterion of quality of a horse I consider a prize
pole», - he told later. With such reasoning Vorontsov-Dashkov made vigorous
efforts buying American trotters, not only for his stud farm and prize-
winning stables in St. Petersburg and Moscow, but also for state stud
Vorontsov-Dashkov was interested in cross-breeding more than
anybody else. He always was present at horsing, sitting under a glass cap
at center above one of the stables. The count considered it to be so
important, that often forced his spouse Elizaveta Andreevna (Shuvalova
before marriage) to be present on it with visitors, which were in
Novotomnikovo that time. The visitors were only grand people: the members
of tzar family, which arrival was marked with planting of one more tree in
oak alley of ancient park. Such as relatives of four daughters married off
in families of Shuvalov’s, Sheremetyev’s, Musin-Pushkin’s, and Demidov’s.
The conversations about horses touched common interest, as all
aristocracy had stables and stud farms. This kind of private business was
considered to be almost the only activity that is not derogating dignity of
a true aristocrat.
By the end of 19th century on private and state stud farms in
Russia there were 20 trotters prizewinners of an American origin. In the
mass order there was a crossing of blooded Oryol dams with American
The most given was Vorontsov-Dashkov. Even two victories of
“oryols” over “americans” in summer season of 1898 didn’t cool him. The
Oryol trotter Boets broke the record on three miles established by American
trotter Monnet. His own mare Krylataya broke the record of Monnet on three
and three quarters of second in the same season. But he had made the
choice, « his knight's move », and was not going to back up. Soon the count
accepted on a service all jockeys of Clayton’s family with the fantastic
salary 300 thousands rubles per year.
The outstanding scientist hippologist prince Sergei Urusov engaged in
controversy against Vorontsov-Dashkov. Urusov considered cross-breeding «as
a medicine not by illness». «The only developing of ability to quick trot,
as they have made with the trotter in America, - he wrote, - will result in
quick but narrow, boneless, long-legged horse without rib and quite often
without a back and completely useless in agriculture. It is necessary to
improve inside the breed. Bad can be born even from good but never good
from bad ».
Many years have passed since then and this dispute has not
After the death of the count Vorontsov-Dashkov in 1916 his heirs,
going to leave the country, arranged cut-price sale of all horses’ elite of
the farm. In Soviet time it became only a branch of state stud farm in
By 1918 in Novotomnikovo left only three blooded mares of Oryol
breed. Horses were taken from stables both by “red” and “white”. The very
nice farm before now it fell to desolation and, as the saying goes, the
farm was going. For long time it was existing only as horsing point, on
which only a dozen of mares were blissomed per year.
By a lucky chance among the three left blooded Oryol dams there
was the young mare Opora. Later she was bound to play the outstanding role
in domestic horse-breeding and to save the breed of Oryol trotters from
complete oblivion. In a 1934 she gave birth to a colt named Otboy. His
father was stallion Burelom born in 1927. The Moscow scientist hippologist
S. Kalinin liked this streamlined trotter after the Moscow races in 1930
and advised to pay the special attention to him.
Meanwhile stud farms kept cross-breeding of Oryol trot horses,
what was started before the revolution. Only now they cross-breed blooded
Oryol mares not with American trotters, the state did not give money to buy
them, but with crossbreeds’ posterity. At first they were called “american-
oryols”, then just Russian trotters. They were propagated on six stud
farms, mainly on Lavrovsk farm in our region.
The big work was performing continuously on creating and developing of
that new breed of thrifty trotters. The care for Oryol trotters was paled
into insignificance. The majority of the experts believed that this breed
had reached the limits of the further perfection. And, as it turned out,
they were wrong.
Today in stalls of Novotomnikovo stud farm stay the good-lookers
of Oryol breed restored by the efforts of horse-breeding enthusiasts. The
farm fosterlings have reached friskiness, which once was considered
possible only for American trotters. Now the Russian troyka, made from
Oryol trotters revives abroad as the mode. The customers from abroad
readily buy them in Novotomnikovo.
One cannot name the work on cross-breeding of Oryol trotter with
American one as reckless step. If due to Oryol trotter Russia gained the
improved breed of working horses in place of bow-backed hacks with bangled
stomachs, then the cross-breeding of Oryol horse gave the new breed of
Russian trotter of distinct sportish type.
There is no other animal like horse the mankind is so indebted
to. Without the count Aleksei Orlov we would not have Oryol trotters, which
bring glory to Russia for many years, making an ornament to our nation. We
would not receive a trotter, which is used for breed improvement of
trotting horses almost in all countries of Western Europe, and also in Asia
For the revirescence of beautiful Oryol trotter we are obliged to
S. Kasimenko. It was him, who managed the farm and choose the dams for
Burelom. In such selection the ancestry of dams is very important, down to
their great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers and even deeper into a
family tree. All their features and qualities are taken into account. All
was clear with Burelom, the son of distinguished Oryol trotter Lovchiy.
Maternally his bloodline ascended to the famous stallion Zadorniy, who
brought the first glory to Novotomnikovo farm of Vorontsov-Dashkov. But the
mare Opora, born even before October revolution, was in declining years for
horses and seemed to be not a suitable bride for young beauty Burelom.
However Kasimenko took chances. As we mentioned, stallion Otboy was born
from this unequal march. The careful godfather to him became A. Samoilov,
who replaced Kasimenko in a 1934.
At first Otboy didn’t show anything special in posterity. They
have from him just common trotters and dams not distinguished by high
friskiness, only their exterior was faultless.
The farm decided to part with Otboy. He was sent to other stud
farm. And here we should say thanks to A. Popov, who was the head of horse
department during the Great Patriotic War. Popov decided to return Otboy in
Novotomnikovo. But the new head V. Remizov received him there. Popov went
to the front in 1943 and did not come back on farm, as well as other 36
workers of farm - hostlers, jockeys, foragers, tractor operators, smiths
didn’t return here after war.
Remizov had been working in Novotomnikovo till 1965, and in his
time a new line in breed of Oryol trotter was born and appeared the new
branch on his family tree. The grey colt Otklik came into being after Otboy
and mare Konventsiya on Zaporozhye stud farm in 1952. Konventsiya had
arrived on this farm from Novotomnikovo already pregnant. So all palms for
a new line of Oryol trotter belong to the stud farm in Novotomnikovo.
The posterity of Otklik appeared to be marvelously quick. The
stallions Vodovorot and Borets ran a mile for two minutes and four tenths
of a second.
The interest to Oryol trotter has revived today all over the world.
Horses from Novotomnikovo have purchased the stud farms of Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, China, Germany, and Sweden. All America and Canada have got
acquainted with troika of Oryol trotters, where the thiller was a trotter
from Novotomnikovo farm. The millions of televiewers in these countries
admired them. Many newspapers of Old and New World enthusiastically wrote
The Lavrovo stud farm
The Lavrovo stud farm is located in Mordovian area of Tambov
region and stands out against other trotting stud farms because of the
achievements of its fosterlings.
Established by the good judge of horses V.P. Voeykov 170 years
ago, the Lavrovo stud farm is one of «big fishes» of domestic trotters. Ii
is the birthplace of the well-known grey Oryol trotter Lebed 5.44 (Atlasniy
- Pobeda), born in1829. He is on the pictures of the artist N.G. Sverchkov
and on the tapestry made by bondmaids from village Lavrovo. These things
are kept in the museum of horse-breeding of TAA.
Till the end of 80-th the farm in Lavrovo kept the path of cross-
During the civil war the facilities were ruined, the horses were
plundered. They could save only one mare Margaritka 2.16,1 (Fatalist -
Binyonia), born in 1918, who later became a founder of dams family and was
the great-grandmother of Pervenets 2.00,4. During the acquisition of the
farm (1922-23) not only “Oryol-Americans” got there, but also the Oryol
Since 1930 all Oryol dams were excluded from Lavrovo stud farm.
Together with mares half-breeds, which were brought on farm instead of
Oryol mares, also came the studhorse Aloisha 2.14,2 (Aloisha - Kreolka)
from the line of Peter The Great. There was started the line of Aloisha and
the line of Trepet – together with Smolensk farm. In January 1935 from
Aloisha and mare Paguba (the grand daughter of Peter The Great) appeared
the red stallion Podarok 2.02,1; 3.09,4; 4.17.4 – the pride of Lavrovo and
the founder of one progressive line in Russian trotter breed.
The important part in the stud activity of the farm also played
then the lines of Iris (through Khorovod, Khor Kalinych, Interes), Nalim
(through Lunatik and Otprysk), Aksvort (through Viktor Vorti, Vampir,
Vzriv). The main was the method of cultivation ”in itself” of the horses of
desirable type using cross-breeding and in-breeding. The crossing with
lines of Aloisha and Gildeets had become one of the bases of Lavrovo
The returned cross-breeding was also applied with Oryol stallions
for the improvement of horses exterior. The Oryol lines in remote ancestors
are traced in the best horses of the farm.
Through the Oryol trotter Bunt 2.14.3 (Metsenat - Budushnost) the
lines of Podaga and blooded Boyar were enhanced. The daughters of Bunt
could be met in family trees of Vasilyok, Pervenets, Lazutchik, Pavodok,
All-Union prize horse and founder of the line Podarok was selfed
on Oryol trotters Zadornov and Petushok. His best get: the sons Pervenets
2.00,4, Pryatel 2.03,4, Lazutchik 2.05,6, Park 2.10,4, Vopl 2.09,2, Azot
2.06,3, Pereryv 2.07,6; 6.44,6, Lotus 2.09,9 and daughters Povilika 2.09,3
(the mother of Prologue 2.06), Aplikatsiya 2.14,7 (the mother of Atlas
2.07,6) and Atmosfera, Podarok gave with dams, who had the similar Oryol
Only from Podarok the farm had more than 298 colts. 20 among them
are of class 2.10 and even thriftier. The children of Podarok have won 17
international prizes: Priyatel, Pervenets and Lazutchik – 5 prizes each and
Park - 2 prizes. No other stallion from our stud farms had such a
The all-Union records of Podarok were broken only 13 years later
by his son from Masandra the Derby racer Pervenets 2.00,4 р; 3.11,4 р;
4.11,2 р; 6.52,3 who was born in 1949. Podarok also gave from Argentina the
all-Union prizewinner Pryatel, born in1954 and the winner Lazutchik (from
Lazur); born in1959.
On Lavrovo stud farm was brought up the all-Union prizewinner
among two-year trotters Protalinka - 2.13,1 (Lucifer - Parallel), born in
1948. The prize of Protalinka is the standard for two-year trotters.
During the period before the war on Lavrovo stud farm was created
the type of a trotter distinguished by the harnessry forms, pedigree, good
top line, depth, strong dry limbs but which is a little craggy.
The hybridists of the farm were constantly selecting by the type
The big job of creating the famous trotters on Lavrovo farm was
made by zootechnicians Y.N. Sarantsev (1920-1934), A.K. Brinken (the author
of selection, which gave Podarok), V.N. Zhardetskiy, K.V. Voskresenskiy,
R.I. Kalinin, who had been working here for 14 years and was one of the
founders of line of Podarok. Also he was the author of the farm plan of
line breeding in 1976-1975. On the racecourses the trotters of Lavrovo stud
farm were driven to the victories by such jockeys as A.V. Zotov, A.A.
Sorokin, N.R. Semichev, M.G. Chudnenko, V.T. Novikov, A.P. Kreydin, V.Y.
To its 150-year jubilee the farm had 5 Derby trotters. These are
Pobeditel 2.11,7, Vecher 2.06,7, Arzamas 2.06,4, Pervenets 2.00,4, Albom
2.03,9. In 1965 by the number of 2.10 class trotters the Lavrovo stud farm
was on the fourth in the country, and on the second place in class 2.05.
The first was the stud farm in Dubrovskiy.
However, the period of success was followed by the long period of
decline. Mainly it could be explained by the fact, that the group of
studhorses didn’t have the appropriate stallions. Otprysk 2.09,3, Zheton
2.09,7, Zabiyaka 2.09 could not give a class horse in 60-es. And also the
technology of breeding was inadequate. The horses were not supplied with
high-grade forages as many natural pastures and the hayfields were ploughed
The new progressive stage of selection began in 1971 with the
coming of standard breed stallion Low Hanover 1.59 (Bolshoy Star's Pride –
Lynd Deen). From this outstanding studhorse the farm gained 253 horses.
Among them are: Ligatura 2.04,2, Velonia 2.03,2 r, Lan 2.05 r, Ghilka 2.07,
Leeter 2.04,4 r, List 2.04,9, Vlastnyi Zhest 2.05,5, Alt 2.06, Alzhir 2.07,
Valezhnik 3.12,2 and other class trotters. Such intensive use of the
studhorse for the insemination of mares with the dilute semen deserves
attention of the horse-breeding experts.
The work with Low Hanover allowed to half-complete the dams group
of the farm with his daughters and grand daughters and improve the average
frisky parameter of dams on 3,6.
After the use of Minion 2.11 (Napor – Mudraya Poslovitsa) and Low
Hanover in 60-es, the type of Lavrovo trotters was also changed. They
became more blooded and dry, lost roughness of a head, became less massive
but more vigorous and good-tempered.
The descendants of Low Hanover showed the high results in a 1983.
His great-grandson Gopak 2.04,2 (Parket - Glubokaya) had become the sixth
derby trotter of the farm when he won a Grand all-Union prize. The Low
Hanover’s great-grandson Lepetun 2.07,6 (Parket - Lesostep) won a Big three-
year prize, and grandson Peak 2.03,8 (Kolchedan - Programma) became the
winner of World international prizes (in Moscow) and «Villam» (in Hungary)
and was the second in the Elite prize.
On January 1, 1984 195 trotters of 2.10 class and more frisky
(the third place on this parameter after the stud farms in Dubrovskoe and
Elyan) are brought up. 19 of them are of class 2.05 and friskier. The
trotters from Lavrovo won 33 international prizes.
Conditions of creation and growing up of the hippodrome cracks in the
Lavrovo stud farm.
The hybridists from Lavrovo had to work much to transform the
motley brood structure into a valuable heart of the breed of Russian
trotters. Half a century ago the average dams’ measurements in Lavrovo were
154,8-154,7-173-19 and met the requirements only of the second class. Now
there are 110 brood mares on the farm. Their measurements meet the standard
of the breed and make 159,5-162,1-183,3-19,6 cm. Average friskiness of the
main dams 2.15,2, of the horsing dams - 2.14,9. Almost all mares ranked as
Elite class. With due regard on the farm they look at the growing up of the
“self-repair”: the age of more than 50 % of brood horses included in
selection is less than 10 years. The duly use of young dams with high
friskiness and good measurements, allows to select mares in time, both by
the age and quality of posterity.
More than half of dams belong to the line of Volomait (through
Low Hanover and Apex Hanover), 22 mares are from the line of Podarok, 14 –
from the line of Trepet (through the daughters of Minion and Pavlin), 12 –
of Nalim (daughters of Otprysk). There are several representatives of the
lines of Gildeets and Scotland. The related to each other mares form the
groups. The hybridists from the stud farm try to save the most valuable
According to the selection plan the Lavrovo stud farm works with
lines of Podarok, Volomait, Aksvort, Gildeets, Scotland. The line of
Volomait was successfully developed on the farm through Kolchedan 1.58,8 r
(Low Hanover - Kaleriya), born in 1967, and also develops through Parket
2.06,2 (Prolog - Prisma), born in 1972. The posterity of Kolchedan has made
about 180 heads, including classy Peak, Lokon, Lukretsiy. Parket gave
almost 100 horses. Among them are Gopak, Lepetun, Aprel 2.08. Zalet 2.04,4
(Lazutchik - Zaletnaya) from the line of Podarok was unsuccessfully used in
5 seasons, and he is excluded from the mating plan for 1984.
The work with the line of Gildeets was performed through
Kolokolchik 2.08,6 (Konniy - Kolombina), but he also did not paid off and
work with this line was terminated.
Two falls were received from Grand 2.04,8 r (Abrikos -
Gugenotka), born in 1976; the line of Scotland. The youngsters of Grand are
blooded but had not run on hippodromes yet. In this line the hopes were set
on the all-Union prizewinner Bubnoviy 3.11,2 (Bill Hanover - Bastiliya),
born in 1977, who just began to procreate offsprings on the farm. More than
20 mares were selected for him.
Almost for 10 years the farm had been working with the line of
Nalim through Linkor 2.07,5 (Aprichnik - Lotereya), born in 1971. Though he
gave Globus from Gubka, Lakolin from Luna, his use was limited since he
transmitted to posterity the narrow underjaw. The work with this line was
continued through Kropot (Charodei - Kreolka), born in1977. In cross-
breedings with the lines of Podarok and Volomait and in remote in-breedings
with grand daughters of Lunatik for Kropot was appointed 20 mares.
The main method in selection is the selection for in-breeding,
usually moderate and occasionally - close in-breeding for the test of
studhorses and dams.
The wide use of the stallions of standard breeding is the
tendency in brood work. The big hopes were set on the use of Blesk, for who
about 30 mares were picked up. It was desirable for the farm to receive the
deeply frozen semen of standard bred Repriz and Victorious Speed.
2-3 months prior to the beginning of a horsing season The Head Of
Horse Department A. Yakimov, the veterinary by education, checked the
physiological condition of прохолостевших and young mares. The horsing was
conducted under the control of the follicle maturation. It saves stallions
and increases the percentage of colt fetation.
Horse feeding on the stud farm is organized properly. The sowing
of long-term grasses is enlarged thus improving the fodder base. After the
ending of horsing period the dams are constantly on the pasture and they
are weatherproofed. The stud horses are kept in stables, constructed many
years ago. Here is used the standard technology of growing up the
youngsters. Usually they start to gentle the youngsters when they reach 1
The collective of Lavrovo stud farm regularly achieves the high
fetation of mares and high youngsters output.
Experienced jockeys on 6 hippodromes of the country test the
trotters from Lavrovo: in Moscow, Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, Tallinn, Tambov.
The State Stables
Many sources of dynamic development of the city went back to the
first half of the 19th century. Among them was the process of formation of
the state stables. It was connected to the resolving of certain military
strategic problems: the Russian army needed strong and hardy horses.
Therefore the problem of the improvement of mass horse-breeding remained
urgent for many decades.
The attempts on improvement of horses’ quality were undertaken in
Russia in 1789-1799, then appeared the first state stables. In 1836,
according to the decree of Nikolai I, they returned to these problems
In Tambov the state stable appeared in 1837 in northwest suburb
of the city.
The ensemble from two stone buildings and hospital for the
animals at the center of internal courtyard was erected in1848.
Historically, trotters were placed in the white building of the stables and
heavyweights - in the round one.
The gate, decorated with a head of a horse connected the foreside
buildings. In ancient times the horse head was a symbol of power for the
Scythians, and for our recent ancestors it was a symbol of happiness.
The street along the stable buildings with the lapse of time got
the name Konyushennaya. The building of the Tambov State stable is not only
the architectural monument of the first half of 19th century, but also the
monument of horse-breeding history of Russia.
In the system of stud farms the most important part belonged to
the hippodromes. The tests on the hippodrome were obligatory for the
selection of saddle-horses and trotters. By their results was performed the
animals selection for breeding: on friskiness, endurance and sport
qualities of horses. The Tambov hippodrome was one of oldest; it followed
the stables and appeared in a valley of Studenets in 1837. In 1876 the
racing hippodrome was reconstructed according to the needs of time.
The construction of stables and hippodrome made active local fans
of horse sport and had formed the basis for the stud farms association.
Since 1845 the association had been renting the ground floor of
Public library (Sovietskaya 114), where the methods of improvement of the
horse-breeding were discussed as one of the important branches of the
The assemblies nominated prizes for trotters and racehorses. In
the competitions participated not only the horses of landowners, but also
the horses from farms. The data on the most interesting prize-winners were
given in «The stud farm book of Russian trotters », issued in St.-
Petersburg in 1892.
The competitions and races were usually organized after Tambov
horse fairs. They were conducted in June and October of each year on the
fairground to the north of the stables.
On Tambov fair they drove the horses from herds by the special
cattle roads; and the dealers bought animals here and sent them in Moscow
and St. Petersburg.
In the middle of 19th century up to 300 horses of different
breeds from trotters to draught horses were driven to the fair from the
stud farms of the region. The prices differed from 30 to 800 rubles
depending on the genuineness. Full information about the fairs was
published in the special editions like «The Horse Fairs in Russia».
Annually in Tambov took place the exhibitions of farm horses for
agricultural needs. The best samples were awarded with the appropriate
The wars of last and new centuries have tragically reduced the
number of wonderful animals, bred in the region by the efforts of many
generations. The working conditions of Tambov State stables were also
complicated. Nevertheless, some traditions of Russian horse-breeding were
The history of the soviet period is marked with new prizewinners
and famous Russian troika.
Many years the school of horse sports was working in the stables,
where 12-year's old boys and girls were taught the bases of equitation and
mainly – the love to this wonderful animals.
In the soviet period the state stable was often visited by one of
the first marshals of The Union S.M. Budenniy. The Tambov hippodrome was
named after him.
Today the live stock of the horses in Tambov region is decreased
dramatically and this process continues. The annual reduction is 600-800
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