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The "plain-five" is the acrobatic element of the shows of Hungarian horse-riders on Hortobágy. The man is standing of the backs of the two horses in the second row, contorlling and driving all the five.

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Hungary's first national park, Hortobágy National Park, encompasses roughly 72 square miles (115 km2) of almost completely flat saliferous, semi-arid grasslands, pockmarked with rivers, lakes and wetlands containing remarkable biological diversity of plant and animal species and habitats. A famous wind-swept region, the Hortobágy ranges from the River Tisza to the edge of the Hajdúság region, where via the smaller Hajdúhát region it borders Debrecen. This landscape has been primarily shaped by water, mainly by the huge floods of the River Tisza which once seasonally covered this part of Hungary rejuvinating the region. Today, remnants of these ancient floods are preserved in grassland sediments and in the vast wetlands which are revitalized now through artificial water supplies (canals) beginning with regulation of the river in 1846. The sediments of the River Tisza, rich in salt, formed the solonetz soils which today are covered by the short grass pasture lands called puszta growing in a mosaic pattern around infertile alkali flats. These puszta, once regularly inundated by the River Tisza, are fertile pastures for horses, cattle and flocks of sheep which graze the area today carrying on a tradition which goes way back in human history. The human influence in the area is exhibited in the various forms of sheep and cattle as well as the numerous water management systems found throughout the puszta.

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Additional Photos by Janos Koncz (konok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 0 N: 125] (2068)
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