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  • The entrance hall built in 1904.
    The entrance hall built in 1904.
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  • Inside the stables
    Inside the stables
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  • Meeting the horses
    Meeting the horses
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    Meeting the Museum Keeper

    by hunterV Updated Jun 15, 2012

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    The Horse Farm
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    We met Mr.Alexander Fiodorov at the entrance to the farm's office near the replica of the ancient nomadic sculpture. Alexander gave the original statue to Luhansk Nomadic Sculptures Park at Shevchenko University and commissioned a replica for the farm. The statue was found in the village area.
    We saw Semion Buddyonny's memorial plaque at the wall of the office building. He visited this farm in 1937 and in 1950 as he was a cavalry general and took care about the horses for the Soviet Army.
    Unfortunately, the old office building is beyond repair now, although it is a listed building. In fact, it is in decay now. Where are the refurbishment funds I wonder? I know it's a rhetorical question...
    Alexander took us to the horse farm museum and told us about the old pond on the way.
    The old hand-made pond is shallow, polluted and dead now.
    It is located opposite the office building. Three years ago there was still fish there, but not now.

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    Live and Learn

    by hunterV Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    Hammurabi memorial picture and plaque
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    Alexander the museum keeper told us about Hammurabi, a famous horse from this farm that took part in London Derby of 1907.
    Papers Past about Hammurabi

    Old Newspaper about Hammurabi

    This is what The Evening Telegram wrote about Hammurabi on May 25, 1907,
    Tsar’s Horse Entered the Gold Cup
    “Entered for the Gold Cup under the nom de guerre “Mr.Derkul” is the four-year-old Hammurabi. “Mr.Derkul” is none other than the Tsar of Russia. On the colt’s shoulder is branded the Russian Imperial Crown. No fewer than nine Russian gentlemen are registered as holding shares in it, but good authority has it that the animal really belongs to the Tsar alone. It is in charge of Mr.S.Darling.”
    The Evening Telegram
    New York
    Saturday, May 25, 1907.

    Zadorny was another famous horse from this farm. He became the prize winner of the World Derby in Washington D.C. in 1961.
    Here is his picture.

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    Museum Exhibits

    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    The Horse Farm museum contains a lot of exhibits about the farm's thoroughbred horses and their achievements: diplomas, cups, medals and what not.
    The farm's horses have taken part in lots of international competitions and are well-known all over the world.
    Mr.Alexander Fiodorov wrote a book about the Horse Farm and presented one to us.
    He could talk about the farm and its horses non-stol 24 hours a day.
    Here is a short video about this Horse Stud.

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    Viewing the Architectural Gems

    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    The models of the Horse Farm buildings
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    The present name of the horse farm is Novoderkul State Horse Farm.
    In Soviet times it was also called Horse Farm No.63.
    It was founded and known as Derkul State Horse Farm starting with 1767 when the first horses were brought there.
    The buildings of the new horse-breeding farm were built in the form of the name of Empress Catherine II. From above you could see her monogram: E II. We saw the model in the museum, and it was quite impressive. Alexander told us that during the last war the Nazi pilots refused to bomb the horse farm after they had seen the empress’s monogram. It’s common knowledge Catherine II was a German princess name Sophia Frederica von Anhalt Zerbst.
    We also saw the model of the riding house, a unique building called Japanese Manege here. It is called Japanese because its architecture reminds you of Japanese houses.
    It's a unique building in Ukraine. Its roofs and walls rest on only one pillar in the middle. All the beams were made of larch - the best durable wood that was also exported to Venice from Russia at that time.

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    Visit the Horse Farm

    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    Old gate pillars at the entrance
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    The farm is destination #1 here.
    This is what practically all the visitors see here.
    A visit to the farm may take you all the morning: the museum, the stables, riding a horse, etc.
    Before visiting this place I found out the museum keeper's mobile phone number and reserved an excursion about the farm.
    Alexander Fiodorov, the museum keeper, took us around, showed the horses and told us a lot of things about the history and the present of this farm. His mobile phone number is shown below.
    To get to the Horse Farm, you have to turn right when you walk along the village road. You will see two old pillars - the remains of the old entrance gate.
    The inscription on the plaque of the right pillar reads, Derkul State Horse Stud.
    The inscrtiption on the left pillar dates back to Soviet times and declares that the horse farm is a listed architectural site.
    When you stand in front of the former old gate, you can see the remains of an old fountain to your right. There was a park for visitors and the fountain cup is still there.

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    Take a Walk in the Yard

    by hunterV Written May 31, 2012

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    Taking a walk about the horse farm's yard
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    Since our time was out, Alexander told us to take a walk about the yard and to watch the broodmares, which we did with interest.
    The broodmares were very shy, but took our treat thankfully. I think I saw their eyes wink as a sign of thanks.
    :-)

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    Feed and Pet the Horses

    by hunterV Written May 31, 2012

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    Meeting the English thoroughbred
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    Also, we had some time to approach the two horses that were walking inside the fenced area: one was the English thoroughbred and another one was Ukrainian thoroughbred.
    The Ukrainian breed was registered in 1991.
    The horses came up to us and we treated them to some dried crusts, although it was difficult for poor horses to eat since they were harnessed.
    It was great to be able to pet those two huge horses, especially the English one.

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    Admiring the Japanese Manege

    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    After viewing the stables we were taken to the old horse riding house, a unique building called Japanese Manege here.
    It is called Japanese because its architecture reminds you that of Japanese houses.
    This building is an architectural masterpiece of Ukraine.
    It's a unique building in the entire country. Its roofs and walls rest on only one pillar in the middle. All the beams were made of larch - the best durable wood that was also exported to Venice from Russia at that time.
    Believe it or not, but the building's diameter is 34 meters and the height is 17 meters.
    The farm workers replaced tghe old roof with a metal one, but did not touch the larch beams. They have remained intact and will serve for another thousand of years, as Alexander says.
    My friends and I asked for some riding in this hall and the farm workers allowed us to use one horse that was available for riding. It was 50 UAH for two of my friends. Each of them made a circle in this hall with the trainer leading the horse.

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    Getter's Grave

    by hunterV Updated May 31, 2012

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    Architect's grave at the entrance to stables.
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    I have never seen a horse's grave.
    Before entering the stables we saw several horses' graves. They are to the left of the entrance. Two of these graves are unsigned and one in the middle, the most recent one, has a tombstone with inscriptions on it.
    The tombstone reads,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The horse’s name was Architect.
    He was a black horse born in 1993.
    He was a getter, a participant and winner
    of many Ukrainian horse riding competitions.
    He was the winner of Agro-1999 and Agro-2000 exhibitions in Kiev.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I got to know that when a horse is buried, they only put its head and heart into the grave.
    This is how they honored the famous horses.

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    A Tour of the Stables

    by hunterV Written May 31, 2012

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    Inside the stables
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    Alexander took us to the stables located in the old building that is seen as E from above.
    There is a special microclimate there and the architectural design provide maximum comfort for horses.
    Every horse stable has a plaque with the name of the horse and its paremts attached to the wall. Each nickname is unique. It is a combination from the letters of the horse's parents. According to the rules, the horse's nickname should not be given to any other horse within 50 years of the horse's birth.
    Alexander told us to bring some dried crust and sugar with us, which we did, and treated horses from our palms. It was funny how carefully the horses took the dried crust with their mouths. I could not halp smiling and laughing. Hippotherapy, they call it.

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