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...more
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 HammurabiThis 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
We were surprised to see this cozy bar located next door to the village store bearing the same name.
The bar has several tables where you can eat your food and have your drinks that you can buy at the store.
They can also make tea/coffee for you or prepare salads and snacks.
We had some tea after our hike here.
It was refreshing to sit in this bar and relax.
It took us about two hours to get there by bus from Luhansk along T13 14 road.
The distance is about sixty miles.
We took a Luhansk-Markivka bus, but you can also take a bus to Milove or any bus passing Byelovodsk.
The bus fare was 32 UAH.
Thank Goodness we were lucky on our way back and hitch-hiked to Luhansk. An Audi stopped and took us to Luhansk for mere 10 UAH each.
The problem is that Novoderkul is the first stop after Byelovodsk, the county center (about ten minutes' drive from Novoderkul), where lots of passengers get on the bus, so the bus arrived to Novoderkul crammed with people and we could not even enter the bus. We should have taken a Luhansk bus to Byelovodsk, which would enable us to take a direct bus back to Luhansk.
We did some shopping here before going to the Horse Farm.
They everything you might need here, just like at a small store in a city.
We bought some sugar, dry ring-shaped rolls and dried crust to feed the horses.
Alexander the museum keeper prompted us to do so. Otherwise I wouldn't have guessed.
Alexander advised us to take a look at the river.We wanted to see the village beach. We thought it was round the corner, but we were wrong. It turned out to be a good walk of half an hour one way.But we didn't mind.We could see how the locals live and what plots of land they have, what they grow there and where they relax. We saw that locals also...more
There is a unique monument in Novoderkul - the monument to Andrey Pastukhov (August 16, 1858 – September 23, 1899), the first Russian mountaineer.He was born in this village into the family of a simple groom. He was a Russian military topographer, a mountaineer, a biologist, a geodesist, an ethnographer, an explorer of the Caucasus.It was he who...more
You can't fail to see the war memorial when you approach the village school in the main street.The memorial is located next to the village school. It is a fenced area with a red monument to the fallen soldiers and a big plaque with the names of the villagers who went to the front during the Second World war and never returned home.The inscription...more
Novoderkul lies on the left bank of the River Derkul. Canyon River - this is what the name of the River Derkul implies.
The name belongs to the Turkic language and means “ravine/canyon river” or “narrow river”. This winding river is narrow indeed, but very deep at certain points. You never know. Its depth varies from one foot to twenty feet.
This river is a fishing paradise. Fishermen say they always have good luck here and never come back home empty-handed. They catch perch, chub, vimba, pike, and catfish.
There are a couple of places where locals bathe and have a picnic on the riverbank. We went to what they call central beach, although we had to walk about three miles to that place.
The beach is a tiny part of the riverbank cleared from weeds and equipped with places for fire, a bench, a fishing board and a jumping board.
The water is clear and you can see the bottom at the bank full of large water plants.
You can also see yellow water lilies that are rare indeed and only grow in ecologically clean waters.
Our tour of the Horse Farm was great!
We were thankful to our guide - Mr.Alexander Fiodorov, the museum keeper, local lore writer, a member of the Ukrainian Writers' Union, the author of the book about Novoderkul Horse Farm.
He remained our contact in the village.
Novoderkul Horse State Farm
The village of Novoderkul
Tel. (mobile) +38 096 610 72 70
Fondest memory: feeding and petting the wonderful farm horses
Alexander Fiodorov's book:
Derkul State Horse Farm