Sâmbăta de Jos Stud, Brașov

Horses will be happy to be feeded with apples and carrots

Location and access

After visiting the Fortified Evangelical Church in Cincsor, we moved to Herghelia Sambata de Jos. There are only 5 km to go. The stud farm is located on Main street no. 45 from the village of Sambata de Jos, Voila commune, Brașov county. From DN1 Brasov – Sibiu, in Sambata de Jos, turn left as you come from Brasov on DJ105B, which goes to the Sambata resort, and 500 meters from the exit from the national road, park on the right in front of the stud entrance. From Brasov there are 80 km that can be traveled by road in 1.5 hours, and from Sibiu 70 km in 1 hour. The nearest train station is Voila, located 2 km away.


– 1874 – the stud farm was established with Lipitan horses brought from Lipica (Slovenia)
– 1913 – the horse herd was moved to Babolna (Hungary) due to the First World War
– 1920 – the Sambata de Jos stud is re-established with 3 stallions and 22 mares
– today it is managed by Romsilva and the domain includes the Brukenthal Castle, 18th century, an architectural monument, in ruins (we learn that there will be money for the renovation and restoration of the castle in the tourist circuit)

1. Lipitan breed

A wide side alley leads us from the main street to the entrance. We pay and have the joy of having the lady from the ticket office partially accompany us on our visit. I told him that we are coming here for the third time and that we love this place. And that we also have some apples for the horses. At the first road intersection we find some signs.

We aim forward towards the stables of the stallions of the Lipitan breed. At this stud, the aim is to improve the genetic material of this breed. The horses here participate in competitions and events. The Lipitan breed is used at the world’s largest training schools. Here, at Sambata, it has several families or bloodlines, which bear the names of the breeders who formed them: Conversano, Favory, Maestoso, Neapolitano, Pluto, Siglavy-Capriola and Tulipan. I took many pictures with the horses and fed them apples. They are generally friendly, if you know how to approach them. Sudden movements and positioning of the rear hooves should be avoided. The family and sex of the hosted horse are written on each stable compartment. Feed the horses from Sâmbăta with apples and carrots when you visit them! It is allowed in the presence of a representative of the Stud.

Lipițani horses


horses can be fed

superb stallion

2. The museum, the carriage, the hippodrome

The children also participated in petting and feeding the horses with apples and enjoyed these moments. After the stallions’ stables, at the end, there is a museum (an exhibition) with accessories used for horses, such as harnesses, saddles, helmets, etc., but also trophies won by the horses from Sâmbăta and some poems that caught my attention . In front of the museum there is a decorative carriage. We return to the intersection mentioned at the beginning. Here we can follow the road to the left, which we found muddy. It leads to other stables (non-visitable, for mares) and to the training base.





The Sâmbăta de Jos Stud is another objective worth checking. We returned to the horses from Sambata several times because we loved this place and them… the stallion horses. Visiting the horses calms you down and recharges you. I spent about three quarters of an hour at the horses from Sâmbăta. We are in an area full of tourist attractions. We are at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains, close to Fagaras Citadel, Cincsor Fortified Church, Sambata Resort, Brancoveanu Monastery from Sambata de Sus, Dragus Adventure Park, Cistercian Abbey from Carta. Excursions on the Transfagarasan or hiking on Valea Sambetei to Cabana Sambata and Podragu or the former Arpas cabin with its true story about the Lady of the Forest can be organized.

Visit the city of Sibiu, the city of Brașov, the Cincșor Fortified Church, the Șona Mounds, the Făgăraş Citadel.

All the best!