He becomes well versed and begins to compete in the sport. As Istvan gets into his thirties he moves to the country, still interested in archery and the nomadic lifestyle begins to build bows. His first is an English longbow. Soon he learns of a Hungarian man by the name of Lajos Kassai, a master of horseback archery. Being a horseman himself, Istvan becomes very excited about the sport and begins making his first horsebow. It breaks. Though, with time he perfects the craft and starts producing much sought after bows.
Istvan has been building horsebows for over 10 years now and though most horse bowyers focus primarily on archery, Istvan still considers himself a horseman first and an archer second. He lives in small town on the Hungarian/Slovenian border called Kercaszomor.