The sound of hooves is the heartbeat of this nomadic culture. Horses are valued for their speed, courage, and intelligence. They provide work, companionship, milk and meat for the Kyrgyz people. Travel the rugged mountains from the saddle, as the Kyrgyz have for over 2000 years, and attend a jaw dropping showcase of Kyrgyz horsemanship.
A favorite sport in Central Asia, teams of 6 to 10 riders move a goat carcass across the field on horseback. The players must have agility, strength, and endurance to get the 20 kg carcass into their opponents goal. Kyrgyzstan’s national team regularly takes home the world championship.
A young woman takes a fast horse and a five to ten second head start. If the young man can overtake her, he is rewarded with a kiss on her face. If he does not, she turns and gives him a lashing with her whip.
At-chabysh (horse racing), jamby atmai (archery), oodarysh (horseback wrestling), and tiyin enmey(snatching a coin from the ground at a gallop) are a few of many other horse sports.