Talk about the trip of a lifetime! This small but so historical country overflows with culture and hospitality. Turkmenistan is absolutely amazing and a must visit, especially for horse lovers. Their beautiful Akhal-Teke horse is intertwined throughout their history and remains an important part of their society. They celebrate them on the last Sunday in April, which is their “Day of the Horse”, the holiday of the Turkmen racer.
1. Around Ashgabat on my First Day
I. the city
II. the neighbourhood
2. The Ashgabat Hippodrome and Equestrian Complex
I. Jumper Stable
II. The backstretch
3. The Art Competition, judging
4. Vladimir Bagdasarian’s studio
5. At the Bazaars!
6. The opening ceremonies of the “The Horse is the Winged Symbol of Revival”
I. Waiting outside
II. the Art Exhibit
III. Speeches & Entertainment
7. The National Museum of Turkmenistan
I. Exterior & the Changing of the Guards
II. Inside the National Museum
8. Conference: The Turkmen Horse and the Art and Science of World Horse Breeding
9. The Beauty Contest:
I. Horses being presented to the President
II. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov
III. Entertainment: Vaulting & Roman Riding
IV. Contestants shown in halter
V. Contestants shown with adornments
VI. Contestants Under Saddle
VII. the winner!
10. The Day of the Horse!
I. Opening Ceremonies
II. Entertainment: Roman Riding, jumping & circus horse
III. the horse races!
IV. The Ahal Velayat Equestrian Complex
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