Show jumping and equestrianism in Turkmenistan has taken a giant leap towards getting ready for the 2017 Asian Games. Fifteen young Turkmen riders have been training under both their traditional coach Durdymurat Kanayev and now as well under their new head trainer German jumper Katharina Jacob. Four horse and rider teams will be selected to participate in the games out of the ten selected for the team by the Turkmen Atlary (Department of Horse Breeding).
It’s always a delight to watch Faini Zaripova compete every year as she has such a natural seat and a great way with her horse. I highlighted her last year on the blog post.
This year it was also nice to watch the rider to the left as I have been following him with endurance riding. He has always completed his rides with his horse in good shape and done well. Below are images from endurance in 2013 and 2014.