Horse Riding The Traditional National Sports

The traditional national sports reflect the importance of horse riding in Kyrgyz culture.
Very popular, as in all of Central Asia, is Ulak Tartysh, a team game resembling a cross between polo and rugby in which two teams of riders wrestle for possession of the headless carcass of a goat, which they attempt to deliver across the opposition’s goal line, or into the opposition’s goal: a big tub or a circle marked on the ground.
Other popular games on horseback include:
1.Aht Chabysh – a long-distance horse race, sometimes over a distance of more than 50 km
2.Jumby Atmai – a large bar of precious metal (the jumby) is tied to a pole by a thread and contestants attempt to break the thread by shooting at it, while at a gallop
3.Kyz Kuumai – a man chases a girl in order to win a kiss from her, while she gallops away; if he is not successful she may beat him with her kamchi (horsewhip)
4.Oodarysh – two contestants wrestle on horseback, each attempting to be the first to throw the other from his horse
5.Tyin Enmei – picking up a coin from the ground at full gallop

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