The second competition at the horse games in Murghab is the bride’s race, Kyz-kuumai. Here a woman rides against a man. If the man wins, he may marry the bride, or gets a kiss (one says). It is doubtful whether one follows these rules in this way. Nowadays it is probably more about who wins.
Since the men have more practice in riding, the women get a small lead at the start.
When we arrive at the competition site after the lunch break, the light music is still going on, which we like very much.
Then the first riders gather at the starting line. The horses seem to be very nervous. As soon as the helper releases the women’s horse to gallop along the route, it tries to escape to the left. This recurs with several women with different horses.
Finally, a couple manages to ride along the track. Both the woman and the man ride in full gallop. But the man manages to catch up with the woman. When he rides back, he shows his joy undisguised.
The next couple starts and the horse of the woman gallops to the middle of the course and then rides right through the spectators to the outside. When she rides back, this happens again in the same place. But this time the horse breaks to the left through the spectators.
Fortunately, everyone reacted quickly and could avoid it so that nothing happened. Only the rider was angry and sad. One could see her disappointment.
Also in the third run, the man wins. This time both ride along the course.
Only when riding back, the horse of the young woman makes itself independent and gallops towards the spectators. She tries to lead the horse into a curve past the spectators, but loses her footing and falls off the saddle.
But she rises again quickly so that nothing serious has happened in this case either.
Both cases show that these kinds of games are never quite harmless and that spectators should always be prepared to make way when the horses bolt.
This discipline is accompanied by a strange incident that shows us all how unreliable our brain is. When we sit together in the evening and talk about it, we all thought that it was one and the same rider who’s horse bolted and then threw her off.
On close inspection of the video material, we noticed that it was two different women and that there were 10 minutes between their runs. If we had to bear witness of the incident, we all would have made a false testimony. Presumably, we were overwhelmed by the abundance of impressions.
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