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29.04.07 22:19

Turkmenistan celebrated Day of Turkmen Horse

According to tradition, Turkmenistan celebrates Day of Turkmen Horse on the last Sunday of April. The holiday was set up by the decree of the first president of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov. Today, the Ashgabat hippodrome was the "epicenter" of celebrations in honor of Akhalteke horse. There was arranged a demonstration of champions, the legendary Akhalteke trotters - Yanardag, Piyada, Asmanbek, Gandymgush - as well as a horse show by the graduates of the national-sport center of the state association Turkmenatlary who displayed the art of riding. The traditional horse races were the highlight of the programme.

A congratulatory message by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov was read at a meeting held on a square in front of the hippodrome before the opening of horse races, the Turkmenistan.ru's correspondent reports. "Along with finest Turkmen carpets, golden and silver jewelries which are the objects of national pride of the ancient and glorious Turkmen people, horses are part of our people's common property, the head of state says in particular. These graceful animals with light steps are the decoration of all our holidays. They are the wings of people."

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