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Horsing Around: Audaryspak

13 January 2014 One Comment

Wrestling is one of the world’s oldest sport. Horses were one of the first animals humans domesticated.  It is no surprise that the two sports would be combined somewhere in the world.

Audaryspak is a sport where the rules are pretty straight forward: The rider (dzhigit) that is able to wrestle his opponent from his horse wins.

Audaryspak is still practiced during cultural celebrations in Kazakhstan. In fact, many believe that it was the steppes of Kazakhstan where horses were first domesticated.

I doubt the horses are weighed in.  However, I wonder if they believe the saddles are too revealing and hope that UnderArmour will make something more practical for the wrestling matches.

Audaryspak 1

Photo by Konstantin Vishnichenko

Images courtesy of Konstantin Vishnichenko

Photo by Konstantin Vishnichenko

Audaryspak 3

 

Audaryspak 5

Audaryspak 4

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Cartoon explanation of Audaryspak

Sources:

http://mosaicofsteppes.com/tag/equestrian-competitions/

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/kazakh-horsemen-compete-traditional-wrestling-20110924-072442-579.html

http://urbaskovi.eu/Hipo/audaryspak.shtml

http://www.tasbulak.kz/ru/photogallery/id/260

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