Turkmenistan opens autumn horseracing season
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug. 29 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Turkmenistan, the homeland of famous Akhal-Teke horses, kicked off the autumn horseracing season today, the local media reported referring to the Government Association Turkmenatlary (Turkmen Horses).
Eleven days of racing will be held this season. The races will cover distances of one to four kilometers. Roughly 300 horses will compete for 22 prizes, including the Presidential Award, Ashgabat prize (Derby), Big Akhal, Ox, the traditional prizes in honor of legendary horses, known Turkmen coaches, and others.
The Turkmen Presidential Prize will be awarded on Oct. 28 during Independence Day celebrations. The autumn season will end on Nov. 13 after the Turkmen Atlary Cup.
The country's equestrian complex is expected to become the center of major international competitions, promoting the development of the equestrian sport and future training for masters-jockeys.
The Ashgabat equestrian complex hosted the first 10 races on Sunday, involving more than 80 horses. Tote, widely used in world practice, was first organized here.
Bets were taken before each race, and the coefficient was reflected for each horse on a large screen in front of the stands.