Traditional horse show held in Sur to popularise equestrian skills
A traditional horse show was held on Sur horse track recently.
Abdul Razzaq al Makhani, a participant in the event, said, “This was not my first time. Since 2015, I have been riding horses, and I continue to participate in such events which are part of our heritage and tradition, as they are important to me.”
Unesco last year included camel and horse racing in Oman in its ‘List of Intangible Cultural Heritage’. The Sur Equestrian Club has a vision for the development and enhancement of the sport and its conservation.
Accordingly, it develops plans to establish school equestrian education and the establishment of a horse track for use by owners of horses.
Mahfouz bin Dawood al Balushi, an organiser of the event, said, “Our ancestors taught us the art of equestrianism. It is a beloved hobby and a tradition among young people and we are now trying to do as our ancestors did.”
The evening concluded with a dance called Azazi.
About 50 horses participated in an Arabian horses event held on the same track in November 2018.
Contributed by Mashael Khaled al Saadi
(The writer is a student of Journalism at Sur College of Applied Sciences)