Khen­tii to host horse fes­ti­val

The UB Post - - Domestic -

Munkh Khar­ilt­saa NGO in co­op­er­a­tion of the Min­istry of Environment and Tourism, Khen­tii Prov­ince’s Mayor’s Of­fice and Cul­ture and Arts Au­thor­ity will host the an­nual horse fes­ti­val ti­tled, “Ten Thou­sand Horses of Steppe”, in Khen­tii Prov­ince from Novem­ber 2 to 4.

At a press con­fer­ence held on Oc­to­ber 29, the fes­ti­val’s or­ga­niz­ers said that the horse fes­ti­val takes place ev­ery year to present the na­tion’s unique value of horse cul­ture to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and for­eign­ers liv­ing in Mon­go­lia, and pro­motes win­ter tourism.

The or­ga­niz­ers noted that the fes­ti­val has been held an­nu­ally for the last five years. They em­pha­sized that nearly 30 for­eign tourists from sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing France, South Korea, the United States and Swe­den, came to Mon­go­lia to at­tend last year’s fes­ti­val and learn more about Mon­go­lia’s horse cul­ture.

In ad­di­tion, they added that the na­tion’s horse cul­ture is a key part of Mon­go­lian no­madic life.

Some herders from China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia will par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val to com­pete with Mon­go­lian herders in the com­pe­ti­tions held dur­ing the fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture horse rac­ing and rid­ing, horse buck­ing and lasso com­pe­ti­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to last year’s re­port on the na­tion’s live­stock pop­u­la­tion, there were 66.2 mil­lion live­stock, 3.9 mil­lion of which were horses.

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