A 10-day horseback ride program dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Astana has started in the capital city as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program. 10 experienced horseback riders will ride across three regions of Kazakhstan, which includes Akmola, Pavlodar and Karaganda. They also will visit the Buiratau and Bayanaul national parks and end their trip in Karkaralinsk. According to the expedition participants, the event is a symbolic way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Astana. Horses have always played a great role in the Kazakh culture and life. In addition, horses were first domesticated in Kazakhstan. With the event, the horseback riders wanted to remind the people of Kazakhstan that it is important to remember the history and the past. The oldest participant of the horseback ride is 50 years old and the youngest is 14. There are also two horseback riders from Hungary. The program has become a tradition in the city. The first ride was held in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.
AIDOS NURAKYSHEV, HORSEBACK RIDER:
- We are well-familiar with the 55th route; therefore we are not expecting to have any troubles. We will make stops in villages along the way and ask local residents to let us in for the night. We also have tents with us, so that we can spend a night in them if necessary. We will make overnight stops right along the route. Horses like cool air, therefore we will try to ride mostly early in the morning and in the evening.