The photos below were taken in Murghab district on the
occasion of the Tajik National Day, on 9 September 2007: those of the celebration in
Murghab town and those of the horse sports at Akjilga just west of the town
in the Madian valley.
Buzkashi (Oghlak Tartish, Kok-boru or Ulak Tartysh in Kyrgyz) -
was also organised on this occasion - the photos can be seen
Tynn Enmai - the horseman must try to pick up a small object on the ground while riding at full gallop
Horse wrestling - one rider tries to unseat another
"When the partridges ceased, my companions
began skylarking among themselves, displaying the most perfect horsemanship in so doing. The two
clerical gentlemen chiefly distinguished themselves, viz. Moollah Shereef, and the Alam of Sanjoo, who
pulled off his outer robe for greater freedom. They caught one another round the waist, each trying
to dislodge the other from his saddle, and wrestled on horseback; meanwhile their horses were leaping
ditches and banks, and going headlong over the roughest ground. Finally, each remained in possession
of his adversary's turban."
From Visits to High Tartary, Yarkand and Kashgar by Robert Shaw, John Murray, London 1871 - p. 144