This ancient festival, held each July, is a celebration of equestrian events, archery and wrestling. Its roots lie in the nomad wedding assemblies and hunting extravaganzas of the Mongolian army. Nadaam Festival, Mongolia.
White Turf, St Moritz, Switzerland
The White Turf international horse races on St Moritz’s frozen lake are one of the most spectacular winter events in Europe. They take place in February. White Turf, Switzerland.
Sa Sartiglia, Sardinia, Italy
In the build-up to Lent in the town of Oristano, horsemen compete with one another in an ancient tournament to select the masked rider who will conquer the ring and the symbolic star. Sa Sartiglia, Sardinia.
Birdsville Races, Australia
This popular outback racing-derby is held in Queensland in September to raise money for charity. Picnickers and campers arrive from all over Australia to participate in the fun in this remote location. When the races are on, the local population increases from 100 to more than 6,000. Birdsville Races, Australia.