Money prize for the sum of 900 thousand manats was raffled off today at the festive horse races, which were held with the participation of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov at the International Ahalteke Equestrian Complex. The prize fund in seven races were played by 70 contestants – 10 in each.
The festive horse races were held in the frame of celebrations devoted to the 31st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence, the information program “Watan” of the Turkmen television reports.
The fight for victory in traditional horse racing turned out to be spectacular and exciting. The winning jockeys were awarded large cash prizes, including the main one on behalf of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, which amounted to 300 thousand manats.
The main award was raffled off in the final 7th race, where the participants contested riding on graceful handsome Ahalteke horses of four years and older at a distance 2200 meters. In intense and exciting competitions, the horse Bezirgen, belonging to the Ahalteke equestrian complex of the President of Turkmenistan, finished first. His seyis is the Honored horse breeder of Turkmenistan Maksat Agamyradov. The horse, driven by the master rider Begenchmyrat Agamyradov, showed at a time of 2 minutes 31.3 seconds. The prize was awarded to the winner by the Chairwoman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gulshat Mammedova.
In the remaining six races, prizes of 100 thousand manats in each were awarded, established by different fields of national economy complex.
As part of the celebrations, the works of Turkmen artists, artisans, sculptors, jewelers and carpet makers were presented at the open area of the International Ahalteke Equestrian Sports Complex. The works reflected the national heritage, symbols and achievements gained during the years of independence.