National Horse Riding Games
Horses have played an important role in the daily lives of the Kyrgyz people for thousands of years. They provided many of the daily needs of nomadic herdsmen and shepherds: transport of goods and humans, food (meat) and drink (kumys).
Kyrgyz horse games go back centuries, often taking place as part of a holiday or big celebration. Some of the best known include:
Kiz Kuumai, a race between a boy and a girl rider. The aim of the game is for the young man to catch up with the girl, whose horse sets off five to 10 seconds before his horse. If he catches up with her, she must kiss him, if not, she hits whips him with her whip.