Jas and I travelled together, which was quite nice, especially when we were the only English speakers around. We started our first day on a bus…we thought we were heading to a horse exhibition, but we weren’t quite sure. There was also a bus heading off to look at gaslines or something. We got on the correct one though and were dropped at Exhibition Palace. We had no idea what to do or where to go, so we winged it. I’m pretty sure we got exhibitor’s badges and we wandered all over the hall while vendors were setting up. There were lovely paintings, tack, exercise equipment, beautiful rugs and many other things.
We started meeting some of the other attendees; it was great to finally meet many people that I had only talked to on the internet. There were also quite a few non-Teke folks along, some were artisans, some were related to connected people, some were giving speeches. It was great fun to network like crazy.
I had to take a photo of the Miras, as I bred a colt that I named Miras. (from my Chaihana dictionary, it means "inheritance"). There was also a building called 'Arzuw' and I have a gelding named that (wishes and dreams). I thought I had taken a photo of that too...but I can't find it.
Saturday was out to the Akhalteke Equestrian Complex, where we were to
We were then served another lovely meal and taken back to the hotel. One evening (not sure which one now) we went to the Russian Bazaar along with several other attendees. We ended up going twice and it was a feast for the senses – lovely smells and beautiful displays. I got to do a little bit of haggling, so I felt I’d had the whole ‘experience’.
Libations in the stands. No food (except for what we brought in our purses), but wine, cognac and vodka. This is Naomi and Michelle.
There were 7 races and the horses looked to be in good flesh and reasonably well trained. There were a few close finishes and then the top three jockeys in each race got presented cars.
We saw this little girl several times. She was part of the dancing with the trick riders (I'd assume she is a trick rider's child) and she was so cute that I had to take some photos of her. The women danced while the men did their trick riding around them. I'm sure there was significance to the dancing, but we didn't have a clue, except to know that it was very lovely.