Photo tours at equestrian competitions in Kazakhstan -
Kazakh folk holidays and games -
Baigue-horse racing, is a kind of national sports games in Kazakhstan. This type of equestrian sport is also found among other Turkic peoples. For example, baige is called "paiga" in Uzbek, and "chabysh" in Kyrgyz. According to some sources, in the 15th century, when the sultans Kerey and Zhanibek founded the Kazakh Khanate, they organized horse races on the banks of the Shu River. Since then, baige has become an integral part of public events of the Kazakh people.
According to the rules adopted in Kazakhstan in 1957, horse races are held at distances of 1200, 1500, 1600, 1800, 2000 m, races at 2400, 3000, 3200, 4000, 4800 m, races at 5000, 8000, 10000 m. m. Most often the distance is determined by the decision of the jury depending on the length of the racetrack track. Horses that have passed a veterinary examination are sent to the races. The numbers are placed on the chest and back of the contestants; the rider wears light, comfortable national clothes with symbols. The saddle of the horse and the rider's clothing should not contain objects that can injure a person. The participant can use all methods known to him, permitted by the rules, to promote his horse. It is not allowed to touch a horse running nearby with a whip, scare other horses with a whip, shout, whistle, leave the racetrack. The 1st place is awarded to the rider whose horse came to the finish line first, and the remaining places are awarded according to the order of arrival of the horses. The Kazakh people paid special attention to racehorses.