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“Auf dem Rücken der Pferde - Steppenreiter in Kirgistan”

Thomas Wartmann (Deutschland) - 44 min

Saturday, 10. Nov. 2007 from 08:00 in Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

French horse expert Jacqueline Ripart has found her mission in her efforts to revive the breeding of the “original” Kyrgyz horse. Every year she organises a large riding festival at the mountain lake Issyk-Kul, with the aim that the mares and stallions can come together again. Archers on horseback, minstrels, and hunting with eagles and dogs are all on the programme as well as wrestling on horses and endurance races. The film documents the preparations of horse trainers and herder families for the 2006 festival. Jacqueline Ripart’s project has prevailed: Of course, one can hardly expect the old nomadic lifestyle to be reborn at Issyk-Kul. But maybe the nomads can revive what is at the core of their cultural identity – recognition that they are a horse-riding people.