Circassian derby was held for the second time with an excellent results

According to the results of the "Circassian Derby", which it was decided to make an annual one, the Circassian (Kabardian) breed of horses proved its endurance. Interest in horse breeding in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic and in the Russian Federation is growing, but the industry needs government support, experts and participants in the competition said.

According to the "Caucasian Knot", on October 1 in Kabardino-Balkaria, an equestrian race on horses of the Circassian breed started, 25 horses and riders took part in it. In 10 days, the riders covered a thousand kilometers, for every 100 kilometers no more than 12 hours were allotted. On October 10, the results of the race were summed up. Of the 25 starting horses, eight reached the finish line. 

The organizers of the race this year were the Kabardian Horse Foundation and the All-Russian Research Institute of Horse Breeding of the Russian Federation.

This year the horse race went better than expected - all eight riders who finished showed good results, director of the "Circassian Derby"Ismel Myz said.

According to him, the very last horse, which came to the finish line in eighth, broke the time record that was set during last year's derby. “Despite the downpour, which lasted eight days out of ten, despite the blurry track, which turned out to be much more difficult, a new time record was set, the horses showed excellent results" Myz said .

The interest in horse racing, according to Islam Myz, is growing - and not only within Russia, but also abroad. "The competition was watched by athletes who are engaged in horse races from Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and even Uruguay.

For the first time, the "Circassian Derby" in Kabardino-Balkaria took place in 2020 from 1 to 10 September. Then 11 horses took part in the race. The winners were three horses of the Circassian breed, which covered a distance of 1000 kilometers in 10 days. They set a record for endurance, which is entered in the Guinness Book of Records.