Turkmen leader orders beauty contests for horses

Reuters reports:

Akhal-Teke Horse Monument
Akhal-Teke Horse Monument. The Akhal Teke horse is featured at the center of the Turkmenistan national emblem and enjoys cult status. By Presidential decree, a national best of breed contest will be held every April.
    ASHGABAT (Reuters Life!) – Once prized by Alexander the Great for their speed and stamina, Turkmenistan’s thoroughbred horses are being groomed for a series of beauty contests, ordered by a presidential decree published Monday.

    President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who enjoys sweeping powers in this desert nation of 5 million and is known for his deft horsemanship, said national beauty contests for the ancient Akhal Teke breed should be held every April.

    The best horses of the breed, distinguished by shimmering coats, long delicate necks and legs and popularly revered as “the wings of the Turkmen,” will be chosen “to promote the glory of the heavenly racehorse worldwide,” the decree said.

    Special awards will be given to craftsmen for the best carpet featuring the horse, the best “holiday attire” for the breed, the best portrait and even sculpture.

    The Akhal Teke horse, given as a gift to several foreign leaders, is featured at the center of Turkmenistan’s national emblem and enjoys cult status in the only former Soviet state in Central Asia where eating horse meat is strictly taboo. (emphasis added)

(Reporting by Marat Gurt; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov, editing by Paul Casciato)


1 thought on “Turkmen leader orders beauty contests for horses”

  1. It is Refreshing to read that there is somewhere that horses are prized and receive the treatment they so very well deserve, these people are very intelligent, to recognize this fact !!!! We have so many Magnificent horses here that i am sure could win the Prize, if they were allowed to enter,, something like Hidalgo did in a way…..If only we could win some huge amount of money and return here and be able to put to an end the endless suffer of our Mustangs and this unprecedented insane BLM…………….There I go again dreaming out loud……………..this morning spent the entire morning on the phone calling Mr. Tom Corey, Bob Abbey Mr. Allen Sheppard, Answering machines for Tom Corey and Allen Sheppard, Bob Abbey connect to some poor unsuspecting new girl, who has no idea what this is all about, who says she been getting calls all morning and that she is knew and knows nothing of all this??????? But would deliver my message ???? YEAH RIGHT ! Poor Thing She was just hired by the BLM……………………………………. This has gone BEYOND HORRIFIC


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