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Riding the Omani way: Keeping the culture alive

Riding the Omani way: Keeping the culture alive

This is component of the federation’s keenness to straight engage with members of the neighborhood. “We have developed a schedule of equestrian activities during the festival and the first event will be show jumping which will be held on Saturday at Rahba Farm in Barka at 4pm. Around 60 participants will take part,” Hamood al Riyami, head of media and public relations at OEF told Muscat Daily.

On February five and six, tent pegging championship will be held. “Tent pegging event will also attract 60 participants. This is a good opportunity for the public to learn more about equestrian sport. We look forward to the events,” Riyami stated, adding that folks are welcome to engage with riders and find out much more about the sport.

The third occasion will consist of a conventional horse racing on February eight. “The event will include 40 participants and will start from 3.30pm,” Riyami stated. Traditional Omani horse riding initially began in Sharqiyah which at some point became the Omani way of riding the horse. Traditional riding has different fascinating components to it which make it various from riding in other components of the globe.

While Omani riders are regarded as to be amongst the very best in the globe, Arabian horses are identified for their beauty, petite stature and elegance.

Meanwhile, Unesco’s Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage has incorporated camel and horse ardha (racing) in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Unesco established the list in 2008 with the aim of guaranteeing much better protection of essential intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance. The announcement came throughout the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Mauritius.

Commenting on the achievement, H E Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education and chairperson of the National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, stated that the status of intangible cultural heritage has been accorded to camel and horse ardha as a outcome of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s encouragement to sustain the heritage of ancestors by not permitting modernity to come in the way.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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