the Kyrgyz people used to organize horse-racing dedicated to great
feasts marking the milestones of nomadic life the birth of a child,
marriage, ash (funeral feast), arrival of an important guest.
In the beginning of the 20th century, under
domination of the Sickle and Hammer, they were forbidden as "relics of
the agonizing feudalism". Along with the development of the high-speed
European hippodrome races based on some new kind of horses bred by
Moscow zootechnicians, the Soviet power developed the notion of the
epoch of the horse being in decline, and the riding animal of the
Kyrgyz was doomed to extinction, as well as all the traditions
associated with that horse.
Today in Kyrgyzstan, the
agriculture is the major source of employment in the country, as more
than two-thirds of the population live in rural area. Agricultural
machines of former collective farms are obsolescent and unsuitable to
use due to shortage of resources. A car is still considered to be a
luxury that most of the people cannot afford, and so, the horse once
again has become indispensable to the rural people, agricultural
workers, and shepherds.
"At Chabysh 2005" festival is a part of the
project drawn up in 2001. The objectives: to revive the Kyrgyz horse
now faced with extinction, to set the standards of the breed, to resume
the breeding of the Kyrgyz horse perfectly adapted to the habitat and
work in this area, to participate in revival of traditions associated
with this horse craftsmanship, literature, fine arts, music, songs,
sports with the full awareness that the restoration of the traditional
horse-racing is the key factor here.
"At Chabysh 2005" is a
cultural and sporting festival which will be held in Bishkek ( 29 - 30
of October ) then in Issyk-Kul - Barskoon, Tamga, Tosor ( 5 - 6 - 7th
of November). It will start in Bishkek and then go on to the Issyk-Kul
region. Besides, the event fits in the frameworks of the "Cultural
exchange for the peoples of mountain regions" and developing
"At Chabysh 2005" is to be
organized by the Institution Kyrgyz Aty, with the support of the
Ministry of Agreculture, the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, the
Ministry of Culture of Kyrgyzstan and the Embassy of France. Financing
of the event will be carried out by numerous partners and sponsors from
Europe, USA, Canada and Kyrgyzstan.