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Zhaosu County: passionate goat grabbing while galloping in the river

Tianshannet news (Correspondent Li Wenwu, Zhu Wenjun): Photos taken on July 13, 2020 show herdsmen compete in the goat grabbing in the river at the wetland park scenic spot in Zhaosu County of Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Sturdy steeds gallop in the Tekes River, water splashed by hoofs wet the horses and riders, but cannot affect their enthusiasm for competition. The competition is fierce, intense and exciting.

Zhaosu grassland is one of the pastoral areas in Xinjiang. Herdsmen living on the grassland are straightforward and hospitable. They are all masters of horse riding. Their favorite sports are horse racing and goat grabbing.