Gunpowder Saudi Horse Riders Shock Abqaiq Safari Festival Attendees

Published January 3rd, 2019 - 08:50 GMT
Horse racing at Riyadh's King Abdulaziz Racetrack is one of the few diversions in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
Horse racing at Riyadh's King Abdulaziz Racetrack is one of the few diversions in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)

Daring horse riders showcased their equestrian skills with gunpowder, fire and swords to wow visitors at the Safari Festival in Abqaiq.

The event, which is being held for the third time, highlights the Kingdom’s desert heritage and attracts visitors from throughout the country as well as from overseas.

Riders blasted gunpowder into the air while traveling at speed and wielded swords to pick up flaming objects from the ground.
They also demonstrated how the horses were trained to carry out “hit and runs” and mimic camouflage.

Daifallah Al-Otaibi, who is tasked with the equestrian section at the festival, said the strong performances were characteristic of desert fighters from the past.

Faisal Al-Otaibi, the festival director, said that the organizing committee was keen the events and attractions reflected desert heritage through close attention to detail

He said that many visitors dressed their children in traditional clothes, adding to the festival’s air of authenticity.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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