Photos by Abouzar Bazri, Mehr News Agency
The first jumping competitions and the ninth beauty competitions for Caspian horses were held in Bandar Anzali in northern Iran last Thursday and Friday.
The Caspian is a small horse breed native to Northern Iran. Although its original height probably ranged between 9 and 11.2 hands high, (36”- 46”) it is termed a horse rather than a pony because, size apart, it has much in common with horses. It is believed to be one of the oldest horse or pony breeds in the world, descended from small Mesopotamian equines that, in competition with larger animals, had faded from attention by the 7th century AD. They were brought to public notice again when re-discovered in 1965 by Louise Firouz, an American-born breeder of Iranian horses living in Iran.
According to one of the officials, the goals of the festival are identification of Caspian horses in Gilan and preservation of this purebred through expansion of breeding. (read full report in Persian)
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