Attend horse-racing in Bakhmaro
Georgia is a country of traditions where people like to remember the past; and in order not to lose it, they include them in today’s lifestyle.
Gurians are characterized by temperament and have a freewheeling nature. They were the first to open country’s door to Europe and America with their skills of horseback-riding.
Everything began from 1892 when they visited England and took part in a Wild West Show of the famous American Showman, Buffalo Bill Cody. For more than 30 years, they participated in the show; however, the Communist revolution in Russia prevented them from their continued participation in the West and accused them of being American spies and arrested them.
Unfortunately, this almost wiped out Gurians’ love of racing and extreme adventures. However, in the beginning of 21st century, they revived the old tradition and established a horse-racing festival in Bakhmaro. Thus, every August 19, on the day of Transfiguration of Christ, festivities take place and the riders from different regions of the country participate in a race.
Bakhmaro village, Guria, Georgia