Applications of Traditional Equestrian Sports in the World


Adem Kaya, PhD – Assistant Professor, Sport Management, Bowie State University, Maryland, USA
Mehmet Turkmen, PhD – Director of Traditional Sports and Games Research Institute, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey; Professor, Mus Alparslan University, Turkey

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology
BISAC: SPO057000; SPO078000; SPO021000
DOI: 10.52305/FWUB5550

“Through 20 chapters and 416 pages, this book, published by Nova Science Publishers Inc., provides a detailed description of traditional equestrian sports from a historical point of view and also shows current applications. History, anthropology, sociology, education, cinematography, and archaeology are some disciplines that dialogue harmoniously in this work….I hope you all enjoy reading this book as much as I have. ” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>>. – Dr. Pere Lavega, President of the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports (AEJeST), Professor at National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Lleida, Spain; President of the Worldwide Network of Teachers and Researchers in Traditional Sports and Games

Physical culture and sport, as a product of certain historical conditions for the development of society, form the sum of the historically revealed results of human spiritual activity. Equestrian games were especially popular among the Turkic peoples of South Siberia, Altai, the ancestral home of all Turkic peoples. The horse formed the mobile basis of the nomadic economy and was the personification of beauty, purity, and speed. A symbolic expression of “traditional” sovereign tribal authority depended on the current ruling political framework having quality horses and equestrian skills. It is easy to conclude that this event is formulated again with another tribe or lineage and that the leadership passes to the tribe in which it was formulated. It is clear that in the nomadic ancient Turkic peoples, equestrian activities were not simply an opportunity to reveal their “natural” fighting instincts or to express them through symbols. They are also carefully structured public organizations organized around societal values with broad moral and political repercussions. This book contains twenty chapters reviewing the cultural significance of a variety of traditional equestrian sports around the world, deeply examining the social impacts of the game and the cultural traditions that arise from them.

Table of Contents



 Special Contributions

Chapter 1. Jereed Games on Horseback from Ottoman Times to the Present
Mehmet Türkmen1 and Adem Kaya2, PhD
1Kyrgyzstan -Turkey Manas University and Muş Alparslan University, Bishkek, KGZ and TUR
2Department of Sport Management, Bowie State University, Maryland, USA

Chapter 2. An Ancient Sport in Central Asian Turkic Peoples: Oogdarish/enish (Wrestling on Horseback)
Mehmet Turkmen1 and Aslıhan Arslan2
1Muş Alparslan University & Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2Haci Bayram Veli University, Ankara, Turkey

Chapter 3. Horse Breeding, Wrestling and Racing: From Central Asia to Anatolia
Mehmet Turkmen1 and Aslıhan Arslan2
1Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2Haci Bayram Veli University, Ankara, Turkey

Chapter 4. Kyrgyz and Kazakhs in a Forgotten Horse Sport: Valiant Chase
Mehmet Turkmen1 and M. Akif Ziyagil2
1Muş Alparslan University and Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2Mersin University – Sports Science Faculty, Mersin, Turkey

Chapter 5. Equestrian Tura: A Forgotten Traditional Game in Anatolia
Mehmet Turkmen
Muş Alparslan University, Muş- Turkey and Kyrgyzstan-Turkey
Manas University, Traditional Game and Sports Research Application Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chapter 6. A Popular Equestrian Sports Game of the Central Asian Turkic Peoples: Kok-Boru/Ulak-Tartysh
Mehmet Turkmen
Muş Alparslan University & KTMU, Mus/Turkey

Chapter 7. Horse Breeding Studies in the Ottoman Empire between the Nineteenth Century and the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (1800-1920)
Ahmet Yiğit
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Faculty of Letters, Department of History, Muğla, Türkiye

Chapter 8. Traditional Horse Sleds Races in Turkey
Abdullah Doğan1 and Mehmet Gül2
1Malatya Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports, Turkey
2Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Sports Sciences Faculty, Turkey

Chapter 9. Equestrian Sports in Altay Autonomous Republic
Nedejda Tydykova
Altaic Research Institute of the Altai Republic, Gorno-Altai, Republic of Altai/Russia

Chapter 10. Spiritual and Moral Education of Students on the Material of the National Game – Kok Boru
Nurmira Abdybekova1, Cholpon Ryspaeva2 and Pramod Kumar3
1Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sport, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2International University of Innovative Technology, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
3Sharda University, Greater Noida, India

Chapter 11. Reflections on Equestrian Sport in the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs’ Period
Osman İmamoğlu
Ondokuz Mayıs University, Yaşar Doğu Faculty of Sports Sciences, Turkey

Chapter 12. A Horse Game from the Ottoman Empire to Today’s Anatolia: Lobud Throwing
Mehmet Türkmen1 and Ünal Türkçapar2
1Muş Alparslan University & Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2Sutcu Imam University & Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chapter 13. The Horse Races and Their Categories in World Nomad Games
Siymik Arstanbekov1 and Saitdin Azizbaev2
1Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Kyrgyz State Academy оf Physical Culture and Sports, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chapter 14. Cultural Element in Turks: Atli-Cirit
Ugur Karcioğlu
Atatürk Üniversitesi, Türkiyat Araştırmaları Enstitüsü, Tarih Bölümü, Eskiçağ Anabilim Dalı, turkey

Chapter 15. Traditional Equestrian Games in Kyrgyz Cinematography
Yusuf Yurdigul1 and Marat Ergeshov2
1Ataturk University, Communication Faculty, Erzurum, Turkey
2Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Communication Faculty, Bishkek, Kygyzistan

Chapter 16. The Spectacle of the Africo-Roman Chariot Races: II-VI Centuries AD
Ezzeddine Bouzid
University teacher-researcher, President of the Tunisian Association for the Safeguarding of Games and Heritage Sports, Tunis, Tunisia

Chapter 17. Racing Tuvinian Nomads
Inga Eres-oolovna Mendot1, Ella Eres-oolovna Mendot1 and Emma Eres-oolovna Mendot2
1Department of Physical Culture, Tuva State University, Kyzyl, Republic of Tyva of the Russian Federation
2Department of physical education, Tuva State University, Kyzyl, Republic of Tyva of the Russian Federation

Chapter 18. Pato / Horseball
Kazimierz Waluch, PhD
The Institute for Sports Development and Education, Poland

Chapter 19. Horse and King: The Cultural Element of Horses in Benin
Issiaka Boukari Moussa1 and Hassane Fousseni2
1Member of the Beninese Association of Games and Traditional Sport ABEN-JST, Benin
2President of the Beninese Association of Games and Traditional Sport, Benin

Chapter 20. A Simplified Description of the Most Commonly-Played Traditional Equestrian Sports in the World
Mehmet Turkmen and Adem Kaya

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