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Pakistan: Horse riders show off their skills during Kot Fateh Khan mela

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Published : Dec 6, 2017, 12:45 pm IST
Updated : Dec 14, 2017, 2:45 pm IST
Festooned with garlands and colourful bridles, turbaned riders mounted on horseback in full gallop lower their lances at tiny wooden blocks as they practice the centuries-old tradition of tent-pegging in Pakistan. (Photo: AFP)
Festooned with garlands and colourful bridles, turbaned riders mounted on horseback in full gallop lower their lances at tiny wooden blocks as they practice the centuries-old tradition of tent-pegging in Pakistan. (Photo: AFP)
This photograph taken on November 7, 2017, shows a Pakistani horse rider (L) holding a lance or sword which is used to pick up wooden or cardboard pegs stuck in the ground as he hits his target at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. Thousands gathered on the grounds to witness the equine festival. (Photo: AFP)
This photograph taken on November 7, 2017, shows a Pakistani horse rider (L) holding a lance or sword which is used to pick up wooden or cardboard pegs stuck in the ground as he hits his target at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. Thousands gathered on the grounds to witness the equine festival. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani horse riders holding lances that are used to pick up pegs at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. The competition can be tough and dangerous. (Photo: AFP)
 This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani horse riders holding lances that are used to pick up pegs at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. The competition can be tough and dangerous. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani traditional drummers performing at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. This kind of competition has been held in the subcontinent for hundreds of years. (Photo: AFP)
 This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani traditional drummers performing at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. This kind of competition has been held in the subcontinent for hundreds of years. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani horse riders charging across a course holding a lance to pick up pegs at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. However, these days its is largely reduced to the odd festival. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani horse riders charging across a course holding a lance to pick up pegs at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. However, these days its is largely reduced to the odd festival. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani villagers watching a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. Fans of the sport worry the tradition may die out. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani villagers watching a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. Fans of the sport worry the tradition may die out. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani villagers watching a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. This festival began in the 18th century. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani villagers watching a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. This festival began in the 18th century. (Photo: AFP)
This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani horse riders charging across a course holding a lance to pick up pegs at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. Training a horse for the sport can take upto two years. (Photo: AFP)
 This photograh taken on November 7, 2017, shows Pakistani horse riders charging across a course holding a lance to pick up pegs at a tent-pegging competition during an annual festival at the village of Kot Fateh Khan in Attock district in Punjab province. Training a horse for the sport can take upto two years. (Photo: AFP)

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