For a long time Bac Ha District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has been famous for not only its beautiful landscape with immense forests adorned with white plum and the flowers peach but also the Horse-race Festival.
The traditional horse race in Bac Ha District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai will be held in June along with activities promoting the region’s tourism.
The horse is traditionally the friend of the people of Bac Ha, as it helps them with transportation and their farming work, and the horse racing, which existed in the minds of the Bac Ha people as a myth, has become a unique traditional culture found on the ‘white plateau’.
To prepare for the festival, it is very important for horsemen to select, take care of and train horses just for the festival. The best horses are chosen locally, then throughout the communes then the district. A good horse will be strong and upright, have good teeth and a thick, smooth mane. The first elimination round involves 100 horses and riders, that is narrowed down to 60, then to 12 and finally to the best three who compete for the title.
This is in order for everyone understand the difficulty and the bravery of the riders on the track. They are riding without Harness and Pedals hold his foot; only a rectangular linen cloth on horseback. They control their horses by their deep skills and experiences that were handed down from previous generations.
Though the horse race is not professional but still makes an unparalleled signature culture of the Northwest people. The race festival has successfully captivated the tourist’s interest in Bac Ha tourism in particular and Lao Cai in general.
So, if you are a sports lover and are looking to have an adventure holiday in Vietnam. This is a good opportunity for you travel in Sapa in June next.