Horsing around…

Pic of the Week – 20 March 2006

A game of buzkashi in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province

by Kay McMahon © 1990

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Kay adds:

“Buzkashi (which translates as ‘goat-grabbing’) is not for the faint-hearted. It’s reckoned to be the sport from which polo originated, but I don’t think you’d find Prince Charles riding round swinging a goat carcass before retiring for tea and cucumber sandwiches on the verandah.

“It was quite an effort to get this photo – partly because of the frantic speed the game’s played at, but mostly because of the risk of being trampled – spectators do get killed from time to time!”