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Ashgabat hippodrome

#9 of 22 things to do in Ashgabat Features Animals
Bedev districts, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Excellent (if you like horses...)

Our tour group was surprised with this event on the opening day of the season... I had had no idea... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Carli M
Boring experience

Unless you are absolutely wild about horses there is no reason for you to go to the hippodrome... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
Toronto, Canada
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8 Aug 2016
“beautiful building”
16 Mar 2017
“Excellent (if you like horses...)”
Bedev districts, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Our tour group was surprised with this event on the opening day of the season... I had had no idea that the national sport of Turkmenistan was horse racing. Although the most popular is football/soccer from what I can figure out. We got some great...More

Thank Carli M
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Unless you are absolutely wild about horses there is no reason for you to go to the hippodrome. The very special Turkmen horses look and act like every other horse on earth as far as I can tell.

Thank Arete
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Like all the new buildings in Ashgabat the Hippodrome is no exception. It is large, impressive and I would have loved to see it in use.

Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

Nice place. Many locals gambling there. But many people were sent to fill it up. Clean, well maintained place. Good way to see Ahal Teke horses.

Thank igaresh
Reviewed 20 September 2015

The day for this is Sunday during racing season, which is at least in the springtime. Thousands of people gather to watch Akhal-Teke horses competing. Most people seem to be there because they have been told to come here, but others are very enthusiastic about...More

Thank uspn
Reviewed 20 May 2015

Horses are much treasured in Turkmenistan and you can tell why if you go to a horse race here. The animals are magnificent and they parade them by the stands before the race starts. The winner is brought to the winners circle after each race,...More

Thank nabglow
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a fabulous place to watch horse racing. A magnificent stadium and everyone gets to sit down. The winning horses are paraded for the public to see The horse is led by two men dressed in traditional costumes and the horse has his prize...More

2  Thank Jenny23031941
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We were paraded in on a Sunday morning among a bunch of local school children as the race began. You need a good camera and zoom to be able to capture these races. As this was one of my first experiences in Turkmenistan, and knowing...More

1  Thank Zach F
Reviewed 29 October 2012

A popular place with the locals. Nothing very special on the track, but colourful spectators to watch and be watched by.

Thank trekdog
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