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    Posted October 9, 2012 by
    konacraig
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    Mongolia
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     konacraig captured these photos of horsemen competing in groups of two in a tug of war with goat skin on Sunday, October 7, at the Golden Eagle Festival in the Ölgii province in Western Mongolia. "The objective is for one rider to take the goat skin away from the other rider as they sit on horses. There were about 40 riders and they competed through 4 rounds with the winner receiving a medal," he says. "The mood was like a boxing event with the crowd cheering for their favorite riders and participants. The energy level of the event was intense. The riders were really trying to win and be the best."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    We rode into Olgii province in Western Mongolia and witnessed a competition called "Kukhbar". Having not seen this type of competition on ESPN in my local sports bar, I was intrigued to see what happened.

    Kukhbar is "tug of war" on a horse using a goat skin. We watched round after round of nomadic horsemen competing to see who was the best. Nomad competing in the event came from over 80 km. After 32 contestants and four rounds, a winner emerged. He was the Kukhbar champion on Olgii Province for 2012.

    Enjoy the photos of the event held on October 8th, 2012.

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