Oman’s Royal Horse Racing Festival

is held in the warm sun

With the threat of rain over it was good to to take up an invitation to attend the Annual Royal Horse Racing Festival at the Royal Stables in Oman.

Royal Horse Race Program
Royal Horse Race Program

The afternoon made a nice conclusion to the last 3 weeks of rain. Sultan Qaboos attended with guests including Sheikh Mohammed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. From the Sultan’s stables several Akhal-Teke Horse – which are a very elegant breed – were shown. So, it was disappointing not to have been able to bring cameras into the grounds especially as a friends horse won the 5th race.

Horse Racing in Oman

tradition and Arab Horses

On my way down to Salalah I had a wonderful visit to a local farm and an afternoons racing.

Horse Race in Adam Oman
Horse Race in Adam Oman

After lunch in the farm, where 3 of the horses who participated were stabled, we arrived for the days events.

Horse Race in Adam Music
Horse Race in Adam Music

Various local dignitaries were present and we were treated to traditional Omani entertainment. It made an enjoyable break on my Oman trip between Muscat and Salalah and helped speed me on my way.