Monday, May 21, 2007

Banei - Select 3

Draft-horse racing, Banei-Keiba in Japanese, only exits in Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan. In draft-horse racing, horses twice as big as thoroughbreds drag more than 1,000 pound of sleighs along the 218-yard/200-meter straight dirt course for a few minutes.
This unique horse racing started about a hundred years ago, and people used the horses primarily for farming use. Over the years, producers developed the draft horses, called Banba, exclusively for the race while people gradually stopped using the horses for farming, and nearly 10,000 people are involved in the draft horse industry today.

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