The Horse Race in Bakhmaro takes place in an unusual arena: the open spaces of the rock-strewn riverbed of the Bakhvistskali River.
The race track goes along both banks of the river, with spectators scattered across the mountain slopes to cheer on their favorite riders. The riders pass through the shallow waters of the river twice during the race, which finally ends in the village market.
Spectators can witness the award ceremony and then browse the bustling market, which sells a variety of products, including hand-made wooden objects and souvenirs.
The Horse Race marks the end of Bakhmaro’s summer resort season. If you’re eager to attend the event, you’ll want to arrive in Bakhmaro the day before the event so that you can find the perfect viewpoint from which to enjoy the festivities.
In its entire history, the Bakhmaro Horse Race was taking place rain or shine. Only World War II and the COVID pandemic have interrupted its more than 100-year-long tradition.