Brave horsemanship at the S’Ardia Festival

The S'Ardia is a two day festival in honour of St Constantine, the patron saint of Sedilo. Sardinians are renowned for their horsemanship and the horserace is the main feature of the S'Ardia.

Festival Essentials

Where: Sedilo, Sardinia, near Italy
When: Annually, 6th & 7th July
What happens: Epic & heroic horse race
Watch out for: Horse running at the speed of light – stand back from the action to avoid injury

Experience

Watch a Clip –, Ian Wright views the spectacular S’Ardia horse race in Sedila, Sardinia

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image: horse raceWhere’s the Party?


Sedilo is a mountain village in the North of Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy.

What Happens at the S’Ardia Horserace?

The S’Ardia is a two day festival in honour of St Constantine, the patron saint of Sedilo. Sardinians are renowned for their horsemanship and the horserace is the main feature of the S’Ardia. The race is started by the best rider in Sedilo, and he is pursued round the course in a series of high speed sprints by one hundred other riders. The race lasts for three hours. It’s a dangerous event, and every year there’s casualties, both among the riders and the spectators.

image: horse raceWhat’s the history of the Race?

The horserace originated during the Moorish invasions, when young men trained their horse to gallop at high speed through the town’s narrow streets so that they’d be able to outrun the enemy.

 

MORE INFORMATION

Sardinia.net
Site dedicated to the beautiful island of Sardinia

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