Om Prakash 26 year old Horse Trainer 'tent pegging' (spearing tent peg sized pieces of foam with a lance) on Mawari mare Narayani (7), The Marwari Bloodlines stud farm in Dundlod, Rajasthan, India, 14th June 2008. Tent pegging is an exercise or sport with its roots on battlefields of the past when lances were used as weapons from horseback
Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod is co-owner of the Marwari Bloodlines stud farm in Dundlod, dedicated to the preservation and international recognition of the indigenous horses of India. Of these horses the Mawari is considered the most regal. Its defining characteristics are the unique lyre shaped ears which can rotate 180 degrees individually or together; they are one of the most ancient and purest breeding lines; they have endurance considered to be on a par with Arabian horses; they were bred in India by the 12th century Marwar rulers for battle in which they excelled; known for particularly for its loyalty, speed and stamina. The breed came to the point extinction during the Raj as a result of British persecution and numbers remained critically low until the formation of the Indigenous Horse Society of India in 1996. The breed remains threatened to this day.
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