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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

Thai farmers guard their buffaloes before the race. They will pay tribute to their hard working animals after a thriving year of farming.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai rider looks after his buffalo before the race. The races are spread throughout the day in intense heat.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A thai farmer is seen before the race. Hundreds of farmers descend on Chonburi for the yearly festival.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai farmer carries his buffaloes to the race field before the race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A thai farmer guards his buffalo in a promotional stand for fertiliser during the festival.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A group of young girls promotes a fertiliser under the watchful eye of a Thai farmer and his buffalo.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A thai young girl wearing a traditional thai dress takes a break during a parade within the 'Buffalo race festival'.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai young kid rides a buffalo with his body painted in black during a parade prior the traditional buffalo race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai woman rides a decorated buffalo during the parade. The weeklong festival offers a wide range of activities - but the main attraction is the buffalo race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai young kid rides a buffalo with his body painted in black during a parade prior the traditional buffalo race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A thai girl dressed up shows a flower during the parade. Local people wear different costumes (both regional and international) during such event.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A painted buffalo is seen during a parade before the traditional race. The annual event is held to show gratitude to the buffaloes for helping out on the farm.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai farmer carries his buffalo during the parade prior the race. The parade, which takes around 2 hours, goes round around the city to share the spectacle with locals.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai woman rides a decorated buffalo during the parade. The weeklong festival offers a wide range of activities - but the main attraction is the buffalo race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai young kid wears tribal costume during the parade.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai farmer is seen in the stables nearby the race field.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

Thai children wear tribal costumes during the parade.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai young kid helps to carry some buffaloes during the parade. Thai children enjoy the Festival. Some of them dream to become jockeys.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai farmer helps a jockey on his sprint during the training prior the official race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A rider pulls his buffalo to the start line during the warm up races.

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Racing buffaloes in Thailand
Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai jockey takes a break between races. They need to be quite focused, since races require a lot of technique and strength.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A jockey covers his head of the rain during a break between races. The Thai riders eagerly wait this annual event, where they will compete to have the fastest buffalo.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A jockey assistant takes care of a buffalo before a race. Riders are usually assisted by a team to help them focus exclusively on the races.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A jockey uses bandage to cover his injured ankle after being kicked off his buffalo.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

Riders speed up with their buffaloes. The races have taken place in Chonburi province for more than 140 years.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai rider looks after his buffalo before the race. Competition is spread throughout the day in the intense heat.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

Thai farmers ride on buffaloes during the traditional buffalo race. The races test not only the speed of the buffaloes, also their agility, balance and strength.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

Jockeys try to stop their buffaloes. Thai riders must jump off their buffaloes in order to stop them.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A rider falls off his buffalo. Races require a lot of technique and strength, and getting kicked off could result in serious injury.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

The big beasts stampede on the 100-metre track guided by jockeys during the traditional buffalo race.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A jockey jumps off his buffalo to stop it at the finish line.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai rider try to slow down their buffaloes as they arrive to the finish line. The thai jockeys should jump out of their buffaloes without release them in order to stop them.

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Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
07 Oct 2014

A Thai farmer ride on buffaloes during the traditional buffalo race. The races test not only the speed of the buffaloes, also their agility, balance and strength.

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Racing buffaloes in Thailand
Chonburi
By Biel Calderon
06 Oct 2014

Chonburi, Thailand

Spectators eagerly await the race as enthusiastic emcees cheer over loudspeakers. Meanwhile, jockeys prepare their powerful water buffaloes to run the 100-meter soil track ahead.
Clouds of dust erupt as the large animals and their riders stampede towards the finishing line, while the crowd roars in support of their favorites. For the jockeys, controlling a water buffalo requires great skill and strength; getting thrown off the back of the buffalo could cause serious bodily harm.

Every year, hundreds of farmers travel with their large beasts from different parts of Thailand to Chonburi province, 90 kilometers away from the capital Bangkok, to take part in the traditional "Buffalo Racing Festival". This cultural event pays tribute to the hard working farm animals, which are greatly valued in this Southeast Asian country.

The contest, one of the best-known festivals in Thailand, has been celebrated for 140 years. Legend has it that Thai farmers from the countryside descended to Chonburi city to trade their agricultural products, and the event originated to settle an argument over who had the fastest buffalo in town.

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Horse Farm,Italy (13 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (12 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm,Italy (11 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

Racehorses training in San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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Horse Farm in Italy
Pisa, Italy
By Mais Istanbuli
11 Apr 2013

The Park of San Rossore, a royal farmstead that became a presidential mansion, is also the site where in 1938, the Italian king formerly signed the introduction of the racial law. Today, San Rossore is most famous for its hippodrome. The racetrack and training spaces are managed by the Alfea society.

In the studs of Pisa there are around 600 horses, and the total cost of keeping each of them is €20.000. There are around 100 hectares of tracks available to ride, and the hippodrome organizes around 50 official sports days per year. Thousands attend the races, and around €600.000 is gambled each race day. Eight hundred people work in the horse racing industry in Pisa, 50 000 at national level.