Here, an Omani woman rides side saddle as she shows off her skills during a show ending the horse racing season at the al-Feleij track in Muscat on April 17, 2008.
And where is Muscat, you ask?
In Oman...I'ts the toe of the boot.
The Arab peninsula is famous for the horses bred by Bedouin Arabs. Over the centuries and through selective breeding the Bedouins developed an Arab horse which was tough and yet beautiful and which today form part of the breeding pedigree of European race horses.
Of course, some of that blood is found in the horses that race at the Gold Cup (Thoroughbreds).
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