Horse and rider round the turn during S'Ardia of Sedilo horse race in Italy
Accidents happen on this type of horseback riding vacation
Thousands of spectators wait since early afternoon, under the burning sun of Sardinian summer, with a mixed feeling of excitement and hope that the race will end with no-one injured. Unfortunately, accidents are common, and during the seemingly never-ending minutes of the horse race, friends and family members hold their breath to ward off the possibility of bad news.
Two years ago, one of the horseback riders fell off the horse right at the beginning of the race and died that night at the hospital. After this accident, the government imposed stricter security measures, among endless protests coming from both equestrians and village-people.
“We are not asking anybody to understand,” told me Matteo, protecting his beloved horseback riding tradition. “We are fully aware of the danger of the route, that’s why we train – for our own and the other riders’ safety.”
Have you gone on a horseback riding vacation in Italy? What are your favorite things to do in Oristano, Italy?
If you go:
Lichitu Bed and Breakfast
Phone: +39 (0)785 59306
Address: Via Sant’Elena, 5, 09076 Sedilo, OR
Due to the high number of spectators, it’s recommended to book this unique horseback riding vacation at least a month in advance in order to see the race on July the 6th.
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Angela Corrias is a freelance Italian journalist. She specializes in travel writing with the aim to combine her passion for traveling with socially aware writing. She regularly updates her travel blog www.travelcalling.blogspot.com. Photos courtesy of Angela Corrias.