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RE: RE: Camel Endurance?
used to have camel races in Reno some years back. The jockeys were not children
though. perhaps some ride campers from down there remembers?
Camel racing is a big industry in UAE, at least in
Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It's more like thoroughbred racking - round tracks, short
(2 miles?) distances. I don't think they do any long distance racing, at least
not the mainstream sport. The jockeys are small children - usally Pakistani.
When we were there in March for the World Cup, we drove through a camel racing
and training facility just outside of Dubai - mornings and evenings, on the
way to and from the stables. Often had to stop on the highway while large
groups of camels crossed - being ponied, or ridden by children or adult
trainers. The kids always waved, looked like they were having a good time.
Colorful dress, and colorful blankets on the camels. It was pretty cool.
Out in the desert while riding out from the stable we always encountered herds
of camels. Adults and babies. They would hang out at the stable too. My first
morning there it was foggy, I woke up early to a deep red sunrise and the
silhouettes of camels in the fog. Pretty exhotic! There were also a lot
of race tracks and training facilities scattered through the desert. It wasn't
uncommon to see pickup trucks on the highways transporting stock - tall camels
tied into the backs of Toyota trucks.
Ummm... sand, sunshine. Hard to imagine right now
with another snow storm on the way...
Do the Arabs engage in camel endurance
And just how long would a camel endurance race
Linda B. Merims
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