Dzhigitovka stunt-riding — the military art of the cossacks


Kuban cossacks have always been famous for their military art. They were admired by Napoleon and they mastered perfectly riding, but the main secret of their victories is the dzhigitovka.

Kuban cossacks have always been famous for their military art. They were admired by Napoleon and they mastered perfectly riding, but the main secret of their victories is the dzhigitovka. Dzhitigs are all people involved in riding with acrobat elements, but the 'dzhigitovka' got its special development only with Kuban cossacks. Cossack dzhigitovka is the most spectacular horse sport. At the speed of 50 km per hour a rider jumps off a horse holding only a pommel, makes a jump to another side and returns to a saddle. During the time women started practicing dzhigitovka, while galloping a fragile Cossack woman falls down and hovers one's head down only 5 centimeters above the earth! The presenter of RTG TV Denis Golovko found out what horse breeds succumb to training better, how to cut wine without leaving horse, and what quality every dzhigit should possess.