A multi -day expedition for the second year in a row is a spectacular event

Cossacks of the Tersky army devoted an equestrian transition to the Great Patriotic War – MK Stavropol (Caucasus)

In the vast steppe distance, where the horizon, sewn with a high sky with sharp arrows of poplars, trembles in a haze, horsemen leanedly leave – a picture as if from an old film about the Cossacks. For the second year in a row, the Cossack equestrian transition of the Terek army has been taking place in the Stavropol, and this multi -day expedition is becoming a spectacular event for the villages of the eastern regions of the region.

Cossacks of the Tersky army devoted an equestrian transition to the Great Patriotic War

In the vast steppe distance, where the horizon, sewn with a high sky with sharp arrows of poplars, trembles in a haze, horsemen leanedly leave – a picture as if from an old film about the Cossacks. For the second year in a row, the Cossack equestrian transition of the Terek army has been taking place in the Stavropol, and this multi -day expedition is becoming a spectacular event for the villages of the eastern regions of the region.

A multi -day expedition for the second year in a row is a spectacular event

Overcoming obstacles on demonstrations.

In fact, the idea of ​​the transition appeared back in 1994 by the Terts of the Kirovsky district: the Cossacks were gathered by the Cossacks then, so that for at least a few days they really plunged into a camping life, as their ancestors in the past. But the harsh 1990s forced to switch to more earthly needs, and for a long time it was not up to equestrian routes.

According to the story of the veteran

Last year, the idea was resurrected and filled with special meaning: when at every step the history of the Great Patriotic War is falsified, the victory of our people is called into question, it is necessary to recall the truth again and again, passing it to young generations. The Cossacks, fond of horses, decided to devote an equestrian expedition to the combat glory of the 4th Kuban and 5th Don Guards Cossack Corps, which in 1942-1943 freed the Stavropol Territory from the fascist occupation.

Their direct participant-a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, a resident of the village of Kommeak Kirov district Ivan Akimovich Pogorelov, who fought as part of the 5th Don Regiment, talked a lot about those events.

He told the Cossacks how for a long time the enemy was waiting for the enemy in Buruns and trenches, how hard, at the cost of his own blood, the invaders knocked out … Ivan Akimovich passed away in 2007, but the brothers Yuri and Alexander Sinitsyns retained his memories and suggested devoting the equestrian crossing to this particular, Cossack , military formations. Of course, you can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the valiant cavalrymen than to collect everyone who loves horses is fond of the revival of the old, half -forgotten Cossack tradition of Dzhigitovka and cavalry military training.

This spring, the equestrian expedition received annual status and was supported by the Terek military Cossack society and the Stavropol Territory Committee on Nationalities and the Cossacks. For four days, more than 35 horsemen overcame 90 kilometers in a route, in the course of which in the winter of 1942-43 the enemy Heroes-Cossacks knocked out: the holder of the Order of the Battle Red Banner Ivan Khomutov with two sons, the Hero of the Soviet Union, the full St. George Cavalier Konstantin Nedorubov with his son Nikolai Nicholas , Cossack of the village of Nizhnechirskaya Paramon Kurkin with his wife and many others.

During the counterattack on the Caucasus Front, two Cossack corps were tightened by the Nazis from the Kursk region and the village of Stepnoy, they liberated the settlements towards Kavminvod. In memory of the 73rd anniversary of the Victory and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the North Caucasus, the Terek Cossacks passed the roads of war from the village of Galyugaevskaya to the village of Kursk: through the village of Sterevskaya, the village of Sernovodskoye, the Dydymkin farm, the village of Aga-Batyr, the village of Poltava and the twentieth, the village of Edines.

The Cossack himself is starving, and the horse is fed up

Every day of the campaign began and finished with prayer. In the summer, hot May days did not allow people or horses to relax: already at 10 in the morning the air temperature crawled to 38 degrees. That is why parking by the water planned in advance: at irrigation canals, rivals, irrigation structures and artesian wells.They also drove the horses in the native Cossack Terek in the area of ​​the village of Galyugaevskaya, and in the Hutor Dydymkin, a surveyed barrel helped out.

The old Testament is also operating: the Cossack himself is starving, and the horse is fed up – first of all, care for animals, and only then people rested. Expeditions were taken by experienced veterinarians, and once it was very useful: on the last day, one of the horses deeply cut the skin on the leg of the hoof. Four men laid the wounded animal on the ground, hung up, the doctor was painkilled and imposed the seams. Everything is exactly, as in a campaign, in the field.

They moved the steppe, waiting for the midday heat in groves and copses, and in the settlements the expedition was met by local Cossacks and fed tired horsemen Shulum.

Keeping military traditions

But not a single bread … In each settlement where the Terts stopped, they certainly gave military honors from the memorials to soldiers-liberators. In the village of Aga-Batyr, they honored the memory of the Cossacks who died at the military burial of the 4th Kuban and 5th Don Guards Cossack Corps, visited the Alyosha memorial in the village of Poltava, laid flowers to the monument to those who died in the Great Patriotic War and in the village of Kursk.

The Cossacks from different regions of Stavropol participated in the equestrian crossing: Kochubeevsky, Apanasenkovsky, Trunovsky, Kirovsky, Kursk, Stepnovsky, Neftekumsky, St. George, the cities of Pyatigorsk, and mineral waters. Each of the participants in the campaign in ordinary life holds his own horses or is engaged in breeding, regularly participates in jumps. This expedition is an important event for them, a good opportunity to apply their skills, exchange experience with other riders.

By the way, the age of the horsemen is from 15 to 73 years! The oldest – Alexander Pogorelov from the Pavlovsky district Cossack society, went all the way in the saddle along with the rest. The youngest are Andrei Kuleshov from the village of Stepnoy and Alexander Galyautdinov from the village of Krasnokumsky, Georgievsky district. At the demonstrative military games – the Shermics that the Cossacks arranged in the Galyugaevskaya and Kursk villages, Sasha showed the stunning receptions of dzhigitovka.

This half-forgotten art, which appeared in the conditions of the harsh military necessity of the survival of cavalrymen in battle, helped to dodge blows and even bullets, slipping under the belly of a horse, galloping lying down, across the saddle or standing up. Thanks to this skill, the Cossacks in exile often earned a living in the circus troupes of Europe. Of course, that level is practically inaccessible today, because the Cossack grew up among horses from childhood, and all his upbringing was aimed at future service. But even today there are those who preserve and try to revive horse riding as a beautiful tradition, as a sport, to teach young people and not let this tradition completely sink into oblivion.

The Cossacks chopped a vine at a gallop with a sword, demonstrated an oncoming felling, evacuation of a wounded man from the battlefield: only a good horse training and complete trust in the owner allows the rider to almost instantly force the horse to lie down or perform other tricks.

Audience sympathy – four-legged beauties

The marching ataman of the equestrian expedition Alexander Sinitsyn commented into the microphone each element of the shermitsium especially for the villagers who had gathered to close the horse crossing at the stadium of the village of Kurskaya. He explained that with this event, the participants of the transition want to draw the attention of the inhabitants of the region to the tradition of cavalry training, which today remains an important part of the culture of modern Cossacks.

But, of course, horses attracted the attention of the audience most of all – one is better than the other. Stately, maned, of various colors, decorated with elegant harnesses… It was impossible to take your eyes off the wonderful stallion, the only one that stood out with a rare suit – the dapple-gray horse Abrek from the village of Kommayak, Kirov District.

He and two other four-legged handsome men – from the village of Krasnokumsky, Georgievsk city district and the village of Raguli, Apanasenkovsky district, became the winners of the audience voting. The horses earned the sympathy of the villagers for their training, external data and unity with the riders.The owners of the animals, charming the audience, received cash prizes as a reward.

Closing the transition, the chieftain of the Terek Cossack army, Alexander Zhuravsky, expressed gratitude to the Cossacks for giving a lot of mental and physical strength, investing personal time and means in maintaining a genuine, historically traditional culture.

– Now it is very difficult to contain even one horse, buy an ammunition. But this has never been a simple matter for our ancestors: the full military pre -revolutionary equipment at the cost can be compared with an expensive car today, ”said Alexander Zhuravsky.

The distinguished Cossacks were awarded with bucks: this is a very necessary thing in a cold night in the steppe, and in the saddle in dank weather.