Turkmenistan goes crazy for horse holiday (AP) – 1153th Edition

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov smiles as he rides a horse with a dove on his shoulder in the capital Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on Sunday, April 24, 2011. Wearing a blue caftan and shaggy sheepskin hat, Turkmenistan's president looked every part the accomplished horse-riding tribesman as he effortlessly cantered on his jewel-adorned stallion before cheering crowds. Over the weekend, the country was whipped up into a frenzy of equine-mania that featured a horse show, the grand inauguration of four new race tracks and, more soberly, an academic conference. (AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin)AP – Wearing a blue caftan and shaggy sheepskin hat, Turkmenistan’s president looked every part the accomplished horse-riding tribesman as he effortlessly cantered on his jewel-adorned stallion before cheering crowds. The crowning touch came when a white dove gracefully landed on his right shoulder.

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