Good, I said, although it was a shame that no career shepherds had participated or attended. I knew the festival had been tourist-oriented, but if horse games are so popular in Kyrgyzstan, wouldn’t a handful of shepherds have jumped at the chance to watch live kok-boru?
“In the summers, shepherds go into the mountains,” he said. “They’re busy!”
Mike Ives is a writer based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His website is www.mikeivesetc.com.