The start of the Kirkpinar Oil
Wrestling Tournament and Horse Racing
The first day was reserved for
entertainment. Yoruk (the name given to horses owned by
people who migrate from plato to plato in search of
grazing land for their livestock) races, donkey and sack
races were being held in the oil wrestling field.
Although Yoruk races are similar to
today's horse racing, these were long-range races.
The range of these Yoruk horse races is almost six
hours starting from Kara agac village of Edirne
and railway bridge to the Kirkpinar. Yoruk horses
start the race from Railway Bridge. An arrangement
is set up in order to announce the approaching
Yoruk horses to the Kirkpinar. This arrangement is
in the form of setting up a spotter in Hisar tepe
area of Samona village. When the Yoruk horses
approached to the Samona village, the spotter in
Hisar tepe starts to wave the flag in his hand.
People coming to Kirkpinar on foot, horse
carriages or horses immediately open the road for
the passage of Yoruk horses after seeing the flag
being waved by the spotter.
When the Yoruk horses approached
the Kirkpinar, a line simulating the end of the race is
set up. Horses passing this line win their degrees
according to their order of passing this line. Horses and
their jokers are awarded with awards and bonuses by the
Agha of Kirkpinar.