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The traditional Yushu Horse Racing Festival takes place each year from July 25th to 30th. The festival is a pageant of the local Yushu Tibetans who are dressed in their traditional costumes. The program includes horse racing, Tibetan tumbling, horsemanship, archery, shooting, dancing, and singing.
The festival was used to introduce and explain the impact on warfare which the invention of the stirrup had in the 3rd century BC. The stirrup allowed accurate shooting of weapons and a close association between horse and rider that has continued to this day.
The stirrup was unknown to ancient cavalry armies including the Persians, the Romans, the Egyptians, and the Greeks.
 
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