LIW Magazine Sports Update: A Race on Ice

Lithuanian News in English Presents : An annual horse race celebrates its 101st year

Rytis Daraฤ‘keviฤius

Once a year, life heats up in Dusetos, a small town in northeast countryside of Lithuania. People from all over the country come to watch the horse races on the ice of Lake Sartai. Craftsmen sell their work, and a large crowd gathers on the shore.

For the horses and their drivers, this is a competition in which horses that have been trained for a whole year are tried out.

For the thousands of spectators, it is a show, a spectacle brimming with emotion and energy. People bet on their favorite horse, music plays, the horses snort, and the voice of the excited announcer can be heard everywhere. Races follow one after another, …