FRIDAY FOTO (August 16, 2013)

August 16, 2013 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Mongolian Horsemanship

U,S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt John M. Ewald)

U,S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt John M. Ewald)

Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces 234 Cavalry Unit demonstrate their riding skills during the opening ceremony of Exercise Khaan Quest at Five Hills Training Area in Mongolia earlier this month.

Khaan Quest is an annual multinational exercise sponsored by the United States and Mongolia, designed to strengthen skills and cooperation in international peace support operations. About 1,000 service members from 14 nations participated in the joint event, which ran from Aug. 3-14 outside Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s capital. 

Army and Marine Corps photographers took so many good photos of this colorful event that we were hard-pressed to pick just one for the FRIDAY FOTO — so we didn’t.

Below is another exotic scene that you don’t see at modern military exercises. It’s easy to imagine how Mongol warriors mounted on sturdy ponies like these swept out of Central Asia in the 13th century and conquered one of the largest empires in human history.

To see a slide show with more photos from this exotic event, click here.  To see some videos of the opening ceremonies, click here.

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt John M. Ewald

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt John M. Ewald

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