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Horses flaunt traits amid cheering audience at animal fair in northern India

Published: November 6, 2018

STORY: The renowned annual horse show of Rampur city of India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state concluded on Tuesday (November 06) with a horse race and several other sports.

The three-day fair was thronged by horse lovers and buyers for its star attraction, Chaumurthi or Spiti horse. Chaumurthi horses commanded the premier price among over 300 horses exhibiting. This breed of horses is found in Pin Parvati valley in Lahul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu valleys of Himachal Pradesh. They are also known as snow horses for their ability to trot in snow at nights.

The main aim of the fair is to save the Chaumurti horses which are nearing extinction. This horse was sold for the highest price in this fair that is $692.20, said the owner of the winning horse, Ghatuk, a resident of Spiti.

The show also included other events like horse racing which enthralled the visitors. The fair holds immense significance for local breeders and stud farm owners as they fetch good prices for their horses and often earn the money for the rest of the year

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