Skiathos Horse Racing

The Horse Racing of Agios Georgios in Skiathos Greece, Sporades: On the feast of Agios Georgios, the patron saint of all the shepherds and cavaliers, a special tradition takes place: local horses race each other to a lake. This particular lake is located near the airport of Skiathos and the race starts from the suburbs of Skiathos town.

This event is attended by many locals and tourists, while a spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounds the entire event. Horsemen are usually young people and the winner is said to be blessed for the rest of the year. A friendly and sporty event, the horses are raced to honour the saint, as Agios Georgios is mostly depicted as a young soldier on a horse, slaying a dragon.

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