46th Edition of Prstenac Tournament Started With Flag Hoisting

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This year, the event is held in line with the COVID-19 epidemiological measures.

The tournament is held under the auspices of Croatian President Zoran Milanović.

Spectators are able to attend the event after presenting the COVID-19 certificate confirming that they have recovered from the coronavirus or that they have tested negative to the virus. 

The final race will be held on Sunday afternoon with 16 horsemen participating.

First mentioned in 1696 and revived by the town of Barban in 1976, the Prstenac Race is held every year on the third weekend in August. The race features horsemen dressed in Istrian folk costumes, and they must cross a 150 metre track on horseback in 12 seconds and hit the “prstenac” iron ring with a spear.

This tournament has become a must-see cultural event, attracting several thousand visitors each summer.

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