Last weekend enthusiasts and history buffs met in Dzerzhinsk district, Minsk region, to reconstruct hunting with horses and dogs that was a favourite pastime among Belarusian nobles in XIX century. No animals were harmed!
About two dozen horse-riders in beautiful outfits raced on a snow-covered field with hunting dogs in front of a crowd of photographers.
Horse hunting with greyhounds was a favorite pastime of the European upper class for many centuries. In a modified form – usually as dog racing – this old entertainment still popular, and in some countries, for example, in Spain, hunting with hounds is practised to this day.
But the golden days of hunting are in the past, just as knightly tournaments and aristocratic balls.
However, while balls and military reenactments – from the early Middle Ages to World War II – are held regularly and in a great numbers in Belarus, a major reconstruction of XIX century hound hunting was held for the first time.
But, above all, this is a wonderful opportunity to get away from city life, to wear a beautiful costume, get on a horse and jump into the past in pursuit of passion with wild wind as a companion.