Naadam is the most important public holiday for all Mongolians. It is the festival of what is known as the ‘three manly sports’ of wrestling, archery, and horse racing. The national televised Naadam in the stadiums of Ulaanbaatar is internationally renowned, but lesser known is that Naadam is celebrated in nomad communities and provincial capitals around the country. For nomads it is as much an opportunity to socialise as it is about the sport and many will travel days by horseback to participate. On the first day we will witness horse racing. Jockeys must be 12 years of age or younger, and it is perhaps the most prestigious of the sports. The symbiosis between horse and man, and the skills of nomads who begin riding before they can walk, will be on display.