From Nikita Khrushchev on down, everybody who was anybody and several thousand who weren't turned up at Moscow's huge Hippodrome last week for a horse show that had everything—the Soviet-wide First National Equestrian Competition. In a kaleidoscope of colorful costumes, contestants from Lvov to Vladivostok and points between competed in equine events ranging from flat races to kissing games while Moscow's citizenry milled and munched Russian "Good Humors" peddled from gleaming-white carts.
Pushball polo is played by two teams whose differing costumes suggest a Maryland hunt on the one hand and a team of mounted footballers on the other.
Getting their goat, whose dead carcass lies on the ground between them, is the chief object of the opposing teams in old Kazakhstan fury called kopkary.
A kissable Katrinka flees from her pursuer in game called kuzkoo in which the avid male exacts a hearty buss if he can catch her. In game's second heat, a la Sadie Hawkins Day, girls do the catching.
Top-hatted Tovarishchi sit their mounts as elegantly as lordlings in London's Rotten Row in the Russian version of high school dressage, a European event only lately becoming popular in American horse shows.
Mounted mat men from Kazakhstan and Kirghizia grapple one another in a spirited equestrian catch-as-catch-can bout.
Trotter-drawn troikas blend past and present as they race under the eye of cameramen in a chrome-trimmed car.
Neck and neck start from old-fashioned wire barrier is part of a program that included both flat and harness racing.