Turkish Female Cirit Players are Seeking for Support

The women of the Uşak Women’s Equestrian Sports Club’s cirit team are training regularly for the coming Spring Festival in Uşak’s Ulubey district. As the only women's cirit team in Turkey, they are facing with several challenges, may of which are related to financial issues. Coach Aysun Yilmaz says that her team members have to borrow horses from their friends for the training. She adds that they are hopeful to find another female cirit team to compete against one day, as they can only compete with male cirit teams, since they are the single female group interested in this traditional sport in Turkey. The team consists of women, aged from 20 to 30, who have learned this sport from their families when they were very young. They say that they feel liberated while riding horse.