For the first time in the past 30 years, the Georgian Ministry of Sports has bought horses for the country’s Equestrian Federation
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia has purchased three horses which have been handed over to the federation by Minister Tea Tsulukiani and Deputy Minister Soso Giorgadze earlier on Monday.
Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Georgian athletes had to rent horses for training.
The ministry says that Tsulukiani, who earlier chaired the country’s Justice Ministry, was informed about the problem back in September 2021 and promised help.
“The promise has been fulfilled and today the National Equestrian Federation has three horses- two stallions - five and 10 years old, and a seven-year-old mare which are crossbred horses from Hanover and Hostain,” said the Ministry of Sports.
The ministry allocated € 200,000 for the purchase of horses, which also included their transportation from Italy.
Tsulukiani congratulated the federation on the acquisition and noted that the Ministry of Sports “will always assist sports federations in solving similar problems.”
She also thanked the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Bulgaria Tamar Loluashvili and Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Turkey Giorgi Janjgava for their assistance in transporting horses from Italy to Georgia.