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|XINING Derick Brassard Adidas Jersey , Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- As the year of the horse draws near, Zhabnam is particularly nostalgic of his old home on the pastureland and the six horses he cherished as family members.
He moved from the Batang grasslands to Gyegu town in Yushu County, a Tibetan community in northwest China's Qinghai Province, in 2003, in response to the government's call for pastureland restoration.
His horses were left to his relatives who chose to stay on the grassland. "I never saw those animals again. Some died while the others were returned to the wilderness."
Until the early 1990s, horses were a major means of transportation for Tibetan herders in Yushu. Zhabnam and his friends used to herd their cattle on horseback at daybreak, and return to their nomadic tents after dark.
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Towards the year 2000, motorbikes began replacing horses among the younger generation of herders, who preferred the vehicles, which cost about the same price as a horse but were faster.
By 2009, a highway and an airport linked Zhabnam's ancestral home on the grassland with the outside world, and a drive from Gyegu town to his birthplace took only 30 minutes. "We used to cover the same distance in five hours on horseback."
But Zhabnam still misses his horses and nomadic life on the pastureland Authentic Mark Stone Jersey , and often stares at the bronze statue of the mythical King Gesar on horseback, a landmark erected on a square at the center of Gyegu town.
He hopes the year of the horse will help revive equine culture.
While the Chinese New Year of the Horse begins on Friday, Tibetans will welcome in the wood horse year of the Tibetan calendar in early March.
"Horses were inseparable companions of Tibetans, but nowadays they have fallen out of favor with most people," Zhabnam said.
Figures released by Ministry of Agriculture show China's equine population shrank by 37.2 percent between 1977 and 2006, the latest time that data was available.
Even in the herding areas of western China, horses have become a burden because they do not sell easily and eat at least three times as much as sheep.
In Yushu's Zhidoi County Authentic Derick Brassard Jersey , a stallion sometimes sells for only 700 yuan, compared with 10,000 yuan back in the late 1990s.
Zhabnam heard that many horses in Yushu were sold to inland provinces. "Some people say these horses were slaughtered and sold by dishonest dealers as beef to grocery markets."
The annual horse race across Yushu Prefecture, however, is the most festive occasion for Zhabnam. The race, which takes place every summer, draws more than 100 Authentic Erik Karlsson Jersey ,000 riders and audience with riding stunts, traditional costumes and Tibetan-style singing and dancing.
The champion in the race often receives cash prizes ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 yuan.
With such rewards on offer, some young Tibetan herders are willing to become professional horse riders.
Sonam Tashi, 21, earned more than 30 Mark Stone Jersey ,000 yuan by attending 26 horse races across Yushu Prefecture last summer.
Horse races have also helped create new jobs among Tibetans. In Xangda county, 12 housewives have opened a workshop producing saddles, halters, horsewhips as well as headgear and shawls for riders.
"People like traditional stuff," said Padma Thinco, the woman who founded the workshop in October. "In fact, few young people are able to make these traditional items Derick Brassard Jersey , and we hope the workmanship will survive."
She said the workshop had received 100,000 yuan worth of orders in three months.
"Horse races will remain an important pastime for Tibetans, as it conveys their nostalgia of the pastureland and the way their ancestors lived and worked," said Nyima Gyatso, a Tibetan folk culture specialist and curator of Yushu Prefecture Museum.
But the curator did not think horse races alone could help revive Tibetan equine culture. "Horses are no longer a must in the Tibetan's daily life. After all, life is getting better, and few people would reject modernization."
MEXICO CITY Erik Karlsson Jersey , July 4 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's delegation for the XVII Pan American Games Toronto 2015 will give the country its 200th gold medal, joining the United States, Cuba, Canada and Brazil as the only countries to reach this record, announced the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM) on Saturday.
According to the COM's calculations, Mexico has won 199 gold medals in the 16 previous editions even though Wikipedia and the U.S. Olympic Committee's official website state that the total is 197.
Whether one or three that Mexico is missing to reach 200 gold medals, the Mexican representatives at the continental meeting will successfully reach and surpass this figure.
In Toronto 2015 Cheap Senators Hats , Argentina and Mexico will also reach another important number: 1,000 medals won in the Pan American Games including silver and bronze.
Argentina currently has a total of 991 medals and Mexico has 915. Both teams will reach this number which has only previously been reached by the U.S., Cuba, Canada and Brazil.
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There will be 510 athletes representing Mexico in Toronto 2015, made up of 280 men and 230 women. And the delegation is expected to win at least 23 gold medals this time.
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