Geldy in Moscow today. In 1988, Geldy rode 4,300 kilometres from Ashgabat to Moscow. The journey took him across Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, across a waterless desert.
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Kyarizov in prison.
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Free! Long Riders Liberate Fellow Horseman

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 07:07 pm EDT

(Tina Sjogren) Locked up, ill and stripped of his horses - Geldy's fellow riders raised hell for their political prison victim in Turkmenistan.


"Geldy Kyarizov, a once healthy horseman, survived years in [the infamous] Ovadan Depe but emerged in broken health and weighing only a hundred pounds,” the Long Rider's Guild told Explorersweb not long ago, asking for coverage.


Geldy - a long rider, horse breeder and former director of state-run Association Turkmen Atlary (“Turkmen Horses”) - was released from the notorious prison camp but instructed by the authorities to no longer engage in horse breeding. State officials demolished his stud farm and the horses were seized. In October 2013 Geldy Kyarizov and his wife were made to sign a paper stating that he may not approach horses again.


Geldy fell seriously ill. In a united effort including the Amnesty International and other human rights watch dogs, Russia issued visas and promised to treat him.


But the harassed family was refused permits to leave Turkmenistan.


That's when The Long Riders Guild "rode in" with media and emails to Turkmen and other horse related officials. Yesterday, Kyarizov's US-based son sent news to CuChullaine O’Reilly, founder of the Long Riders’ Guild in London, that his dad had landed in Moscow.


Once a political prisoner himself, CuChullaine O’Reilly said, “In a world too often obsessed with competition, this is an example of the brotherhood of equestrian explorers defending each other.”


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