Sinjska Alka (2) – Coja

Čoja, the second day of the 298th Sinjska Alka, in Sinj, Croatia (3 August 2013). The Alka is a knightly tournament dating back to 1715, in which riders compete to spear a small metal ring from a galloping horse. The Alka is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
298th Sinjska Alka, Sinj, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRsinj_0492
Pictured above and below, a momak or ‘squire’ in traditional local folk costume. Each competitor (known as an Alkar) has a momak as an assistant. © Rudolf Abraham
298th Sinjska Alka, Sinj, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRsinj_0576b
Pictured below, Mladen Vučković, winner of the 298th Čoja. © Rudolf Abraham
298th Sinjska Alka, Sinj, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRsinj_0467
298th Sinjska Alka, Sinj, Croatia. Photography by Rudolf Abraham. © copyright. All rights reserved. HRsinj_0556
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Nikon D700 + 70-200/2.8 & 50/1.4
Photos copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, stored, distributed or published in any form without prior written permission from Rudolf Abraham.

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Comments

  1. I just saw a knights turnament. Seems too be good riders too, in Croatia. Interesting.

  2. Some interesting characters in there. Very interesting, Rudolf!

  3. Beautiful set of portraits! 🙂

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