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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bentehaarstad
10 years ago

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

alessandro ciapanna
10 years ago

Some interesting characters in there. Very interesting, Rudolf!

ckponderings
10 years ago

Beautiful set of portraits! 🙂