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Racing Giant Yaks in Mongolia

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Published on Oct 12, 2012

We heard about a festival in Mongolia where nomadic cowboys race giant long-horned Yaks across the open countryside so we decided to go check it out.

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VICE travels to the vast epic-ness of Khovsgol Province in northern Mongolia to check in on the second annual Yak Festival. Mongolians revere the mighty yak for powering Genghis Khan's bloody rampage through Asia and Europe. And for their pretty hair. The festival showcased nature's fanciest cows in an array of yak-related activities including yak wrangling, yak rodeo, yak cheese-tasting, as well as the main event, a balls to the wall yak race across the steppe. The Kentucky Derby this is not.

Originally aired in 2011 on http://VICE.com

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