Moroccan horsemen perform during the 9th edition of the "Salon du Cheval" in the port city of El Jadida on October 12, 2016. / AFP / FADEL SENNA
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The equestrian art of tbourida, inspired by the historical charges of the feared cavalrymen of Morocco, fascinated Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix two centuries ago and still draws enthusiastic crowds today.It was introduced to Europe centuries ago and became the favored horse of royal courts and on the battlefield right up to the time of Napoleon.Each sorba is made up of between 11 and 15 riders, mounted proud and straight-backed, with a captain at the center who loudly coordinates the movements of his men and horses.The "talqa," or charge, is next with a synchronized gallop that comes to a finale with simultaneous firing of the muskets at the captain's command before the horses come to a sudden standstill right in front of the jury.
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