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Sur-papakh is an Azerbaijani sport played on horseback.


Sur-papakh is played between two teams of four to eight riders each on a field that is 300 to 400 metres (980 to 1,310 ft) long. The game is divided into two ten-minute halves. The object of the game is to pass a papakha (sheepskin hat) between the riders until the hat can be thrown through a ring-shaped goal similar to a basketball hoop. The opposing team attempts to intercept the hat (but may not physically contact opposing riders) to prevent the goal from being scored.[1]


Several variations of the game exist:

  • A children's game in which the hat is replaced with a ball and the children run on the field rather than riding horseback.[2]
  • A version played on horseback in which the goal of the game is to steal the opposing team's hats.[3]


  1. ^ "Сюр-папах" [Sur-papaqh] (in Russian). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Sur-papaq" (PDF). British Council. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Horse-riding traditions of Azerbaijan". Retrieved 28 September 2017.