A Pasola rider prepares to throw his spear during the pasola war festival at Wainyapu village in Sumba Island, Indonesia. The Pasola Festival is an important annual event to welcome the new harvest season, which coincides with the arrival of ‘Nyale’ sea worms during February or March each year. Pasola, an ancient ritual fighting game, involves two teams of men on horseback charging towards each other while trying to hit their rivals with ‘pasol’ javelins and avoid being hit themselves. Read more
Jockey Ruby Walsh lies stricken on the ground after falling off Abbyssial during the JCB Triumph Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse on Friday. Read more
Racegoers at Cheltenham racecourse on the opening day of the 2014 festival Read more
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Ruby Walsh, left, and Hurricane Fly gallop at Cheltenham racecourse on Monday
A horserider gallops on the beach of the Blanc-Nez cape, near Sangatte, northern France Read more
A woman and a child are seen through an art installation in the shape of the horse at a snow covered park in Beijing. Beijing saw this year’s first winter snow on Friday. Read more
A man prays as sunlight shines through hanging incense coils at the Tin Hau Temple in the Yau Ma Tei area of Hong Kong on the fourth day of the lunar new year holiday on Monday. Chinese communities across Asia came together to usher in the Year of the Horse, with tens of thousands flocking to temples across China to pray for good fortune Read more
A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.
A performer wearing a traditional costume looks on during an event organised by a shopping mall to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. The lunar new year falls on January 31 and marks the start of the Year of the Horse in China. Read more
Belgian shrimp fisherman Xavier Vanbillemont and his horse haul a net out of the sea after catching shrimps during low tide at the coastal town of Oostduinkerke. This traditional method of catching shrimps along the North Sea coast, which dates back 500 years, attracts tourists every summer.