Azerbaijan's national emblem – The Karabakh horse is known for its strength, speed and endurance. The animal is of great cultural importance to the people of Azerbaijan.
National sport – Players riding Karabakh horses play Chovgan, an early form of polo, in Baku ahead of the European Games in the Azerbaijani capital.
Azerbaijan's national emblem – Cross-breeding and the Armenian-Azerbaijani war has seen numbers of the Karabakh decrease significantly.
Meeting their match – Players prepare for a game of Chovgan on a sunny afternoon in Baku.
Azerbaijan's national emblem – Azerbaijan's Ministry of Agriculture has drawn up a number of horse breeding programs and taken steps to improve veterinary services to try and protect the breed and increase numbers.
Azerbaijan's national emblem – The mountain-steppe racing horse is named after the geographical region where it was originally bred. The Karabakh horse is the result of cross-breeding and stands out with what's been described as its 'golden glow.'
Azerbaijan's national emblem – A German company is assisting the Azerbaijani government with gene research by establishing the horses genetic profiling and setting up a system of identification to track the breed.