Every year at carnival, 120 knights of Oristano, recreate a unique and memorable show keeping alive tradition along with gremi, an equestrian tradition that has lasted for centuries: the Sartiglia.
At the command of Componidori, forty pairs, each consisting of three riders on three horses compete on the route of the cathedral trying to capture the tin star, in addition to perform in reckless evolutions moving a few steps away on another location. After long months of training with their horses and following a screening test, only the most skilled and prepared are invited to participate in the great day of celebration. Sartiglia is a day of old clothes covered with traditional Sardinian or Spanish styles, masked the face and the backs of mighty horses richly caparisoned with rosettes made with colored ribbons.
The race to the star is the skill of the individual riders whose Componidori grants the honor of the race. The more experienced and lucky will be awarded a small silver star and in the event that, during the two days, they managed to hit the target twice, the little star in memory will be golden.
The performance of the evolution of a pair is in fact a team game that highlights the work of six units, three horses and three riders who, galloping, will create aerobatic maneuvers at the highest level, creating bridges and flying pyramids.
The passion for the carousel and the love of horses is pushed each year, dozens of young people in Oristano prepare for this festival that recalls the past centuries, and every year is reborn to perpetuates a living tradition.