Sartiglia celebration. Sardinia, Italy. This is on February during Carnival. Sartiglia of Oristano is one of the last races to the ring that is still running in the Mediterranean area. The Sartiglia of Oristano, as well as Quintana rides the Saracen, refer to its most distant origins in military training of riders, starting from the tenth until the fourteenth century, they trained for war exercises with hand eye coordination trying to stroke center in a target, put a ring or hit a puppet.