Georgian horsemen were notable participants of the Wild West shows in the 1890s. Since, Georgia was under rule of Russia, the Georgian riders were wrongfully called “Russian Cossacks”. The riders from Georgia featured in circuses and shows, well into the first half of the 20th century. Their performances, featuring trick riding and Georgian traditional folk dance, were extremely popular and exerted significant influence on cowboys in the United States. They are credited with introducing trick riding to American rodeos.