The equestrian team from Queensland, Australia won the Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam Challenge Trophy beating eight other riding teams for the top spot. The Aussies’ exquisite display of horse riding and jumping won the judges’ hearts and their choice of an overall champion at the National Horse Show 2010 at the Perak Turf Club Equestrian Centre, Ipoh recently. The award ceremony coincided with the opening of the show by Perak State Secretary, Dato’ Seri Dr Rahman Hashim.
The 4-day show, which lasted from December 2 to 5, was the fourth in a series organised by the Perak Turf Club. It was started in 1994 and is held at the respective turf clubs in the country on a rotational basis. The last time Perak Turf Club (PTC) hosted the show was in 2006.
PTC Chairman, Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam, in his welcoming speech, thanked participants, especially students of riding schools for their effort in making this year’s gathering a success. The show, in essence, was aimed at promoting horse riding and all things associated with horses and equine sports, to the public. Perak, said Jeyaratnam, has the largest number of schools and school children participating in pony clubs and riding programmes supported by the Malaysian Equine Council and the Education Department of Perak.
The carnival-like atmosphere did plenty to attract both young and old to the turf club grounds where activities, central to the show, were held. Pony rides, breed show, magic show and farriery display (making of horse shoes and fixing them to horses’ hooves) were some of the major attractions. Over 30,000 spectators attended the show making it one of the most spectacular calendar events in Ipoh.