Ipoh is set to host another event of mammoth proportions come December. The national horse show will make its appearance once more after a lapse of four years and will be held at the Perak Turf Club Equestrian Centre, Jalan Golf, Ipoh.
This was announced to the media during a briefing chaired by Organising Committee Chairman, William Balasingam and his team, at the Perak Turf Club conference room on Tuesday, November 16.
The primary objective of the show is to promote equestrian sports among Malaysians. Its secondary objectives are to “create a higher level of recognition for horse riding as a healthy leisure activity” and to “reach a new target audience, especially school children, young adults and families.”
The show will be spread over a 4-day period commencing Thursday, December 2 to Sunday, December 5. The opening ceremony, slated for on Saturday, December 4, will be officiated by Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Among the highlights are equestrian competitions, an equine exposition and a carnival on the turf. These events are aimed at exposing audiences to the world of horse racing, horse breeds, some fun and games all within the confines of the nation’s premier turf club. “It’s about dispelling the myth that the turf club is a refuge for gamblers,” said William in jest.
Ipohites are well advised to take the opportunity and come out in number, as there will be something for everyone – young and old alike. Pony and carriage rides will definitely appeal to the young and not so young while the equestrian competitions to those who love the rough and tumble of horse racing and riding.
“There are horses, ponies, donkeys and mules on show. Even kuda padi,” said William. The kuda padi from Kelantan are hardy animals able to survive on rice and the harsh tropical climate. “They’ll definitely be a show stealer considering that they’re our very own breed of horses,” William remarked.
The climax of the show is picking the eventual winner of the equestrian competitions. He or she stands to win the Tan Sri Jeyaratnam Challenge Trophy, a crowning achievement for budding riders from the competing states. “Some 90 riders have been registered to compete thus far,” said William.
The centre gates will be opened on show days from 7.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Call Organising Committee Secretary, Sheila, at 05-2530006 or 012-5122687 for details.