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The National Horse Show (NHS) is in town again this month and will be held on the grounds of the Perak Turf Club Equestrian Centre at Jalan Kelab Golf, Ipoh adjacent to the Perak Turf Club from December 5 to 8.  +

The four-day NHS event of equestrian sports will feature sports and farrier (person who shoes horses) competitions, exhibitions, carriage and pony rides as well as various fun programmes and activities for children. A trade expo (with individual booths) and local hawker food fair will also be available.

The main activity throughout the four-day event will be the equestrian sports competitions. These include show jumping, dressage (where the horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements) and derby events such as the cross country where participants will lead their horse through an obstacle course which includes water features.

According to Perak Turf Club General Manager Soo Lai Kwok, equestrian sports is a recognized Olympic event. As such this NHS is a government-sponsored event funded by the Totalisator Board of Malaysia and the Ministry of Finance.

The annual National Horse Show is organised in turn by the Turf Clubs of Penang, Selangor and Perak to encourage young Malaysians to participate in equestrian sports.

It is the biggest equestrian event on the equestrian sports calendar and draws competitors from all over Malaysia and abroad. The Singapore Turf Club and Bukit Kiara Equestrian Resort are participants in this year’s event. A total of 200 participants including officials will be participating this year.

Besides the pony and carriage rides, one of the fun activities this year will be the Man vs Horse Race. It is a 100-metre dash with the man given a handicap of 30 metres in front of the horse. According to Soo, there will be athlete sprinters taking part and should be a hilarious spectacle.

Another interesting equestrian activity this year is the rides for the disabled. Special saddles and harnesses will allow the disabled to sit atop a big horse which will provide a sense of achievement and confidence and be one of the main highlights for them.

The event will start on Thursday December 5 with the competitions. The official opening will be on Friday 6 December at 9.30am. Being the school holidays the weekends are anticipated to be busy. Entrance to the show and parking is all free, hence Ipohites are encouraged to visit the activities.

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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.

William chairing media briefing

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.

William and team with challenge trophy

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