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EXOTIC EQUESTRIAN ESCAPES
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EXOTIC

EQUESTRIAN ESCAPE

 

Saddle Up for a

Unique Holiday in Malaysia

 

There are more ways than one to explore the beauty and splendour of Malaysia, but none is more unique than on horseback. Whether you are riding at dawn or sunset on the beach, or through hills, plantations and farms, a horse riding holiday in Malaysia is an experience not to be missed. Malaysia is fast becoming one of the choice destinations for adventurous holidays on horseback.

 

The growth and popularity of horse riding have positively influenced many aspects of the country?s leisure getaways. Horse riding trails throughout different regions as well as traditional equestrian events - particularly the coveted KL Grand Prix, an *FEI five-star event that showcases the sport at its highest level - attract visitors as well as horse and rider combinations from all over the region. Savour the adventure of a horse riding holiday along sun drenched tropical beaches, through verdant rainforests and magnificent highlands; break your journey with a specially prepared picnic or drop by a local eatery after your ride. Unlike most riding destinations worldwide, which are far from the main cities, Malaysia offers riding trails that are close to an array of interesting sights and attractions. There is a wide and varied selection of things to do, see and experience in the melting pot that is Malaysia. The equine enthusiast can enjoy cuisine and fruits that are exotic as they are delicious, witness age-old customs and traditions that are evocative of a long gone era and explore breathtaking natural landscapes. Here, you will discover the charm of this beautiful land and its friendly people while indulging in your favourite pastime.

 
 

MALAYSIAN HORSE BREEDS

 

 

The hardy Malaysian pony or kuda padi thrives in tropical rice plantation areas. They are mainly bred in the states of Kelantan and Sabah. Most riding schools teach children to ride using these ponies. Another popular breed, the Thoroughbred, is bred in Ipoh at the National Stud Farm - the only Malaysian Thoroughbred stud farm. The farm breeds horses that compete with the imported race horses at the three well-established racing centres, namely the Perak Turf Club, Penang Turf Club and the Selangor Turf Club.

 

Horse racing and British-style riding club activities started in the pre-war years. There is now an established Thoroughbred racing circuit with a full calendar of weekend races. Cross breeds of local ponies with Thoroughbreds and Arabs produce horses suitable for endurance, leisure as well as competitive riding and racing. These sport horses are popular and sought after by neighbouring countries.

 
 
 

HANDY TIPS

 

 
  1. Bring a spare change of clothes in case it rains.

  2. Use sun block when riding along beaches or in highlands to avoid getting sunburn.

  3. Please do not litter when picnicking along the trail.

  4. Always ride with an experienced guide.

  5. Wear an equestrian helmet or approved hard hat at all times when riding.

  6. Ride in licensed and registered horse riding centres.

 
 
 

EQUESTRIAN

HERITAGE

 

Sabah, the land of undulating hills and meandering rivers; diverse flora, fauna as well as marine life, has been home to generations of Bajau horsemen. Although the Bajaus were originally nomadic seafarers, the current generation is now not only known for their skill in fishing, rice cultivation and raising water buffaloes, cattle's as well as ponies, but also for their great horse riding skills. This should not come as a surprise, as their horse riding tradition dates back to the 1800s, with the ponies having been very much a part of their daily lives. Hailed as the Cowboys of the East, the Bajaus are famous for their equestrian prowess. The opportunity to watch them in action at the annual Tamu Besar in Kota Belud is not to be missed.

 

 

It is during this annual event as well as on festive occasions that one gets to catch them in eye-catching traditional costumes, riding gaily decorated ponies. Unknown to many, Kelantan, the cradle of Malay culture and heritage, also possesses a tradition in horse breeding. In some villages in Kelantan, both children and adults ride locally bred ponies without a saddle or bareback during mounted games such as Horse Ball, village races, traditional ceremonies or leisurely rides. The Kelantanese, like the Sabahan cowboys, grew up with horses. As most families in these villages keep horses, it is common to have horse races and performances during important festivals and celebrations. The Kelantanese horsemen have been taking part in popular endurance races using home bred horses, a cross between local ponies with Arabian, and pure bred Arabian horses. For visitors who wish to try out the sturdy and sure footed Kelantan ponies, there are resorts that offer horse riding outings, such as the Perdana Resort, Pasir Belanda Resort or the Pantai Cahaya Bulan Resort that offer open country and kampong (village) riding excursions.

 
 

THE BIRTH OF THE UNIFORMED MOUNTED UNITS

 

 

The creation of mounted units dates back to 1886, when a unit was formed in Perak with Sikh Riders from India. The unit was mainly used for palace guard duty and as the sultan?s escorts; they had smart red uniforms and are still used for ceremonial occasions today. In 1984, the then Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed was presented with two horses by the former President of Pakistan during his state visit here.

 

Six more horses were bought and with these eight horses, a unit was formed. The uniformed mounted units of the Royal Police Force (PDRM), the Malaysian Armed Forces Equestrian Centre (MAFEC), the Royal Palace Mounted Guards (SIB) and the City Council Mounted Unit (DBKL) were established years ago. These officers can be seen at the King?s Palace, official events and ceremonies as well as parks.

 
 
 
 
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EXOTIC EQUESTRIAN ESCAPES