"Traditional horse racing" Bima Things to Do Tip by theo1006

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  A jockey at Bima horse races
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  • A jockey at Bima horse races - Bima
      A jockey at Bima horse races
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  • Father and son at Bima horse races - Bima
      Father and son at Bima horse races
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  • A team at Bima horse races - Bima
      A team at Bima horse races
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  • Measuring up a horse for Bima races - Bima
      Measuring up a horse for Bima races
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  • Betters consulting the program at Bima horse races - Bima
      Betters consulting the program at Bima horse races
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The festivities for the 371st anniversary of Bima regency included a week of horse racing. We attended the first day only, on July 6th (2011).

What is special in these races is that the jockeys are little boys, less than ten years old, who ride the horses bareback. So the typical team consists of a father, a son and a horse. Some child-jockeys we saw actively urging on their steed, but we saw others anxiously holding on to its manes.

We were told that over 300 horses competed, both from Sumbawa and from other islands, notably Sumba. During the days leading up to the races the horses have been carefully measured and assigned a class. They ran five at a time. On the first day there were eight runs only, that and the number of horses explains why the event takes a full week.

For action pics, see travelogue Bima horse races.
And of course, a major part of the thrill is betting.

Directions: The races are held in an arena at Panda, a suburb 10 km south of Bima town, close to the airport.

When: Traditional horse races like these take place four times a year, as part of major festivities. Among these are Independence Day (August 17th), Bima Regency Anniversary (July 5th) and the anniversary of Nusa Tenggara Barat province (December 17th). To make sure you come at the right date, contact the Tourist Office of Bima Regency, phone: +62.374.44331, email: Dispar@bimaKab.go.id. Or call the Director of the Office, mr. Nurdin, mobile +62.813 3956 6608.

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  • Updated Oct 28, 2011
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