Thursday, April 09, 2009

Malaysia: King to join in endurance ride

New Straits Times Online


MALACCA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin will join local and international horse riders in the Melaka Grand Invitational Endurance Ride starting tomorrow.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob had invited the king to officiate and participate in the inaugural event, which will end on Monday.

"Tuanku Mizan has confirmed his participation in the the race," Ali said.

To be held at the Hang Jebat Stadium and the tracks surrounding it in Krubong here, the event is expected to attract members of the Malaysian Equestrian Association as well as participants from Singapore, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea.

"More than 130 participants, including 10 foreign riders, will participate in the championship aimed at placing the World Heritage City on the world map for endurance horse-riding events," Ali said.
The event is divided into the 40km, 80km and 120km races with the king taking part in the 80km race with his steed, Magna Thor.

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