Monday, April 26, 2010

Malaysia: Equestrian race attracts 130 riders from various nations - Full Article


MALACCA: Endurance riding is becoming increasingly popular not just elsewhere in the world but also in Malaysia, and this was evident when some 130 riders took part in the recent Malacca Grand Invitational Endurance Ride (MGIER) 2010.

It is an athletic event that combines the skill of rider and endurance of horse over a distance of up to 160km.

Held for the third year, the three-day event was organised by the Malacca Government and sanctioned by the Federation Equestrian International (FEI) and Malaysian Endurance Riding Society.

Besides riders from Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, New Zealand and Singapore, riders from a host of Malaysia-based riding and equestrian clubs and academies were also in the fray.

A notable absentee was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who had graced two previous rides. He finished third in the 80km event last year.

Event technical director Hamdan Mohd said Tuanku Mizan could not compete for a third consecutive year as he had a knee injury and was receiving treatment.

For the uninitiated, endurance riding is an equestrian event with a course over rugged terrain that include hills, rivers and wooded areas.

Besides making the best time under a pre-determined maximum time, the welfare of the horse is also an important determining factor.

MGIER 2010 started from Stadium Hang Jebat and took riders through the surrounding area.

TMKN Endurance Team of Kelan­tan took top honours in the 120km event with riders Mohd Azizie Ismail, Dr Hj Nik Isahak Wan Abdullah and Rosdan Mohd Nor leading the way in an overall time of 17 hours, 19 minutes and 33 seconds.

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