Horsemen also take part in the Fulan Fehan Festival. It was the first festival to be held in an open space bordering East Timor. (JP/Djemi Amnifu)
North Central Timor regency in East Nusa Tenggara is hosting Crossborder Horse Racing event on Nov. 26-30.
The event has a total of 160 participants coming from Kupang, Kefamenanu, Attambua, Sumba, Rote and neighboring country Timor Leste competing at Arena Pacuan Kuda Kilometer 9 in Kefamenanu city.
The jockeys are divided into national and local categories and divided into several classes: Super A, sprint A, open sprint, A, B, C, D, E and beginner’s class.
Winners will be awarded a total prize of Rp 250 million (US$17,500).
“Horse racing is one of the most favorite sports in this area,” told the event’s committee head Bonny Adisitri.
“These jockeys don’t come alone, they are always accompanied by a team consisting of five to seven people. This increases the number of tourists,” Bonny added.
North Central Timor Regent Raymundus Sau Fernandes said that horse racing aims to entertain the locals.
“Horses used to be a mode of transportation but with technology development we now have vehicles,” told Raymundus.
“We are going to host this event three times a year. Other than entertaining the locals, it can also act as a promotion for tourism in North Central Timor,” he added.
Additionally, Kefamenanu is set to build Kristus Raja statue that will become a new tourist attraction.
According to Central Statistics Agency data, in May this year up to 156,050 foreign tourists traveled to Indonesia via the cross-border posts (PLB), or up by 722,38 percent from the same period last year. (kes)
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