Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pacu Kudo

The tradition of horse racing has long been recognized in Bukittinggi. This was proved by the construction of horse racing facilities in the Mount Ambacang since 1889 by the Dutch colonial government. Not surprisingly, the maintenance of the horses racing well developed, even horse owners to bring a lot of seeds from abroad.

Horse Racing is actually a game people, especially for fans of horses and horse breeder in West Sumatra used to be. Now this activity has become an event supporter of West Sumatra tourism. Usually the distance is contested 800, 1200, 1400 and 1600 meters, and this activity is held once a year.

This activity has also been designated as a national tourism as a calendar event tourism by the Department of Tourism Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Horses spur each in July held in Bukittinggi, is traditionally the most popular sport in West Sumarera. Each horse represents a contested area where the horse came from. Every jockey wearing a costume with a certain color that symbolizes the place of origin.

Agenda horse racing is also held regularly every year in Payakumbuh, Padangpanjang, Batusangkar, Solok, Sawahlunto and Pariaman. The race who represents the area make this horse racing arena will also be a prestige among the regions.

In addition, horse racing horse racing bogi or use the train jockey is still often competed in Solok, West Sumatra. Although the participants are much reduced, some areas still have a horse like Sawahlunto bogi, Padang, Solok, Agam, Bukittinggi, and Payakumbuh never absent in every game. This is to maintain our existence bogi horse racing that is not extinct.

Runway horse racing horse bogi different from usual. When normally jockeys use saddle on horseback, but wearing bogi horse two-wheeled cart. Runway bogi horses are well known in Minangkabau since the Dutch era.

Spur a horse in West Sumatra effectively generate tourism activity at local level. Community enjoys it as activity tourism, culture and entertainment.

Runway horse is not just a sport, but also the agenda of West Sumatra tourism activities. This phenomenon is not in line with the reality on the west coast of Sumatra, especially in the vicinity of Padang. Tourism activities tend to be quiet after the recent earthquake. Domestic tourists reluctant to visit tourist attractions in the vicinity of Padang as traumatized by the earthquake or tsunami.

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