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Seremban Equestrian Center

Seremban Equestrian Center is located approximately 70km away from Kuala Lumpur.

It is not an overly popular spot for horse riding. I’m guessing it is mainly due to the stable being slightly remote compare other stables in the southern region.

It took me 45 minutes to get there from Kajang. If you are coming from KL, it will probably take you 1 hour and above.

I have been there twice. The 1st time was with Jaclyn. The 2nd time was with Suki, as her final farewell ride before heading back to Netherlands.

During our first ride, the guide took Jaclyn and I to a big open spot as you can see from the above video. The area is probably reserved for future construction. It was like a super big fence-less arena. We had our horses there to canter freely. Yeeeeeeeeeehar!

It was fun to be able to canter freely in the open area but it is something that you only want to do it once in a while.

Few weeks later, Suki and I went to Seremban Equestrian Center again.

I always like to ride horses in the track instead of the arena, regardless how big the arena is.

This time I have specifically asked the guide not to take me to the big fence-less arena again.

As a result, Suki and I went to the track. The track is not very long. But we did enjoy the greens along the track.

The unfortunate time was during our ride it started raining and it was a really wet ride.

We didn’t have a guide taking us into the track. We had to remember the instruction given by the guide prior to entering the track.

Well, at some point we got lost. The next thing we did was let our reins loose and let the horses take us back.

More Information on Seremban Equestrian Center

The outride fee was RM100 per session. If you are interested to pay a visit, feel free to contact Along at +6017-3120814.

Have fun!

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Terengganu International Endurance Park, T.I.E.P. (Day 3)

3rd day of our 3-day horse riding trip across Peninsular Malaysia! We selected Terengganu International Endurance Park (T.I.E.P.) as our final destination.

Terengganu International Endurance Park (T.I.E.P.) is my most looking-forward-to track to ride since my endurance competition last year.

Our accomodation is fairly near to T.I.E.P. It took us about 15 min drive to get there. (Look at Suki’s sleepy eyes!)

Good morning horsies!

The girls abandoned me in the car while I was parking. They ran over to welcome the horses instead!

Jaclyn got Princess, I got Jacq and Suki got Langkasari.

Wasted no time, we started off our ride in T.I.E.P. – one of the top 10 endurance tracks in the world!

The initial track that we planned for was 14KM.

Upon completing the 14KM, we didn’t get enough of umh! and requested our guide, Anuar to bring us to another round of 10KM.

In total, we completed 24KM in the track as you can see in the following video.

Upon coming back, horses rest and drink before heading back to the stables.

This is an emotional moment for me.

I took Jacq for my 40km last year. I spent fair amount of time training with him back in Batu Arang last year (average of 3-4 times in a week).

Jacq was sold to another private stable in Terengganu, which means I can’t see him and ride with him as frequent as I used to.

Because of the endurance training, my riding style has changed so much to fit to Jacq. When I was riding Jacq, we feels in-sync with each others’ movement.

Jacq has got a lot more thinner than he used to be. Frankly, I have such an unspokeable heartache to see him again.

As much as I felt reluctant to leave Jacq, but it’s time to move on after petting and feeding Jacq.

I carried a heavy heart to come back to Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

It was as if I farewell to a long time friend.

It was really good seeing you again, Jacq.

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Bidaisari Stables, Janda Baik (Day 1)

First day of our 3-day horse riding trip across Peninsular Malaysia!

We decided to have Bidaisari Stables in Janda Baik, Bentong (Pahang) as our first stop. It is a track that Jaclyn wanted to go since last year but never had a chance.

Suki and I rode in Bidaisari Stable once in September last year.  It was a reasonably relaxing ride so we were really looking forward coming back again after 6 months.

Jackly got on Pampa, the first endurance horse she ever had; Suki got on Zaafa, an anglo Arab that has pleasantly light and smooth canter; while I got on Bella, an easy-going grey horse and she is really good looking.

Our guide, Raju came along with us on his horse and guided us to finish through the big loop in the trail.

We crossed 2 small streams and spent fair amount of time allowing the horse to rest and eat, while the riders took the time to take lots of photos!

We covered 12KM and it took us slightly more than 2 hours to complete the trail.

Next stop, we are heading over to Kuatan for Pusat Equestrian Pahang!

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Falling Down in UPM Track

Felt down from horse in the trail!

I got a jumping horse, (named Russian) which is not used to going out the trail. Before going out, I flatwork Russian for about 10 minutes in the arena and Russian was a really steady boy while walking and trotting.

When we hit the trail, I gave Russian the clue to go canter. He started off with slow canter and within very short time he transition into fast canter and I couldn’t slow him down.

Russian kept fast cantering for the next couple of minutes and eventually transition into galloping while going down hill. Yeeeeehar! (Well, it was actually steadier than I thought it will be)

The only problem was, I couldn’t slow him down and I felt fairly uncomfortable riding a horse that I couldn’t control.

Eventually at a very sharp turn, Russian was fast cantering into left while my body momentum was still going forward. I felt down on my right side and knock my head. I could tell I almost lost my conscious as the world was spinning when I hit the ground. I laid on the mud for a couple of minutes before Din came to my rescue.

Din and I exchanged horses. I got back on to horse back and ride back to the arena. At this point I could feel I lost a bit of my balance because my hand and leg coordination was out of sync.

Back into arena, I flatwork Russian again for another 45 minutes. The objective for doing this is to make sure I find back my balance and confidence on horse back before calling it a day.

It’s been a while since my last fall from a horse. The good thing about falling down is we always get to stand back up on our own and remember to stay humble no matter how much one has been riding.

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Benua Equestrian Stables

Benua Equestrian Stables is a private stable located in UPM. There are 2 stables in UPM, one runs by the university and the other (Benua) is privately owned.

I get the meet the owner during last year endurance competition and I have been putting off to visit his stable.

UPM is located next to MAEPS but the riding track is not identical. MAEPS offers into-the-forest track while UPM has well-maintained farm track.

The track in UPM has plenty of clear path for cantering.

In the track, if you do slow canter on open area and trot and walk on down slope, you will complete the track in approximately 45 minutes.

Taking break half way into the ride with my horse, Nurfasa, a really light endurance horse.

Nurfasa is back from our ride and cooling down. I could see her body was smoking a little the moment the groom removed the saddle.

The groom, Eddie was showering Nurfasa after my ride.

A couple of other horses outside their stables.

Getting ready for flat work.

The open area in the compound.

Banner inside the office. You can tell Benua Equestrian Stables offers wide range of riding activities.

The office is elegantly decorated.

Hall of fame!

A few more frames exhibiting horse info-graphics.

A little coffee table in the office for the staffs and visitors to relax and chat.

The front entrance of the management office is cozily decorated and looks welcoming.

Benua Equestrian Stables

Signage in front of the management office.

Benua Equestrian Stables pick-up truck for taking horses out for competition.

The arena within Benua Equestrian Stables compound. Large enough for trainers to coach students for various types of lesson.

There is also a much bigger arena above while is within UPM stables. Both UPM and Benua Equestrian Stables are using the big arena during my visit.

Kids having their riding lesson in the big arena.

This is the location of Benua Equestrian Stables.

If you would like to visit, please contact Chris at +6011-23464152.

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Sunset Ranch Los Angeles

Sunset Ranch is located 8 miles away from Los Angeles.

Upon arrival, the registration booth at your right side. You see this wooden house on your left.

Horses roaming around the ranch. Ready for riders to go out to the track.

Horse is ready! This is the area riders mount on the horses.

The mini version of the Hollywood sign in the ranch.

Few more horses around the ranch ready for riders.

Our guide, a local teenage girl who has been riding in the track since young age is preparing her horse to take us out to the track.

Ready to go!

Some briefing before hitting the track.

Hey guys, come over faster!

Everyone is looking good!

Continue to walk on the track.

The sun was hot, but the wind is really cold during winter.

Looking back at the track.

The trail is a popular spot for hikers to take a walk on the weekend. While we were riding, there are many also hikers along the track.

Alright, everything still looks good.

Walking along the long track.

The mountain there is not super green during winter because lack of rain. I bet the place look much greener during summer when it gets wetter.

On the top left side of the photo, that’s the viewing area for hikers who come all the way up to have a good view of Los Angeles.

The tall buildings in the center of the photo is the downtown area in Los Angeles.

We stopped at the peak to rest and of course to take some photos.

On our way back. Since I was leading front while going up, I stayed back on the way going back.

In the front there are our local guide, a couple from Chihuahua, Mexico and another rider from Florida.

Taking a turn while walking back.

We met some other riders going up the trail while we were coming down. This track is very friendly for first time rider too!

Passing by the famous Hollywood Sign!

Right before entering the ranch from our track.

Of course, at the end of the ride, please remember to tip your guide according 😉

Following is the location to the ranch. Click here for their website to find out more. You can make a booking and make the payment right from their website. 

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Mazamitla town in Mexico

Mazamitla, a town and municipality of the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is located 124 km south of Guadalajara. The name comes from the Nahuatl language which means “Where deer are hunted with arrows”.

Driving to Mazamitla from Guadalajara.

Driver side is on the left in Mexico and that definitely added some excitement on my drive. Sorry Emilio we almost got us killed!

There wasn’t a big stable. The horses are kept behind the owner’s house.

Our groom is preparing our horses.

Not forgetting to pose with the horses.

Half way going up the hill.

Keep walking…

Wefie time!

Hey buddy, snack break!

The view along the trail

Horses are taking a break while we go up hiking the trail by foot.

More views along the trail.

View on top of the mountain we hike for 15-20 minutes.

Quite a relaxing walk while chatting with Emilio.

More photos of me and my riding buddy!

Selfie time!

Victory for making this far.

A few more random shot of the view along track.

Agave plant, the raw material for making Tequila.

Heading back. Left? Right? Center?

Getting out of the wood.

Passing by the local’s house

Field belongs to the local with beautiful little flowers.

We ended the ride by visiting a small shop serving delicious taco and amazing coffee (with unlimited refill!)

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Tequila town in Mexico

HorseRidingMalaysia.com arrived Tequila, Mexico!

Heading over to Tequila town from Guadalajara

Hello! Tequila factory!

There is a donkey in the house!

Few glasses of Tequila tasting before the ride.

Got my horse. Walking at the street.

Heyyyyyy~~~

Meet my riding buddy, Emilio!

And our guide in red.

Walking at the trail.

Guide is adjusting Emilio’s saddle.

Taking a break at half way.

Stopped a little longer to appreciate the view

Walking along the river.

Taking another break under bright early evening sun

After the ride, we head over for dinner.

Trying a traditional drink that is meant for throwing away all the bad luck.

And ended the day with really delicious seafood with chicken wrap.

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Bidaisari Stables

Bidaisari Stables is located in Janda Baik, Bentong, Pahang. It is approximately 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

The stables is located next to Bidaisari Resort. They offer accommodation + riding activities packages. If you are coming from outstation and looking for a place to stay and ride, this will be the perfect choice. You can check out more of their packages in their Facebook page.

A big paddock is just right next to the stable. You can take riding lessons in the stable for RM100/lesson.

You can probably tell, the location of the stable is pretty scenic. It’s a chilling environment to have a relaxing ride.

Suki and I decided to go there for trail ride after watching the video posted in Horse Riding Malaysia group:

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I got Bella for my ride, a beautiful grey horse with soft canter.

We warmed up the horses in the paddock before heading out.

Look at the big smile on Suki’s face!

We met a new friend, Adam during our visit. Adam is a passionate young rider who was training for his up coming endurance competition. He usually trains in DARC.

Adam was on Zephyr, an Arabian during our trail ride.

We head out to the trail after our short warming up. Raju, the groomer came along with us on his trail bike to guide us along the trail.

Without delaying, we head out to the trail!

Suki was passing a stream, where her horse, Pampa really wanted to lay down to play water. Suki was quick enough to get Pampa to keep moving else she would have become a wet rider.

Of course we did not forget to stop to take some evidences we have been in such an awesome trail!

The trail was hit by heavy rain the night before. Some bamboo collapsed and blocked our way in. Suki and I got down from our horses to clear the path in order to proceed, while Adam was holding our horses.

My muddy boot as a result of clearing the bamboo on muddy ground.

The scene near the peak of the trail. Magnificent view indeed!

We came back from the trail in approximately 2.5 hour. It was a long track with a lot of uphill and downhill. It is a good place for riders to connect with the horses.

The stable also comes with a club house which is tastefully designed in horse theme.

Suki was playing with the dog in stable after coming back from our ride.

We also got to meet Yasman, who operates the stable. We had a good chat on the horses in the stable and what we can do in the club house. A super friendly and passionate horseman. It has been a pleasure meeting Yasman!

The stable offers riding lesson and packages as following if you are interested coming over for some actions:

Here is the location:

For more information, please contact Yasman at (+60 11-3229 3111) or visit El Campo at Bidaisari Janda Baik Facebook page.

Until next time!

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40 KM Endurance in TIEP by RTES

July 14-16 was the long awaited endurance competition I have been preparing for in Terengganu International Endurance Park, Lembah Bidong by Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES).

I have prepared specifically for this competition for more than a month with my coach, Abang Iskandar in Batu Arang. Here and here are some of my training footprints although I did train for average 3 times a week for a month.

We went up there on Wednesday night about 8.30 P.M.

A day before the vet check, Bang Is got me to practice trotting Jacq (the horse I was riding for competition) at the vet check zone.

Of course not forgetting to let Jacq familiarize with the area.

Vet Check Day

The actual day of vet check. Black vest is for 40 KM participant. Maroon vest is for 80 KM.

Lucky enough to get No.1 vest for my maiden competition

On the actual vet check day, the doctor on site was checking Jacq after trotting.

A lot of the horses got excited during vet check because there are a lot of horses gather.

Rider No.20 having a special hard time with his stallion (if not mistaken). Well, there were a lot of mares around including Jacq.

The surrounding of the site during vet check day.

The rest area where horses can cool down after each loop for competition.

On the same day we went for a briefing conducted in the open space next to office area.

We were given the following notes for the competition.

This map shows 40 KM participant need to follow Green arrow in 1st loop and Blue arrow on 2nd loop.

In the evening, I got my helmet taped with the head lamp in such artistic touch… Better be safe than be sorry!

After dinner to discuss the strategy on what is the pace to ride, we head back hostel for rest.

Competition Day

Ready to go Rider No.1!

My crew members (Riena and Wan) were helping me to do a final check and some gave me a few final reminders before heading off.

Warming up Jacq in the field.

Flag Off

Flag off was at 3.15 A.M. for 40 KM participants.

Here is a very clear video posted at the courtesy of Ramis Karymshakov, a visiting official from Kyrgyzstan. Please spot for Rider No.1 🙂

1st 20 KM Loop

I started off trotting for the first 5 KM until the 1st water point, as planned. Frankly the initial trotting 5 KM was the hardest part of the competition. It was early in the morning and doing active trot to warm up both the rider and the horse were pretty exhausting.

Water Point 1

At the first water point, I did not stop for rest, again as planned. I cantered into the direction of 2nd water point.

The stamina was much forgiving when I was cantering. Although I still have to ride in the darkness with my tiny head lamp, it was good enough for me to focus on the next 50 M and seeing the Green arrow sign ahead clearly.

Water Point 2

At the 2nd water point, Bang Is and Riena were waiting for me to cool down Jacq. I had a quick stop at 2nd water point and proceed cantering to 3rd water point.

After water point break and cool down Jacq, I could feel she was cantering much lighter than the previous round. I felt like cantering in the air. It was like yeeeehar~ moment.

Water Point 3

Cantering into 3rd water point, again Bang Is and Riena were waiting for me there to cool down Jacq and I got the chance to have drink. After a short break, I continue cantering back into flag off gate to complete the 1st loop.

In the last 1 KM before reaching the gate, I started walking Jacq to allow her heart rate to come down. In fact, the earlier 4 KM was a breeze too. I was wondering how did I got back to the gate so fast.

Once I came back, I checked my time, it was 4:43 A.M. (We started off at 3.15 A.M.). The 1st 20 KM loop took me approximately 1 hour 30 minutes – as planned. My departure time for next loop is +40 minutes which made it to be 5.32 A.M.

1st Loop Vet Check

Jacq’s heart rate came down in 9:30 minutes. We proceed to vet check once her HR was about 56.

Abang Is helped me with bringing Jacq for vet check while I can take a rest myself for the next and final loop.

Everyone (including Jacq) were resting in our tent. We fed Jacq with sufficient food and drink before the next loop begin.

Not forgetting the rider was pretty exhausted after 20 KM ride.

After resting a bit more and it was about 5.20 A.M. we started preparing the horse for the next loop.

2nd 20 KM Loop

My take off time was set to be 5.32 A.M. Wasted no time, I got myself ready prior to that and head to the gate right at the dot.

At the point of taking off Abang Is already asked for me that I was at place No. 5.

I cantered my way to the 1st water point in the Blue route. Abang Iskandar and Riena did not wait for me there.

Water Point 1

Jacq did not want to drink water at 1st water point. I believe I made a mistake there when I cantered all my way to the water point. According to Abang Iskandar, I should be slowing down Jacq in about 200 m prior to the water point so that when we got there Jacq would be relax enough to want to drink.

Moving forward, I cantered a little faster in the next 5 KM heading to 2nd water point. At this point I was able to over take a few riders ahead of me and placed at No.2. I was excited that I was going to get at least top 3.

Water Point 2

Unfortunately upon reaching water point 2, Jacq heart beat got super fast and it didn’t seem like I could continue fast cantering as I earlier did. Not even to proceed the route before her heart rate slow down.

We took a lot of time to cool down Jacq and let her rest.

The riders that I overtook earlier has arrived to water point 2 and continued to water point 3 while Jacq was still resting in water point 2. Ouch…

We knew that Jacq is not going to make it to vet check if we were to force her with the fast pace. So while moving to water point 3, I was only doing slow canter.

Water Point 3

The good news is at water point 3, Jacq heart beat appeared to be better than when she was in water point 2. While the bad news is, I did not manage to overtake any of the riders went ahead of me while I was resting in water point 2.

At water point 3, Abang Iskandar and Riena updated me with their plan. After leaving water point 3, I should walk for 1 KM, canter for 3 KM and then finally walk for 1 KM before arriving to the gate.

I continued as planned and arrived to gate at 6.52 A.M. In other words, it took me 1 hour 20 minute to complete the 2nd loop. This is way beyond the planned time which was 1 hour sharp.

Jacq took 8:22 min to cool down before heading for vet check.

Here is the health report card for Jacq after completing 40 KM.

The game was over. But we didn’t know our placing until later on the official result came out.

We head for breakfast and only came back collecting the result at approximately 11 A.M.

I was placed at No.5 out of 19 riders. Not too bad for maiden ride. Feeling highly grateful that I got No.5 while some riders were not able to complete the competition.

The rest of the results.

On the next day, I managed to meet up with some riders in the stable.

Selfie with Leong, who was another rider during the 40 KM competition.

Summary

In summary, it was an amazing riding experience during the endurance competition. I couldn’t have done it without the help my coach Abang Is, and the crew, Riena who updated me with the plan along the way and get me on almost every water point. Terima kasih Abang Is, Riena!

Also not forgetting Jacq who has gave her very best to go through the journey with me. Thanks Jacq!

In total, it costed slightly below RM3,000 for the entire game. The breakdown as follows:

  • RM2,500 – horse rental and training
  • RM200 – registration
  • RM200 – hiring crew members at RM100 each member
  • RM50 – vest deposit (which unfortunately I lost it)

It has been a long journey since I first started riding in Putrajaya about 2 years back. I could still vividly remember how awkwardly I did my rising trot. I’m grateful for all the people and horses who taught me how to be a better rider.

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

– Robin Williams

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