8-year-old boy Firmansa rides on the horse. He was barefoot, and his protective gear was only a helmet with a Hello Kitty pattern on it, which was obviously not the right size.
After the end of a race, he only remembered that during the race, two fiercely competing horses trapped themselves, they passed by, but they lost control and fell off immediately-the riders of those horses were similar to him Big.
He no longer remembers that his head was stuck on a crumbling wooden railing around the horse farm, and then his shoulder fell to the ground; nor did he remember that the police drove him to the extremely simple clinic with a motorcycle. Uncle applied herbs to his wound.
However, when he woke up the next day, Firmansa declared that “(I) feel strong” and “ready to play again today”-obviously, this is unconvincing.
But a few hours later, he returned to the starting gate again, with injuries, to participate in another preliminaries of the “Regional Police Chiefs Cup 2019”.
“6 to 10 years old”
One of the islands in Indonesia’s stretch of islands is Sumbawa, and Filmansa’s place of participation is in Bima, east of the island. Horse racing has a long history in Sumbawa culture, and the tradition of using child riders in professional horse racing is deeply rooted here.
What’s more worth mentioning is that in recent years there has been a trend that the average age of child riders is declining: children aged 10 years or younger, and even children aged 5 years old come to participate in horseback riding competitions.
”In the late 1990s, horse riders were usually about 10 to 14 years old, but later we found that lighter horses can run faster. Now, horse riders are about 6 to 10 years old.” The vice chairman of the tournament, Noel, said.
The competition that Fermansa Jr. participated in was an important moment of the year in the city: the audience stood shoulder-to-shoulder, horse lovers cheered loudly for their favorite horses and competitors, waved their fists and held their bets in their hands. .
Gambling is illegal in Indonesia. However, the police will only stop the violent conflict caused by the problem of gambling debt and will not ban horses.
Proponents of children’s horse racing say that many families here have a horse racing tradition. Usually, the parents and brothers of child riders have been horse riders when they were children.
However, in the opinion of Alis Silait, chairman of the non-profit National Child Protection Council, the reason for the family tradition is not sufficient. “You can’t tolerate this, it’s crime,” he said.
According to it, the organization found that the “father” who sent the children to the horse race could be impersonating. Sailayt said: “Horse racing is extremely fast, but the children on horseback do not have sufficient protection measures. This is obviously the exploitation of children, which is violence against children. The children are unable to resist their parents or order them to ride horses. People. ”
In response, local government officials said the move did not appear to violate Indonesia’s existing child protection laws. “By definition, exploitation means that children get nothing, and they are very dissatisfied,” said Lisyadi, a member of the Indonesian Child Protection Committee of the government department. “In the horse race, it seems that the children are very happy, they Proud, even, this is their dream. ”
“Easy way to get money”
”It’s become a business,” Sairay said.
In one of Indonesia’s poorest regions, child rider competitions are seen as an important way to make money to subsidize households.
Generally, there will be more than 300 races during the race week. In the first few rounds, the horse owner pays the jockeys for 50,000 to 100,000 Indonesian rupees (about 25 to 50 yuan) per race; if they reach the final stage, the players can earn twice as much and up to A bonus of one million rupees (about 500 yuan). This is attractive-the local minimum monthly wage is about Rs 2 million.
In the competition, the horse owner can naturally get a lot of benefits.
Eddie Poach, 42, who runs the coal and rice business, has more than a dozen horses. In the “Regional Police Chiefs Cup”, like many horse owners, he worked hard to get a share of the prize pool of Rs 482 crore (about RMB 243,000).
The owner who wins the first place in each category can get a moped worth US $ 1,200 (about RMB 8485), and the second place is a cow that is worth US $ 500. Other prizes include refrigerators, televisions, etc.
Horse trainer Askin Mansour’s 7-year-old son Adi participated in this year’s “Regional Police Chiefs Cup” competition.
”I’m worried he fell off the horse and was injured, but this is not only a tradition on the island, but also a tradition in our home.” Askin said, “That’s his life.”
Adi, who raced with friends, said: I like horse racing, and I’m not afraid. “He entered the finals and finished fourth, earning the owner a refrigerator.
For his father this week’s earnings of $ –162 (about 1145 yuan) – happy:. “I expected to be slightly lower than some, but this is a gift from Allah”