Bukit Timah Saddle Club opens doors to public for Singapore Horse Show

Watch a showjumping competition at the Singapore Horse Show.
Watch a showjumping competition at the Singapore Horse Show.PHOTO: BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB

Ride horses, watch showjumping and enjoy the country life at the first Singapore Horse Show

Horse lovers, saddle up for a weekend of riding and equestrian sports.

As part of the inaugural Singapore Horse Show, the Bukit Timah Saddle Club is throwing open its doors to the public tomorrow and on Sunday.

From 9am to 6pm, parts of the club's sprawling 10ha premises - including the riding school stables, green pastures and sand arenas - will be accessible to visitors for free.

Adults can ride the horses for $15, while the little ones can go on pony rides for $10. Each ride takes about eight minutes.

There is plenty of equestrian action, too.

Stallions and their riders will perform a series of movements in a dressage competition tomorrow morning. There is also a demonstration on Sunday afternoon.

Spectators can watch horses bound across fences of various heights and widths in a showjumping contest on Sunday morning and a demonstration tomorrow afternoon.

  • VIEW IT / SINGAPORE HORSE SHOW

  • WHERE: Bukit Timah Saddle Club, 51 Fairways Drive

    WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday, 9am to 6pm

    ADMISSION: Free

    INFO: btsc.org.sg

For more fast-paced action, there will be a series of pony races on the two days, which will culminate in a grand final on Sunday afternoon.

Horses will not be the only animals at the event. Dog owners can take along their pets for a dog showjumping event.

The showjumping fun is not just reserved for animals. Humans can also show off their agility in a showjumping contest on both days - they have to jump over hurdles that start from a height of 60cm. The top three contestants will receive rosetts.

Apart from pony rides, kids can go on a tour of the grounds on a mini train at $10 a child.

Though the club has held country fairs in the past four years, its general manager Anthony Lowry says the Singapore Horse Show offers more non-equine activities, including a farmers' market and food trucks.

He adds: "We are trying to give people a taste of what country life is like as some in Singapore have never seen or touched a horse. We hope to banish the stereotype that it is an elite sport only for wealthy people."

On regular days, the club is open to not just its 200 members but the public too. One can sign up for a four-session riding package for $430 and there are pony rides for kids on weekends at $10 a child.

Professional equestrienne and national rider Catherine Chew thinks the event is a step in the right direction in educating the masses on horse-riding.

The 27-year-old, who will participate in the showjumping competition and demonstration, says: "An event like this allows more people to experience horse-riding and decide if they would like to try it. Otherwise, it makes for a nice family excursion."

For Ms Esther Han, 27, the horse show is an opportunity for her to get up close with the horses and catch a showjumping competition.

The account manager recently rode a horse for the first time while on holiday in Perth and plans to do so again at the stables.

She says: "I have seen show jumping events only on TV, so it's a treat to be able to see it at a stable in Singapore."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2016, with the headline 'Horse around this weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe