Main Jaran

January 1st, 2015 | by TheJourneyMagz
Main Jaran

Sumbawa is an island on the east of Lombok Island, there is a local culture passed down from one generation to another, known as “Main Jaran”. It is a horserace, but what makes it unique is that the jockey is a child. The event itself is a favorite game among the Sumbawa people and it also attracts people from neighboring island. Horserace can be found anywhere else, but those little jockeys can only be found in a horserace in Sumbawa.


If we looked back about the history of the “Main Jaran”, horse had been used for hunting by the people of Sumbawa. Later during the Dutch colonial times, the horserace event was arranged to celebrate a high ranked Dutch officer birthday party. As time goes by it had become a regular event to the people of Sumbawa.

The difference now is that the safety aspect is highly regarded. Some of the race rules are also well organized these days; such the horse class is divided in according to the horse size. The highest class is known as “kelas Dewasa” is where the bigger and faster horse race that adds up the excitement to the event.

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