Fearless Riders: The Child Jockeys of Indonesia

These images might look, at first glance, like standard shots of a horse race — clouds of dust billow as hooves tear the ground, riders hold crops high as they compete for the top spot. But look a little closer: These jockeys are kids.

Indonesian photographer Romi Perbawa has spent four years documenting the child racers of Sumbawa Island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Held at the end of the rice-harvesting season, which usually falls between April and July, these races often involve children as young as 5 years old, with the horses they ride regularly racing at incredibly high speeds.

Shockingly, safety gear — such as harnesses and saddles — is rarely used, despite the risk of injury, and the local government considers the races an important part of island culture. Here, horseback racing is a tradition that is passed on from generation to generation.

To read the rest of the story & see the photo-Gallery, follow this link.  http://lightbox.time.com/2014/05/14/fearless-riders-the-child-jockeys-of-indonesia/?xid=newsletter-photos-weekly#2

 

 

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