Horse racing course in Tokyo, Japan, seeks inbound inspiration from international students

With the Rugby World Cup 2019 in full swing and a Summer Olympic Games 2020 on the horizon, organizations and companies across the host Japan continue to seek ways to extend their appeal to the increasing number of foreign tourists visiting their country.

In Shinagawa Ward of Tokyo, horse racing course Oi Keibajo is not strang to pioneering new ways to reach to new audiences. 

Also known as Tokyo City Keiba, the venue was the first in Japan to offer a schedule of night-time races with their popular Twinkle Races program that began in 1986 – a move that has helped to establish Oi Keibajo becoming a post-work date spot among couples in the capital Tokyo.

Races of a similar guise have been adopted by horse racing venues across Japan since then.

However, Oi Keibajo is not basking in its success and with the country set to host two global sporting tournaments over the next 12 months venue management is exploring new territory again, this time in their efforts to show a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world.

In August, Oi Keibajo hosted a workshop during which the Japanese staff of the venue teamed up with international students studying in a university of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to promote the venue to younger foreigners.

Around 25 international students from the National University of Yokohama and faculty members attended the workshop on August 2.  All the students were enrolled in Yokohama Creative-City Studies (YCCS) Program focusing on facilitation and leadership to produce future global leaders.

During the workshop the Japanese racecourse staff and students worked together in groups in order to come up with, film, and star in a commercial promoting the venue.

Some groups took inspiration for their videos from Oi Keibajo’s various attractions like exhibits, illuminations, and restaurants while others pointed to the proximity of the venue to Haneda Airport. One video returned to the theme of a date whichended in a marriage proposal as part of the story.

Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 indoor horse racing

Universities in Asia – Pacific accelerate innovation with artificial intelligence HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach A series of the world’s most prestigious international obstacle racing events in 2019 (published by considered the Grand Slam of the annual indoor obstacle course) will continue with the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 Indoor Horse Racing which takes place from February 15 to February 17, 2019.

Previously, the competitive season was started with the indoor horse race held in Paris (France) and will continue in April 2019 with the indoor horse racing tournament in New York (USA).

This is the 7th time, Hong Kong is hosting the world’s leading stature indoor horse racing competition. In addition to the indoor obstacle race, there are many other important events such as the Asian Horse Week – a conference lasting 3 days (from February 14 to February 16, 2019) gathers the leading characters and officials in the world racing village, along with many fun activities, entertainment, food, etc.

The indoor obstacle course in Hong Kong features 6 competitions with a prize money of USD 680,620. For the first time, talented Asian riders will have the opportunity to compete with the world’s top horse racing stars. The grand final (Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong) is going to be the pinnacle of technical competency, the skill of riding a horse to overcome various obstacles. The winner of each stage of the Grand Series The slam will receive a Super Grand Slam bonus worth up to 2,250,000 million euros.

Mr. Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM commented: “We are delighted to be back in Hong Kong with a show full of emotions, colors and promises of no less surprises. We invite all fans and families to come to the competition to enjoy the great, excitement and discover the miracles, full of attraction of this high-end equestrian sport ”.

Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Department (HTB) said: “We are delighted to see the prestigious Longines Masters horse race returning to Hong Kong, the only place in Asia to have the honor. This big project. This event once again strengthens Hong Kong’s status as the capital of major events in Asia. ”

Five Fastest Horse Breeds for Racing


Horse racing is a popular sport and remains a crowd favorite in the modern era. If there is an animal sharing a human’s need for speed, it is the horse. In terms of racehorses, they are given with names, kept in pristine conditions, have excellent grooming, have perfect diets, and undergo adequate exercise.

These racehorses are treated so well that they are compared to elite athletes. Though standard races are restricted by breed, some types of races use specific breeds. Let’s look at the fastest racing horses.

Thoroughbred

The thoroughbred is arguably the best breed for racing, so it is a standard pick for most bettors. Thoroughbreds are muscular, have long legs, a short back, and a broadhead. This horse breed is the top choice for racing.

Racing horse

Quarter Horse

The name Quarter Horse reflects this breed’s remarkable speed over a quarter-mile distance. These horses are known for their sprinting. Some of them clocked in at an excess of over 50 mph for a quarter-mile distance. Quarter horses are muscular, have a broad chest, small and short head, and strong hindquarters.

Appaloosa

The color patterns and striped hooves distinguish Appaloosa horses. Appaloosas horses are medium in size. There are Appaloosa-only races happening mostly in the western parts of the world. Cutting, roping, reining, show jumping, and barrel racing are great events for this horse breed.

Appaloosas are also famous for their immense speed thanks to their gait. Some of them can even outrun thoroughbreds as well as other racing-oriented breeds.

Standardbred

In terms of harness racing and trotting, Standardbreds are good options. These horses usually weigh up to 800 to 1000 lbs, have sturdy legs and shoulders, heavier hindquarters, and long muscular bodies. Standardbreds are used for a wide selection of events like the show, pleasure riding, and racing. They are also known for their excellent behavior.

Arabian

Arabians are known for their high intelligence, spirit, stamina, strength, and gentleness. These horses are also easy to train, making this horse breed legendary in the racing world. They have broad foreheads, large eyes, small muzzles, and large nostrils.

A basic guide on how to ride a horse for beginners (Part 2)

Keep your feet balanced

Often, many first-time horsemen use the method of riding their feet on the side of the horse. However, this is completely wrong because they will affect the horse control. Therefore, it is best to gently touch the side of the horse with the foot. At the same time, your knees should be bent and the heel lower than your toes.

Balance sitting technique

The next horse riding technique that you need to grasp no matter what condition is sitting on balance. If you do not know how to sit properly, it is difficult to contact the horse. Moreover the horse will find it more difficult to carry you on your back.

Therefore, to be effective, sit upright and create a 90-degree angle and heel on the pedal. If you find it difficult to recognize, you can imagine having a straight line behind you. This will help your body distribute your weight more evenly.

Wear protective gear before riding

Equestrian technique is also one of the interesting issues about how to ride without falling and how to choose a pure horse when riding without harming you. So it is not difficult to tell the love cards to find a good partner for them or not to find a suitable mate for you, as well as finding a pure horse with you to learn horse riding. Simplicity requires you to persevere.

At the same time always give yourself a relaxed, happy and stress-free mood. Because when you sit improperly and your mood is tense, the horse is also nervous. Since then they will not control the speed and can run faster at the beginning.

Manual horse control by body

Body-rearing is a horse control technique when cornering. To perform this technique, you need to use the pelvic floor muscles to indicate the direction of running. Drive your pelvis forward or backward to encourage the horse. With this signal, you can fully control the horse no matter what bend.

In addition to the above riding techniques, it is also important to pay attention to the reins. Be sure not to pull the reins too tight and let them loosen up a bit. So you can easily send a signal to your horse.

Ruby Wax postpones Norwich shows due to a horse-riding accident


Comedian Ruby Wax had to postpone her upcoming tour due to having had a horse-riding accident on holiday that left her with “severe injuries”.

Ruby planned to start her new How To Be Human tour at the Playhouse from 3 to 6 of September. However, it will now be delayed until she recovers.

Besides her How To Be Human tour, she also canceled her Edinburgh Fringe shows in earlier September and tweeted her thanks to fans for their kind thoughts and messages and said that she was using mindfulness to help her body deal with the pain.

Ruby was born in Illinois, the United States and began her career in the sitcom named Girls on Top and as a comedy interviewer on shows like Ruby Wax Meets and The Full Wax. In  addition, she was the script editor for sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, too.

She now lives in the United Kingdom and she was made an OBE for her services to mental health – a hot topic that features heavily in her material in 2015.

Ruby’s new show How To Be Human, which was based on her bestselling book, answers questions about evolution, emotions, thoughts, the body, relationships, addictions, sex, kids, compassion, and the future.

Ruby’s management on the Norwich Playhouse website shows a statement: “Chambers Touring announces with great regret the postponement of Ruby Wax show: How To Be Human at Norwich Playhouse from 3 to 6 of September.

“Having a horse-riding accident on holiday, Ruby Wax has suffered severe injuries to her back.

“While we hoped that Ruby would have recovered in time for her shows, we have difficultly decided to delay the start of her tour to allow her to get back to full health.

“Ruby is very sorry to delay these shows and she always enjoys playing Norwich Playhouse as well as had been looking forward to starting her autumn tour there.

“We are trying to reschedule the shows. Ticket holders will be contacted in due course.”

A basic guide on how to ride a horse for beginners (Part 1)

Horse riding is considered a difficult sport to play. They require the user to be extremely observant and know how to coordinate the movements. Especially when riding horses, players need to be very skilled or it will be very easy to get injured. So what do people who start playing this sport do?

Prepare riding horses and equestrian protection equipment

In order to perform the equestrian technique, of course you need to prepare the equestrian. According to statistics, there are currently four main types of horses. Which eg like Saddlebred USA, Missouri Fox Trotter, Paso Fino. However, it is best to start with a horse that is gentle and gentle.

Once you’ve got your horse ready, take some theoretical horse riding classes. Find an instructor to help you understand how to ride and choose thoroughbred horses. Then try experimenting with talking or talking to horses. This way, you will easily approach and control the horse during the ride.

In addition, you should also prepare protective equipment such as helmets, protective shoes. Or the elbow and elbow protectors. Combined with the physical exercises such as Jump Jacks, Butt Kickers, stretching, hip, etc. These exercises will help the body to be comfortable, mentally alert and limit muscle infarction.

Learn basic riding techniques

In the opinion of the teachers, the basic riding technique in general is quite difficult. Because they don’t just depend on the will of the rider. It also depends in part on how to capture tips to control the horse. Therefore, to be able to ride a horse for the first time, you should keep in mind the following main points.

Climb on horseback

When you climb on a horse, you also need a solid performance technique. You need to stand beside the horse and hold the reins in your left hand. You then put your left foot on the pedals of the saddle and then turn the right foot to climb. While climbing, be sure to lower yourself down to the saddle to avoid startling.

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival: Everything You Need To Know

This guide has everything you need to know about the Ebor Festival at York, including race times, odds, and tips.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival offers record prize money of more than £5 million, so looks set to attract the highest rated mare in the world (Enable), the highest-rated horse in the world (Crystal Ocean), the highest-rated stayer in the world (Stradivarius), and the highest-rated filly in the world (Magical) for the flagship meeting of York,, over 4 spectacular days of racing from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 August. 

What is the Ebor Festival?

The website of York Racecourse bills Ebor festival as ‘sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over 4 fabulous days’ and it’s not easy to disagree with this strap-line due to what is presently one of the most significant weeks of the summer.

The Juddmonte International Stakes on the opening afternoon – won by what is widely considered as the greatest thoroughbred Frankel of the world in 2012 – is the standout Group One race of the festival and also one of the most prestigious middle-distance races in Europe.

Although the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks are the highlights on Thursday and Friday, the race which gives the Festival its name has grown in stature in the last seasons and the whole week now also builds towards the Sky Bet Ebor on Saturday.

The mile and three-quarter handicap is one of the year’s most competitive races and will be worth a total prize fund of £1million for the first time in 2019.

Since 1840, the oldest and most famous race of York has generated a lot of excitement and promises to be a thrilling spectacle again this time.

When is the Ebor Festival?

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2019 takes place for four days from Wednesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 24.

The Festival is the final Flat meeting of the British summer schedule in June and the Qatar Goodwood Festival in late July.

World records in the horse world (Part 2)

The fastest speed of a race horse: 70.8km / h

The highest velocity a race horse achieved at a short range (402m) was recorded for a 2-year-old horse, named Winning Brew, trained by Francis Vitale (USA) at the Pennsylvania state race in May. / 2008.

The largest number of horses pulling a car: 141 children

The world record for the highest number of horses pulling a car was 141 children, set up at an event in Aubagne, France in December 2005. In total, 141 horses formed a length of 409.7m, pulling the car across the streets of Aubagne in 1.5 km.

The horse is the most expensive auction: 16 million USD

The highest price is paid for a pure race horse at a public auction of $ 16 million for a 2-year-old ponies, who have never competed before. The young horse named Forestry was brought to the auction by Demi O’Byrne (Ireland) at an auction held at the Calder horse race in Florida (USA) in February 2006.

The biggest prize for a single horse race: $ 10 million

The biggest prize fund for a single horse race is $ 10 million for Dubai World Cup held at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 27, 2010. All bonuses are awarded to the top 6 horses, of which the most awarded prize is 6 million USD.

The smartest horse in the world: Lukas

Guinness recorded Lukas as the smartest horse in the world. Lukas, a horse that was once considered “unsavory and dangerous” at 17 years old, was bought by Karen Murdock (USA) with the intention of domesticating and reselling. However, nearly 9 years later, Lukas has now become Miss Murdock’s pet. Thanks to the training of the hostess, this horse can distinguish the color and shape of the object, know how to do things like bow, catch handkerchiefs and perform the training movements. Lukas has appeared in many television shows, becoming “stars” on countless websites and has been nominated for the 2010 Horse Society Award of the American Horse Society.

World records in the horse world (Part 1)

Guinness World Records recognizes that the most expensive race horse is up to 16 million USD and the smartest horse can distinguish the color, the shape of the object as well as many other extraordinary games.

The tallest horse: Big Jake, 2.1 meters high

According to the Guinness World Records website, the highest horse in the world today is Big Jake, 9 years old, belonging to Belgium’s Gelding variety. It has a height of 2.1 m without iron nails and weighs up to 1.1 tons. This horse belongs to Smokey Hollow farm in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA. Big Jake is currently kept in a 6m x 6m barn and consumes 1.5 bales of grass as well as 37.8 liters of oak seeds per day. In the video posted on the Guinness page, Jerry Gilbert – Big Jake’s owner, tells the horse that he loves to be joking, playful and good.

The lowest horse: Thumbelina, 0.44m

Thumbelina mares belong to Miniature ponies, born and raised on Goose Creek farm in St Louis, Missouri, USA. According to Guinness, the world’s smallest horse only reached 44cm in height and she said heavy. According to the interview published to the owner of Thumbelina, Kay and Paul Goessling, and his handling, Michael Goessling, the horse weighs less than 27kg. The hostess and the person who directly tamed this “little girl” said the horse would never be bred.

The longest ponytail: 4.08m

A Shetland-like short pony named Golden Shante, nicknamed “Topper” holds the world record for the longest ponytail to be born, more than 4m. This horse was born in 1993.

Parade with the largest horse: 11,125 horses and riders

Record of the largest parade with horses takes place on August 9, 2013 in Mongolia. According to Guinness, 11,125 horses and riders from 21 provinces of Mongolia gathered in Khui Doloon Khudag in the country’s capital Ulaanbaatar to join the parade stretching nearly 4km. The youngest rider in the parade is 2 years old, while the oldest is 90 years old.

Laura defies her disability to pursue her horse riding dreams


With a rare metabolic condition that affects her mobility, teenager Laura Curson has returned from a disabled dressage championship with 3 medals.

14-year-old girl Laura Curson from Stokesley School rode on Hunky Dory at the UK’s National Riding for the Disabled Dressage Championship, won the graded dressage test. She was awarded the Charley Dargie trophy for the highest score in this test.

Laura continued to win the graded freestyle dressage to music and also came second in the dressage pairs along with Kathryn Pavitt.

The couple was also placed third in tack and turnout. However, the most notable thing was that she received a surprise award at the final presentation as she was awarded the Bob Galbreath Trophy for the highest combined graded score over the whole weekend.

Laura has rare metabolic condition Glutaric Aciduria Type One that affects her mobility. Her passion for horse riding is not only her most favorite hobby but it also helps to improve her core strength and stretch her muscles.

She has well developed a special bond with Hunky Dory, the pony that she partnered at the UK’s National Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucester. Hunky Dory belongs to Claire Robinson, who is the manager of Stokesley Riding for the Disabled and Robinson’s Equiteach.

Robinson’s Equiteach paid for all the Stokesley RDA competitors to take part in the national championship and Laura’s mum, Jane Curson, also wanted to help towards the entry fee and the costs of transporting the horses.

Laura said that those achievements meant the world to her and she felt that she was going from strength to strength with her riding. She also felt that she had got closer to her ultimate dream of becoming a Paralympic champion one day.

Hannah Millett, head-teacher at Stokesley School, said that they were exceptionally proud of Laura not only for her incredible achievements but also for her general warmth and sunny disposition around their school.