After East Ijogading block came to the overall champion last year, this year (2017) is the turn of the West Ijogading block to win the Jembrana Buffalo Race Cup 2017. The race was held at Sanghyang Cerik Circuit, Tuwed village, Melaya, Jembrana, on Sunday (Nov. 19) watched thousands of residents. Since early morning of the
After East Ijogading block came to the overall champion last year, this year (2017) is the turn of the West Ijogading block to win the Jembrana Buffalo Race Cup 2017. The race was held at Sanghyang Cerik Circuit, Tuwed village, Melaya, Jembrana, on Sunday (Nov. 19) watched thousands of residents.
Since early morning of the race day, thousands of buffalo racing enthusiasts have crowded the circuit. The jockeys were enthusiastic and eager to boost their buffaloes. After several hours of fighting, the West Ijogading became the champion of all three race categories as well as ahead of the East Ijogading block. West Ijogading managed to get totally 42 points and ahead of Ijogading Timur that only got totally 14 points.
Automatically, the host won the overall champion and was entitled to get a trophy and cash prizes. Meanwhile, East Ijogading block as the second overall champion got cash prizes. The prize was given directly by Regent of Jembrana, I Putu Artha.
Coordinator of Jembrana Buffalo Race (Makepung), I Made Mara, said that the Jembrana Buffalo Race Cup this time is followed by 157 pairs of buffalo from western block and 115 pairs from eastern block. In addition, Mara added the money obtained by the champion from the race is not given directly to the champion, but will be divided for the operations and treasure of the buffalo race participants.
In other words, the prize money is taken advantage for the operation of each block which cost quite significant for once race. The buffalo race group appreciated to the district government for supporting the buffalo race tradition in Jembrana. They hoped there are more and more race events, including the longing of community for the Gubernatorial Buffalo Race Cup.
Meanwhile, Regent Artha said that as a commitment to preserving local culture, the district government will continuously support and work to improve the activities of buffalo races in Jembrana. One of the efforts is by improving the facilities and infrastructure as currently being done at Samblong. Artha hoped all the buffalo race groups to always increase their vivacity in preserving this culture. (BTN/kmb)1 comment