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Rei Kurohi
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

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Horsing around on home turf

The New Paper | Rei Kurohi | Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

When you think of horses, the Singapore Turf Club comes to mind.

Racing fans flood the massive grandstand at Kranji each week, and why not? For a mere $5 by CashCard or ez-link, and $6 by cash, locals and tourists alike can get to watch the steeds racing across the flat.

And even if you are not there for the betting, there is still a frisson of excitement as people cheer on their favourite horses.

There are also foodcourts and restaurants on site with television screens, for keeping up with the action while having a meal.

Last month, the Singapore Airlines International Cup brought global attention to the tracks when racehorse Dan Excel broke the track record and claimed top prize.

For racehorse owners, there is complimentary entry to the plush Owners' Lounge.

But if you are more inclined towards riding a horse yourself than betting, there is always the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre (STCRC).

Apart from riding lessons and competitions, STCRC partners with schools for co-curricular activity programmes.

It is also home to several former race champions, as well as horses used in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

GET SERIOUS WITH A SADDLE

For those keen on riding, there is the Bukit Timah Saddle Club (BTSC) at 51 Fairways Drive.

The club offers packages for beginners, which include lessons on horse care, safety and basic riding techniques.

The only catch is that riders must be at least seven years old to experience the eight-week programme, which will set you back $577.80.

Younger children can participate in pony rides and educational programmes to learn how to care for ponies and horses.

More experienced riders can sign up for a public riding package in groups of three to eight people. An assessment lesson has to be booked with a BTSC instructor before riders are accepted into the programme.

The package of four lessons, each lasting 45 minutes, costs $428.

Tracing its history to the formation of the Singapore Sporting Club in 1842, BTSC brings a wealth of experience to its wide range of equestrian facilities and lessons.

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