Book Title: The Riders of Destiny
Photographer/s: Romi Perbawa
Place of publication: Jakarta, Indonesia
Year of publication: 2014
Publisher: Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara
Language: English, Indonesian
Dimensions of book: 275 x 215 mm
Edition size: n/a
Binding, paper & printing details: Hard cover, perfect bound, black and white offset prints on semi coated paper.
Number of pages: 134
Number of pictures: 83
Designer: Andi Ari Setiadi
Printer: Harapan Prima Printing
Retail price: n/a
Where to buy; stores/ distributors/URLS: n/a
Summary of project:
“Riders of Destiny documents traditional horseback racing in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Without any fear, children aged 5-9 race on horseback at up to 80km per hour. The talent for horseback racing is passed on from generation to generation. Children learn to let go of their fear, even with the very real risk of falling, becoming maimed, or dying during the race.
The local government and parents consider this tradition an important part of their culture, which must be preserved. Even with all the risks and dangers involved, no one cares for the safety of these child jockeys. Not even standard safety horse riding gear is provided.
Besides safety, there are other concerns for the welfare of these children. Preparation and training for the horse riding races interferes with their education. Each year there are at least ten horse races. Each racing event takes at least ten days. This adds up, and every year these child jockeys are missing 100 days of school.”