Romi Perbawa’s THE RIDERS OF DESTINY is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

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

Editor: n/a

Printer: Harapan Prima Printing

ISBN: 978-602-9342-16-1

Retail price: n/a

Where to buy; stores/ distributors/URLS: n/a

Link/s to existing book/ series reviews: ‘Lens Culture’, ‘Times Magazine’, ‘Invisible Photographers Asia’, ‘The Photobook Club Jakarta’ ‘Seribu Kata

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.”

Romi Perbawa