Horse Racing is not common in Indonesia, but as Arabian Horses are very famous, and living in the Arabian region, it’s hard not to miss that the Arabs are very proud of their horses, and one of the most famous competitions is the Endurance Race, when the organizer invites people to watch this spectacular event. Along with this competition there is another event involving horses which is the Qatar International Invitational Cup for Thoroughbreds at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (REC). A week before this race meeting there is
advertisement in the local news paper “Gulf Times” called “Beautiful Hats” which goes something like this:
The Racing and Equestrian Club (REC) is organising a hat contest for Ladies during the race meeting to be staged as part of the 20th Qatar International Equestrian Festival on Thursday at Al Rayyan race track.
Registrations are open now and can be made via e-mail and one can also enter the competition at the venue on February 24 at the competition’s stand.
The contest is limited to ladies wearing ready-made hats or their own home-made creations.
The presentation of hats will take place during the Race Meeting from 03:30pm to 05:30pm.
The deliberation of the jury will be from 05:30 pm to 06:00 pm and will be followed by the prize distribution ceremony. The jury will pick the top three and the winners will get exciting prizes.
This was very interesting for me..… my first impression from the advert was that it was something new for me as an Indonesian. This kind of event is not part of Indonesian culture not to mention the event. I remembered reading about Ascot, a famous horse race in the UK where all the spectators dress up and the ladies wear fancy hats and head dresses. I cannot help thinking to myself that maybe Qatar is trying to develop a new tradition and culture at horse racing events, which could be fun and interesting in the future.
If it had not clashed with another event, that I had already bought a ticket and was commited to that, then I would have entered the “Beautiful Hat competition, as I had already bought a new sort of “Head Dress”, even though it was for different occasion.
However, when I think of it further, I rememered that most local people (the true Qatari ladies) traditionally their head dress is very different; and no room for the fancy, colourful and beautiful hats. Thus, who is this contest aiming for?
The next day, in the local news, they published the event, and these are those who participated in the event: