15 Oct 2012

This is all bull! Stockbull, not stock cars


Daring Indonesian farmers celebrate end of rice harvest with spectacular cow racing festival


Even the most ardent adrenaline junkie would be forgiven for breaking into a sweat at the sight of these stunning photos of bull racing in Indonesia.
Balancing on just a rudimentary wooden frame and clinging to the animals' tails, competitors careen across muddy paddy fields in an astonishing festival to celebrate the end of the rice harvesting season.
With their hands busy holding on tight, jockeys encourage their steeds to go faster by biting their tails. Yep, that's the truth.
They don't do wheelies or burn rubber, but boy you don't have to do strange things to stock cars exhaust pipes either.
Hold on tight: A competitor clings to his two cows as he takes part in racing Pacu Jawi

Anyway a good race performance can lead to a higher price for those farmers that plan to sell breeding stock.
After each run the bulls are cleaned and the odd Bandiad applied before being herded into a display pen for the buyers to make their choice.
The extraordinary event translates to 'push-ahead cow' in the local language of the Minangkabau tribe.
Thousands of spectators come from far afield to watch the exploits of these stock jockeys.