Grand Prix, Another First For Malaysia
PM Patron, Dato' Dr. JJ Organising Chairman
Lumpur, April 21, 2003 - Malaysia scores another first in bringing
international showjumping to the region. The world-class KL Grand
Prix will make its debut at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil from
October 2 to 5, 2003 where the world's top-ranked and Malaysia's
best riders will meet for the first time to compete in a major showjumping
Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is the patron of the KL Grand Prix
and the Chairman of the KL Grand Prix Organising Committee is YB
Dato' Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis, President of the Equestrian Association
of Malaysia and Second Finance Minister.
such an important event here will undoubtedly help bring this sport
to the larger public, promote equestrian tourism in Malaysia, and
accord greater recognition to the sport and the country. Indeed
this world-class event, with the best riders and horses from around
the globe, will put Malaysia on the equestrian map, reinforce Malaysia's
reputation as a host of great international sporting events and
provide unparalleled impetus and inspiration to our accomplished
riders and young aspiring riders to reach the top," said YB
Dato' Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Youth and Sports.
the only major international equestrian event in Asia, I look forward
to the KL Grand Prix becoming a vital part of the yearly international
circuit," he added
KL Grand Prix creates another milestone for the country in international
sporting events - from Formula 1 Racing and Tour de Langkawi to
top league showjumping to Asia has been one of the aims of the Federation
Equestre Internationale (FEI). This objective is now realised in
the KL Grand Prix - with its five-star CSI rating, its status similar
to that of Spruce Meadows, Canada; Olympia and Hickstead in the
UK; Paris, France; and Aachen and Dortmund in Germany.
Zaleha Radzi, Managing Director of Asiapromote Ventures Sdn. Bhd.,
the organisers, said, "We are very excited that an event of
this nature and magnitude is happening here in Malaysia. The staging
of the KL Grand Prix is certainly a significant achievement for
Malaysia and we are now on the international showjumping circuit."
further added, "We are indeed delighted our honourable Prime
Minister is our Patron and he is very much looking forward to the
event. Another shot in the arm for the KL Grand Prix is that we
none other than YB Dato' Dr. Jamaludin as the Chairman of the organising
committee. We are very pleased and grateful that the Prime Minister
and prominent figures are playing a key role in Malaysia's very
first international equestrian event.
is a dream come true to see the KL Grand Prix taking shape. We have
put in a lot of ground work in the last two years from conceptualising
and planning to obtaining approvals, sanctions, support and sponsorship,
and ensuring areas like logistics, technical and manpower will be
of world-class standard."
supported by FEI, Malaysian Equine Council, EAM and Department of
Veterinary Services as well as other organisations, the KL Grand
Prix is set to bring equestrian sports to the next level of development
in the country besides attracting horse lovers from around the world
to visit Malaysia.
sponsors for the event to date are Malaysian Airline Berhad, Tourism
Malaysia, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Palace of the Golden Horses
and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
KL Grand Prix
KL Grand Prix is a five-star CSI international showjumping event
that is scheduled for October 2 to 5, 2003 at the Putra Stadium
in Bukit Jalil. The event will witness at least 25 world top-ranked
riders and horses competing for the very first time in Asia.
objectives of the KL Grand Prix are:
" To institute top-level equestrian sports in Malaysia
" To promote Malaysia as an international venue for horse events
" To promote sports tourism in Malaysia
" To encourage young people to take up equestrian sports, where
Malaysians can excel
" To promote further development of equestrian sports in the
" To draw world-class riders and officials to Malaysia
event consists of four series of competitions - the first two series,
the Young Riders Challenge and the National Trophy, are opened to
Malaysian and other South-east Asian riders. The other two, which
are International Small Tour and International Big Tour, will see
South-east Asian riders meeting the crème de la crème
of the international showjumping circuit. The key event is the KL
Grand Prix where the best of the best in the world will vie for
are also special awards and prizes to be won - the Leading Young
Rider, Leading Malaysian Rider in the National Series and the Leading
Malaysian Rider from the International Series.
KL Grand Prix will provide opportunities for local and foreign businesses
in the equine industry to showcase its various facets as well as
to establish trade contacts at the trade expo.
will also be fun and entertainment to schoolchildren, families and
other members of the public. Events will include a taste of Malaysian
culture, horsey activities like pony and carriage rides, horse-related
competitions, shows and demonstrations.