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Maejo Charity Run
a great success
Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee
Dressage Contest at Lanna Riding Stablesv
Maejo Charity Run
a great success
Maejo University set up many activities to celebrate HRH
Princess Galayani Vadhana’s 80th birthday this year. These included a Half
Marathon (21.1 km.), Mini Marathon (10.9 km.) and Walk-Run For Health (4
Cole finished the mini marathon in 2nd place in his 30 - 39 years age group.
To honor this special occasion, MJU organized the events
to raise funds to support the “Princess Mother’s 100 Years Orchid
Botanical Garden” and the “Return to Nature of Thai Orchids”. The
background for the activities was that, although Thailand’s Princess
Mother has passed away, people still remember her with much fondness and
respect. Since the Princess Mother’s 100 years anniversary was fast
approaching, Maejo University, together with the private sector, established
the “Princess Mother’s 100 Years Orchid Botanical Garden Project”.
marathon female, age group 16 - 19 years winners: 1st Miss Blakely Harris,
2nd Miss Morgan, and 3rd Rattanaporn Suwanpairote.
This began three years ago, within the Ban Pong
Development Project, itself a Royal Initiative. It serves as a reminder of
her kindness and compassion and to underscore nature conservation while
providing farming opportunities for the people in the northern highlands.
Half - Marathon (21.1 km.)
Men: 19 years and below - 1st
Tawatchai Chabasuwan, 2nd Weerasak Aiyawan, 3rd Kritapong Sue-Ngam; 20 - 29
years - 1st Jirasak Suthichard, 2nd Chawa Mee-eakapab, 3rd Kritayad
Wiengsamut; 30 - 39 years - 1st Sommai Sangmad, 2nd Piyawat Kunthalue, 3rd
Pitak Inthajak; 40 - 49 years - 1st Kacheechit Norkaew, 2nd Wicharn
Tuangsaket, 3rd Term Tatha; 50 - 59 years - 1st Taweep Hengwan, 2nd Sakorn
Parintharakun, 3rd Thongkum Kanthayong; 60 years and above - 1st Thongdee
Sirikan, 2nd Som Somwongsrikun, 3rd Udom Chaitha.
of the mini marathon male, age group 16 - 19 years: 1st Chatree Tonrub, 2nd
Kittasak Chaiya, 3rd Kennedy Horton.
Women: 20 - 29 years - 1st Yupin Chompusom, 2nd
Nisachon Promwong; 30 - 39 years - 1st Thanandorn Chumsri, 2nd Budsaba
Witthayakhom, 3rd Phijit Pongdong; 40 - 49 years - 1st Kaesorn Thakaew, 2nd
Urai Sutirana, 3rd Phanee Chaithep; 50 - 59 years - 1st Pratueng Kolanon,
2nd Ammarat Sinthupan.
Mini - Marathon (10.9 km.)
Men: 15 years and below - 1st
Sarawut Trasin, 2nd Nirucha Arthornket, 3rd Suthichai Jafoo; 16 - 19 years -
1st Chatree Tonrub, 2nd Kittasak Chaiya, 3rd Mr. Kenedy Horton; 20 - 29
years - 1st Pratchaya Maneesaeng, 2nd Seksan Chaipan, 3rd Wanlop Wana; 30 -
39 years - 1st Jaroon Kedmeesup, 2nd Mr. Matt Cole, 3rd Morakod Yanajaroen;
40 - 49 years - 1st Panarak Photipussa, 2nd Narapon Sriwichai, 3rd Thaweesak
Buaroey; 50 years and above - 1st Banjong Watthanasawat, 2nd Surachet
Punpunwong, 3rd Boonlert Sooksawaeng.
the winners posed for a photo in front of HRH Princess Galayani Vadhana’s
Women: 15 years and below - 1st Nathakarn Boonrueng,
2nd Katesiri Kumdang, 3rd Siraprapa Ieamjaso; 16 - 19 years - 1st Miss
Blakely Harris, 2nd Miss Morgan, 3rd Rattanaporn Suwanpairote; 20 - 29 years
- 1st Yayeera Anurak, 2nd Rungthiwa Radchasawang, 3rd Preedaporn
Eakthanawong; 30 - 39 years - 1st Chanokamon Wongwattana, 2nd Ruangrat
Kumrin; 40 - 49 years - 1st Jaruayporn Panjamayuree, 2nd Wanpen Umpaipan,
3rd Saipin Supa.
Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee: Doi Pui Summit to Huay Tung Tao
bikes to the top for the off-road trails
In the last two editions, we rode up the mountain from
the Zoo entrance to the Doi Pui Summit. But if you want to save your energy
for the off-road trails, there is another way to do it; you can transport
yourself and your bike up the mountain. At the Zoo entrance is a good place
to hire a red songthiew. It is usually a shared price (3 bikes and riders
fit nicely inside the back), 100-150 baht to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, 200
baht to Phu Ping Palace, and 300 baht to Doi Pui. Ask for Wat Sun Ku, which
puts you near the high point on this road, about a kilometer before the
forestry checkpoint kiosk.
Doi Pui Summit to Huay
Tung Tao, mt-bike downhill course (15 km, one hour)
From Wat Sun Ku ride about a kilometer to the forestry
checkpoint kiosk. Take the right fork, the dirt and gravel road that heads
downhill. This is the starting point for Route 5 in the excellent book: Fun
& Genuine Mountain Bicycling - Biking on Your Own by M.L. Chititewan
Pete Devakul, as well as some other mountain bike trails.
Pui forestry checkpoint kiosk. Take the right fork, the dirt and gravel road
that heads downhill; this is the starting point for Route 5.
I would describe this route as a rough, winding dirt
road, clay and rock, some spots with loose gravel on top in dry weather, and
some slick mud after a rain. Beware deep ruts in the road, mud puddles and
sharp turns; reason to keep it under control. This road is access to homes
and farms, so watch out for the occasional pick-up truck, motorbike and
people walking on the road. It’s mostly downhill, with enough short uphill
stretches to give you a little workout. There is a lot of mud this time of
year, especially after a big rain.
You can’t go too wrong if you follow the main-traveled
road down, especially if you have a GPS unit and follow the map in the book.
Without is there are a couple of places where you will wonder which fork in
the road to take. I guessed correctly my first time, and I’ll try to make
it clear for you now.
At about 4 km from the top, you reach a small coffee
plantation on the right, with a little coffee shop next to the road. This is
a Chiang Mai University agricultural station, and there is an informative
display on coffee production. At about 1/2 km past the coffee farm, you will
come to a T in the road with big signs in Thai. To the right is an
ornamental gate over the road. 100 meters or so takes you to Ban Khun Chang
Khian (Hmong village) and other mountain bike routes. But this time, go left
at the T and continue the downhill road.
Another kilometer and you reach a fork in the road with a
small green and white sign. The right fork is posted as Chiang Mai and Mae
Rim; this is your downhill course to Huay Tung Tao. After about 2 km more
downhill action you pass through the first lychee orchard; here there is a
fork with a side-road going up to the left; stay right, downhill. Then the
view opens up of the valley and terraced hill farms. The second orchard is
part of a bigger settlement with more potential obstacles. So slow down and
watch for kids, dogs and chickens.
After passing through this farm settlement, there is a
fork in the road that you may wonder about. The lane on the right leads down
into the farm. Stay left on the main traveled road up the hill. After
passing through another farm, you will cross a stream, then you get 1/2 km
uphill before your last leg of downhill. This last stretch was the Chiang
Mai Games Mt-Bike downhill course. You come out on the dirt roads north of
Huay Tung Tao Lake. With the mountain on your right, ride south around
either side of the lake to the entrance road. This will take you back out to
the canal road and south about 7 km to Chiang Mai.
M.L. Chititewan Pete Devakul’s book, as well as GPS
equipment, bikes, parts and repairs, are available at Top Gear Bike Shop (at
the bend in the middle of Chang Moi Road, near Soi 2).
Dressage Contest at Lanna Riding Stables
Text by Marion Vogt
Photos by Michael Vogt
Who has not heard about teenagers and their passionate
relationship with horses? Everybody knows how important it is for children
and teenagers to grow up with memorable experiences and fun things to do.
Learning to ride or ‘schooling’ should never be boring or frustrating or
just going round and round in circles! We found that out at Lanna Riding
Stables last weekend, when experienced riding teacher Doris Kraushaar
organized a small dressage contest, bringing together all her students for a
dressage competition. In addition, the famous SEA game dressage rider,
Pakinee Pantapa was present as the judge for the day.
out of four from the A team: Bree saddles the horse while Rafi and Twyla
The riders were divided into two, with Group A being
Raffi, Anna, Bree and Twyla and Group B, Yupin, Julika, Janis and Hanna.
They began with saddling and bridling their horses. They
had to check the blanket for foreign objects such as dirt, straw or sticks,
so the horse would feel no irritation on its back.
helps Janis to cool his foot after the horse stepped on it. But it did not
keep him from competing and he did a great job. As did his horse.
Everything was closely watched by the parents, friends
and competitors, the teachers and the judge, but even so, Janis forgot one
rule which says, “Don’t put yourself in a position where you can’t get
out of the way when saddling or unsaddling your horse. He might suddenly
jump or step on you.” His 800 kg horse stepped on his foot, and since he
couldn’t get out of the way quick enough, a lot of ice was needed to
reduce the swelling, but it could not keep him away from saddling up again
and continuing the competition.
Bryant (nickname Bree) leads the horse.
Dressage today is no longer the unfashionable ‘posing
about on horses’, it is now recognized as correct training, good riding,
and the basis for all other equestrian sports. The horse has to be
responsive to the needs of the rider, happy and content, and if the rider
and the horse can work well together, competitive dressage can be a
for the judge’s decision.
Dressage is a popular aspect of horseback riding but
requires skill, poise, strength and precision. In the show ring, the perfect
rider can guide a difficult horse around a large course using legs, arms,
seat, and eye, while posing perfectly like a china doll on top of the horse.
The A team was declared overall winner with 403 points.
Nevertheless, Doris Kraushaar, Pricha Chaemongkol, the jump teacher; Pakinee
Pantapa, the judge and all present were proud of the kids and their
Winning A team - Anna Leung, Briana Bryant, Twyla Byers
and Rafaela Kraushaar
Over all Point winner - Yupin Laosue
Laosue, the overall winner (right) collected 114 points in the dressage with
everybody else achieving between 55-90.
tall enough and can pass the test to get on the horse without anybody’s
sometimes hard when you are small, but there’s always a way if you have
the will. Anna Leung, from the winning team, certainly has that will.
says: When you perform a test, your horse should have a happy outlook. This
horse looks happy for sure.
was bored at Lanna Stables.
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