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Maejo Charity Run a great success

Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee

Dressage Contest at Lanna Riding Stablesv

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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 km.).

Matt 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”.

Mini 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.

Winners 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.

All the winners posed for a photo in front of HRH Princess Galayani Vadhana’s portrait.

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

Transporting 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.

Doi 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.

Three out of four from the A team: Bree saddles the horse while Rafi and Twyla watch.

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.

Julika 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.

Briana 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 rewarding sport.

Waiting 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 achievement.

Winning A team - Anna Leung, Briana Bryant, Twyla Byers and Rafaela Kraushaar

Over all Point winner - Yupin Laosue

Yupin Laosue, the overall winner (right) collected 114 points in the dressage with everybody else achieving between 55-90.

Hanna is tall enough and can pass the test to get on the horse without anybody’s help.

It’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.

One rule says: When you perform a test, your horse should have a happy outlook. This horse looks happy for sure.

Nobody was bored at Lanna Stables.