Child jockeys compete in traditional Indonesian horse races

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Child jockeys compete in traditional Indonesian horse races
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Eight-year old jockey Ali (C), is prepared by his father during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys wait at the starting box as they prepare for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys playing the game as wait for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys wait at the starting box as they prepare for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Spectators hold money as gambling as they watch the horse races during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Spectators stand in the wall as they watch the horse races during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Child jockeys compete in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Child jockeys wait at the starting box as they prepare for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Child jockeys wait at the starting box as they prepare for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Child jockeys wait at the starting box as they prepare for the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Eight-year old jockey Ali, with his father prays before the race in front of their temporary tent during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Eight-year old jockey Ali (R) and Nine-year old Jockey Syahrul (L), sit as waiting for their race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Nine-year old Jockey Syahrul rests inside their temporary tent after the races during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Child jockeys sit on the back of truck with their horses after the race during the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A Child jockey competes in the traditional horse races as part of Moyo festival on September 14, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Horse races known as Maen Jaran are part of culture for the people of Sumbawa where the horse has an important role in all aspects of their daily life, including transportation and culture. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around Rp.50.000 or US$5. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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Horses are an incredibly important part of the culture in Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. A majority of families own horses and teach their children to ride at very young ages. These budding jockeys range from 5 to 10 years old and ride bareback. The children are paid a very small sum, which translates to about $5 U.S., for competing in the extremely dangerous races.

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