Horses get a healthy image

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2007, 12:00am

The 2007/2008 horse-racing season began on September 9, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club adopting a new policy.

Children of horse owners will now be admitted to the races with their parents. This is a very controversial issue.

The Jockey Club says its security staff will ensure children don't have access to betting halls in the members' area.

But some people say bringing children to races will promote under-age gambling.

In my opinion, children should be kept away from gambling venues at all times.

The Jockey Club's decision to admit children could have serious consequences on society. Children may be tempted to gamble illegally.

We have to stop the spread of gambling among youngsters. Otherwise, our next generation will become gambling addicts.

Cindy Lo, Leung Shek Chee College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Cindy. In Hong Kong horses are more often than not associated with gambling. I agree with you that it's not something that should be encouraged - but I have good reason to believe that the image of horses in this town is about to get a make-over.

It's a great honour for Hong Kong to host the Olympic equestrian events next year. We've already run a number of stories on horses in Young Post - we even had a competition to give away free pony-riding lessons. And we will be running even more stories and competitions in the run-up to the Olympics. Next year horses will be seriously hot in Hong Kong - and we'll be making sure you know all there is to know about these wonderful animals.

If you've got a horse story that you'd like to share with readers, please email me and let me know.

Kate, Editor