Expect a world-class lifestyle, cultural and thoroughbred racing event to be added to calendar of events in Singapore that will boost tourism.

JON_0762-1024x706From left to right: His Excellency Professor Dr Joseph Deiss (Chairman of the China Horse Club’s International Advisory Council), Mr. Teo Ah Khing (Chairman of the China Horse Club), Mr. Yu Pang Fey (President and Chief Executive of the Singapore Turf Club) and Mr. Tan Guong Ching (Chairman of the Singapore Turf Club)

4 March 2014, Singapore – The China Horse Club (CHC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Turf Club to bring the 2014 China Equine Cultural Festival (CECF) to Singapore. It is the first time this Chinese inspired lifestyle, cultural and sporting event has been held outside of Mainland China.

The CHC will promote Singapore as a melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures through its signature carnival, the China Equine Cultural Festival. The festival will promote Chinese culture and traditions through art, dance, music and fashion and culminate in a world-class thoroughbred race day, which will be held at the Singapore Racecourse.

The occasion was recognized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr. Yu Pang Fey, President and Chief Executive of Singapore Turf Club, and Mr. Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club, at its International Advisory Council Gala Dinner held on Tuesday, 4th March at the John Jacob Ballroom, The St. Regis Singapore. His Excellency Professor Dr. Joseph Deiss, Chairman of the CHC International Advisory Council (IAC) and Mr. Tan Guong Ching, Chairman of Singapore Turf Club, were witnesses of the signing.

The CECF Singapore will be an extension of the CHC’s well-received CECF events program in China. The CECF Singapore is targeted to take place in the second half of 2014. It will reinforce Singapore Turf Club as a host of elite racing and provide Singapore with another sophisticated cultural and sporting event.

The CECF Singapore will position Singapore as a preferred destination for tourists from Mainland China who, aside from the nation’s well established attractions, are looking for new events to extend their time overseas.

 Members of the China Horse Club’s International Advisory Council (IAC) who convened to witness the signing of the MOU included:

  • His Excellency Professor Dr. Joseph Deiss, Chairman of the China Horse Club International Advisory Council, Former President of the United Nations General Assembly and Former President of the Swiss Confederation
  • Mr. Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club and Chairman of Desert Star Holdings Limited
  • The Honorable John Warren, Bloodstock Advisor to HRH Queen Elizabeth II
  • Sir Owen Glenn, Founder of OTS Logistics Group, and Founder of the Glenn Family Foundation
  • Dato Tan Chin Nam, Founder of IGB and Co-founder of Goldis Corporation
  • Mr. Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of Jacobs Holdings AG, Chairman of Barry Callebaut and Vice Chairman of Adecco SA
  • Mr. Eddie Irwin, representative of Mr. John Magnier, Principal of Coolmore

Stylish high society guests and influential industry leaders spotted at the event included Dr. Iroshini Chua, Celina Lin, Tjin Lee, Dr Ho Ching Lin, Ginny Wiluan, Jim Rogers and Paige Parker. Guests were dressed to the nines, accessorized with exquisite headpieces, as they dined and mingled with each other over champagne and canapés.

To showcase the different cultural aspects that the CECF will be bringing to Singapore, guests were treated to a night of entertainment encompassing performances by a jazz band, Chinese orchestra as well as an exciting fashion showcase by renowned couturier Laurence Xu. He was accompanied by his muse, Chinese supermodel and jewellery designer Yolanda Huang, who was also the winner of the inaugural Chinese International Advertisement Model Contest.

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About China Horse Club (CHC)

The China Horse Club (CHC) is Asia’s premier racing, business and lifestyle club offering its members and their guests peerless service, experiences and top tier racing around the world. The CHC races thoroughbreds in Singapore, France, Australia, United States, Ireland and China and provides lifestyle experiences in these and other locations.

About Singapore Turf Club

Singapore Turf Club is the only horse racing club and authorised totalisator operator of horse racing services in Singapore. Founded in 1842 as the Singapore Sporting Club, it was renamed in 1924 as the Singapore Turf Club and is a proprietary club of the Singapore Tote Board. With over 170 years of horse racing history, Singapore Turf Club today provides the public with world class horse racing sports entertainment and is home to the prestigious Singapore Airlines International Cup. It also operates the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, a 3-hectare site next to the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji, with world-class riding arenas. Together with the Tote Board, gaming surpluses generated from the sport of horseracing have been contributed by the Singapore Turf Club towards serving society and supporting the community. For more information about Singapore Turf Club, please visit www.turfclub.com.sg