Gone are the days when fans came for the horses on their own and, like any club that has experienced popularity decline – in line with other sports – the fans’ behaviour could prove to be a liability.
At last weekend’s horse show in Bangkok, the fans were said to have chanted, ”Bailand” and ”바카라Kuchom kaya loh kya na bang」 when the horses had finished their routine.
”Bachao! Bahamian horses! Boo! Boo! The crowd were shouting all of them at the horses,” said Thongtong Shin, head coach of Dornbai Dampi.
”We had to leave with two of them to get back into our van because the horses just didn’t seem to like it,” added the coach.