Kazakhstan's Whirlwind Horse Acrobatics Carnival
celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Tsou Ma Lai Farm
By Josie Wu Translated by Ann Lee
61, Ciliwai, ErSi Village, DaNai Township, Tainan County; (06) 576-0121
The farm is open all year long, 24 hours a day.
Other facilities open: weekdays 9 am-5 pm; holidays 8 am-5 pm
About four times the size of Taipei's Da-An Forest Park, Tsou Ma Lai is a recreational farm, surrounded by greenery and sunshine, which offers several kinds of leisure facilities, such as an archery range, a racetrack, a campground, barbecue area, and riverside swimming. The farm also offers about 30 additional touring and agricultural activities, like horseback riding and grass slides.
400 years ago, the farm was the first stopover for Dutch importers, as well as a place to pasture Persian-breed horses in Taiwan. For the last 20 years, it has been known as Tsou Ma Lai Farm. Celebrating this double-decade milestone with an event that took six months to plan, the farm is showcasing the Whirlwind Horse Acrobatics Carnival from Kazakhstan.
The shows, which start August 26, run three times a day and boast Kazakhstani cavalry troops, Russian beauties, and pottery clowns from Ukraine. The farm's three mascots are a male scarecrow, female scarecrow and a horse; the three lead the parade and help get the crowd excited for the fantastic acrobatics show. All members of the acrobatics team are quite muscular and the whirlwind horses are well trained and talented. Because Kazakhstan's horses are not allowed to perform in Taiwan, the horses you see at the performance are actually trained right at Tsou Ma Lai Farm.
Besides the horses, the show also has European dancing acrobatics, clown antics and a small art gallery. The gallery exhibits a collection of battle axes, shields, swords, thongs, felt purses and other works, musical instruments, jewelry, a monotype collection, and traditional clothing from Kazakhstan. The variety of shows and activities at the farm will ensure you have a relaxing and pleasurable experience at Tsou Ma Lai.