I was visited this week by one of my oldest friends, Dr Yeo Seng Beng. Not only did we take our first riding lessons together, back in 1972, we go back as far as kindergarten. I started riding at the old SAF Saddle Club at 150 Mount Pleasant Road back in the late 60′s. The club was taken over and became known as the Singapore Civil Service Saddle Club, which is where we had our first formal riding lessons in 1972 with the late Cindy Cross.
We had a gang of friends, all about the same ages. The gang included his sister Heleng, who was in the same class as my sister, Indira and Sushila Mariappan. We are all flung across the world now., and as far as I know, I am the only one who rides regularly, and certainly the only one to have made horses my life.
Seng Beng was always the more adventurous of the two of us, the better, braver rider. He stopped riding when we were in secondary school. The club we were riding at got taken over again, this time by the Sentosa Development Corporation. Not fancying going all the way to Sentosa to ride, I moved down the hill to the Singapore Polo Club.
I should have quit while I still had a chance.
Seng Beng is now a doctor at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. Till this week, he had not ridden since the 70′s. On Wednesday we rode together, around the field of the Royal Selangor Polo Club. It was just like old times, except this time I think I was the better rider. Maybe.