In origin Makepungwas played by the farmers during their resting farming in rice field. The buffalo used in this game was stringed in a carriage. But today Makepung uses a pair of buffalos and a smaller size of carriage. The buffalo for this game are made-up in a more colorful and more stylish head-accessories and made like crown. Green flags are put in each side of the carriage.
Compared to other kinds of racing games, Makepung has a very unique rule. If in other race eventsthe winner(s) is based on the first contestant got into the finish line, Makepung determines the winner from any contestant who is able to keep distance in aminimum 10m far from the contestant behind him. If the contestant in the front can’t keep the distance more than 10m, then the second contestant is the one who wins the race. One race in Makepung takes place in 8-10 minutes duration. Makepungin Bali is divided into two blocks which separate Jembrana territory. Each blocks in BaliMakepung has their own circuit of practicing. The territory is based on the course of Sungai Ijo Gading (Green Ivory River) of Jembrana. In every two weeks, a un official race is held before they finally meet in the official race and the is begun as a part of Balinese cultures.
pictures courtesy Barry Kusuma, article taken from various sources.