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Kingdom’s equestrians ramp up SEA Games prep

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
(From left) Kao Vannarin (Owner of Rithysen Club, Mona Tep (CEF President), Dun Sokhorn and Roueng Chetra Noth (junior riders). CEF

The Cambodian Equestrian Federation have the SEA Games on their mind and are ramping up preparations ahead of the December showpiece.

The Federation hosted an Endurance competition last Thursday, as part of an initiative to help develop riders from very young ages to prepare for the trials of international competition.

The Endurance Event, at distances of 20kms and 40kms, was held in Kompong Chnang province at Rithysen Club (a big thanks to Mr Kao Vannarin club owner). Twelve riders took part, 10 of whom were young to junior riders from the national team.

“We are trying to do this event every 6 weeks as this is so important to help develop our youth in the sport,” explained Mona Tep, President of the Cambodian Equestrian Federation.

The twelve riders started their journey at 3.30 am, mostly aged just 13-15 years old, and from the national reserve.

“With sleepy eyes they brushed their ponies and set off under the last recommendation of their Coaches Hoy Sopharith and Sat Savit. A group of vets from CPWO checked on the ponies under Head Vet Nop Rinda, said Ms. Tep. “One pony did not depart due to something on his leg. Too bad for the rider but that’s part of the learning curve to be ready for national competition,” she added.

On the 20kms Endurance category, 3 ponies were eliminated because of over heartbeat and/or injured limbs. On the 40kms ride, only 2 ponies were disqualified. The last rider came in at 9:15 am.

“Everyone is happy and relieved. No injuries for our riders. And ponies were well taken care of, thanks to the support team, said Ms. Tep. “A very special thanks to FEI Solidarity, Asian Equestrian Federation, South East Asian Equestrian Federation, our Ministry of Education Youth and Sports and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia for their support. Last but not least a warm thanks also to B.Grimm and Horseware for their everlasting support to our programmes.”

Young and junior riders will now continue their good Endurance preparation ahead of the next event which will be at the end of October.

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