The Cambodian Equestrian Federation (CEF) is continuing its efforts to sharpen and improve the skills of National and Junior riders ahead of important international competitions, including the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.
A few days ago, the CEF organised a dressage and showjumping competition at the Cambodian Country Club (CCC) in Phnom Penh. This is the third event that the CEF has organised since November 2020.
Showjumping competitions were regular fixtures in the CEF calendar before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The health crisis and subsequent sports bans forced the Federation to suspend or scale down most of its activities for several months.
“It was the first jumping competition at the CCC for 2021. Everyone was excited and eager to participate. We also had a small tournament on dressage, which was intended to test the new horses, as well as check on the steadiness of riders,” Tep Mona, president of CEF, revealed in a recent interview.
The showjumping, according to Tep, saw new faces and gave the CEF the chance to rank the National team on the 70cm category with newly-trained young horses .
“A month ago, these horses could barely jump. It was a challenging task where the National Riders and coaches (Olivier) Pain, (Sopharith) Hoy and (Savit) Sat have to combine their efforts to produce good results
The event, accoridng to the CEF Presisdent, also brought their veterinarians, (Rinda) Nop and (Yoky) Chav to follow up on these new horses to support their training.
“On this occasion, the CEF was alsoable to rank the National riders for last year. Due to Covid restrictions, we were not able to do it last December,” Tep further disclosed.
On dressage, the first prize went to Chantola (riding Chouchou), followed by Amrita Norodom (riding Terra) and Chhom Dara (riding Moka).
On 40cm jumping, first prize went to Ly Sovan (riding Chouchou), followed by Louise Babot (riding Benjamin) and Camille Bonin (riding Benjamin).
On 70cm jumping, first prize went to Amrita Norodom (riding Terra), followed by Rattanak Kong (riding Café) and Kiri Chantola (riding Mollie).
“We would like to thank our supporters,” said Tep, mentioning the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), FEI Solidarity, Cambodia Pony Welfare Organization, B. Grimms and Royal Phnom Penh Hospital.
NOCC represenative Nay Phonna was also there to witness the National Qualification of CEF riders.
The CEF is planning to hold its next endurance competition from March 7 to 8 at the Damnak Damrey Resort in Kampong Speu province.
In the past, some of the showjumping events were staged at the Phnom Penh Equestrian Club.
The event came on the heels of the National Endurance Championship, which the CEF staged at the Damnak Damrey Resort.