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Kingdom’s Equestrians making great strides

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The Cambodian Equestrian Federation hosted a Show Jumping competition at the weekend. KT / Yeun Punlue

The Cambodian Equestrian Federation has hailed the promise shown by the Kingdom’s young riders after a recently concluded Show Jumping event at the Cambodian Country Club in Phnom Penh.

The Federation hosted a Show Jumping competition at the weekend, as part of an initiative to help develop riders prepare for the trials of competition.

“A perfect Sunday to end monsoon and start Show Jumping season, said Mona Tep, President of the Cambodian Equestrian Federation.

The weather was just right for the riders and horses with the clouds covering the strong sun and a little breeze showing some mercies.

“Many equestrian fans (who adore horses) showed up this morning, where kids had the opportunity to hug the ponies before they went off to the paddock, added Ms Tep.

Some 24 riders participated in Sunday’s showpiece with most hailing from the national reserve.

“They fought fiercely for their place on the podium. It was amazing to witness the progress they all have made thanks to national coaches Hoy Sopharith and Sat Savit, said Ms. Tep. Junior Coaches such as Lon Sopheatra and Phay Visal also saw their pupils close to the podium.

“Every time I watch these competitions, the young riders remind me of beautiful flowers. Like seeds that are starting to take root and soon to blossom. The results are just incredible, not to mention the strong spirit which we are also building, added Ms Tep.

“A very special thanks to FEI Solidarity, Asian Equestrian Federation, South East Asian Equestrian Federation, Royal Phnom Penh Hospital, our Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia for their support. And also a warm thank you to B.Grimm and Horseware for their everlasting support to our programmes.”

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