2012 FEI World Cup Jumping China League overall Champion

2012/02/18

2012  FEI World Cup Jumping China League overall Champion

Three riders, Kenneth Cheng, Patrick Lam and Raena Leung represented Hong Kong at the FEI World Cup Jumping Chinese League 2012. All three riders put in an excellent performance in the first two legs but unfortunately Kenneth Cheng had to withdraw from the last leg because his leased horse was unfit. The remaining riders, Raena Leung and Patrick Lam, finished on an overall ranking of second and fourth place respectively.

The Chinese League was divided into three legs, the first two legs being held from 29th to 30th September and from 2nd to 3rd October, respectively, at the Beijing International Equestrian Club. The last leg was held from 13th to 14th October at the Chengdu Wenjiang Jinma International Racecourse.

36 riders from 10 different nations and regions participated in the first leg. Raena Leung put in a gold-medal performance with two clear rounds. Patrick Lam finished less than a fence behind in the silver medal spot on four faults and Kenneth Cheng finished on 10 faults.

Cian O’Connor from Ireland, the bronze medal winner at the Individual Jumping Competition in 2012 London Olympic Games, won at the second leg. Raena Leung finished fifth on 4 jumping faults, Patrick Lam finished tenth less than two seconds behind and Kenneth Cheng finished on 16 faults.

At last leg, Raena Leung was one of only 4 riders to go clear and to ride in the jump off. She eventually finished in fourth place due to an unfortunate fall at one of the fences. Patrick Lam finished eighth on 4 jumping faults.

The final results were that Raena Leung finished in first place on 43 points, and Patrick Lam was in third place with an overall standing of 31 points. As only one winner from Chinese League is eligible to compete in the FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in Goteborg, Sweden in April 2013, the champion of the Chinese League, Raena Leung became the first Hong Kong rider qualified for the FEI World Cup Final, which marks a historic breakthrough in Hong Kong Equestrian Sport.

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