9 riders attended Free Youth Olympic Games Preparation Session on 13 Jan 2018 at BREC

2018/01/15

ear members,

Through Nathaniel Chan’s great efforts at the FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat A in Tianjin in last September, Hong Kong has been granted a place at the 2018 Buenos Aires 3rd Youth Olympic Games (YOG 2018) on borrowed horses with fences up to 1.3m, which will be held between 6th and 18th October, 2018 (Saturday – Thursday) at the Argentine Equestrian Club, Argentina.

To find a potential candidate to represent Hong Kong at the YOG 2018, HKEF has sent out an invitation for expression of interest on 3rd January, 2018 (Wednesday) and upon the application deadline on 8th January, 2018 (Monday), there were altogether 9 riders attended the Preparation Session, including Bryan Lam, Claudia Wrobel, Edgar Fung, Justin Yeung, Karen Chan, Natasha Lee, Nicolas Yu, Vincent Capol and Yu An Su.

In order to train up the shortlisted potential candidates for the YOG 2018, a free Youth Olympic Games Preparation Session undertaken by Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Performance Manager Ms Corinne Bracken and jumping coach of Beas River Equestrian Centre (BREC) Mr. Paul Connor was held last Saturday on 13 January, 2018 at BREC.

The preparation session started off with a briefing about the competition format of YOG and followed by group riding sessions at the competition paddock. Chairman of our Training and Selection Subcommittee (TSSC) Mr. Howard Green, accompanied with members namely Ms. Astrid Angvik, Mr. Bee Chan and Ms. Suzanne Baker, Ms. Amanda Bond, Secretary General, Ms. Angela Kong as well as Course Designer Mr. Michael Sin and riders’ parents also presented at the event.

To be eligible to represent Hong Kong at YOG 2018, riders must have been born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003, possess HKSAR passport and obtain the FEI Certificate of Capability at one of the following events:

-The FEI World Jumping Challenge Category A (Certificates of Capability may be earned in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd FEI World Jumping Challenge Category A competition in any country)

-CSI1* Grand Prix Competition;

-CSI2* Grand Prix Competition.

Each athlete must obtain a score of not more than eight penalties in the first round of any of the above competitions to gain a Certificate of Capability.

Certificates of Capability must be obtained between 1 April 2017 and 31 May 2018.

In Hong Kong, the first eligible competition will be the 1st FEI World Jumping Challenge Category A 2018 which will be held on the 3rd & 4th March, 2018.

Let’s join our hands to support our Hong Kong riders!

Best regards,

Hong Kong Equestrian Federation

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