First Hong Kong Team to compete at the Tintern Grammar 2019 Inter-School Horse Trials Championship, Australia!
Four young riders have been selected as the Hong Kong representatives for the upcoming Tintern Grammar 2019 Inter-School Horse Trials Championship at Wandin Park, Australia from 24 to 28 April. Oskar Boekhorst, Matilda Edwards, Daniella Lin and Leelani Neveux, accompanied by Team Coach, Mr. Christian Allderidge, departed for Australia on Tuesday (23 April) to prepare to compete against a group of overseas riders.
Hosted by the Tintern Grammar Friends of Equestrian (FOE) group, this Inter-School Horse Trials Championship is a major horse trial in Australia, which attracts a large number of entries every year. Over 300 riders have already submitted their entries for the event this year, which will act as an official qualifier for the Australian Interschool Horse Trial Championships.
For the first time, an “International Challenge” section has been added to this event to foster international exchange among riders. Hong Kong is one of two nations invited to this Challenge, which will see our riders competing against various Australian school teams and a team from New Zealand. As a combined training competition, our riders will not only compete in the jumping and dressage phases of the eventing competition, but will also attend a cross country training session with the renowned trainer, Mr. Will Enzinger, as well as other clinics during their stay. The training and clinics will serve as great learning opportunities for all competitors.
In the official competition, our Hong Kong riders will join either the EvA 80cm class or EvA 65cm class, depending on individual competition experience. The combined scores from both phases of the top three riders from each team will be used to determine the final team classification.
This is the first time in recent years that Hong Kong has sent a team of junior riders to compete in an international eventing competition on borrowed horses. The above named four junior riders are active competitors in local eventing competitions at Beas River Equestrian Centre, with Leelani, Matilda and Daniella also participating in the new HKEF Senior Inter-School Equestrian Challenge 2019. They will be well supported by Team Coach, Christian, who is a BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach from Lo Wu Saddle Club with much eventing competition experience in both the UK and Hong Kong. He was also the Team Coach of the HKEF Eventing Clinic held in Thailand last year.
The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation would like to wish them all the best of luck!
Hong Kong Equestrian Federation