OLYMPICS UPDATES – Thomas Ho secured Eventing Individual Qualification!

2020/09/10

Dear members,

OLYMPICS UPDATES – Thomas Ho secured Eventing Individual Qualification!

 

The coronavirus outbreak has caused significant disruption to the Tokyo Olympics schedule. While sporting events have gradually resumed internationally under eased restrictions, Hong Kong senior riders were eagerly participating in equestrian competitions to achieve Olympic qualifications. The HKEF is delighted to share with you that our eventing rider Thomas Ho and his horse Tayberry has secured his Olympics Eventing Individual qualification over the last weekend.

Thomas Ho and Tayberry has secured their qualification in Olympic Eventing Individual at the Sopot CCI4*-S last weekend. On top of the full Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) already achieved with Tayberry at Strzegom CCI4*-L and Arville CCI4*-S in 2019, under the FEI requirement for the postponed Olympics, Thomas further earned this confirmation result and thus a full qualification to the Olympics. According to the Qualification System released by FEI, horse-rider combination achieving MERs at CCI4*-S and CCI4*-L or at a CCI5*-L (2019) will be eligible for the Olympic Games. With the postponement of the Games to 2021, combinations earning the full MER in 2019 will have to achieve an additional confirmation result to secure the qualification.

He also earned half an MER result with his second and new horse Shannondale Vintage at the same competition, leaving him just one MER result needed at a CCI4*-L by the end of June next year.

With the recent reassurance given by the International Olympic Committee to continue the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, Hong Kong riders will continue to strive for qualifying results by 21 June next year to join this highly anticipated event.

The Tokyo Olympic equestrian events get under way at Baji Koen Equestrian Park and Sea Forest Cross-Country Course from 24 July to 7 August 2021. Hong Kong earned two “firsts” in the Games – the first time ever to be represented in eventing, and the first time to return to jumping event since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Hong Kong also held 3 places to the Paralympics which will be held from 25 August to 6 September 2021 in the same venue. Timothy Tsang, Natasha Tse and Fleur Schrader will form Hong Kong’s first para-dressage team to the Games.

The HKEF would like to wish the best of luck to all riders for their preparations for Tokyo next summer.

Best Regards,

Hong Kong Equestrian Federation

Thomas with Tayberry and Vinnie 2
Thomas with Tayberry and Shannondale Vintage on the road to Tokyo Olympics

Thomas with Tayberry and Vinnie
Thomas with Tayberry and Shannondale Vintage

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