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FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019

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FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019

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The grand opening ceremony was conducted at the stunning iconic field 1 of the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club, Pattaya. “FEI has set the highest standard for equestrian competition and we are proud to be given this opportunity to host the first FEI dedicated championships in Asia. It is a privilege to be asked to organise this joyous event on the same level as the Asian Games featuring all three Olympic disciplines of dressage, showjumping and eventing. This is an event we hope will be repeated on a regular basis to bring the equestrian communities of Asia closer together and provide opportunities for our riders to shine and excel,” said Dr Harald Link, president of the Thailand Equestrian Federation.

An accomplished polo player, Dr Link added, “FEI Championships Pattaya 2019 not only positions Thailand as a world-class equestrian destination and helps to elevate the standards of Thai equestrians to an international level, it also showcases our world-class event organisation and presents a great opportunity for riders to gain more experience, to prove themselves to the world and prepare for the 2020 Olympics.”

Teams from 13 nations in Asia competed in the tournament, which was held from December 1st – 8th at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya, a world-class competition venue and equestrian centre which upgraded its five main riding arenas and facilities such as a fully functioning horse hospital with attendant vets for the 9-day event. In addition, sponsor B. Grimm put up over US$1 million to fly in over 60 horses from Belgium especially for the event. To get the competitive juices flowing, drummers performed the traditional Thai drum battle at the opening ceremony. This was followed by a graceful national flag dance. The excitement continued as the athletes representing their nations rode in on dedicated BMW cars in a fantastic parade. The evening culminated with a gala dinner at which teams mingled and relaxed before the gruelling competition the following day.

Read more at https://expatlifeinthailand.com/travel-and-leisure/activities-and-adventure/fei-asian-championships-pattaya-2019-2/

Source: Expat Life Thailand

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