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Indonesian equestrians top South East Asian Games

November 27, 2011

Equestrian sport was well represented at the recent South East Asian Games, with horses being flown in from all over the region.

Individual dressage bronze medalist Pakinee Pantapa and Tayutin, representing Thailand.

Team and individual gold eventing medalist Supap Khaw-ngam from Thailand, riding Ardbohill Lad.

Local transportation was also a major logistical issue as Jakarta's constant traffic meant the horse trailers and even the riders each day had to travel with a police escort to clear the way.

The event was hosted by Arthayasa Stables, a well established equestrian centre, and no stranger to high level international equestrian events. The venue are also organisers of the Indonesian leg of the South East Asian World Cup Showjumping league.

The first equestrian event to be completed was eventing. Indonesia was leading the table overnight after cross country and after a nail biting showjumping phase, reigning eventing champions Thailand, were the first on the podium to reclaim the gold, as well as individual gold and silver.

Their eventing coach, Australia's Andrew Hoy, said it was "a battle up until the very last horse. It was exciting right til the end".

The dressage was dominated by host country Indonesia, winning team gold as well as individual gold and silver.

The team showjumping competition was also a good display of sport with only one penalty point separating the top three teams after the first round.

Indonesia and the Philippines improved their second round scores by 1 penalty point each to win team gold and silver respectively. Malaysia turned the tables completely on Thailand after improving remarkably from incurring 23 penalty points in the first round by adding only another 7 penalties in the second round to take the bronze.

The relatively inexperienced Thai team did their best and the two young individual riders fought back with Montakarnt Nuanmanee (Boom) coming fourth in the individual competition.

The individual jumping competition was a display of superiority by the top three placed riders, who collectively only incurred only 5 penalties. This was an encouraging display for the region that the level of the sport is improving rapidly.

Individual jumping gold medalist Diego Lorenzo (PHI) (Grace 292) is flanked by silver medalist Antoinette Leviste (PHI) (Magic) and bronze medalist Ardi Hapsoro Hamidjojo (INA) (Zandor). ©

The SEA Games arena. ©



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