Inaugural FEI Asian Eventing Championships Set to Kick Off in Thailand

Asian Championships riders during ring familiarization. Photo via the FEI Asian Championships Facebook page.

For the first time, over 15 countries will be represented in the inaugural FEI Asian Championships, happening this week in Pattaya, Thailand. Riders competing in dressage, eventing, and show jumping will compete for seven medals throughout the course of the week, and we’ll see nine eventing riders come down centerline tomorrow in a CCI2*-L competition. The FEI is providing a live stream for the dressage and show jumping portions of the eventing competition, both of which can be found on their YouTube channel here (Thailand is 12 hours ahead of Eastern time).

The stage is set!

The stage is set and the final touches have been applied! We are just one day away from welcoming the world to FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019 #ACPattaya2019#Equestrian #Dressage #Jumping #Eventing

Posted by FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019 on Friday, November 29, 2019

A mixed bag of riders will contest the CCI2*-L eventing championship, including a handful of riders who base in Europe and the United Kingdom. For Thai rider Preecha Khunjan, competing in the Asian Championships will be a home turf contest — Preecha mostly competes in Thailand at the Pattaya venue and also finished in the top 15 in last year’s Asian Games with the 12-year-old gelding, Snowrunner. Iranian rider Toufan Torabi has won at this venue previously.

Another Pattaya winner, Hong Kong’s Annie Ho, makes the trek from her UK base after a strong lead-up with the Irish Sport Horse Lost in Translation. This pair came third in the CCI2*-L at Ballendenisk in September. Another experienced rider, Hong Kong’s Thomas Heffernan Ho, has also made the trip from his UK base to contest the Championship with Jockey Club Charlene OLD.

The venue for the Championships, Thai Polo & Equestrian Club, is stunning and well-prepared to host the 100+ horses and riders that will be competing all week long.

A stunning venue! Photo via the FEI Asian Championships Facebook page.

Take a look at the beautiful cross country course, designed by Peter Fell, here:

Cross Country Course Walk today at the FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019!🤩Eventing Dressage competition starts…

Posted by FEI Asian Championships Pattaya 2019 on Monday, December 2, 2019

Stay tuned for more updates from the competition right here on EN. Go eventing!

#ACPattaya2019: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Stream]