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Timmermans trots to title in dressage event

Timmermans trots to title in dressage event

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Cambodian rider Lon Sopheaktra competes during the CEF Dressage Competition at the Cambodian Country Club on Sunday. Photo Supplied

The Cambodian Equestrian Federation hosted its second Dressage Competition on Sunday at the Cambodian Country Club horse park.

Belgium’s Katia Timmermans took first place in the blue ribband event for Novice Adults, finishing ahead of top local prospect Lon Sopheaktra with Fiona Ramsey in third.

National team rider Sopheaktra will be favoured to represent Cambodia at the SEA Games this December in Mynamar.

In the Preliminary Adults class also held during Sunday’s afternoon session, Britain’s Sarah Brooke rode her way to victory, as Marion Florentino grabbed the runners-up place and Una Cheney claiming bronze.

The morning session featured a field of younger riders, with 14-year-old French girl Lola Mottet taking top spot in the Preliminary U16 division ahead of Thara Cheng Along and Alicia Khiem.

The Walk & Trot Test was won by 10-year-old Cambodian-Belgian rider Gabriel Goossens, with Koromi Fujiwara and Celiane de Wilde Destmal filling out the podium.

Organisers hailed the event as a success and were quick to thank its supporters.

“With the support from FEI [International Equestrian Federation] in conjunction with World Horse Welfare through the Cambodia Pony Welfare Organisation [CPWO], we reached a good club standard and are very pleased of Sunday’s competition,” CEF Communication Director Christine Soutiff told the Post yesterday.

“We would particularly like to thank the CPWO, who was present on Sunday with the provision of a veterinary official during the whole competition.”


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