Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thirty-five saddle up for national show jumping event




Thirty-five saddle up for national show jumping event

Cambodian Country Club’s horse park
(Left to right) Sim Narith, Jean Philippe Camboulives (FEI field officer), Alicia Khiem, Kathy Lovatt (national coach), Phat Makara, Lon Sopheaktra, Mona Tep (CEF secretary-general) and Ly Sovanchandara line up at the Cambodian Country Club’s horse park this month.

Thirty-five saddle up for national show jumping event

The 10th edition of the national show jumping championships, Norodom Sihanouk du Cambodge, will be held at the Cambodian Country Club’s horse park on Sunday in the wake of the International Equestrian Federation recently launching a long-term project to broad-base the sport in the Kingdom.

Up to 35 participants will compete at different levels from pony control to open class (90cm) during the day-long competition which continues to enjoy its traditional royal patronage.

King Norodom Sihamoni, who has made appearances at these events in the past, shares the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s passion for the equestrian sports and has deputed Princess Norodom Marie as his high representative to witness the event.

Interestingly, Princess Norodom Marie’s granddaughter Carla will be one of the participants in this show.

While all the national team members, now training hard for the upcoming SEA Games in Singapore under the supervision of national coach Kathy Lovatt, will be taking part in the Open Class, the spot-
light will be on two prom-ising female riders Alicia Khiem and Chenda Gossens.

“We are very excited we will be showcasing our young talented riders again. Indeed this event has a special focus on young ones while continuing to demonstrate the ability of our national team members,’’ said secretary-general of Cambodian Equestrian Federation Mona Tep, herself a rider of some repute.

The competition will be held between 9am and 4pm with an interlude for the royal fanfare accompanied by riders. The four competitive categories are Pony Control, Junior Novice, Senior Novice and Open Class.

It was reported recently that the International Equestrian Federation deputed one of its field officers Jean-Philippe Camboulives of France to unveil an FEI support project aimed at strengthening the CEF structure and enabling a positive development of the sport in the country.

The president of CEF, Van Sou Ieng, is ecstatic about the new developments and FEI’s solid support and is hoping for encouraging results for the country’s riders in the Singapore SEA Games.

The secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, Vath Chamroeun, will be among the high profile invitees for the event.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • Cambodia, CRF win rice battle in EU Court

    The European General Court has rejected the European Commission’s (EC) request to reject a complaint submitted by Cambodia and the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) regarding the EU’s reintroduction of tariffs on Indica rice exports from Cambodia. A court order uploaded to the European