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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.

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