Improved performance in dressage only good enough for 15th place

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 September, 2008, 12:00am

Hong Kong dressage competitor Nelson Yip Siu-hong gave a markedly improved performance in the individual grade II freestyle test at Sha Tin yesterday.

Yip finished with a score of 58.166, good enough for only 15th place out of 17, but far better than his 50.545 score in the championship test on Monday.

Yip and his horse Icy Bet were more relaxed yesterday and maintained a good rapport throughout the four-minute performance.

'We performed just as we do during our training and I was very happy about that,' Yip said. 'Compared to Monday's competition, it was much better in terms of results, although in all honesty the two performances were equally good as I did my best both times.'

Riders in the 20 metre by 40 metre arena go through specific tests with predetermined patterns and a freestyle test to music. Yip used the famous Chinese music Yellow River, Butterfly Lovers, combined with some light western music.

'Icy Bet likes music, and today he was more relaxed and comfortable,' said Apollo Ng Shung of the Hong Kong Riding for Disabled Association. 'He was very nervous on Monday, and we had to relax him a bit before the competition. It worked, as his combination with Yip was also wonderful and we are delighted with the score.'

Yip said it was too early to say whether or not he would take part in the London Games in four years. 'I will take a rest ... before working out my future in the sport.'