Lee ready to be tested

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 November, 2010, 12:00am

Familiarity breeds confidence is the credo Jennifer Lee is living by as the showjumper-turned-eventer walks the 2.9-kilometre cross-country course built by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Conghua, 40km north of Guangzhou.

Since arriving a week ago, Lee has walked the undulating course five times. With 29 jumps, Lee says it will be 'testing' but she is more worried about the dressage section, which starts the three-stage event today.

'The cross-country will not be easy but my biggest worry is the dressage. It is something new to me and I have had to learn a lot. I'm a bit nervous,' said Lee, who will be riding Strong Scotch.

Along with Lee, three other Hong Kong riders will be competing - Chan Sai-kin on Castell 4, Nicole Fardel on The Navigator and Annie Ho Yuen-yan on Undulette. A total of 30 riders will be taking part.

'My focus is on the team event. We have to be consistent and start with a decent dressage score,' Lee said. 'A good start will give us the confidence going into the cross-country and the showjumping.'

Hong Kong's hopes of an individual dressage medal ended with Aram Gregory, aboard Exhilaro, finishing 11th, while Jacqueline Siu Wing-ying, on Rocco, came in 12th.