Hong Kong riders ready for Natonal Games challenge
A little bit of luck is all Hong Kong's equestrian team need to again reach the medal podium at the National Games in Shenyang, their trainer, Lars Meyer zu Bexten, believes.
The show-jumping competition begins tomorrow and the German, who helped Hong Kong to a bronze medal at the same event in Shandong four years ago, said his team were ready for the challenge.
"In the end you also need a little bit of luck for success," he said. "But we have done all the things we can do beforehand.
"The horses are in good shape, the riders are in good shape and fully focused. The weather is fine for watching show jumping. We just look forward to the competition."
The quartet of four years ago - Patrick Lam Lap-suen, Samantha Lam, Jacqueline Lai Ching-man and Kenneth Cheng Man-kit - now have an opportunity to improve upon their third-place finish.
"They did very well at the Asian Games in Guangzhou the year after the Shandong bronze and have been working very hard in Europe."
The five horses, including one reserve, arrived in Shenyang on Thursday morning after a 14-hour trip from Beijing where they have been through intensive training to lift their form and physical standard.
"The horses arrived in very good condition," said the trainer.
With Hong Kong investing a lot in equestrianism, many provinces have followed suit recently, hiring overseas trainers and bringing in overseas horses.
Teams like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong pose the biggest threat for Hong Kong. "They have also improved a lot, but we are always positive," Zu Bexten said.