Jacqueline Siu secures silver medal for Hong Kong in dressage as National Games campaign gathers momentum
Siu and her horse, Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour, impress in Tianjin
An outstanding performance in the dressage final from Jacqueline Siu Wing-ying brought another silver medal for Hong Kong and the sport’s second at the National Games in Tianjin on Monday.
The only entry from Hong Kong in the discipline, Siu went into the final guaranteed a third-place finish after scoring 69.692 points during the intermediate round at the Metropolitan Polo Club. But she and her horse, Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour, were able to improve their freestyle final score to 70.125.
The impressive result squeezed Wu Ya of Jiangsu, the leader after the first round, into third place. Huang Chaoqin of Guangdong won the gold after two consistent performances.
Siu, 34, has been a regular member of the equestrian team, representing Hong Kong at different international events, including three consecutive Asian Games from 2006 but narrowly missed out a medal at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 with a fourth-place finish.
With the support of the Jockey Club, Hong Kong sent its largest ever equestrian team to Tianjin, competing in all three disciplines for the first time with eight riders, who are supported by an 11-strong team of the Club’s vets, farriers and other support staff.
The Club also spent millions of dollars on purchasing or renting horses to bolster their chances.
However, the jumping team finished with a disastrous result of ninth place out of nine teams and it was left to young team member Clarissa Lyra to save their campaign with a bronze medal in the individual jumping.
They still have the chances to win more silverware as the eventing gets underway on Tuesday.