It might not quite be the Olympics - but it's a pretty good place to start. The Hong Kong squad for next month's Good Luck Beijing-HKSAR 10th Anniversary Cup three-day eventing competition was chosen after a final qualifying round at Sha Tin's renovated Penfold Park yesterday. And for the 20 squad members named, that means a chance to be among the first to test out the venues to be used for the equestrian events at next year's Olympics. About 20 riders from Britain, Germany, Australian and the United States are expected to take part in the Cup - Hong Kong's official Olympic test event which will be staged from August 11-13 - with the SAR squad competing mainly in the show jumping and dressage sections. 'It was a great day,' said Soenke Lauterbach, Hong Kong Equestrian Federation secretary. 'It went very smoothly, we had good sport. It was not only for the riders but for [the Olympic] volunteers - everyone learned a lot. 'The selection of the squad was from the whole past year in a way, but the special focus was on two [qualifying] events,' he continued. 'They have been looking forward to it for the past 10 months. These riders won't make it to the Olympics but just to get out there and use the facilities will be a great adventure.' Seventeen-year-old Island School student Francis Lo was heralding the day a victory even before she received news that she had made the squad for next month's event. She cleared all the fences on her mount Puzzle - a horse she has only had for a month. 'He refused at a fence in the first qualifying event but made them all today, so I'm really happy' said Lo, who competes for the Tuen Mun Public Riding School. Lo seemed to sum up the feeling of the morning when she said she was happy to just be out there competing. 'There's a lack of space for everything in Hong Kong so it's great to just be able to get out there on the course.' Hong Kong squad for Good Luck Beijing-HKSAR 10th Anniversary Cup (Rider, horse, riding school): Tommy Kwan (Perfect Gallant, Beas River Country Club), Karen Mak (Citi Centre, BRCC), Michael Lee (It's My Day, BRCC), Yeun Yuen-yin (Five Star Shinning, Tuen Mun Public Riding School), Pippa Hattan (D-or Win, Lo Wu Saddle Club), Wong Chi-lung (Red Winner, TPRS), John Lo (Ever So Easy, TPRS), Kathleen Cannon (Four Aces, TPRS), Tara Delaney (Gagnant, BRCC), Howard Green (Global Power, LWSC), Kelly Anderson (Lifeline Express, BRCC), Stephen Ng (Vintage, Tai Yuen Riding School), Kevin Kruger (Mountain Treasure, TPRS), Henry Leung (Patches, LPRS), Francis Lo (Puzzle, TPRS), Boris Yue (Shinning Gems, TPRS), Annie Ho (Super Bomb, TPRS), Nicole Pearson (Sky Dragon, BRCC), Ng Cheung-tai (Precious Bo Bo, TPRS), Leung Ming-kit (Monza King, BRCC).