Hong Kong’s equestrian future looks bright as Nathaniel Chan clinches Asian junior championship

The promising 18-year-old and his horse Jockey Club Tilburg hold off rivals to reign supreme at Beas River

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 December, 2017, 8:20pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 December, 2017, 8:20pm

The future looks bright for Hong Kong’s next generation of equestrian riders after Nathaniel Chan Yin-yau clinched the Asian junior championship title over the weekend.

At the second Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) Junior Jumping Championship held at Beas River, Sheung Shui, the promising Chan produced one superb clear round in the first stage of the 1.2m height final to move to the second round with three other riders.

The 18-year-old then completed the job with just one time fault in the second round to clinch the overall championship with his horse Jockey Club Tilburg.

Second place went to Saidamirkhon Turgunboev of Uzbekistan while Anna Alicia Khiem of Cambodia and Kamil Sabitov of Kyrgyzstan tied for third.

Another Hong Kong rider, Natasha Lee, also reached the final with her horse Cecanto, but was eliminated after her horse refused twice in the first round and had to settle for eighth place.