Thursday, September 21, 2017

Equestrian comp held to mark independence day

They're off and racing.Cross country riders charge down the course at the National Sports Complex in North Dagon township on January 4, as part of a Myanmar Equestrian Federation-organised competition to mark Independence Day. The three-day competition featured almost 60 riders from across Myanmar, who competed in six categories. Photo: Kaung HtetThey're off and racing.Cross country riders charge down the course at the National Sports Complex in North Dagon township on January 4, as part of a Myanmar Equestrian Federation-organised competition to mark Independence Day. The three-day competition featured almost 60 riders from across Myanmar, who competed in six categories. Photo: Kaung Htet

Almost 60 riders from across the country took part in an equestrian competition held in Yangon last week to mark the 63rd anniversary of Independence Day.

The competition, held from January 2 to 4 at the National Sports Complex in North Dagon township, was organised by the Myanmar Equestrian Federation in collaboration with the Yangon Equestrian and Country Club. With six events and K7.2 million prize money, the competition featured riders from Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Bago and Mandalay regions.

Aung Thu Htun rode Sein Sin to victory in the endurance race for horses over 1.5 metres (4 feet 11 inches), while Saw Maung was victorious in the under 1.5m endurance race on Sein Win Maung.

The top three finishers in the above 1.5m endurance race received K1 million, K700,000 and K500,000 respectively, while the winners in the smaller class shared a total prize pool of K1.5 million.

The show jumping was divided into individual and team events, with Ange Lay on Mandalar Thu victorious in the individual category. Thein Win (Sein May Aung), Than Hlaing (Sein San Sin) and Thet Naing Aung (Sein Si) took out the team event

In the cross country event, first prize went to Nay Lin on Sont Sar Mae, while Kyi Win on Myanmar Pyi Tha won the bareback contest.

The individual show jumping and cross country winners received K500,000 each, with K300,000 and K200,000 going to second and third respectively.

Winners in the team show jumping shared K1.5 million.

“The event aims to both mark the anniversary of Independence Day and to promote equestrian sports. Some of the athletes who competed here will go on to compete in international events,” federation deputy president U Nyein Kyaw said.

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