First eventing win for Hong Kong at Chatsworth | An Eventful Life

First eventing win for Hong Kong at Chatsworth

Team Hong Kong at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials             Photo: Ruth Downing

 

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Riders representing Hong Kong made history with the first win for their country at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Remarkably, Patrick Lam, who won an international novice section on Jockey Club DYK5, only took up eventing this year – he represented Hong Kong in showjumping at the Rio Olympic Games last year.

Lam, who lives in Austria, admitted it had been a steep learning curve

‘The other riders told me that eventing is good fun and I am really loving it, but I have to say that today is the biggest cross-country course I’ve ever seen.’

There were further celebrations as his compatriot, Annie Ho, finished second on Baxo. She was inspired to start in the sport after working as a volunteer in the stables at the 2008 equestrian Olympics in Hong Kong.

‘I just loved the atmosphere and wanted to be part of this sport,’ she explained. The squad is being trained by Nick Burton in Gloucestershire with the ultimate aim being the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Watch Patrick Lam and Jocky Club DYK5's winning cross country round here