Well the final day for show jumping has arrived! As usual we had an early wake up so that we could get to the competition venue on time. The course walk opened at 9:00. The first round of the individual final was a flowing course over 1.50m. The time was more generous than in the team competition. In total 29 horses and riders were slated to jump over the track built by John Vallance. Adonis and I were 10th on the start list. I felt confident after the course walk and even more so during the warm up. He was fresh and relaxed and jumping really well.
My team mate Raena was seventh to go and jumped a clear round! I was next from team HK. Adonis and I jumped a solid round but had an unlucky rail at B of the triple combination. In total there were 10 clear rounds. 20 riders would go through to the final round but only 2 riders per country. HK qualified 3 riders so there was a bit of a dilemma. At the end, team management decided that I would not jump the final round. I was overcome by a flood of varied emotions! Anyone who has been in this position knows what I'm talking about! At the end of the day, the decision was not mine and all I could do is accept the situation and move on. Still it was a bitter pill to swallow!
The second round was a solid 1.50-1.55m track consisting of 10 fences. As with every championship the final round is always exciting and full of surprises! This time was no different! Two riders jumped off for gold and eight riders jumped off for bronze. Raena was amongst those jumping off for the bronze. It proved to be a very fast and exciting jump off! At the end of it all Abdullah Al Sharbatly from Saudi Arabia galloped away with the gold medal! Silver went to Japan's Satoshi Hirao. UAE's Sheikha Latifah Al Maktoum and my fellow JustWorld International ambassador, laid down a fast and flawless ride to really put the pressure on the rest of the field. Only Japan's Taizo Sugitani was able to best Latifah's time and win the bronze!
Adonis and I jumped 3 solid rounds and can walk away with our heads held high! I couldn't be happier with his performance. He gained a lot of experience and really showed his class during the Asian Games. I believe that he has a bright future.... Not bad considering he was jumping 1.35m at the beginning of the year! Now it's over and we will all go our separate ways. It's always sad to see it come to an end! A huge congratulations to the medal winners and all the riders at this years Asian Games! See you at the next one!!!
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