The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation Inter school Challenge is a competition which takes place annually. There are two divisions with a total of 120 riders from 22 schools across hong kong. FIS had a team in both the higher division and the lower. I took part in the lower division. In the lower division there are 17 schools and 66 competitors. Our team which consisted of 3 people, Lea Chaix, Ines Peyronneau, and I Matilda Trodd came 6th overall in the lower division so unluckily just missed out on the finals. The higher division which has 12 schools so 44 people competing is a competition to win a trip to england to practise horse riding at a well renowned stables. Alice Moron, Zoe de Surville and Sarah Morel made up our team.
The competition is about building your skills and in my case being able to represent in the school at my sport. We trained quite regularly at both Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre and Lo Wu Saddle club. Dressage is the dicipline that I most enjoy and I have been trying to perfect my skills. Dressage requires the rider and horse to work as a team and follow a test of different school figures at different paces. You are scored on your precision, rhythm, horse control and general appearance.
I have been horse riding since I was 4 and have recently been working hard twice a week to advance me skills. This paid off as i was lucky enough to get given a great pony and together we won the individual dressage competition, lower division. Matilda Trodd. Year 9