Horse Games in the 14th National Games of the People’s Republic of China
The National Games is the premier sports event in China at national level. It is usually held once every four years. The 14th National Games which opened yesterday is the most recent event.
The equestrian event of the 14th National Games will be held from September 16th to 25th. There will be 77 athletes and 100 horses from 15 Provinces’ 25 teams.
The dressage competition will be held from September 16th to 18th; the triathlon competition will be held from the 19th to 21st; the jumping competition will be held from the 23rd to 25th.
The Horse Games of the 14th National Games of China has been organised at the Qing Han New City Equestrian Stadium, Xixian District, Shaanxi Province. The Qing han New City Equestrian Stadium is one of the newly-built competition venues. It covers an area of about 876 acres and has a total construction area of about 26,000 square meters. Waterfront cross-country track, 1 fiber sand competition field, 4 training fields, 15 stables, horse hospital, horse swimming pool and other facilities. The entire venue is planned and constructed in accordance with the standards of international equestrian competition venues.
The sand used is fibrous sand mixed with fabrics, fibers and a certain proportion of quartz sand, which can protect the horses while avoiding dust. At the same time, the stadium also has 15 stables, which can accommodate 330 horses. The stables are equipped with a bath room, a lamp room, and a horse-working room.
The Guangdong team won the first gold medal in the National Games equestrian event, and the Xinjiang team and the Shanghai team won the silver medal for the dressage team and the bronze medal for the team.
There are 6 teams from Guangdong, Shaanxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Xinjiang participating in the equestrian dressage team competition.
This is the first time in the history of the Shanghai team that it has reached the National Games Equestrian Dressage Team Finals, and they are the youngest (22.8 years old) among all six participating teams.
The competition subjects for this competition are the St. George subjects, including 26 movements such as shoulder inward, diagonal stride, shift, 8-meter circle multiplication, stretch running, air leg change, half hind limb rotation, and 3 step change. The technical actions constitute the rider’s technical score. The technical score is 320 points, plus a comprehensive score of 20 points, and the total score is 340 points.
The referee scores at three points, H, C, and B. Combining the scores of the three points and performing percentage conversion to obtain the final score of each pair of men and horses. The scores of the three pairs of centaurs with the highest scores for each team are added together to determine the ranking of the team. Most of the participating horses at the National Games of China which were ridden were Dutch KWPN horses. This comes due to its conformation, abilities, willingness, and reliable temperament. The KWPN horses are well suited for work both under saddle and in harness for the needs of the equestrian population in China.