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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 5:51:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 5:52:52 PM

Borrowed horse system costly to dressage team

NAYPYITAW: The “borrowed horse” system put paid to Malaysia’s chances of repeating their gold medal triumph in the equestrian dressage team event at the National Equestrian Centre here.

The Malaysian team of Edric Lee Chin Hon, Praveen Nair Mathavan, Shoorendran Nageswaran and Muhd Saiful Azwan finished fourth behind Singapore.

Indonesia claimed gold while hosts Myanmar rejoiced with silver, their first ever medal in the dressage discipline.

Only Praveen and Shoorendran managed to qualify for the top 12-individual competition to be held on Saturday.

But it will be an uphill task to take the gold, according to team manager Che Mat Din Ismail.

“The horses are provided by the hosts and the teams draw lots this time. We are not familiar with this as it was the norm for teams to bring their own horses at previous Games,” he said.

“Our riders really need to work on building chemistry with the horses but there just isn’t enough time to do that.”

Competing nations are not allowed to bring their own horses to Myanmar due to quarantine restrictions.

Malaysia had Qabil Ambak when they enjoyed their best moments in equestrian at the Korat SEA Games in 2007, winning both the team and individual honours.

Malaysia already have two gold medals to show for in equestrian – the 80km endurance individual (Mohd Sulaiman Muda) and team.

Tags / Keywords: equestrian, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, dressage

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