KUANTAN: Equestrian rider Syed Nuh Datuk Syed Burhanuddin has a promising future in the sport after winning two medals at the CSI Showjumping Children, Junior & Young, in Tehran, Iran.
The 15-year-old surprised those who were up to three years older than him by emerging as the champion of the Individual Jump Off 100-110cm in the Junior category during the three-day competition.
For the first time, the Malaysian flag was raised high and Negaraku was played at the competition.
He then teamed up with Iranian rider Reza Azadi Pour to win third place in the Showjumping Jump Off 100-110cm team event.
Syed Nuh said he never expected to come in first in the individual event as he had sprained his ankle a week before the competition.
“I didn’t think I would win as I only had a few days to train before the competition,” Syed Nuh told The Star after returning to Malaysia.
“I was also nervous during the competition because the other contestants looked really good as they were bigger, older and had better equipment.
“But my coach told me not to worry about the others because when I’m in the arena, it is just me,” he said.
After such a successful outing, Syed Nuh is motivated to work even harder and to make himself a better rider.
“I intend to better manage my time between studies and training and hope for more chances to participate in such competitions,” he said.
“One day I hope to represent Malaysia in the SEA Games and other major games.”
On what made him choose equestrian as a sport, he said it began with trips with his father to the stable and his affinity for animals.
“When I was four, my dad took me horse riding for fun but once I was in primary school, I started to take it seriously and by Year 4, I decided to go all the way,” he said.
Syed Nuh’s coaches Paiza Md Dom and Wan Mohd Nasrullah believe the young rider is an important member of the state Sukma team and believe if he keeps progressing he can represent the country one day.
“Malaysia has sent representatives for the competition in Iran before but this is the first time we won,” said Paiza.
“We are proud of his achievement and if he keeps it up, he can be an important rider for the country one day,” he added.