PETALING JAYA: Malaysia face a difficult task to outperform favourites South Korea in the Samsung FEI Nations Cup Trophy show jumping competition at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.
The Nations Cup Trophy, one of the main events of the FEI 5-Star KL Grand Prix, is a team competition. The other main event today is the Federal Territories Cup (Grand Prix Tour 1).
A total of five teams, comprising a maximum of four riders each, are taking part in the Nations Cup Trophy and Malaysia will be represented by two teams. Besides South Korea, the other teams taking part are Hong Kong and Team Global, comprising riders from several countries.
The Malaysian A team comprise Syed Omar Almohdzar, Syed Mohsin Almohdzar, Syed Zain Ahmohdzar and Tengku Nazroff Tengku Mohsin. In the B team are Nurlin Salleh, Rahida Abdul Razak and Jennifer Too.
Said Syed Mohsin: It's the first time all four of us will competing together. My brothers Syed Omar and Syed Zain competed together in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
It was a last-minute decision to form the team to compete in the Nations Cup. My brothers have been working the horse, Linus, that I will using for the KL Grand Prix because I am currently working in Singapore. I am a part-time rider.
I won't be pushing too hard in the Nations Cup because I am also taking part in the Young Riders competition on Friday and Saturday. South Korea appear to be the team to beat.
Rahida will be taking part in the competition for the first time.
It's a prestigious competition and it will be an avenue for us to gain exposure and experience. We will try our best to come up good performances, said Rahida.
Meanwhile, top riders will compete in the Federal Territories Cup (Class II 1.50m) and the lone Malaysian in the fray is Syed Omar.
In the absence of Athens Olympic gold medallist Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, the current world number three and Sydney Olympic Games silver medallist Swiss Markus Fuchs is the early favourite.
The other notable names in the competition are Briton Michael Whitaker, Frenchman Jean Marc Nicolas and Swede Helena Lundback.
Tickets are priced at RM53 (adult) and RM28 (child) for the lower tier seating.
The upper tier seating cost RM10 for both adults and children.
For more details, visit www.klgrandprix.com or call 03-7955 9995.