Horse Sport Hugely Popular in China
Equestrianism in China is booming.
That was the clear message delivered at this morning’s opening session on day two of Asia Horse Week 2019.
Cai Jianxiang opened with a presentation on Guangdong as a business case. The Guangdong Equestrian Club was formed in 2016 and now boasts 1490 members. The Guangdong Equestrian Team is currently made up of 12 riders that have all competed successfully in show jumping, dressage and eventing.
Eight riders from Guangdong will represent China at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and they are currently busy training in various parts of the world.
Also during the morning Li Yanyang from Horsemanship Magazine provided some fascinating data on the growth and popularity of Equestrian sport in China.
More than 20 Provinces now hold national and international competitions with show jumping the most popular discipline. 65.54 % of participants in Equestrian are women and 34.46 % men. A breakdown of age groups showed that teenagers now make up the majority of riders in China (49 %).
Mr Yanyang outlined some of the challenges that the Chinese equine industry faces. He said the biggest problems are lack of media exposure, a limited number of professional coaches, grooms and vets and issues with land, quarantine and approval of competitions.
To close out the first session of the day Henry Zhang spoke about horse culture and development in China. He shared the origins of the official Asia Horse Week logo which was inspired from Chinese calligraphy depictions of the horse from a long time ago. Mr Zhang also explained that in Chinese a horse is called ‘Ma’ and passionately implored that we should all cherish horses “the most stunning animals on the planet.”