Sunday, August 10, 2008

Meet the Riders: Alex Hua Tian Rides for China

As his website says, he is "1 in 1.3 billion": China's only three-day event rider. Alex Hua Tian speaks English with a Chinese accent...or is it the other way around? The Eton College student rode the German-bred Chicco to a personal-best dressage score in Hong Kong  on Saturday. He is the youngest competitor in the equestrian events, and is the first Chinese national to ever compete in eventing at any Olympics. Alex trains with Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks  of the Australian team at their farm in England. Together, they have the world map covered! Unfortunately, it looks like Alex has been eliminated on cross-country today. We're still waiting for details.(Kit Houghton photo, courtesy of FEI)

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