Our first stop was the Endurance competition in The Horses, Khao Yai. Roughly a 2 and a half hour drive from Bangkok but it was worth the drive. The ASEAN Endurance Cup 2018 was the last show of the year for the Endurance discipline and what a way to cap off the year it was. This competition was the first ever CEI** in Thailand, the 120km. In this class, 7 riders participated to which 2 riders succeeded in a completion. Home riders Wipawan Pawitayalarp and Warit Khuntaraporn came towards the finish line in almost identical orders in first and second.
During this event, Otto Rachmad Satyawan from Indonesia part in the CEI* 80km. He rode Alleluia on her first 80km to completion. The pair finished in fourth behind three Malaysian riders. In first placed was Asri Abd Aziz, followed by Mohd Yunus Abdullah and rounding up in third is Mohd Suhairi Ramly. For Otto Khao Yai has always been a good place for him to compete as he always ends up in completion. Finishing this year with Alleluia makes it four in four completions for Otto.
The track is situated directly next to the national park, so riders get to enjoy riding along or in the forest of one of Thailands National Park. FEI Officials present during the ASEAN Endurance Open was Brian C. Dunn as a Technical Delegate (IRL). Next year Mr Prutirat Rattanakul Serireongrith of The Horses plan to host a Show Jumping competition in their newly built arena.
So off we go to CSI* Nahkon Nayok in Equestrian Paradice to the show jumping discipline. This marked the Final Leg of the CSI*W SEA League, the competition for the top spot was a close one as riders had only one point separating the first and second position. Leading the charge to the final was Siengsaw Lertratanachai with 13 points and in second was Mint Chavatanot with 12 points. 4 riders took part in the 1.40m World Cup set by Rafiq Radinal (FEI level 3 CD), a technical course which was testing for the riders.
The riders who took part in this course were the 4 World Cup riders and 4 Young Riders competing in different classes. A clear was yet to be seen until Siengsaw Lertratanachai aboard Courville L took to the mark. The pair took top Honours as the only clear in the World Cup. Clinching the title as the Overall SEA League winner ahead of her counterparts. Rounding up the podium was Jaruporn Sai Limpichati aboard Irregular Choice and Arinadtha Chavatanont in third.
It was truly an honour to have had the chance to spend the weekend in Thailand. Wonderful People, great atmosphere and definitely looking forward to coming back soon.