Cavalry Equestrian Cup 2018 has finally come to an end. Held at the historical DenKavKud in the heart of Lembang, West Java the cold and foggy weather had us curled up in our warm jackets in the spectator area. However this did not stop the riders and horses from performing their best in the arena. Three days of impressive horse and rider action was to be seen at the military themed venue.

Top and amateur classes played out against the exquisite backdrop of beautifully painted Mountain View, of course only to be seen on and off as the fog came and went. The most amazing thing about this show was that it facilitated over 600 entries. Only here you could see horses line up in a long queue to be called into the show jumping arena. Impressively almost all participants were very young riders with ages varying from 7 to 18 years old. The starting order of the lower classes had up to 70 entries. Additionally it is wonderful to see how the equestrian sport here in Indonesia is beginning to regenerate. You could see many potential top riders among them as they fought their way to win their speed classes. The event is brought to life in visually stunning jumping shows, cross country and dressage demonstrations.

One of the highlights of this Cavalry Cup 2018 was the eventing competition. Riders had the opportunity to join a clinic with Joss Gray, the Australian Cross Country expert, prior to the competition. This three day event has shown how much the equestrian sport has grown, especially in cross country. Steven Manayang was able to take home the eventing cup with his horse Alright along with the bronze medal with Esprit. What a great double accomplishment.

To top it off the peak of the competition was the 1.30-140 cm class where Yanyan Hadiansah and Bodius took the win!

It is always great to see so many riders in a competition, which is proof that there has been a rapid growth in interest towards the sport.

Let’s hope this enthusiasm continues as we watch young rider ride their way to the top.

Piccredit: Aurelia Kansha

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