August 11, 2008

Olympic showjumping competitors had the first real chance to stretch their legs and try out the arena conditions at Sha Tin in a training session tonight.

Some 90 horses and riders including reserves were put through their paces.

A course was set up and team members had 10 minutes to jump. All the riders have been training their horses in the evening under the lights in the other available arenas, but this is the first chance they had to practise where they will be competing.

The veterinary inspection of the showjumping horses takes place on Thursday, with competition beginning on Friday, when team and individual qualifying rounds take place.

Below are pictures from Natasha Slavic, the owner of New Zealand horse Forrest, ridden by Katie McVean.

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Katie McVean and Forrest work out under the lights.


Kiwi team members Bruce Goodin and Sharn Wordley (outside) warm up.


Good luck cards from students from Paeroa's St Joseph's primary school adorn Forrest's stall. He's the only horse in the block to have a fan club.


The McVean support crew during the training session.