The 27th Southeast Asian Games are under way in Myanmar, with endurance leading off the equestrian events.
The medal ceremony for the endurance competition takes place later today local time, with the event being fought out by Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar. Starting out from the Wunna Theikdi Equestrian Centre in Naypyitaw, the track covers 80km. Riders set out at 8pm on Tuesday night.
Because of quarantine restrictions, all riders are competing on borrowed horses, and before the start the Malaysian team expressed its disappointment to the New Straits Times about the local horses that had been provided by the hosts.
“The horses look quite nervous and a bit wild which is generally not good for an endurance event as it will use up more of their energy,” he said.
It is the first time since 2001 that endurance has been held at the games. It is only the seventh year since the games began in 1959 that equestrian events have been included.
The team dressage competition starts on Friday, with the individual medals being decided on Saturday.
Jumping starts on Monday with the teams event, with the individual competition next Wednesday.
The Southeast Asian Games – known as the SEA Games – take place every two years between the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia. The games are under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia.