Horse play

The equestrian competitions of the SEA Games include individual and team events in dressage, endurance and show jumping.

The finals in team dressage took place on Friday 13 December. The Burmese team won the silver medal, while the gold went to Indonesia.

Aung San Suu Kyi visited Friday’s event to watch her own horse Burmese Beauty compete with a Cambodian rider on his back.

The granddaughter of the king of Thailand finished 10th in the individual dressage.

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None of the foreign riders were allowed to bring their own horses to the SEA Games due to quarantine restrictions, which provoked howls of protest from the other ASEAN teams. However, ahead of the event, several competitors said they were happy with the quality of the horses they had been assigned.

The show jumping is the last of the equestrian events, with the finals to be held on Wednesday.

So far, Burma ranks third in the equestrian medal tally after winning silver medals in the team competitions of all three events.

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