The HKJC Asian Junior Challenge pitches hopeful young showjumpers in the international ring as part of the partnership effort between EEM, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation to nurture equestrian sports in the region. This new competition will give local fans a chance to see 6 top Asian riders under 18 competing together at the most prestigious 5* show jumping competition in Asia.
In 2019, Indonesia’s Muhammad Akbar Kurniawan took the win and said he wants to make winning a habit after taking out the first edition of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Asian Junior Challenge on Easyphighter Dei Folletti.
“This has been a great experience, he said. “I feel great because this is my first time in a 5* competition. I hope I can use this experience and go on to the Olympics. I have been watching the stars and it feels great.”
The rising stars of Asian show jumping have been out in force across the Longines Masters of Hong Kong weekend and this initiative launched by EEM, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation gives young talents a chance to share the spotlight. Second place went to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Tzu-Yen on Une d'Hautefeuille while flying the flag for the locals was Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol on It's A Gamble
“It was really exciting to be part of the Longines Masters,” said Capol. “I was a bit nervous because my sponsors the Hong Kong Jockey Club have been really supporting me and I wanted to give them a good result. I hope I can do better tomorrow. There are so many stars here it is a great opportunity to look at them all and to learn from them all.”