Chinese Horse Endurance Rider in United State
What do Endurance horseback riding, China, and the United States have in common? Mr. Arthur Hui. I have participated in Endurance horseback riding for over 16 years and I have lived in China for over 2 years, but I had never heard of Endurance in China, and I had never heard of a Chinese person competing in an American Endurance ride! So when I received an email from Mr. Hui's associate, Elsa, looking for a horse for Mr. Hui to ride in an 80km race here in California, I had no idea what to expect! I was excited to meet Mr. Hui and my first meeting with him showed that he has a deep knowledge and understanding of horses, their breeding, and their conformation. Not only that, but, already a champion barrel racer who competes both at home and abroad, I could tell he is a motivated and determined rider. We immediately made a plan to find a horse for Mr. Hui to ride in one of our 80km rides so that he can fulfill his qualifications to nominate for WEG 2018!
When choosing a horse, the first thing you must decide is, what is your goal? For Mr. Hui's qualification rides, he must successfully complete and, according to the rules, he cannot go too fast, so the most important thing is not necessarily to have a fast horse, but rather to have a dependable horse. Luckily one of our good friends, Becky, has three endurance horses, all consistent and dependable! Becky has almost 10,000 miles of successful competition on her horses, so she is very knowledgeable about consistent slower-paced riding. Becky prefers to compete for mile accumulation rather than speed and she is very good at this! Sometimes she rides one horse for 4 days, 80km each day!
The second thing to consider is the horse's record. If you want a fast horse, you want a horse with a record of speed. If you want a consistent horse, you want a record of completion. Luckily, all of Becky's horses have good completion records. One of her horses has over 6,000 competition miles, her other has over 2,000 competition miles, and her third, the youngest, is just starting his endurance career but has 150 miles of competition.
The last thing to consider is which horse suits the rider the best, and for that you need a test ride! So Mr. Hui, Becky, my mother, and I all went for a ride! We met Becky out in the high desert, a desolate beautiful place. There is little vegetation and even less water, but the sky is amazingly beautiful! As we arrived for our test ride, a storm was blowing in so we knew we had to hurry. Riding unfamiliar horses in unfamiliar saddles in an unfamiliar place isn't easy, but Mr. Hui was up for the challenge! We rode 10 miles together and switched horses so that Mr. Hui could try them. At last, he decided that he preferred the youngest, named Teddy. Although his record is the shortest, Mr. Hui could see that Teddy has potential and most importantly, Mr. Hui and Teddy suited each other best in personality and movement.
As someone who has studied China and studied Chinese for many years, I am so pleased to be a part of helping Mr. Hui get qualified to attend WEG 2018, and also I am so proud to support him in becoming the first Chinese citizen to participate in a US Endurance ride! We will work our hardest to make sure that he is successful and we look forward to his participation in more rides in the future both here and abroad, and as Chinese endurance continues to develop, I hope that I, and other Americans, have a chance to attend Chinese competitions as well! Sports play a large role in international relations, countries have forged long lasting a deep friendships through sports competitions, and in that vein, I am so excited to be a part of Mr. Hui's pioneering journey in American Endurance!