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By China Daily | China Daily | Updated:2017-10-17 07:34Chinas ambition to join equestrianisms upper echelon wont be realized overnight, but burgeoning interest in the traditionally Western-dominated sport among the younger generation is certainly cause for optimism.The seventh Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters, which took place over the weekend at the Birds Nest, is one of the biggest events on Chinas horse-riding calendar and one that has witnessed a booming popularity with kids.In response to that demand, a multi-platform project called Equine Park, located adjacent to the showjumping course inside the stadium, was launched this year, allowing thousands of parents and their children to saddle up and get on horseback, making a sport that is sometimes accused of being elitist instantly accessible to local families.”Its important to allow children to get to know the sport, which is all about elegance and conducting yourself like a gentleman, as well as energy and passion. It will also help broaden their horizons,” said Shelly Wang, who brought her 5-year-old daughter to the park.”She is so excited and amazed by what she saw here. She watched shows of equestrian before, but it is different for her to experience a high-level equestrian competition.”Shelly was one of many impressed parents.”I like equestrianism myself,” said Yu Jia, who took her 7-year-old son along. “Children in China cannot experience such top-level equestrian sport every day. Its important to let my son experience and decide if he truly likes the sport. If he really does, I will support him.”Looks like shell have to make good on that pledge-“I want to be a rider some day!” was the little guys message to his mom.Equestrianism has been developing fast in China and is increasingly the hobby of choice for kids and teenagers.”Equestrianism has significant educational values, and through it children get mental development, companionship, management abilities and so on,” said Zhang Yuan from QingAo Equestrian training center, which helped organize Equine Park.”Take companionship as an example,” Zhang continued. “Lots of kids are the only child in their family. They have all the love and focus of the whole family, so they believe they should be looked after by others. It is bad for their development.”At the core of equestrianism is the relationship between horses and riders. Children will learn how to love and understand others.”Some of the young riders from QingAo served as volunteers for the day, hoping to share their knowledge and love of the sport with other youngsters.”I want to be here to help others and promote the sport,” said Li Zhouyinuo, a 13-year-old girl who cant be deterred from the sport she loves, despite its hazards.”I rode horses when I was a little girl, but I had an accident on horseback,” she said.”My parents wanted me to try different sports, however I could not stop my love of this one. I consider horse riding a hobby, but an indispensable one.”(China Daily 10/17/2017 page22)PhotoSharapova wins her 1st title since doping banZealous Zhu sends Petra packing in TianjinBeijing meet helps China sharpen up for OlympicsXiamens scenic seaside slogHighlighs of ATP Shanghai MastersMonster trucks to rumble into SW ChinaMost PopularHighlightsSharapova wins her 1st title since doping banZealous Zhu sends Petra packing in TianjinBeijing meet helps China sharpen up for OlympicsWhats HotSharapova wins her 1st title since doping banSpecialNHL plays in ChinaMegabucks: Chinese footballs hottest winter deals in 2017NBA All Star Weekend review: Five talking pointsCharting Xis efforts to turn Winter Olympics a successBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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