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The Hong Kong Pony Club hosted the 2019 Inter-Pacific Exchange from June 30th to July 12th.
Teams from Hong Kong, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand spent a fantastic 2 weeks in Hong Kong, visiting different riding stables, seeing the famous sights and exploring the local area, often on bicycles! The teams stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong, a perfect location from which to to travel all over the territory.
Obviously our visitors were keen to see how we do all things equestrian in Hong Kong, and with support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and some of the local riding schools we were able to give them a good taste of equestrian life in Hong Kong. Lo Wu Saddle Club invited everyone to go for a hack out round the Lo Wu villages which was hugely enjoyed by all despite the heat! All the horses behaved themselves beautifully and the teams had a great time meeting some of the Lo Wu riders and staff.
Clearwater Bay invited the teams to come and ride their horses, so we split the group into two and while some rode at CEEC the others were given a tour of the wold class Veterinary Hospital in Shatin. On another morning the teams swapped so everyone was able to do both. CEEC also hosted a gymkhana and sausage sizzle which was won of the highlights of the tour for everyone, including the ponies. From bending to apple bobbing and candy hid in flour, the evening was great fun. The ponies definitely had a good time, some of them have never been seen to move so fast!
Beas River Equestrian Centre were the hosts of the two competitions, the Bauhinia Cup on July 5th, a Mixed team Dressage competition, and the highlight of the Exchange, the Nation's Cup Showjumping Competition on July 11th. Both competitions were be held at Beas River Equestrian Centre, courtesy of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Both competitions were a huge success with all the Hong Kong horses and ponies behaving (mostly) impeccably. We saw some fantastic riding in both competitions, but the winners of the Nation's Cup were deservedly the USA, an amazing result that was very well deserved - Well Done Team USA!
The exchange ended on a big high thanks to the team at Jaspas Beach Club who made the Farewell Dinner a truly special evening and we all somehow managed to stay dry! Thank you to everyone who took part in the Exchange and to all those who made it a truly special two weeks. For more photos check out the facebook page here HKPC Inter-Pacific Exchange 2019
The Next Inter-Pacific will be hosted by New Zealand in 2021 and we are hoping to send a team from Hong Kong. If you are interested in being considered for the Hong Kong Pony Club team, or in helping to organise the exhchange please contact the secretary.
HISTORY OF THE INTER-PACIFC EXCHANGE
In 1960 Pebble Beach Pony Club in California, USA, invited Pony Club members from New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, to visit them in the USA and share their common interest of horses and riding. Such was the success fo the 'exchange' that in return the Pony Club Association of Victoria invited the USA, Canada and New Zealand, and all seven Australian States to participate in a similar exchange programme the following year. During that visit, the Inter Pacific Exchange Committee was formed and the Far East was invited to participate. It was agreed that these exchanges would take place every two years and be hosted by the participating countries on a rotational basis.... so began the IPE.
Since then the Inter-Pacific Exchange has taken place every two years. The countries have changed a little over the years, most notably with Hong Kong becoming a separate entity rather than part of the Far East team. Great Britain, the mother country of the Pony Club movement was also invited to join the IPE which it did for a while and hosted the 1985 rally, but has since withdrawn.
The Exchange which generally takes place over approximately 2 weeks is both a competitive and cultural one, with each hosting nation striving to showcase the best of their nation to the visiting teams. The strength of the IPE lies in the word 'Exchange' for it is just that; different countries, different cultures, different challenges, all linked together by the common love of the horse.
List of Host Countries and Years Hosted
HONG KONG INTER-PACIFIC
The 2019 exchange wss held in Hong Kong from 30th June - 12th July, 2019. The invitation was extended to teams of four riders, one chaperone and one coach.
The international teams arrived in Hong Kong on 30th June. All the teams stayed together in the Hyatt Regengy hotel in Shatin. During the 2 weeks of the exchange they met new people, experienced different cultures, different food and participated in friendly team competitions, including a hilarious Gymkhana at CEEC! The two main riding competition were both held at Beas River Equestrian Centre. The first was the Bauhinia Cup Event (Dressage) which consisted of mixed teams, each team having one member from each country. The main riding event is always the Nation's Cup (Showjumping) and that was held on 11th July. The prize giving was held at the Beas River Club House and the prizes were presented by both HKJC Head of Equestrian Affairs Amand Bond, and our Chief Judge Johnny Mak. The exchange culminated in the Farewell Dinner at Jaspas Beach Club.
All teams (incl. HK) were accommodated together in a hotel, giving them the opportunity to better get to know members of their own as well as spending time with all the other teams.
As well as the Equestrian themed activities, there were sightseeing tours to Hong Kong's most treasured places, visits to Parks and time spent relaxing by the water. The teams given the opportunity to explore Hong Kong and experience it's beauty and uniqueness, from the high rises of Hong Kong Island to the deserted beaches of the Sai Kung peninsular and everything in between.
The Hong Kong Pony Club took great pride in hoting this exciting event, we hope that the 2019 Hong Kong IPE was a truly rewarding experience for all those involved and that friendships were forged that will cross borders and boundries.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE
To qualify for consideration as a member of the HKPC team, you should:
We start looking for our team members at least 18 months before the next IPE, so we are already making shortlists of possible riders.
If you are interested in being considered for the Hong Kong Pony Club Team for the IPE 2021 in New Zealand, please send us an email detailing your riding experience, your history and relationship with the Pony Club, Hong Kong or otherwise, and tell us what qualities you possess that would make you a good choice for and a good member of the team.