The Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship has become the first foreign equestrian manual to be published in China.
Published by China Agricultural University, the cover photograph features H&H blogger Alex Hua Tian competing at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials earlier this year, where he was placed 7th and 12th, and awarded the “Best U21” prize.
“I was thrilled to be invited to appear on the cover,” said Alex, who trains in the UK. “The Manual of Horsemanship really is the bible of horsemanship — my mother still has hers which was published in the 1960s!”
This year, Alex became the first Chinese rider to qualify for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. His success has created huge excitement in his home country, and is fostering a growing Chinese fan base for equestrianism.
“There is a huge thirst for information among riders,” said Sarah Noble, advisor to the Chinese Equestrian Association. “Although many of the top instructors in China have trained abroad, there has never been enough suitable teaching materials available in Chinese.
“The publication of the Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship really is a first in Chinese equestrian sport.”