Construction of the equestrian venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic events has now been completed.

Taking just under two years to build, the facilities include a main competition arena with seating for around 19,000 at Penfold Park, in the centre of Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories.

A total of 13 training arenas for dressage and jumping have also been completed, and a temporary 5.7km cross-country course at the Beas River Country Club and adjacent Hong Kong Golf Club.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) used recycled telegraph poles for jumps, and installed energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning in 270 stables.

The club claims that the facilities will set new world standards in terms of quality, environmental consideration, cost effectiveness and legacy value.

The HKJC will also make available its fleet of horseboxes, its equine hospital and its racing laboratory.

The venues will be used this August for the Good Luck Beijing-HKSAR 10th Anniversary Cup, at which three UK riders will be competing (news, 14 June).

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