Badminton Horse Trial 09 05 2014DressageBritish-based Chinese event rider Alex Hua Tian was the youngest event rider ever at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has since competed at Badminton and Burghley and won a silver medal for China at the 2014 Asian Games.

Educated at Eton in Britain, Alex is now based at Pinfold Equestrian in Cheshire. The yard was formerly a top thoroughbred stud back in the 1960s. See pictures of Alex’s yard.

In November 2009 Alex won the inaugural HSBC Rising Star Award from the FEI and he became a patron for World Horse Welfare in 2014. He has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics with both Harbour Pilot C or Don Geniro.

Alex won the second leg of the Event Rider Masters class at Bramham 2016 on Don Geniro to take home a cheque for £16,000. He said at the time the money will “probably disappear into the black hole of horses” but he might treat himself and girlfriend Sarah Higgins to “something nice”.

Following the 2008 Beijing Olympics there has been more and more interest in equestrian sport and the Chinese Equestrian Association has announced it is targeting its fledgling national team at the 2016 Games in Rio