China Rising

10 February 2018 - EEM World

It’s been quite a weekend at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong for young mainland Chinese rider Meng Quanwei. Not only is this the first time he’s performed in Hong Kong, as part of a mainland China team that is also visiting the event for the first time, but he also managed to snag an impressive third position in the opening event of Day 2, the Maserati Masters Power.

Also known as Tony Meng, Quanwei, born in 1995, is one of the rising stars of Chinese equestrian sport, with a reputation for steely determination to go alongside his obvious talent. He has trained at the world-famous Ludger Beerbaum Stables in Germany since 2015, and in 2017 he was selected to represent the Inner-Mongolia Equestrian Team at the China National Games, the number-two sports event in China after the Olympics. He has also notched up team and individuals firsts in the 2017 CSI 2* Longines Beijing World Cup 140cm First Stop and Second Stop, and fourth place in the 2017 CSI3* Longines Beijing World Cup 145cm.

The arrival in Hong Kong for the Longines Masters of a team from mainland China – along with teams from Chinese Taipei and Australia, both also in attendance for the first time – signals just how far the global tentacles of equestrian sport extend these days, and the success the Longines Masters Series has had in evangelizing showjumping around the world. Other Chinese riders in the city for the event include Zhang Xingjia and Zhu Meimei.

“Equestrian sport is growing really fast in China,” says Meng. “I usually do big shows in China, but this is the first time I’ve come to Hong Kong. It’s great – it’s really different here at the Longines Masters.”

His third place in six bar class the Maserati Masters Power, behind Michael Whitaker of Great Britain and Marc Houtzager of the Netherlands, came on Clintorado, who gave him a particularly smooth ride in the competition. “The horse today did a really good job,” he says. Clintorado comes from the Ecuries d'Ecaussinnes stables in Belgium, which have played a pivotal role in the creation of the Longines Masters Series, as the origin of EEM, the organization behind the event.

Replay the Maserati Masters Power: Six Bars on EEM.tv