The Executive Board of the All Indonesian Equestrian Sports Center (PP Pordasi) is preparing to form a national equestrian team for the 2019 SEA Games. Equestrian sports, especially in the equestrian discipline of equestrian riding, including those that will definitely be staged at the SEA Games 2019 in the Philippines.
Having met while watching the title of the second day of the agility horse tournament at Cinta Indonesia Open XI-2019, at the APM Equestrian Center, Tangerang, Banten, General Chairman of PP Pordasi Mohammad Chaidir Saddak, revealed that his party would do various ways to improve the performance of riders and horses to better support their appearance their best in the SEA Games Philippines 2019 agility riding competition.
“We will immediately handle, from starting to determine which rider is worthy of entering the shadow team and then the first team.” Of course that will be done in accordance with the regulations or policies that we will make as well as possible,” Chaidir said, quoted by tribunnews. He explained, if later on periodically there would be medical tests for the riders and horses respectively. This should be done to detect the possibility of a ‘disturbance’ at the beginning of the horse which has always been underestimated. “All costs associated with rider health tests and also of course are the responsibility of PP Pordasi too,” he said.
He also said that he had coordinated with the Indonesian Army Armed Cavalry (Denkavkud) in Parongpong, Lembang, to explore the possibility that Denkavkud would become a ‘candradimuka crater’ for riders and horses in undergoing training camps before departure to the Philippines. In that context, there is a possibility if the riders will also get additional physical exertion.
While related to the formation of the national team for the 2019 SEA Games itself, Chaidir said that currently, still designing the ideal formula.
“Mr. Jose (Rizal Partokusumo) as the deputy general chairman of the equestrian field was entrusted with making it. Certainly, we hope that the pattern or formula for forming an equestrian national team can be accepted by all parties. “Our goal is only one, how can we bring home the gold medal from there, even if we want to get medals from every class,” he said optimistically.
Equestrian SEA Games 2019 Phillipines compete for four gold medals, from individual dress and team and individual and team jumping. The Indonesian national team missed reaching medals from the SEA Games 2017 in Malaysia, and then failed to win even a bronze medal from the six sets of medals contested at the XVIII / 2018 Asian Games.
“Maybe later we will need the touch of foreign trainers, but maybe we will focus more on helping through coaching clinics, so we don’t have to spend too big funds,” he said.
During the formation of the XVIII / 2018 Asian Games riding team, involved no fewer than five coaches who were seconded to Dressage, Jumping and Eventing riders. From Jose’s statement, the recruitment of riders to the national team will be monitored from their achievements in the various events they participated in, as well as several other aspects.