CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

There's no horsing around in Guangzhou

11-25-2010 11:28 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games |

Guangzhou, November 25 - While people talk about the stunning price of some of the horses competing at the Asian Games, the stables manager at the Guangzhou equestrian venue said every horse is treated the same.

"No matter where the horse comes from, no matter how expensive it is, 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) or 10,000 yuan, and no matter if it wins gold or finishes last, our principle is to treat every horse equally," said manager Tony C.Y. Shea.

"Some horses are very famous, but there is no way we can give them a specially-designed place or a bigger and separate stall from other horses," Shea, from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, told China Daily.

While the riders try their best during the performances, the stable staff must be on alert day and night, in a job that encompasses tasks such as disinfection, quarantine and fodder supply, to ensure the safety and fitness of the horses.

"When I was young, I heard some horses died in a fire. That should never happen, and smoking is strictly forbidden in the stables. Safety comes first," said Shea, who started to prepare for the project in Guangzhou in late 2008.

"The stable boys of each team deal with the horses directly, but we have to make sure of a good environment, or it could impact on the horses."

On top of work inside the stables, the staff is also responsible for transporting the horses from the stables to the airport, which takes time.

"Tonight, 13 Korean horses will go back home. We will pack them at about 8:30 pm, go to the airport and go through quarantine before the flight takes off at 2 am, so it will be 3 or 4 when we get back," said the 34-year-old.

A Shanghai native, Shea moved to Hong Kong with his family at the age of 10 and started to get familiar with stable work.

At 20, he followed in his dad's footsteps and learned to ride a year later. He then went to the United Kingdom for further studies, including horsemanship, coaching and stable management.

He competed for Hong Kong from 1999-2003, a spell that included the 2001 National Games in Guangzhou, where he finished 18th in jumping.

Apart from his riding career, Shea was also involved in management at the Hong Kong Jockey Club before eventually going back to Shanghai to help the local government build up an equestrian team and standardize stable management.

He obviously made an impression as he was appointed the stables manager of the equestrian venue in Hong Kong, China during the 2008 Beijing Games.

"We were in charge of 218 horses from different countries and regions. I really felt pressure before the Olympics because it was the first time we had worked with so many horses, and it was such an important event," Shea said. "But it turned out that everything went smoothly and we did a good job.

"As a coach or rider, you always expect to have good results in the competition. As the stables manager, receiving good comments from the competing teams offers us the biggest sense of achievement."

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program