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July 28, 2011
Four Canadian endurance riders have completed a race in China as part of a trade mission to Zhaosu County in the country's northwest.
The four were part of a group of six individuals representing Equine Canada's Export Market Development program (EC Export) whose objective was to experience firsthand, a Chinese-run equestrian sporting event, gain knowledge of China's current horse husbandry practices and demonstrate that Canada has the expertise to partner with China as it strives to develop a contemporary horse industry.
The event was run in Zhaosu County, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China.
In a different format from previous trade missions, four endurance riders, who took on the role as "Canadian Equestrian Ambassadors" represented Canada in a four-day equine festival called the Invitational Tournament of 2011 "Xinfadi Cup" the Second National Equestrianism Endurance Racing and Speed Competition in Pasture of Zhaosu County. Along with a flat racing meet for Chinese-owned thoroughbreds and native horses, the festival was comprised of three days of riding over 260km in the area's grasslands, which included an 80km endurance race on July 1...
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