HRH Princess’ Bid for Asian Games Glory

HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya during training in Germany.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya is honing her equestrian skills in Germany ahead of her participation in next year’s Asian Games, officials have said.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Governor Gongsak Yodmani recently visited the princess who is training in Germany.

Her Royal Highness is trained by German trainer Mathias Rath at Kronberg Stables as part of his training program organized by the Royal Horse Guards and the Equestrian Sports Association of Thailand.

The princess will represent Thailand at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in China, which have been postponed to September 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although the Hangzhou event was postponed for a year, Princess Sirivannavari’s training continued unabated in her spirit as a dedicated equestrian athlete.

She trained with two horses — Dream Catcher, a top young horse, and Darnilo, an experienced reserve horse.

The Princess is attentive to details regarding the health and welfare of the horses in accordance with international standards.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya poses during training in Germany.

His Royal Highness also cares about the staff involved with horses such as grooms, farriers and veterinary doctors who constantly undergo theoretical and practical training in real situations.

This ensures that each horse, which is itself considered an athlete, is in good physical and mental health, fit for training and competition.

Meanwhile, the Princess took part in the CDI3* Crozet show in Crozet, France, to compete for the Prix St George, with her reserve horse Darnilo from August 24-26.

His participation was aimed at improving his skills and experience and allowing the horse to familiarize himself with various environments in preparation for competitions.

The process includes transporting a horse an appropriate distance, placing it in a temporary paddock in a non-training location to become accustomed to being in equine society with other competition horses, and allowing the horse to seeing other stimuli different from normal practice, such as large audiences, applause, match flags waving around the pitch and other surrounding environments.

The Princess has represented her country in several international events, including the Asian Games and the SEA Games.

She won a silver medal in the dressage team event at the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia.

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