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The partnership with the FEI builds on the federation’s existing activity in China, which includes the China League of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping dating back to 2011 and digital video and broadcast partnerships in the country.FEI president Ingmar De Vos said: “Equestrian sport is growing rapidly in popularity in China and across the Asian continent, and this new partnership with Sina Sports marks another major step by the FEI to reach markets that are incredibly important to the future of our sport.
“You are riding a living animal and they have good days and bad days.Jockeys travel around the Earth twice a year “When I was a kid watching horse racing on TV, I never thought about the travelling side of the job, but over the course of a year I might travel 60-70,000 miles to different races,” reveals Twiston-Davies.That’s the equivalent of journeying around the equatorial circumference of the Earth (24,901 miles) more than twice. Sorry, we can’t hear what you’re shouting Cheltenham Racecourse has a capacity of 67,500 spectators and the annual Cheltenham Festival attracts over 230,000 visitors each year, but the jockeys are immune to the noise of excited punters.Horses are more popular than rugby players “Horse racing is actually the second most watched sport in the UK and it is getting bigger all the time,” reveals Twiston-Davies.According to Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, over seven million spectators attended horse-racing and equestrian events last year, making it the second most popular national spectacle behind football, and placing it above sports such as rugby union, cricket, rugby league and motorsport. Jockeys have to sprint like Gareth Bale “One of the key aspects of being a jockey is balance and we also train in the gym on the Equicizer which is like a pretend horse that you can practise on,” he explains.Jockeys are like brothers “There is great camaraderie between jockeys in the weighing room and everybody has a laugh and a joke,” admits Twiston-Davies.
“But I think where we are different to other sports is that we are followed around by an ambulance when we ride, so when you are in the weighing room you know the lad who is sitting next to you could be driven to hospital later that day. We look after each other and you might give a rival a lift home afterwards - even if it means going out of your way.
I remember one day I went past a stable yard at Taunton and the horse decided it wanted to go back to the stables so it just took off in that direction.
We spend a lot of time getting to know each individual horse, sitting on them and seeing how they like to ride and jump, so we can be as versatile as possible with each one.” 3.
“We see massive potential in the Chinese market with a partner that understands our vision, and by having a dedicated place on Sina Sports and its incredibly popular social networking service, we will be able to have deeper conversations with our growing Chinese fan base.” Arthur Wei, vice-president of and general manager of Sina Sports, added: “Sina Sports is proud to be able to give equestrian sports a high profile platform in China.
“We aim to put the spotlight on the global FEI events as well as our brilliant Chinese equestrian athletes, including the eventer Alex Hua Tian who will be China’s equestrian representative at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and jumping athletes like Zhiwen Zhao, who qualified for this year’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Sweden through the China league.
You have to be surprisingly strong because you must deal with taking a fall and then be ready to ride again later that day or the next day.