The First Equestrian League in Indonesia was successfully held
The collaboration between Adria Pratama Mulya (APM) and Equinara Horse Sports has successfully held the 2020 Equestrian Champions League (ECL) until its completion.
Equestrian athletes have passed 6 Series throughout 2020.
Given that ECL 2020 is a collaboration of two different clubs, during the 6 ECL Series, athletes take turns playing at the APM Equestrian Center and Equinara Horse Sports.
Starting with the ECL 2020 Grand Launching which was held on December 14, 2019 at the Jakarta International Equestrian Park Pulomas (JIEPP).
The same place is still used for Series 1 which is held on February 14-16, 2020.
It was only in Series 2 that March 6 - 8 was held at the APM Equestrian Center, Tigaraksa, Banten. Series 2 is the normal ECL 2020.
Series 3 on July 15, 19, 23 and 27 2020 was held by APM, followed by Series 4 on July 17, 21, 25, and 29, 2020 at Pulomas. In Series 5 back at APM and Series 6 / Final at JIEPP.
Because of Covid-19, from ECL Series 3 to ECL Series 6 / Final, it has become a series of breakthroughs held with strict health protocol requirements.
The application of this strict health protocol has referred to the health protocols of several organizations such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora), the Central Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI), Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), Asian Equestrian Federation (AEF) and the local government.
With the implementation of strict health protocols such as wearing masks and washing hands frequently, those who attend must pass accreditation and antigen swab tests whose equipment is supported by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).
In order to support the implementation of health protocols related to physical distance, the committee limited the number of participants at the location.
Those who are allowed to be at the location include athletes, coaches, grooms, officials, medical personnel, and horse owners. In addition, viewers who are not allowed to attend can watch it through KONI TV.
Even though there were adjustments to the matches that were held again in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the championship podium was often occupied by different athletes.
This proves that the competition for athletes is tight thanks to even coaching in sports achievements. The athletes themselves have run increasingly severe quality hurdles. Show Jumping Course designer, Rafiq Radinal conveyed. "My design is gradually increasing in difficulty," he explained on July 29, 2020.
Evidenced by the highest Show Jumping hurdle competed during the ECL 2020 is 140 cm with the final hurdle as high as 145 cm. When compared, Category A FEI JWC 2020 competes through obstacles with a height of 120-130 cm. Thanks to winning the class, Ferry Wahyu Hadiyanto from Equinara won a gold medal at the ECL Series 6 / Final on 22 November 2020. His medals have made Equinara the best club during ECL 2020.
The first equestrian league in Indonesia has encouraged the improvement of the quality of training for athletes in equestrian sports.
The league format is credited with this improvement because athletes need not only practice but matches. With the league format, athletes are required to compete more and also maintain consistency in their performance.
If it is related to the concept of the construction of the ECL, it can be said that the implementation of the equestrian league between clubs in the country has been in accordance with its initial expectations.
"ECL was built with a concept that combines competitive equestrian sports, not only broad knowledge but also about horse riding and entertainment facilities that can be enjoyed by all ages," said ECL Founders Triwatty Marciano at the ECL 2020 Grand Launching,
The three elements mentioned were proven to be present at ECL 2020. A tight competition requires participants to continue to deepen their knowledge of horse riding.
In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic, which requires matches to be held without factual spectators, is a blessing.
Games that are broadcast live for later access on electronic devices make it easy for anyone of all ages to watch the match.
It is hoped that the end of the first ECL series in 2020 will be a good start for the development of equestrian equestrian sports in Indonesia.
Competition is a need for athletes from club level who are at the forefront of sports coaching.
At the end of the ECL, the ECL Founder and Chairperson of PP.Pordasi Triwatty Marciano expressed his gratitude to all those who supported the implementation of ECL 2020.