Equestrian: Chiara Sophia Amor wins young riders showjumping competition in Singapore

Chiara Sophia Amor has won the Concours de Saut International (young riders) (CSIY-B) individual showjumping competition at the National Equestrian Centre on Sunday, March 9, 2014, by the slightest of margins. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Chiara Sophia Amor has won the Concours de Saut International (young riders) (CSIY-B) individual showjumping competition at the National Equestrian Centre on Sunday, March 9, 2014, by the slightest of margins. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Chiara Sophia Amor has won the Concours de Saut International (young riders) (CSIY-B) individual showjumping competition at the National Equestrian Centre on Sunday morning by the slightest of margins.

Competing in Singapore for the first time, the 16-year-old Filipino was timed at 55.97sec after two rounds, edging out Singapore's Nicola Hammond by a mere 0.2 sec to earn victory.

Chiara said: "I was really nervous going through but I tried to remember to breathe a bit, to get along with the horse, and to relax."

Her victory did not come easy, with her horse hesitating a little before one of the obstacles, and the petite winner admits to having an attack of nerves.

"I didn't know what I was doing next, and that was pretty much all that was going through my head at that moment."

Nicola, along with team-mate Sasha Thorburn, won the team event on Saturday. Despite the narrow loss, she was satisfied with her performance and her horse.

"I was really happy with my horse, because he tries really hard, and I couldn't have done any better," said the 15-year-old.

Sasha finished third, followed by Hong Kong's Lennard Chiang, South Africa's Zahn-Wanda Bosman and Malaysia's Izad Paiza.