KARACHI: Usman Khan, Pakistan’s best equestrian, made a strong recovery in the circuit almost a year after an accident to secure Pakistan’s berth in the Asian Games.
Pakistan finished 12th in the FEI CIC 2-Star long format event, Haras De Jardy, in Paris, France, according to a message received by this correspondent from Usman Khan. Pakistan has now qualified for the Asian Games in 2022-23.
Usman was involved in a terrible accident last year, which kept him in rehab for 150 days. His horse, “Kasher,” had also died in the accident as a result of the fall.
Khan, 41, has teamed up with Eden Du Veret, a seven-year-old French horse, this time.
With Eden Du Veret, he hopes to win medals.
“After dressage, Pakistan was ranked 11th in a large European field, and we had kept a low profile in the lead-up, so there was no pressure.” “We set a national record in dressage and went clear cross country with only six-time penalties and one rail in show jumping,” he stated of the event.
“We would have been on the podium if we hadn’t had time penalties.” Pakistan has a medal chance based on their performance,” he said.
Pakistan’s top equestrian noted that it felt fantastic to be back on the field after a long absence and that seeing Pakistan’s flag flying throughout the European circuit was especially noteworthy.