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Alex Hua Tian

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Alex Hua Tian Portrait 2007
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Alex Hua Tian and Jeans during the cross-country phase of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2009.
Family name is Hua; Alex's father's name is "Hua Shan".
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hua.

Alex Hua Tian (Template:Zh; born October 25, 1989 in London, England, United Kingdom)[1] is an Olympic equestrian sportsman for China.

He was born in London to a Chinese father and a British mother, and has a brother, called Jamie Hua Ming. Alex started riding aged four while living in Beijing and later Hong Kong. His family moved to Wiltshire when he was 11 where Alex went to Chafyn Grove School followed by Eton College.

He is the only Chinese event rider competing internationally. Alex took a year out of his studies at Eton to prepare for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He qualified four horses between October 2007 and May 2008. Although as a host nation competitor he only needed to achieve a minimum standard, he qualified in his own right through the rankings as the youngest ever Olympic event rider. In mid-2008 he achieved a ranking of 21st in the world.

He was coached by the former world champion Clayton Fredericks and his wife Lucinda Fredericks, who won the Burghley Horse Trials 2006 and Badminton Horse Trials 2007, at their base in Wiltshire, and by Jane Gregory, British Olympic Dressage Team 1996 and 2008.

Having returned to Eton to complete his studies, Alex won a place at Bristol University to study Aerotechnology Engineering, which he postponed for three years to concentrate on working toward competing in London 2012. At Blenheim International Horse Trials 2009 Alex won the Best under-25 Prize and qualified for the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, September 2010. In November 2009, Alex won the inaugural HSBC Rising Star Award, presented to him in Copenhagen by Princess Haya, President of the International Equestrian Federation at the 'Oscars of Equestrian Sport'.

See also

Website: http://www.alexhuatian.co.uk

Blog: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/alexhuatian

Interview with China's Central Television (in English): http://sports.cntv.cn/20100318/104424.shtml

  • China at the 2008 Summer Olympics


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