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Saudi Arabia tops equestrian event at Asian games

Ashgabat equestrian show jumpingASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: October 03, 2017. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov brought the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat to a close on September 28.

Awarded to Ashgabat by the Olympic Council of Asia in 2010, the Games opened on September 17 and involved 6,000 athletes and officials from 65 teams.

Some 36 countries got on the medal board with Turkmenistan top with 245 including 89 gold, followed by China with 97 including 42 gold and Iran with 118 medals including 36 gold.

Of the eight countries in the equestrian show jumping event, five countries won medals with Saudia winning one gold and two silver; Qatar one gold and one silver; Turkmenistan, one gold; and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kyrgyzstan and the Syrian Arab Republic, one bronze medal each.

Peden Bloodstock chartered a Cargolux 747-8 freighter to carry horses competing in the event from Luxembourg to Ashgabat in mid-September and they all returned safely the same way in state-of-the-art horse stalls.

Cargolux is a member of ATA, the Animal Transport Association, and has been flying horses around the world for 45 years.

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