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Equestrian rider Colin Syquia jumps to SEA Games gold

MANILA, Philippines – Equestrian rider Colin Syquia reeled in the Philippines' 23rd gold medal of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, finishing first in the individual jumping event on Monday, August 28, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Syquia finished ahead of Malaysians Sharmini Christina and Qabil Ambak, who earned silver and bronze, respectively.

According to his LinkedIn page, Syquia was raised in New York City but is now based in Wellington, Florida, where he owns and operates his own equestrian training company. He began riding at Claremont Academy in New York.

Syquia was part of the team alongside Chiara Sophia Amor, Joker Arroyo, and Marie Antonette Leviste which earned silver in the team jumping event on Saturday, August 26. 

The gold is the Philippines' first in SEA Games equestrian sports since 2011. The Philippines did not medal in equestrian sports in 2013 or 2015, prompting a rethinking of strategy from the Equestrian Association of the Philippines (EAP).

"This year 2017, we have a very, very experienced team of good riders and horses," EAP secretary general Karen Concepcion told Rappler prior to the 2017 SEA Games. – Rappler.com