alexhuatian“This is a sport full of wisdom, emotion and surprise. The only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability. That’s one of the reasons why I love equestrian so much.”

Surrounded by a camera crew, exposed to the flashlight, bombarded by questions, Alex Hua Tian reacts graciously, answering to all those questions patiently. As the only Chinese rider standing on the Olympic stage, Alex is getting used to being in the spotlight. Now this 23-year-old is shooting a promotional video at his stud farm to helping promote equestrian, a relatively unknown sport in China.

As the first Chinese event rider in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the age of 18, Alex Hua Tian was described as “One in a 1.3 Billion” by Chinese press. He has gained increasingly attention from the media since then.

Before Alex unveiled himself as a Chinese rider in the Olympic Games, Equestrian is an unfamiliar sport for most Chinese.

Chain has a long history of horse riding which dates back to thousands of years, but over the past decades equestrian didn’t develop well in this vast nation. Because of the lack of professional trainer and the poor training environment, young riders have to go abroad to realize their dreams.

Alex was born in London but raised in Beijing and later Hong Kong. Since Alex Hua Tian showed his potential in riding at the age of four, his British mother Sarah Noble sent him to Wiltshire, South West England where Alex went to Chafyn Grove School and followed by Eton College. After years of hardworking, he won a first level horse riding competition in Portugal for the first time at the age of 16.

Alex Hua Tian was proud to stand at the podium as a Chinese. “Representing China means the whole world to me. It’s an impossible thing to describe completing for your country. My heart nearly burst when the national anthem starts to play.”

It is still rare that Chinese athletes take part in a first level horse riding competition, let alone standing on the podium. So when Alex as a Chinese won the game, an embarrassing incident happened at the awarding ceremony.

“They actually didn’t have the national anthem. So somebody run to the office, googled and downloaded it, which caused a twenty minutes delay of the award ceremony. ”

Alex Hua Tian attended both 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympic, and thanks to him, equestrian as a new sport in China is rising rapidly.

According to UK’s equestrian magazine Horse & Hound, in China the riding population rose from zero to 150,000 in less than 10 years.

Sarah Noble, Alex Hua Tian’s mother, senior adviser of the Chinese Equestrian Association, is planning to come up with a new system to develop equestrian sports in China.

With the 2012 London Olympic out of the way, Alex Hua Tian will spend more time on helping promote and develop equestrian in China.

“China has lots of riders with high potential but not able to pursuit their dream because of the poor horsing environment in China. I will try my best to help my country develop horse riding. When people understand this sport, they will know the charm of this sport.”

Alex Hua Tian as a pioneer of Chinese equestrian has stimulated the rise of this sport in a vast nation. China has achieved tremendous development with the right teaching program, In 2016 Brazil Olympic there will be better chances for Alex and other Chinese riders. Alex has already shown he is a talented rider. All he needs now is more competition experience.

Fact box:

China’s horse riding history can date back to Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC), and horses were entombed with their owners so as to be with them in the next life at that time.

Alex Hua Tian is the youngest ever Olympic event rider – attending 2008 Beijing Olympics at 18 years old and 10 months.

Equestrian sports were included as early as in the first National Games of China in 1959.

Alex names one of his horses Monkey King, a character from the Chinese epic novel Journey to the West.

Related Links:

Alex Hua Tian Personal Website:

Chinese Equestrian Association Official Website:

International Federation for Equestrian Sports:

The Horse in Chinese History:


Living in Sheffield

Posted: 2012-10-17 in 未分类

I have lived in sheffield for a month since I got here in September. Compared to Beijing, this is a small and quiet town. One thing I much appreciate is the traffic,  no heavy traffic jam any more to bear with. Before I come to Britain, I thought It would be much difficult for Chinese to live in a foreign country, but it turned out the people here are much nicer than I thought.

Football is a part of my life, normally I play every week when I was in Beijing. Now that I came to here, a place full of passionate football fans, it is no reason to stop playing football. I haven’t play 11-a-side football since I got here, mostly I play  5 side of 7 side,which is a pretty disappointment for me. The place I live is very close to the collegiate campus of SHU, every saturday night I and my roommate will play with a bunch of black guys in a small playground in that campus, it was pretty fun. Because most of them are Muslim, they will pray in 7pm, which is pretty new for me.












It is never easy to fit in a new environment, not just because of the language barrier, but the cultural difference. Anyway, It is also a kind of trail in my life, I can choose either face it or leave it.

The story I am looking at is about Andy Carroll. He was taunted by Polish footballer saying his grandson is better than Carroll. Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and The Sun both reported this story. Here I will look at how its been reported separately.

1. Title:

Daily Mail—My eight-year-old grandson is better than you! Polish legend launches jibe at Carroll

Daily Mirror—Oh boy! My eight-year-old grandson is better than Andy Carroll says hero Boniek

The Sun—My grandson is better than you, Carroll

These three newspaper both use a kind of  quote of Boniek as their title to make it sounds more vivid, dramatic and fun.

2. Intro:

Daily Mail—Andy Carroll has been told he’s got less talent than an eight-year-old boy ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

Daily Mirror—Poland legend Zbigniew Boniek has amazingly claimed his eight-year-old GRANDSON is a better footballer than Any Carroll

The Sun—POLISH legend Zbigniew Boniek has put the boot into England striker Andy Carroll by sneering: “My eight-year-old grandson is better than him.”

Their intro both contain the Who and What, give the reader a clue what has happened. In Daily Mail, Andy Carroll is the subject, while in the other two the one who taunted Carroll is the subject. In my opinion, Boniek should be the subject, as  the reason why this is a news is Carroll is sneered by the famous polish Legend, not some ordinary people, so it can make the reader more interested in this story.

3. The source:

It looks like this news come from a TV interview ahead of Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier.

4. The Body:

These three reports both base on the principle of inverted pyramid, the most important information is at the first par, and with more details coming in the following pars.

The sources of news are everywhere, all you need to do is keep your eyes, ears and mind open. common sources of news stories are: Academic journals, Blogs, Charities, Council departments, Government departmetns, Hospitals, MPs, News agencies, Police, Socal Network and so on.

In order to have the firsthand information, the accumulation of contacts is vital. Building up a range of contacts can help you find news stories, comment, or information quickly.

Great tech, can save commentators a lot of work.

Definition of News

Posted: 2012-10-05 in 未分类

In my opinion, news is a piece of information that affect people’s daily life and also, what people care about. We feel shock and sad when we heard a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. We feel happy when Pizza Hut said they will give free pizza. We feel envy when someone win the lottery. In a word, news is something that can change our emotion and what people willing to know.