They competed on Mongolian ponies which were supplied by their hosts and the competition took place at Datazhen which is a city 4 hours drive north of Beijing, on the borders of Inner Mongolia. This city has long been hosting the Chinese riders in search of change and equestrian adventure. Recently the Chinese Institute of horse, culture,sport and tourism decided to invest 8 billion yuan in total in the creation of 'China horse town'. it is a huge amusement park dedicated to horses with resturants, hotels, shows, rides etc. Only a quarter of the project is completed at the moment
The weather is quite harsh (up to -35C in the winter) and only attracts Beijing visitors during the hottest months, so the riders had the park almost exclusively to themselves for the International Trec competition with temperatures of -6 and some snow on the ground when they arrived.