Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.
The 2023 season is the jubilee of the international competition in Strzegom. For 20 years, riders from over 40 countries have been competing at the hippodrome in Morawa several times a year. And it all started in 2003 with a World Cup competition!
What awaits the athletes in the upcoming season? As many as six international events in the discipline of eventing, including the Nations Cup competition and the return of the Strzegom Autumn Show, to the calendar. More than 50 classes of various difficulty levels will be held at the Morawa hippodrome, and new challenges await the competitors on cross-country tracks.
What awaits the athletes in the upcoming season?
We are only two months away from the start of the international equestrian tournaments in Strzegom! To warm up the season – the Strzegom Spring Open, which will take place in two editions. On the first weekend of April, four international classes in the short format will be played out – from 2* to 4*, as well as an Intro class and national competitions. The second edition, which will take place on the penultimate weekend of April, will additionally feature classes in long formats and a separate rivalry for ponies. For many riders, this will be the first four-star event of the year. Cross-country courses will be designed in such a way that the riders will have a chance to introduce their horses to the season. “In April in Strzegom, the parameters of cross-country obstacles always correspond to the level of the competition, while the technical combinations are definitely easier than those during the Nations Cup in June. Thanks to the favorable weather in winter, we were able to perform earthworks in several places, which will allow us to build more interesting tasks there. All routes are already carefully designed, and in February we plan to place obstacles for the first competition,” says Marcin Konarski, the course designer.
20 years have passed…
Strzegom Horse Trials, the fourth stage of the FEI Nations Cup series, will take place on the last weekend of June. This year it will be a unique event and an opportunity to celebrate the jubilee, twentieth edition of the competition. It is during this event that the cross-country is the most demanding and spectacular. There will be a lot of surprises and interesting challenges for the competitors. Riders will compete in six classes from two to four-star level in both formats, and in the CCI1*-Intro. Competition for juniors, young riders, and ponies, CCI2*J-S, CCI3*Y-S, CCIP2-S, are also part of the schedule.
Summer comes earlier
The Strzegom Summer Tour will take place at the beginning of August. Riders will compete in the Intro class, competitions in the short format from two to four stars and in the following national classes: CNC 80, CNC 100, CNC 100 – 18. This show is especially recommended for horse-and-rider combinations debuting at a higher level.
Autumn is back!
In September, the Strzegom Autumn Show returns to the sports calendar after four years of absence. This will include four short-format international competitions: CCI1*-Intro and two- to four-star classes, as well as three national ones.
Strzegom October Festival & European Youth Eventing Masters as always
The finale of the season will be the Strzegom October Festival, during which the following competitions will be held: two to four stars in long format, three and four stars in short format, and the Intro class. The European Youth Eventing Masters tournament will be held alongside those, and will select individual and team winners in the youth categories. The event will take place mid-October.
In the 2023 season, the calendar of Strzegom will also feature national competitions organized completely separately from international shows. Three such events will be held – in April, May, and July, and during each of them, six classes: CNC 80, CNC 90, CNC 100, CNC 100 – 18, CNC 1*, CNC 2*.