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Strzegom Horse Trials: 13 Amazing Facts from the Event History

There’s only days left until the Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials. Let’s remind the most interesting facts and records in 15 years history of the event.

  1. Successful debut – Strzegom Horse Trials was first introduced in 2003 together with World Cup series. It was won by Swedish rider Linda Algotsson on Stand By Me. Linda Algotsson was also the winner of the whole series.
  2. Double role – in the first edition of World Cup, Marcin Konarski performed in a double role of a rider and an Organizing Director. The unfortunate fall on one of the last fences on the cross-country followed by an injury has finished Marcin’s sports career.
  3. Over 500 tons of gravel was put on Morawa Hippodrome after massive rains pouring down over Strzegom during the event in 2005. The event was carried on till the end.
  4. 290000 CHF worth half a million PLN was in a bank to win at World Cup Final in 2009.
  5. Change of structure: in 2012 International Equestrian Federation changes the structure of the event. World Cup is transformed to Nations Cup.
  6. The record-breaking year 2016: 353 horses take part in competition and names of competitors from 25 countries can be found on the entries list.
  7. 3061 horses were cantering on hippodrome in Morawa in 81 competitions which have taken place over 15 years of this event.
  8. Women on the podium: women won World Cup twice, men seven times. In the individual classification this in 2:3 ratio for men.
  9. World Cup Record breakers: the country that has won the biggest number of World & Nations Cup competition is Germany (six times World Cup and three times Nations Cup).
  10. The Master: an absolute record breaker in terms of winning is German rider Michael Jung who won World Cup competition three times in a row (2009, 2010 & 2011). Michael Jung was also the best rider in individual classification of Nations Cup in 2014.
  11. La Biosthetique – Sam FBW ridden by Michael Jung is the only horse who won the Cup competition twice (World Cup Final 2009, Nations Cup individual classification in 2014).
  12. In a pouring rain: only once in SHT history the event wasn’t finished. In 2013 heavy rain forced Organizers to discontinue Nations Cup competition.
  13. Family affairs: for Swedish riders, Algotsson sisters Linda and Sara, competing in Strzegom brought win twice. Linda won the first edition of World Cup (2003), Sara won three stars competition CCI in 2013, and her husband Frank Ostholt from Germany was first in World Cup competition in 2007.

Strzegom Horse Trials is an international eventing competition – the biggest equestrian event in this part of Europe and the most prestigious in Poland. The competition will take place from 28th June till 1st July on Hippodrome in Morwa near Strzegom. Every year we can watch and admire top eventing riders – Olympic Champions, World and European Champions. During this amazing equestrian gala, there will be six international competitions including Nations Cup.

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Strzegom Horse Trials – FEI Eventing Nations Cup

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The third round of Nations Cup series in Eventing will take place in less than a month’s time on hippodrome in Morawa near Strzegom during LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. After events in Italian Vairano and British Houghton Hall, the Swedish team is in the lead.

Nations Cup series in Eventing will consist of eight events this year. It has begun in Italy in April. Strzegom will host the next, third in a row round. In the middle of October, during the event in Boekelo in Holland, we will find out who is the winner of the whole series.

After last weekend competition in Houghton Hall, Sweden is leading, and France is second equally placed with last year winner, Germany, both followed by USA team.

“The sports competition in Strzegom surely will be exciting and it will also be a test of the new Olympic format,” says Marcin Konarski, Event Director.

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Best in the World, Best in Baborówko

Photo: Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo.

In the hardest competition, the CIC3*, for the prize of the patron of the event, Mr. Roman Roszkiewicz, the audience had an opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the world compete for a record-breaking prize in the history of Polish eventing.

The British rider Oliver Townend has taken the lead in the CIC3* after dressage and kept it. Aboard Cillnabradden Evo he completed the challenging showjumping course without mistakes, and has taken home the first place, with a prize of 100 000 PLN. The second place went to Andreas Dibowski (GER) with FRH Corrida. Third place was taken by Maxime Livio (FRA) aboard Pica d’Or.

In the CIC2*, for the prize of Kuhn, after dressage, cross country and showjumping trials the rider that turned out to be the best was Mateusz Kiempa (POL). After cross country the rider has taken the lead aboard Libertina, and kept it in the showjumping. Second place went to Senne Vervaecke (BEL) with Jeno, and third place to Elmar Lesch (GER) and Rough Diamond.

German rider Stephanie Bohe has won the CICYH1* competition for 6-year-old horses aboard Romance P. Second place went to Maxime Livio (FRA) with Clotaire de Ferivel, and third to Pauline Wieczorek (POL) with Czacza.

Some of the best riders in the world competed in the Equestrian Festival in Baborówko, some of them being the current number one in the international FEI ranking, Oliver Townend, number three in the same ranking, Tim Price (NZL), many other athletes from the first hundred and some of the best Polish eventers.

Results are available at: www.festiwal.baborowko.pl.

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Time to Show Jumping at Equestrian Festival Baborówko

Photo: Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo.

Oliver Townend (GBR) presenting an international level of eventing in Baborówko. Polish riders in great shape.

The cross country course has proven to be difficult in the CIC3* competition for the award of the patron Mr. Roman Roszkiewicz during the Equestrian Festival in Baborówko, as only two pairs finished without penalty points and in time: Oliver Townend (GBR) aboard Cillnabradden Evo and Maxime Livio (FRA) with Pica d’Or. The leader of the FEI ranking has taken the lead after dressage and kept it for the following day, finishing the cross country course without mistakes on obstacles and in time: 6:55 minutes. Before showjumping the British eventer has a 4,5 point advantage over Maxime Livio (FRA).

Maxime Livio (FRA) can certainly be happy. After dressage in the CIC3* the French rider was fourth with Opium de Verieres, 20th with Pica d’Or and 34th with Vitorio du Montet. After the challenging cross country course, Livio is second with Pica d’Or (finishing clear and in time) and 18th aboard Vitorio du Montet (with 14,4 penalty points for going over the time limit).

Andreas Dibowski (GER) has jumped from ninth to third position in the CIC3* competition (for the prize of the patron of the competition Mr Roman Roszkiewicz). The athlete has finished the cross country without any mistakes on the obstacles, but with a small penalty of 1,6 points for exceeding the time allowed.

Tim Price (NZL) was eliminated in CIC3* with Pats Jester as he fell off the horse in the second part of the cross country. The rider and the horse are feeling good.

CIC2* – the trophy of Kuhn Maszyny Rolnicze has a new leader: Mateusz Kiempa (POL) and Libertina, who made a really good ride in cross country. On the second place is Senne Vervaecke (BEL) with Jeno. Third place belongs to Andreas Dibowski (GER) on Belfast 35.

The ceremony of CIC1* was held – the trophy of Lotto. Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with Bart L JRA has taken the lead after dressage and kept it for the following day. Second place won Paweł Warszawski (POL) with Frontiera and the third: Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Ambrozio J.

Maxime Livio (FRA) and Clotaire de Ferivel are leading before show jumping in CICYH1*. Second place belongs to Stephanie Bohe (GER) with Romance P; third place to Paweł Warszawski (POL) and Hummer.

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Before Cross Country in Baborówko

Photo: Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo.

It was very exciting day at Equestrian Festival Baborówko. After second part of CIC3* dressage for the prize of the patron of the show Roman Roszkiewicz there is a change at the position of the leader.

In CIC3*, with the total amount of prize money of 80.000 EUR, a new leader is Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cillnabradden Evo. On the second place now is Tim Price (NZL) with Pats Jester. These two riders gave the audience in Baborówko some really great sport emotions. On the third place in CIC3* after dressage is Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) with Wega with only 0,2 points to Tim Price and 1,8 points to the leader of the competition.

Kai Ruder (GER) on Chicago M stands on the pole position after dressage in CIC2*. Second place belongs to Mateusz Kiempa (POL) and Libertina with only 0,4 points to the leader. On the third place is Senne Vervaecke (BEL) with Jeno with 1,7 points to Kai Ruder (GER).

After dressage and showjumping in CIC1* the leader is Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) and Bart L JRA. On the second place is now Paweł Warszawski (POL) with Frontiera who did a good ride from fourth place. On the third place before cross country is Anna Doring-Rossler (GER) on Schoccocina.

Maxime Livio (FRA) with Clotaire De Ferivel is the leader of CICYH1* after dressage. On the second place is now Andreas Brandt (GER) with Esra BS with 1,2 points to the leader. Third place belongs to Stephanie Bohe (GER) and Romance P.

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Sara Algotsson Ostholt Is Leading in CIC3 after First Day in Baborówko

In the first part of CIC3* dressage for the prize of the patron of the show Roman Roszkiewicz after twenty competitors on the lead is now Sara Algotsson Ostholt, representing Sweden. The athlete competes with 17yo Wega with whom she won silver medal on the Olympic Games in London (2012). On the second place is Maxime Livio (FRA) with Opium de Verrieres. In CIC3* the athlete competes with three horses: with Vitorio du Montet he is on the 16th place and then he will compete with Pica d’Or. Third place in CIC3* after first part of the CIC3* dressage belongs to Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) and Calle 44.

In CIC2* for the trophy of Kuhn Maszyny Rolnicze after first part of dressage on the first place is Kai Ruder (GER) with Chicago M. On the second place is Senne Vervaecke (BEL) with Jeno. And third place belongs to Andreas Dibowski (GER) and Brennus.

Yoshiaki Oiwa (JNP) and Bart L JRAN are leading in CIC1* for the trophy of Lotto. Second place belongs to Aleksander Kadłubowski (POL) with Senior. On the third place is Annemiek Wieken (NED) with Don Vino.

The athletes will compete in the second part of dressage in CIC2* and CIC3* classes. In CIC3* we will see among others the eventing’s world number one Oliver Townend (GBR) and competitor on the third place in FEI Ranking Tim Price (NZL).

Athletes from 15 countries compete in Baborówko and we also have the pleasure to see over 250 horses during the show. Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2018 is held from 24th to 27th of May in Baborówko (Poland). The competitors compete for the total prize money of 100 000 EUR in four international competitions: CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC1*, CICYH1*.

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Online Live Broadcast of Equestrian Festival Baborówko

Online live broadcasts of the Equestrian Festival Baborówko will be prepared for all tests of 2* and 3* competitions.

The broadcasts will be available on the website of the event (www.festiwal.baborowko.pl) and on social media: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/festiwal.baborowko/) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzfmxVHAbNS8XdcFRmYTV6g), as well as on the Świat Koni website (www.swiatkoni.pl). Dressage tests for both classes will start on Thursday and Friday at 8.30, XC will start on Saturday at 12.15, and show jumping on Sunday at 10.45.

Participation in Equestrian Festival Baborówko had confirmed the best world’s eventer, Oliver Townend (GBR), and some great athletes from the top 100 in FEI Eventing Ranking, among others: Tim Price (2nd in FEI Ranking) representing New Zealand, Maxime Livio (20th in FEI Ranking) representing France, and Andreas Dibowski (39th in FEI Ranking) representing Germany.

Equestrian Festival Baborówko will be held from 24th to 27th of May 2018. The athletes will compete for the total prize money of 100 00 EUR in four international competitions: CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC1* and CICYH1* for young horses 6yo.

Live broadcasts are prepared with Świat Koni.

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Eventing’s World Number One in Baborówko

Oliver Townend (GBR), the best eventer in FEI Eventing Ranking, will participate in Equestrian Festival Baborówko. For the total prize money of 100 000 EUR will also compete such great athletes as among others Maxime Livio (FRA), Andreas Dibowski (GER) and Sara Algotsson Osstholt (SWE).

Oliver Townend is a top British eventer, which has represented Great Britain during international 3* and 4* competitions. The athlete is a three-times team medallist at European Eventing Championships (Strzegom 2017, Fontainebleau 2009, Pratoni del Vivaro 2007). Only this year he has participated in competitions on the highest international level – 4* – two times. In May he competed in the Badminton Horse Trials with two horses, where he was placed as 2nd and 5th, and his last success was winning the CCI4* competition during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in the United States, where he also competed with two horses. He took home first place aboard Cooley Master Class. In 2017 Oliver Townend has won the CCI4* competition in Burghley and has been placed in the first ten at numerous three-star events.

Oliver Townend will bring two horses to Baborówko, Cillnabradden Evo and Dunbeau, with which he will compete in the hardest class of the event – CIC3*.

“It is a great honour for us to host best athletes in the world in Baborówko,” said Henryk Święcicki jr, the director of the show. “We are sure that it will bring great sport emotions to the audience as well as to the athletes.”

Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2018 will be held in a classic format: on Thursday and Friday the riders will compete in dressage, on Saturday, cross country, and on Sunday, showjumping. All prize-giving ceremonies will be held on Sunday.

Athletes from 15 countries will compete in Baborówko and also we will have the pleasure to see 250 horses. Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2018 will be held from 24th to 27th of May in Baborówko (Poland). The competitors will compete for the total prize money of 100 000 EUR in four international competitions: CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC1*, CICYH1*.

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Kieffer and Veronica Finish in Top 10 at Badminton Horse Trials

Shannon Brinkman Photo.

First American Combination in a Top 10 Finish in More Than a Decade

Badminton, England – Land Rover/USEF Eventing Grant recipient Lauren Kieffer and Veronica became the first American combination to finish in the top 10 of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Sunday in more than a decade. 2007 was the last time a U.S. combination broke the top 10 barrier, when Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Winsome Adante finished third.

Placing ninth overall, Kieffer (The Plains, Va.) and the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Team Rebecca, LLC contested their seventh four-star event together, showing their experience from start to finish. Ending on a score of 38.6, the pair greatly improved their position from 2017, when they finished 17th overall. This year, Kieffer and Veronica held a spot consistently in the top 10 through all three phases of competition.

After their trip down the centerline, Kieffer and Veronica sat tied for the 10th position on a score of 25.0 after dressage. With the goal of improving upon their run from 2017, the combination headed into the cross-country phase. They jumped a clean course, but added some time penalties, boosting their overall position to seventh and a score of 34.6.

“I am absolutely ecstatic with [Veronica] – she is such an amazing little mare,” said Kieffer after their trip around the course designed by Eric Winter. “I came out and had a bit of a chip on my shoulder from last year and just wanted to prove that we could attack the course. [Veronica] was happy to do it.”

The show jumping phase saw the combination drop a single rail, slipping to ninth overall, but laying claim to a top 10 finish.

“[Veronica] jumped super,” said Kieffer. “We don’t get to practice jumping on grass very often, but she really jumped well out of it. Sometimes at the end of a four-star they are pretty haggard feeling, and she really felt great. She felt like she does every day, so I really couldn’t be more thrilled with how she came out this weekend.”

Fellow Americans Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and Four Star Eventing Group’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding OBOS O’Reilly retired on the cross-country course, while Madeline Backus (Larkspur, Colo.) and her and Laura Backus’s 17-year-old Anglo-Trakehner mare P.S. Arianna were eliminated on cross-country.

Full Results

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Oliver Townend Is New Number One in FEI World Eventing Rankings

Photo © Michelle Dunn.

Oliver Townend (GBR) is eventing’s new world number one, taking over from longtime leader Michael Jung (GER).

Jung, reigning Olympic champion, has held top spot since the middle of 2015, but he has now been replaced by 35-year-old Townend following his thrilling victory at the Lexington (USA) CCI4* last weekend.

Townend (35) was briefly world number one in 2009 – a stellar year for him when he won the Badminton (GBR) CCI4* and Burghley (GBR) CCI4* titles – and he now reclaims top spot.

And it comes on the eve of this year’s Badminton, where a Townend victory would see him emulate Jung and Pippa Funnell (GBR) in winning the Rolex Grand Slam for consecutive victories at Burghley, Kentucky and Badminton.

“It’s very good. I like the sound of that!” said Townend, following release of the latest FEI World Eventing Rankings.

“It has been a while. I only had a fleeting spell as number one once upon a time, and especially to knock someone off who has been there for so long is very, very good.”

Jung, who was runner-up to Townend at Lexington, is now at number two, just one ranking point behind, with Tim Price (NZL) third, Gemma Tattersall (GBR) fourth and Ros Canter (GBR) fifth.

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