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Tickets for Strzegom Horse Trials – FEI Eventing Nations Cup on Sale Now

Poland, Strzegom, 16 May: From 15th May you can buy tickets for international equestrian event – LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials – Nations Cup in Eventing.

LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials is a competition in equestrian triathlon, Eventing. During this particular event there will be also a team competition taking place: Nations Cup. It’s the most prestigious and highest level Eventing show in Poland and one of the most important equestrian events in Europe. LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials will take place in the Hippodrome in Morawa near Strzegom, Lower Silesia from 27th till 30th June.

The tickets are available on Ticketmaster.pl. Just go to https://www.ticketmaster.pl/event/12177. Pre-paid tickets will be sent by mail, courier company, or as a e-ticket to be printed out. Tickets are available in Empik stores too.

The admission on the first day is free, the price for Friday ticket is 10 PLN, single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday 15 PLN, and season ticket 30 PLN. Children under the age of 10 have a free entry.

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Strzegom Horse Trials: The Entries Have Started

Photo: Mariusz Chmieliński.

Strzegom, Poland, 13 May: The 17th edition of Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials is on its way. The works on cross country course are in progress and first entries have been submitted.

“The weather is excellent. It’s warm and sunny so we can work on cross country course,” says Marcin Konarski, Event Director and Course Designer. “There will be a lot of changes on the course this year. As always, we try to find new solutions and challenging fences to use at the upcoming event.

“The competition on two days of cross-country test – Saturday and Sunday – will be really exciting.

“The goal is to give the routes for all classes the most educative character. Let’s hope the courses will be friendly both for riders and horses but challenging enough to give them a chance to learn and get experience,” concludes Konarski.

During Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials 2019, eight international classes will take place. Riders will be competing on all levels: from CCI Pony 2*and CCI1*-Intro and CCI3/4* S/L to the most prestigious CCIO-4* Nations Cup.

The Nations Cup Series in Eventing 2019 is also an opportunity to get Olympic Games qualification. The best team of the Series, that doesn’t have qualification already, will get a promotion to Tokyo.

Strzegom Horse Trials is not only a major international event. It’s also a chance to for novice riders and young horses to get a lot of practical knowledge. There will be national classes on CNC LL/85cm, CNC L/100cm, CNC1*/1015cm, CNC 2*/110cm levels.

First entries have been sent over at the beginning of May. The deadline for definite entries is 29th May.

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New Sport Season Starts in Strzegom in April

Strzegom, Poland, March 4, 2019: Last year over 1500 horses cantered through the arenas in Strzegom and millions of people all over the world watched hours of TV coverage.

The new season in Strzegom starts in a month with five big international events planned, including the Nations Cup and European Championships for Ponies.

The season opens the first weekend of April with the Strzegom Spring Open competition. Entry panels for this event are already open: for international classes on the FEI website and for national classes on ZawodyKonne.com. Strzegom Spring Open will be one of the first opportunities to qualify for the European Championships for Ponies.

The most prestigious in Poland and one of the most important eventing shows in Europe, Strzegom Horse Trials takes place at the end of June. This year the event will have particular significance, as the Nations Cup Series will determine the team that will take part in qualification for Olympic Games in Tokyo. Furthermore, Strzegom Horse Trails will be one of the last opportunities to qualify for European Championships for Ponies.

August will also be packed full of a sporting thrill, with the Strzegom Summer Tour at the beginning of the month and European Championships for Ponies in dressage, eventing, and show jumping starting on 15th August.

Strzegom October Festival (in mid October) will round off the eventing season at Strzegom.

Under FEI regulations, the new category system of international competitions comes into effect this season. Two new categories are introduced including CCI1*-Intro with fences 1.05 high. Therefore, from 2019 all the categories will have one star added and consequently in April four star event will take place for the first time in Poland.

In Strzegom in 2019 every event will have competitions ranging from the lowest national classes to international 4* (including new CCI1-Intro).

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Strzegom Horse Trials: France First in Nations Cup

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The French team was unbeatable in the Nations Cup competition at the LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. Second place went to team Great Britain; Italy finished on third.

In the showjumping trial the Polish team had a few mistakes, which led to them falling from the third position that they had after the cross country, to fourth position. The best polish athlete of the team was Mateusz Kiempa, who after two knockdowns has finished on the 11th position individually.

“I had two mistakes in the showjumping – one was because we had a tight distance in the combination. My horse is quite big and he lands far after the jump, but I’m very pleased, because the course was really demanding; not a lot of horses have finished it clear.”

Great dressage tests, clear rounds of Christopher Six with Totem de Brecey and Francois Lemiere with Ogustin du Terroir at the showjumping, and a good cross country test of Maxime Livio aboard Opium de Verrieres made it possible for the French team to take home the cup for the first place in the Nations Cup.

“We did a good job with the team – two of us were clear. Yesterday the cross was quite hard, but our three horses were clear, and mine was very close to the time. We came here to try to win the Nations Cup and we did, so we are very happy,” said Maxime Livio.

The individual ranking proved Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) the best of them all: after clear rounds in both the cross country and showjumping trials, he won the CI-short 3* with Calle 44.

“I’m very happy and very lucky to have this horse; he is a super jumper. He is a really careful horse; he jumped really well today, and I’m pleased with him”

Frenchman Christopher Six has moved up from the fifth place to finish as second, and William Oakden (GBR) finished third with Cooley Ramiro.

7 nations have competed in the Nations Cup altogether.

The Nations Cup competition in Strzegom was the first test of the new Olympic format of the team competition before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The jumping trials on Sunday have also determined the winners of the CI-long competitions. In the CI-long 3* competition, the hardest one at Strzegom Horse Trials, the athletes competed to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The winner, Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE), riding the 17-year-old Wega, took the lead after the dressage. An excellent ride in the cross country trial allowed her to stay in the leading position even after one knockdown in the showjumping.

The cup for the second place went to Andreas Ostholt with So Is Et (GER), and Karin Donckers (BEL) finished as third with Fletcha van’t Verahof.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt has also had a great round in the CI-long 2* competition. She kept her score after dressage and showjumping, after which she was first and second, and after a clear round she won the class with Cesar V and took home the cup for the second place with Arpertina. Third place went to Kai Rüder aboard Chicago M. The best polish athlete in the class was Wiktoria Knap, which finished as 7th with Quintus 134.

German riders had a lot to be happy about after the CI-long 1* showjumping. Sophie Grieger (GER) won the class with Costakovich, Niklas Bschorer (GER) finished as second with Back in Time 2, and Frank Ostholt (GER) was third aboard Luvis. As for the Polish athletes in the competition, the best one was Filip Dziuba, finishing on the 4th place with Cormintta.

It was also time for the cross country trials for the CI-short star competitions. Andreas Dibowski (GER) won the CI-short 2* with FRH Corrida, Julia Krajewski (GER) was second with Amande de B’Neville, and third place went to Maxime Livio (FRA) aboard Billy Elmy.

In the CI-short 1* class, Frank Ostholt (GER) took home the cup for the first place with Carlson 119, Elaine Pen (NED) was second, and Julien Despontin (BEL) finished on the third position.

In the national classes, the best riders after the dressage kept their leads throughout the cross country trials. Verena Laber (AUT) has won the P1 class with Con Casiro, and Miroslav Trunda (CZE) with Riviera was first ex aequo with Miloslav Příhoda (CZE) and Eldorado in P2.

Tomasz Stachowiak (POL) won the L class aboard Monito, and Weronika Jerczyńska (POL) took home the first place in the L-18.

10 classes, both national and international, over 280 athletes on more than 300 horses. All that was to be seen during this year’s LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Nations Cup team standings:

  1. France – 115,80
  2. Great Britain – 139,40
  3. Italy – 209,00
  4. Poland – 220,70

Online results: http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl.

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Strzegom Horse Trials: Dressage Day 2

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The French team has taken the lead after Friday’s dressage test during the prestigious Nations Cup. Swedish team is currently second, and the third position is occupied by Germany. 7 teams are competing altogether.

The Polish team is currently sixth. The best result after the dressage goes to Mateusz Kiempa and Lassban Radovix, currently 11th in the individual ranking. Here’s what he said after his performance:

“I think the test went all right; it is a great honour for me to compete in the Nations Cup representing Poland. I want my score to be as good as possible for our team.”

German rider Marie Kraack is currently the best in the individual ranking in the competition, aboard Havana Club.

“He was really super; he did what we expected from him, and he performed very well,” said the rider after her dressage.

Second place for now goes to Linda Algotsson (SWE) riding Fair Spot, and third to Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with Duke of Cavan.

“He was very good. I’m happy with the test; he was a bit tense inside; I could have done a nicer test, but otherwise I’m really pleased with him,” he told us after his ride.

The Nations Cup competition in Strzegom is the first test of the new Olympic format, which will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Three riders compete for each team, and their added score counts for the overall classification.

Dressage tests of the short CI competitions have ended on Friday as well. In the 2* competition two riders are in the lead with the same score: Maxime Livio (FRA) with Ariano du Quinze and Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Libertina. In the one star competition Pia Münker (GER) with Dunkin Donut M. has taken the lead.

National competitions were happening alongside the international classes as well. Danish rider Casper Rasmussen got the best dressage score in the L class aboard Tranehajs Prada Noir, and in the L-18 class the lead has been taken by Weronika Jerczyńska (POL) with Karat.

Verena Laber (AUT) is the current best rider in the P class number 1 with Con Casiro, and in the P class number 2 the lead is taken by two Czech riders: Miroslav Trunda with Riviera and Miloslav Prihoda with Eldorado.

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Strzegom Horse Trials: Sara Algotsson Ostholt Takes Lead after Dressage

Photo: Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) takes the lead after her dressage test during the CI-long 3* competition at Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials.

First dressage tests have been held at the Morawa hippodrome during the eventing competition, also called the equestrian triathlon. In the most demanding competition of the event, the CI long 3*, Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt is the leader aboard Wega.

“Wega was fantastic! She was amazing to ride, she loves to show off in the dressage arena, and she did so today,” said the Swedish rider.

The Ostholt family has dominated the competition. Sara’s husband Frank Ostholt and her brother-in-law Andreas, both representing Germany, have also competed in the CI-long 3*, finishing their tests on the fourth and sixth position accordingly.

Karin Donckers (BEL) is in the second place so far aboard Belgian-bred gelding Fletcha van’t Verahof. A true Strzegom veteran, regularly competing at the Morawa hippodrome for many years, commented upon her test: “I had a good feeling about our test with Fletcha. I’m happy with how it went; I’m really pleased with my horse. It’s been a very good year for him.”

Christoph Wahler (GER) is currently third in the competition after a good round of 27,10 penalty points.

Competing in the CI-long 3* gives an opportunity to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in September in Tryon in the United States. The only Polish rider participating in the competition is Artur Społowicz, with Poker, currently on the 12thposition after dressage.

In the CI-long 2*, German rider Kai Ruder has taken the lead with Chicago M. Sara Algotsson Ostholt is currently second and third with Arpertina and Cesar accordingly. A good round for Polish rider Wiktoria Knap, whose dressage test has gained her the 5th position.

Polish rider Paweł Warszawski with Hummer has gained the best score in the CI-long 1*class.

Online results: http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl.

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Strzegom Horse Trials: A Walk with Course Designer Marcin Konarski on CICO3* Nations Cup Route

It’s a big challenge to design a cross country course after the Championships. Achieving a balance between creating an interesting course for visitors whilst lowering technical requirements can be difficult. I hope all this year’s courses will be entertaining for spectators and at the same time friendly and educative for horses and riders. Designing a cross country course for the Nations Cup competition is particularly interesting. It is a team competition and it has its own rules.

The Nations Cup cross-country course begins with four easy but large scale fences, which are designed to help horses find the correct rhythm and for riders to feel in control.

The fifth fence is the first that spectators will be able to observe up close. It’s an enormous yellow-black oxer near a water fence complex. Then we have a long stretch of canter and a 1-stride combination of fences EUROINS 6AB on the top of the hill.

Over the next stretch, horse and rider will be presented with their first serious test on this cross-country route: it’s a combination of two URSUS tractors positioned parallel at a large angle provoking run-out to the left. We are now getting close to the first big fence complex sponsored by KOWAR. It starts with the largest log on the ditch followed by a four element combination, the direct route consisting of very risky skinny fence, concluding with another big jump through the ditch with the hedge.

Following such an intensive section of the cross-country, there is opportunity to take a breath. On route to the first water fence, there is only one jump through another ditch proceeded by a length of canter where riders will face the PODA LAKE combination which finishes with an innovative corner build with MIM safety cups and arranged in a non-conventional layout.

Now riders go straight to the main water complex, which this year, thanks to our principal partner, is called LOTTO ARENA. First is a massive table and on to the curve line jump into the water through vertical palisade. Next riders turn right and jump out off the water through a combination of skinny fence and corner. Dealing with this question requires high-level skills from the rider and a lot of precision from the horse. All four jumps are situated just a few meters from the visitor’s area, so they will bring a lot of sporting thrill for sure.

A short rest at the main show jumping arena with the task of two big oxers and then we go back to LOTTO ARENA. This part of the course begins with a jump into the water through the big log followed by a very difficult combination of house and corner in the water. It’s not far to the finishing line now. All that’s left to do is to jump the table followed by the final combination on this cross-country route, walls made of Strzegom granite. One last fence and we arrive at the finishing line!

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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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Strzegom Horse Trials – Germany and Grand Games

Andreas Dibowski. Photo: Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Strzegom, 21.05.2017 – We started the day with horse inspection in all classes CCI1*/CCI2* and CCI3* and the CICO3* Nations Cup. Picking up on some comments from the riders and Head Coaches the XC had given the horses good footing and been quite fast to ride but with lots of technical questions given both horses and riders a proper test. In all classes, we had fewer than 10 horses being withdrawn or not accepted so most horses came out being fresh and in good shape. The trot up strip continued to prove itself a bit “scary” (windy) to the horses resulting in a few jumpy horses and some riders having to hold on properly to the reins. Our Chief Steward’s gorgeous chocolate colored Labrador Inka continued to make sure we were all behaving and performing our best.

After trot up it was all about show jumping. And all about Germany. Well, almost.

The German team came in as overnight leader in both the FEI Nations Cup team and Individual class and even though we had some really good rides today the German team proved unstoppable. Some horses came in strong in the jumping round but quite a few showed a bit of tiredness in the end of the course and the fences came falling down one by one.

The weekend’s winner was Kai Rüder who managed both 1st and 4th position in the CIC2* and as icing on the cake come in 1st in the individual CICO3*. Hats off, well done and what a super weekend for Kai and his team!

A winner that we admire even a bit more was German winner of the CIC1* Janet Wiesner who had a baby daughter only 7 weeks ago and still managed to beat the entire class and take a super win in the CIC1*. We are just so impressed that we still can’t really take it in!

Yet the Germans were not planning on settling with this; they also took home the entire FEI Nations Cup Team victory with a striking marginal of incredible 68 (!) points to Team GBR coming in 2nd and close to 70 to Sweden ending up 3rd.

Though we have to say it was really good fun to see so many new riders on the teams and we think it great to see the teams giving not only the top riders a shot at the Nations Cup but also the upcoming ones who need the experience test to grow.

So, a lot about Germany BUT also…

Karin Donckers – We at the press office adore Karin! She is such a pleasure to interview and never says no to us when we ask for her precious time. Karin had 4 horses in the 3* and we were cheering her on all the way as she had a super win in the CCI3*. We look forward to see a whole lot more of her in August.

Sanna Siltakorpi – What a super ride from Finland and a great win in the CCI2*. Sanna helped her Finnish team to qualify to the Europeans for the first time in 28 years! Well done Finland and we can’t wait to see your team here in August.

Miloslav Prihoda – Starting out on 5th from dressage Milolsav had a great ride in the XC with no additional penalties, all pushing him straight into the lead. A great win in the CCI1* and welcome back Strzegom!

The top positions for Strzegom Horse Trials 2017 ended up as follows:

CIC1* Janet Wiesner (GER)

CCI1* Miloslav Prihoda (CZE)

CIC2* Kai Rüder (GER)

CCI2* Sanna Siltakorpi (FIN)

CCI3* Karin Donckers (BEL)

CICO3* Individual Kai Rüder (GER)

CICO3*/Nations Cup Team Germany

A huge congratulations to you all and we hope to see you all back in August for the European Championships. Until then, enjoy the fantastic eventing season ahead and see you soon!

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