Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.
Strzegom, Poland, July 14: More than 300 horses, five international classes, and top athletes – the second edition of Strzegom Summer Tour starts on Thursday.
Strzegom Summer Tour, organized by Stragona Equestrian Center, opened the international eventing season in Poland after the unexpected break. The second part of the rivalry, with double the entries, starts on Thursday, the 16th of July.
Riders from 18 countries with over 300 horses will compete at Strzegom’s arenas. The event will include four short-format classes from the 1* to 4* level, as well as a 2* class for ponies.
Strzegom will welcome eventers from the top of the world rankings. The list is opened by German multi-medalist Michael Jung, the current Olympic champion, and the first rider that held the titles of European, world, and Olympic champion simultaneously. Other names include Tim Lips (NED) – Olympic team bronze medalist, Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) – gold medalist of the Asian Games, Andreas Dibowski (GER) – Olympic team bronze medalist, his teammates Sandra Auffarth – Olympic bronze medalist, world champion, and two-time silver medalist of the European Championships, Julia Krajewski – Olympic silver medalist, and Swedish rider Sara Algotsson-Ostholt – Olympic silver medalist.
We will also see the leading Polish riders, including the whole podium of last year’s national championships: Paweł Spisak, Mateusz Kiempa, and Joanna Pawlak.
The show will start on Thursday. The first two days will include dressage tests. The cross-country and jumping trials will happen on Saturday and Sunday. Due to sanitary restrictions, the event will be played out without audiences. However, fans will have the chance to cheer on their favourite athletes thanks to live coverage, to be transmitted online at the event’s website: www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl and Facebook.
The livestream will cover Saturday and Sunday’s jumping and cross-country trials.