After the very intense heatwave during the event in mid-June 2016, we are thrilled to have close to perfect conditions starting off this year’s event!
Sunny weather, app 25 degrees with a bit of a breeze keeping horses, riders, officials, volunteers and spectators in happy mood. We love it and fingers crossed it will last all week.
Today has been all about getting all the bits and pieces together as the Ground Jury members has been doing the XC course walk during the day, together with our own course designer Marcin Konarski. Can you believe it, it´s 15 years since it all got started and truly it has grown to something quite extraordinary?
As often with Marcin´s XC courses there are many aspects to consider and focus is key. It doesn’t matter if you are riding a short 1* or a long 3*, both horse and rider will have to be on their toes (or their hooves) because in this state of the art course the fences turn up fast and there are many twists and turns.
Listening in to the ground jury members during today’s XC course walk we can honestly say we have a great week ahead of us. As one of the jury members concluded – “it´s a proper test” and that goes both horse and rider. This XC is strong, solid, technical with lots of corners and demands a full focus from start to finish. A small breather is included but then it´s back to business again for the second half of the courses. The Water complexes are generous with lots of fences coming swiftly at the riders both in and out and will leave no room for hesitation. All in all – a XC that surly has the Konarski design all the way.
Today also included the start of CIC 2* dressage with some 25 riders starting today and another app 45 riders tomorrow following in the same class. After the first day, we have to take our hats off to the German riders who managed 6 out of the 8 top positions with Kai Rüder both in 1st and 2nd position followed by Jan Kaminski in 3rd. Now, that was today and tomorrow is new day. With scores, just below 70 % it will surely be several riders hoping to give the top 10 from today a good run for the money. We look forward to see more of the IPEA Trophy CIC2* starting tomorrow morning as it´s promising to be quite exciting!
Finishing of today is the first horse inspection for the CI Long 3* and last but not least the DRAW for the FEI NATIONS CUP 1st leg that starts Friday – so exciting and we really look forward to this!
To give you a taste of what´s ahead, here´s some fact for the week:
261 horses / entries from 18 countries. 6 XC courses from CI-short 1* to CI-long 3* and Nations Cup jumping a total of 140 fences, all being sponsored by some 30 sponsors/ partners and hopefully plenty of spectators.
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