Record entries for Poland’s showcase horse trials

The new water jump at Strzegom, which was built in March.
The new water jump at Strzegom, which was built in March.

Poland’s biggest equestrian event will break all records this year, with the Strzegom Horse Trials later this month hosting seven international competitions including a Nations Cup competition.

The five-day long event, from June 24 to 28, is in its 13th year and boasts more than 370 entries from 19 countries, including seven riders in the top 30 of the FEI rankings. Current World No.1 rider Michael Jung will be joined by leading international riders Karin Donckers, Andreas Dibowski, Izzy Taylor,  Sandra Auffarth, Tim Lips, and Andrew Hoy, among others.

Andrew Hoy and Right to Play's Jack Sparrow.
Andrew Hoy and Right to Play’s Jack Sparrow.

Event director Marcin Konarski said there are another 30 horses on the waiting list, “and we have several more requests”. Not surprisingly, Poland is the best represented country, with 72 horses entered, followed by Germany with 66 horses.

Australia’s Andrew Hoy has three horses entered, with Cheeky Calimbo his team horse for the Nations Cup competition, joining Chris Burton with Haruzac and Kevin McNab with either Casperelli or Dustman. Hoy’s other horses are The Blue Frontier, who was previously ridden by Germany’s Sandra Auffarth, and the striking pinto Irish Sport Horse, Right to Play’s Jack Sparrow, who, along with his rider, is an ambassador for the international charity Right to Play which uses sport to educate and empower children and youth.

The event will take place on Hippodrome in Morwa near Strzegom. The dressage test will be run over three days and the cross-country and jumping phases will be run on the following days.

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