Spain is celebrating its equestrian heroes and their connections in a gala event to honour its success in jumping, dressage and endurance over the past season.
Some 600 guests are expected at the gala event on Monday night, at Madrid’s Zarzuela Hippodrome. The “who’s who” of Spanish equestrian society will be there, including riders, owners, sponsors, officials, and many others.
Of major focus is the qualification of Spain’s dressage and jumping teams for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games: it will be the first time since the Sydney Games of 2000 that the country has had two teams qualify for an Olympic Games.
Also being celebrated are the team and individual gold medals at the European Endurance Championships; individual bronze at the European Dressage Championships in Aachen; and the first ever gold medal at the European Junior Dressage Championships.
Hosted by the Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation, the gala will recognise the enormous efforts of athletes and owners and their teams who made the results possible.
Special guests include Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal, Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco, Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation President Javier Revuelta, Secretary of State for the Economy Inigo Fernandez de Mesa, and Spain’s Secretary General of Agriculture and Food Carlos Cabanas.