Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:21

Institut Barcelona Esports

Barcelona becomes the world equestrianism capital

Horse riding. Barcelona once again becomes the world capital for equestrianism from 28 September to 1 October, with the 106th International Show Jumping Competition.

Barcelona once again becomes the world capital for equestrianism from 28 September to 1 October, with the 106th International Show Jumping Competition. The CSIO Barcelona is to play host to the final of the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ for the fifth year running, the most important event on the international show-jumping calendar.

The four-day event sees the Barcelona Royal Polo Club hosting nine competitions, featuring some of the finest riders on the international horse riding scene. Six of these competitions will be individual and the other three part of the Nations Cup Final.

Longines FEI Nations Cup™

TheLongines FEI Nations Cup™ Show Jumping Final features a total of 18 teams from different world leagues: 9 from Europe, 2 from Central and North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia, and 1 from Africa. The final consists of three trials: the top 8 in the initial competition will go through to the grand final, while the remaining 10 will compete in the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final – Challenge Cup ahead of the grand final on Saturday.

‘L’Eixample’

Another noteworthy aspect of the ceremony is the presentation of ‘L’Eixample’, the winning project from the 3rd edition of the ‘A leap for the City’ design competition, organised by the Barcelona Equestrian Challenge. This aims to continue strengthening the ties between the century-old sporting event and Barcelona, as well as furthering the international promotion of the city.

The project was created by two young designers who study at Barcelona’s Massana Art and Design Centre: Maica Avenido and Jialen Yangji. ‘L’Eixample’ is a white wall made from wood that represents the layout of the characteristic neighbourhood designed by Ildefons Cerdà. The CSIO Barcelona riders will have to jump over this original obstacle, which will be part of the course for the competition.

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