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The Series is open to all nations fielding one team composed of 3-4 riders at each leg. It runs under FEI Eventing rules at CICO and CCIO3* level.
Venues hosting legs of the event, in addition to Poland, include Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, the United States, Germany, France and Belgium, with the final being held in Boekelo, Holland on October 8.
The Trials had previously been held together with the FEI World Cup Eventing Series, but after a format change in 2012 the FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series was launched.
Strzegom, Poland, has been a part of the Nations Cup since its inception, with the exception of 2013 due to bad weather. This year the event will be held more than 5 weeks earlier than normal at the 14 Pułk Ułanów Jazłowieckich Hippodrome in Morawa.
Horses have long been a major part of Strzegom’s history. The Strzegom Horse Stud was founded in the 1950s to specialise in breeding Thoroughbreds and the Silesian horse. The town itself is located in southwest Poland in a region known as Lower Silesia and has been settled since at least the 10th century.
It is rich in historical and cultural tourist attractions and has spectacular views of old mountains and amazing architecture. Spectators will be able to visit nearby tourist attractions such as Ksaiz Castle, the Minor Basilica, and the Church of Peace in Swidnica.
The Strzegom Horse Trials will also offer loads of attractions for families, including pony rides, carriage rides, a pony show, and a mini kindergarten.
Some of the world’s top eventing riders will be competing in the Strzegom Horse Trials. Spectators will be able to watch Sandra Auffarth and Andreas Dibowksi of Germany, Karin Donckers of Belgium, and Linda Algotsson of Sweden.
The British Eventing team announced the debut of three senior team riders, Alexander Bragg, Olivia Craddock, and Danielle Dunn, to join Franky Reid-Warrilow, who is making her third Nations Cup appearance.
In addition to the FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series, Strzegom will also be the home of the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championship for the first time. This biennial competition will be held August 17th through 20th at the Morawa Hippodrome.
Event activities begin with an opening ceremony on August 15th at the Pergola near Centennial Hall in Wroclaw to give all participating nations a chance to present their teams. Following the presentation there will be an equestrian themed multimedia fountain show with music and lights.