The CSIO Barcelona, the event of the year and the oldest international sporting event in Spain, ended its 106th edition last Sunday. 17 participating nations, 85 riders and 150 horses to play a total of 8 classes valued with a economic endowment of 2 million euros. These are just some of the figures summarizing the jumping competition that took place from September 28 to October 1 at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (RCPB) facilities.
This edition also coincided with two great events: the 120th anniversary of the emblematic Barcelona club and the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Olympic Games. Precisely for this reason, one of the magical moments of the event was experienced on Friday night when the public of the RCPB and the main authorities gave an emotional and warm collective tribute to the Spanish Olympic team of Barcelona’92, formed by Luis Astolfi, Luis Alvarez Cervera, Cayetano Martínez de Irujo and Enrique Sarasola.
In addition to the top-level horse racing competition, the 40,000 attendees who visited the Club during these days were able to enjoy the best of leisure thanks to the expanded PoloPark, an experience a festival of over 20,000m2 located on the polo track, close to 150 exhibitors, live music, a varied and exquisite gastronomic offer and activities for all ages. And they also had the privilege of seeing, among others, magnificent performances such as the performance of Compagnie Impulsion, a unique acrobatic show.
In short, a social event that once again positions Barcelona as a benchmark of the equestrian world around the world, being televised in 140 countries on 5 continents for more than 150 hours.
High Voltage Equestrian Emotion
85 riders from 17 countries competed in a total of 8 jumping competitions, including the vibrant end of the Longines FEI Nations Cup ™ Jumping Final, the most important team competition in the world, in which the Dutch team managed to snatch the throne to the reigning champion, Germany. In the consolation class, the Longines Challenge Cup, was won by the United Arab Emirates team.
Regarding the individual events, we can highlight the triumph of the British William Whitaker in the Cup of SM the Queen – Segura Viudas Trophy; the Belgian Pieter Devos in the Longines Cup City of Barcelona, and without forgetting the impressive performance of the Brazilian Eduardo Menezes, who made a double with the La Vanguardia Trophy and the Royal Bliss Trophy.
Winners of the CSIO Barcelona 2017
- Royal Bliss Trophy: Eduardo Menezes (BRA)
- FEI Nations Cup ™ Final Qualifying Jumping Final: CANADA
- La Vanguardia Trophy: Eduardo Menezes (BRA)
- Longines Challenge Cup: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- SM Queen’s Cup – Safe Trophy Widows: William Whitaker (GBR)
- Longines FEI Nations Cup ™ Final Jumping: NETHERLANDS
- Negrita Cup: Yuri Mansur (BRA)
- Longines Cup of the city of Barcelona: Pieter Devos (BEL)
In addition to following the development of the competition, attendees were able to revisit for the second year the PoloPark, a creative festival of leisure, gastronomy and family entertainment located on the polo field, which in this edition has been extended to 20,000 m2 surface to give rise to about 150 exhibitors.
In the new configuration of PoloPark, it is worth mentioning the incorporation of more experiential proposals for all audiences, and especially children. Thus, activities such as the virtual reality experience at the SEAT stand, which also included a small go-kart circuit, were very successful; the new activity of Caixabank for the little ones, not forgetting the already classic carousel of Longines or the Pony Park of Massimo Dutti, in the Little Rider’s Corner.
All this, complemented by a wide gastronomic offer, great musical performances, a busy market and a magnificent staging, consolidated the PoloPark as a festival of experiences perfect to spend a field day in the city.