Lipica, 25. 5. 2016

Almost 40% more riders than last year competing at the World Cup in Lipica

At Lipica Stud Farm, 26 May will mark the beginning of the traditional international dressage tournament, FEI CDIW / CDI3* / CDIYH / CDIJ / CDIY / CDIP / CDICh, which is part of the Dressage World Cup. The four days of competition will see the performances of 75 riders and 101 horses from 15 different countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Switzerland. They will also be joined by competitors from more distant countries, such as Brazil and New Zealand.

The highlight of this attractive competition at the Lipica hippodrome will be Sunday afternoon, when the best Grand Prix riders will compete for Dressage World Cup points in the freestyle programme with music. Among them will be the 2014 winner of the competition in Lipica, Valentina Truppa (Italy), who will compete with her younger horse, Fixdesign Ranieri, the 2013 winner, Elena Sidneva (Russia), with Romeo Star, and the 2012 winner, a Swiss rider with a Slovenian surname, Marcela Krinke-Susmelj, who will compete with her younger horse, Smeyers Soprano.

All three top riders have already competed in Lipica several times and achieved the highest results. Valentina Truppa can be especially proud of her excellent World Cup Finale results, while Marcela Krinke-Susmelj is attached to Lipica due to her family ties. She is married to a former rider of the Lipica Stud Farm, Ivan Šušmelj, who moved to Switzerland in 1968 as a young man, had a family there and continued working with horses.

The Acting Director of Lipica Stud Farm, Boštjan Bizjak, is pleased that the competitors like to return to Lipica each year: “I am very happy that this year’s competition will be attended by 75 riders, which is almost 40% more than last year. The fact that 101 horses, which is also significantly more than last year, are expected to compete is encouraging as well. Both facts prove that quality work and promotional activities have enabled Lipica Stud Farm to improve its results in the field of equestrian sport.”

The President of the Equestrian Federation of Slovenia, Jožef Klavdij Novak, who will present awards to the best competitors on Sunday, pointed out that this year’s number of participants will help Lipica Stud Farm regain its reputation as one of the most popular venues for world-class equestrian competitions: “The number of competitors proves that Lipica Stud Farm enjoys an outstanding reputation in the international equestrian community and is known for its good riding conditions, warm welcome and excellent organisation. This primarily results from the tradition of the Lipica tournament, which dates back to 1974.”

On Sunday, the competitive atmosphere will reach its peak, when the best riders and their horses will present choreographies accompanied by music and stage breath-taking combinations of elegance and beauty. At the most demanding Grand Prix level, visitors can anticipate a superb performance of harmony between rider and horse. They will also be able to see small tour competitions as well as competitions for young horses, young riders, juniors, children and ponies.

Slovenia will be represented by Polona Kalan and her horse Elton.

Visitors who purchase tickets to see Lipica Stud Farm will be allowed to watch the competition for free. Tickets for the competition will also be available at an especially attractive price.