Lipica, 8. 5. 2017

The Alpe Adria Dressage Trophy opened this year’s equestrian competitions in Lipica

Alpe Adria Dressage Trophy at Lipica Stud farm from 5 to 7 May attracts more than 44 competitors from Slovenia, Italy, Austria, and Croatia. The top podium was also taken by Slovenian competitors Birgit Sauer Fabris, Urška Kamenšek, Janja Nanut, and Katarina Julija Pipan.

With the Alpe Adria Dressage Qualifier the previous weekend, this year’s equestrian competitions at Lipica Stud Farm began. In a relaxed atmosphere and mostly sunny weather, 44 riders from Slovenia, Italy, Austria, and Croatia with 47 horses performed at the Lipica hippodrome.

Austrian competitor Hilde Seidl with the Lipizzaner mare Delia won in the most demanding task of the event, S category. This was her first performance in Lipica and she achieved a score of 68.070: “For me this was a really wonderful weekend, the competition venue is very nice and people are very friendly. You can meet competitors from other countries and talk to them, which is something new and pleasant for me.”

On Saturday, a Slovenian competitor Birgit Sauer Fabris with a mare called Ria was the most successful in this category; Slovenia was also successfully represented by Barbara Begojev with a horse called Zenith.

Over three days of competition, more Slovenian competitors made it to the podium: Urška Kamenšek with a horse called Čar in LM category, Janja Nanut with a horse called Favory Dubovina, and Katarina Julija Pipan with a horse called Limoge, both in A task.

The Alpe Adria Dressage Trophy thus again connected fans of dressage riding from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, and Croatia. For some younger competitors this was the first opportunity to perform on a larger stage, such as the Lipica hippodrome, and to obtain their first international competitive experience. Competition organisers at Lipica Stud Farm provided them with a hospitable reception and traditionally optimal competitive conditions.

The Alpe Adria Dressage Trophy finals, which are held alternately by Slovenia, Austria, and Italy, will be held in autumn in Austria. A lively competitive atmosphere at the Lipica hippodrome is anticipated again on 20 and 21 May at the National Driving Championships.


Foto: Sibil Slejko