Lipica, 26. 5. 2017
Today, the traditional international dressage competition FEI CDI3*–W/ CDIJ/CDIY/CDICh/CDIP/CDIYH, the World Cup of dressage, is starting at Lipica Stud Farm.
The highlight of this attractive competition will be Sunday afternoon, when the best participants will compete in the free programme with music, which is at the Grand Prix level and brings World Cup points.One of the competitors will be also the last year’s first lady of the Lipica competition, Marcela Krinke Susmelj, a Swiss national with a Slovene surname.
She will perform with two excellent horses, one of whom will be Smeyers Molberg, who recently helped her place 12th in the finale of the Dressage World Cup.Marcela Krinke Susmelj is always glad to return to Slovenia and Lipica, to which she is also bound by family ties,since she married Ivan Šušmelj (now Susmelj), former rider of Lipica Stud Farm, who as a young man in 1968 moved to Swiss, where he started a family and continued to work with horses.
Another returning champion is the Italian Valentina Truppa, who achieved great results in the World Cup finals and won the Lipica competition in 2014.This year, she will perform with her younger horse Smile di Fonteabeti, who had a very successful start in competition.
Participation of riders from Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Morocco, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Turkey reflect the importance of Lipica Stud Farm in international equestrian circles and its reputation for great performance conditions, a warm welcome, and good organisation. Lipica’s reputation is also built upon the tradition of its tournament, which first took place in 1974.