The international competition in endurance riding ranked CEI 1*/2*/3* to take place in Babolna, Hungary, is getting closer and heading there is a group of contestants from the Champion Equestrian Club. They will hit the road on the 1st of May. The premises of this Hungarian State Stud, specializing in breeding half-bred Shagya Arabian horses, will once again host a competition that is part of the CEEC (Central European Endurance Cup). This year’s line-up from Poland will include: Beata Dzikowska atop Cyryl (Sinus – Cyrla) – the pair will compete over 120 km (CEI3*), Kamila Kart atop Cert (Balon – Certoza) – they will take on the same route of 120 km (CEI3*), and Artur Landau atop the French Cricket Du Pecher (Kesberoy – Diamina du Cayrou) – this pair will try to conquer a distance of 80 km (CEI2*).
As the chief of the team, Beat Dzikowska, says: ‘The start in Hungary is to be both a good training exercise, as well as a test for Cyryl and Cert, which will participate on the 7th of June at a serious competition in French Rambouillet (Amateur Elite GP – CEI***), over the championship distance of 160 km. The competition is organized by Enduro Cheval and enjoys great prestige in Europe. Apart from that on the 27th of May we will be cheering on our Malik Kerrous (Finifit De Meures – Hildegarde Kerwegan), who will compete in an event in the French, mountainous Uzes over a distance of 90 km, under his current trainer Stephan Chazel.’
The Poles will compete in Babolna for a second time – last year Beata Dzikowska atop Cyryl placed a solid 7th position over a distance of 120 km (with an average speed of 15.67 km/h), Kamila Kart atop Cert was 12th, Tomasz Tura with Esauł – 13th. Over a shorter distance (80 km) Ewelina Preis atop Asmin (Fawor – Aktorka) with a speed of 16.87 was 8th, while right behind her came Artur Landau atop Hint (Entyk – Harmata). Over the same distance, but in the Juniors and Young Riders category, Ola Ciesielska atop Shanokk (Santhos – Sinjah) placed 8th. Tomasz Tura represented the Solec Bieruń Equestrian Club, while the other contestants belonged to the Champion Equestrian Club. More than 200 pairs from many European countries participated at last year’s event. What will the outcome be this year, we will soon see and of course we will keep you up to date with the results of the Polish horses.