For the second time, eventing teams from Central and Eastern Europe will be able to compete for qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games during Equestrian Festival Baborówko.
The flagship eventing show in Baborówko – Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2023 – will take place in May. The competition will be played out on May 18-21, 2023, and the prize pool will once again rank the event among the most subsidized competitions of its kind in the world.
“We try to ensure that every year the riders and fans can experience new things and beautiful sports emotions in Baborówko. In 2022, we set up the largest quartz sand arena in Poland, measuring 2,000 sq m. and we organized the first official four-in-hand and pairs driving competition in Baborówko, as part of which we also held a Nations Cup” says Henryk Święcicki Jr., event director in Baborówko.
This is the second occasion on which teams from Group C (Central and Eastern Europe) will be able to compete for a ticket to the Games in Baborówko. In 2019, 3 teams took part in the qualifiying event for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, including those from Poland, Russia, and Belarus. Qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was obtained by the home squad, led by the team coach Marcin Konarski, composed of Mariusz Kleniuk and Winona, Joanna Pawlak and Fantastic Frieda, Paweł Spisak and Banderas and Paweł Warszawski and Aristo A-Z. For the first time since the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, Poland had a chance to compete as a team for an Olympic medal.
The program of Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2023 will include, among others: CCI4*-S, CCI4*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S classes, as well as CCIYH2*-S for young horses. Qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for teams from Group C (Central and Eastern Europe) will take place as part of the CCI4*-L class. It should also be remembered that in order to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and select the winning team at least three countries from the Group must participate.
Equestrian Festival Baborówko is one of the most recognizable Polish equestrian events. In 2023, we celebrate the 15th edition of this event, the formula of which is being developed each year.
The extensive organizational experience of the team at Baborówko Equestrian Center and the unique sports infrastructure make Baborówko a fixed point in the calendar for the most successful eventing competitors, including medalists and participants of the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games and European Championships. Among them, we had the chance to host German multimedalists Michael Jung and Ingrid Klimke, or Julia Krajewski (GER), the individual gold medalist of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – as the first woman in the history of eventing.
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