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CSIO Barcelona 2017 horses will jump the "Eixample"

 CSIO Barcelona 2017 horses will jump the

This morning, the Saló de Cròniques (Hall of Chronicles) of the Barcelona City Hall, hosted the presentation of the obstacle “L’Eixample”, within the framework of CSIO Barcelona 2017, the oldest international competition in Spain.

The obstacle, which represents the street layout of the Eixample District, has been designed by Maica Avenido and Jialen Yangji, students of the prestigious Escola Massana Art and Design Center, whose project won the third edition of the contest “A Jump for the City”, an initiative supported by the Barcelona Equestrian Challenge.

The obstacle, a wall made of white wood, incorporates the map of the neighborhood. Each block of houses is represented by a hole, while the sides of the fence are the only solid block. Over 100 riders will have to jump this unique obstacle, which will be a part of the course of the 106th edition of the CSIO Barcelona.

The event was attended by David Escudé, Barcelona City Council’s Commissioner for Sports, Maite Fandos, Deputy Delegate of the Sports’ Area of the Barcelona Provincial Council, Santi Siquier, Territorial Representative for Sports in Barcelona of the Catalan Government, Emilio Zegrí, CSIO Barcelona President and Daniel García Giró, CSIO Barcelona Director.

The Commissioner for Sports of the Barcelona City Council, David Escudé, welcomed the assistants gathered at the City Hall and underlined the “great value of this event, which will put our city once again in the international spotlight”. Moreover, he underscored the City Council’s commitment to the event and congratulated the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, “which proves year after years its incredible organizational skills”.

Emilio Zegrí, CSIO Barcelona President, congratulated the winners, thanked the support of the Barcelona City Council and added that “Cerdà, like Sert, the painter who decorated the Hall of Chronicles, kept in mind the importance of horses when he designed the big avenues that are part of the Eixample District.

Jialen Yangji, one of the obstacle’s co-designers, expressed her gratitude to CSIO Barcelona and Escola Massana for giving her the opportunity to be a part of such a project, and argued that “Cerdà Eixample is one of the most characteristic elements of the city.”