Three days before the 110th edition of the CSIO Barcelona, the oldest international sporting event in Spain, which hosts the Longines Jumping Nations Cup Final for the ninth year in a raw, the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona is buzzing with activity. The stands, VIP tents, the spacious PoloPark and the stables area are already set up to host the most important team event on the international calendar.
The most outstanding teams of the moment - Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain as host country - will fight for world supremacy in the Olympic facilities of the Barcelona club. Individual riders from Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Poland and Portugal will also take part in the competition.
The CSIO Barcelona will begin next Thursday, 29 September, with the first qualifying round. The top eight teams will go directly to the Final on Sunday, 2 October, while the remaining teams will compete for the Longines Challenge Cup on the night of Saturday, 1 October.
In addition to the Final, seven other individual competitions will take place during the CSIO Barcelona, including the Trofeu Ciutat de Barcelona - MRW Cup on Friday night and the Copa de SM la Reina - Segura Viudas Trophy on Saturday. This edition of the event will also host a CSI1*, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, starting at 11.00 am, and Sunday at 10.30 am.
Andalusian horses will dance on the Olympic track
The Olympic arena of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona will be dressed up on Friday night (from 23.30h) and Saturday (23.00h) with "How the Andalusian Horses Dance", the great show presented by the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art of Jerez. Twenty-five purebred Spanish horses led by Olympic medallist Rafael Soto will dance to the original music composed for this high school dressage show.
Internationally recognised, the show is based on choreographies taken from the reprises of classical and cowboy dressage as well as other traditional equestrian works, including in the repertoire cowboy dressage, work in the hand and carousel.
The REAAE is also planning an exhibition at the PoloPark on Saturday from 17.30 h onwards.
PoloPark, fun for all the family
And in keeping with the festive atmosphere that CSIO Barcelona awakens in our city, the Real Club de Polo is once again lending 20,000 m2 to the magnificent PoloPark. A space dedicated to the family with all kinds of activities including a complete Foodie Fest, a large market, the Brand Villade and the Kids Park for the little ones with its traditional Pony Park by Calvet, among other areas. In this edition, the sporting spectacle will also be alternated with small format shows and several musical concerts that will take place in the polo field, the largest green space in Barcelona.
In addition, repeating the experience of past editions, Cànic will present an Agility show in which all pet owners are invited to come with their pets to the central arena to participate in the activities.