Horse Jumping Champs in Warka
July 1, 2014
Some of Poland’s finest horses and riders will tackle bars, cross rails and other obstacles July 4-6 during this year’s Polish Show Jumping Championships at the Sielanka horse-riding center in Warka 60 kilometers south of Warsaw.
Apart from the championships, the event will feature an Equestrian Grand Prix competition held under the auspices of the Polish president.
In addition to feasting their eyes on magnificent horses and prize-winning riders, visitors to the event will be able to enjoy themselves at a family picnic.
“We have the honor of hosting this sport’s best riders and horses, and that is a guarantee of many thrills and of competition at the highest level,” said Kazimierz Waga, head of the Equisport Association, the event’s organizer.
The Equestrian Grand Prix is a series of competitions designed to mark 25 years since the end of communism in Poland.
“We want the event to celebrate Poland’s horse-riding tradition, but also be a fun and relaxing experience for entire families, giving them an opportunity to spend time out in the open,” Waga said. He added that the event features activities for kids, “including those who do not feel they belong on horseback.”
“Everybody will find an interesting way to spend time at Sielanka,” Waga said.
The Sielanka center has hosted many major equestrian competitions and other sporting events. It is also where the national soccer team of Croatia stayed during the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
Sielanka is conveniently located less than an hour’s drive from Warsaw, offering a “stretch of idyllic landscape between the Pilica River valley and the ancient trees of the Stromecka Forest,” Waga said.
The Show Jumping Championships and the Equestrian Grand Prix will be broadcast live on Polish public television channels TVP 1 and TVP Sport.
The Warsaw Voice is a media partner of the event.