Furusiyya FEI Nation’s Cup Jumping FinalBy Staff Report September 18, 2015
Twenty-two nations and 19 teams will compete for global recognition at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final, hosted by CSIO Barcelona for the third year in a row.
CSIO Barcelona 2015 will take place at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona from the Sept. 24–27. Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela and Spain will take part in the 104th edition of Spain’s oldest international sporting event.
Among the stand-out names on the start list are Daniel Deusser and Ludger Beerbaum, members of the German team ranked second and fourth in the world respectively; the Irishman Bertram Allen; the Frenchwoman Penelope Leprevost; the Dutchmen Maikel van der Vleuten and Jeroen Dubbledam, the new European champion; and Sergio Álvarez Moya on the Spanish team.
The international jumping competition will also be contested by three other nations competing for the individual title. Among them are Greece, represented by Athina Onassis, the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Onyshchenko and Argentina’s José María Larocca.
The Spanish quintet, which has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is completed by Eduardo Álvarez Aznar, Pilar Cordón, Manuel Fernández Saro and Gerardo Menéndez Mieres.
As well as the sporting events, CSIO Barcelona is preparing a wide range of activities throughout the four days. On Friday, Sept. 25, SEAT will present “How the Horses Dance,” organized by the Fundación de la Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, described as “equestrian and mounted ballet” and choreographed using dressage and cowboy techniques, with Spanish music and 18th century costumes.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, Furusiyya and the FEI are preparing an unparalleled pyrotechnic and audiovisual display, featuring a concert, as well as a performance by the French horsewoman Audrey Hasta Luego, whose acrobatic display showcasing different riding styles will delight kids and grown-ups alike.
And fashion house Massimo Dutti is ponying up, offering little ones their first steps in the equestrian world at the Massimo Dutti Pony Park, right next to the main entrance. All money raised from pony rides will be donated to the Enriqueta Villavecchia Children’s Oncology Private Foundation.
This year CSIO has a new food court, designed to satisfy the most demanding palettes, with a wide range of tapas, an extensive fruit selection and sweet delights from the best bakeries in the city. Attendees will also be able to enjoy a panoramic view from the dine-in restaurant which will serve delectables during the midday competitions.
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