Semifinal Spots at Stake for Region West during the Longines EEF Series at Peelbergen this Week!

Peelbergen, Kronenberg, The Netherlands – May 18, 2023 – Last time out the Dutch anthem rang out around Mannheim but will the team in orange be able to repeat their success on home turf this week? The series moves on to its third regional qualifier, a short trip over the border to the Netherlands.

Top-class centre Peelbergen will be the hosts, having previously held the 2021 semi-finals. The event is the solo region west qualifier which means automatic progression to the semi-finals for the top 5 eligible nations. Competing for a place will be Belgium, Spain, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Portugal. They are competing alongside Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands in what is sure to be an exciting afternoon of sport.

Peelbergen is nestled in the heart of Limburg and well known to many of the sports top riders who have based themselves in the region. A regular host of 1* and 2* international shows, the centre has become a key player in development with a range of opportunities to bring on young horses. Their philosophy echo’s that of the Longines EEF Series, to provide a platform for horses, riders and whole nations to develop and build the depth of talent in our sport. During the week a CSI1* and CSIYH will take place which managing director Ken Ruysen notes as “an ideal setting to give CSIO riders the opportunity to develop their younger horses in the CSIYH and CSI1*, as well as giving CSI riders the chance to compete in a CSIO setting with the very best riders in the sport.”

The Longines EEF Series will take place on Friday 19th, 13.30 CEST. Watch all the action live with Clipmyhorse.tv and follow the results on Longines Timing.

Longines; Based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832, Longines watchmakers enjoy an expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as the official timekeeper for world championships and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has created a strong and long-lasting relationship in the world of sports, over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch group Ltd., the world’s leading watchmaker. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries. 

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The European Equestrian Federation (EEF) is the representative body for the European based National equestrian Federations. Working closely with the Federation Internationale Equestre (FEI) and the National Federations, the EEF works to maximize the potential and development of equestrianism throughout the continent. The EEF is committed to promoting the sport of equestrianism and its good practices, developing the sport across Europe, and providing leadership for a collective European voice in the sport.

The Longines EEF Series is a Nations Cup Competition that is designed to develop horses and riders through consistent exposure to quality events and team format competition, replacing the previously known Division 2 Nations Cup series. Run across 3* and 4*, the events focus on growing the breadth and depth of talent to bring more combinations to the highest level, from all nations in Europe. The EEF strongly believes that we can help safeguard the future of the sport by providing continuous development, which the Longines EEF Series works to provide.

Source: Press Release from EEF – Longines EEF Series

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