Dressage Balkan Cup - successful application of the Generation Games concept

23.09.2020 - EEF News

CDI Tsaratsovo organised its debut run in 2019. The challenge organisers had to face was the fact that Bulgaria was a host of a big international dressage event way back in the now seemingly ancient 1981, as the Balkans held none for many years.

For the first time after 1981, Bulgaria was a proud host country of a competition of such magnitude, which at that took place in the first Bulgarian town selected as European capital of Culture for 2019.

The main objective, organisers held close to heart was to enable all dressage contestants from the Balkans and beyond to compete at a prestigious international tournament and be scored by a jury of esteemed international judges.

All efforts of the organisers of CDI Tsaratsovo are directed at holding and developing this international competition annually, together with camps and clinics for up-and-coming riders in this discipline.

After a series of misfortunate events due to the world COVID-19 crisis, the organising committee of CDI Tsaratsovo  fought through and brought the 2020 event to a successful launch despite all hardships.

It was on Bulgarian Equestrian Federation and the organisers of CDI Tsaratsovo - DRESSAGE.BG idea that the competition included an experimental mixed team tournament under the patronage of FEI and EEF.

The novelty this tournament brings is that teams can consist of a children rider, a junior rider and an young rider or senior rider. This format provides the opportunity for easier competition team formation, which proves extremely valuable for team championships.

In this years' CDI Tsaratsovo 2020 competition the jury was presided by Peter Hansághy, a FEI 4* dressage judge from Hungary, and included as well the esteemed judges - Hans Voser, a FEI 4* dressage judge from Switzerland and Milan Djordjevic, a FEI 2* dressage judge from Serbia.

The mixed team event was very well accepted by the athlete, coaches and the officials.  There were 4 teams composed by athletes from Bulgaria and Romania.

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