Third leg of the Longines EEF Series at Markopoulo, Athens (GRE)

05.06.2021 - EEF Press Release

SAturday, June 5 2021

Third leg of the Longines EEF Series at Markopoulo, Athens (GRE)


The Longines EEF Nations Cup Athens counts as a Regional Qualifier for Region South of the Longines EEF Series 2021 with 5 teams competing: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey.  Of these, Italy competed at Gorla Minore in April, while  Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey are making their debut in the Longines EEF Series. Including those which have just competed in Peelbergen (NED), the countries competing in the first three qualifiers of Longines EEF Series are instead 22!

Thanks to the Longines EEF Series, young and emerging European riders have an important chance to gain experience by riding in top level shows. It is for that reason that great importance is applied to their technical-sporting progression that also involves the courses they are required to jump.

"The technical challenges posed by this circuit are the same as those found in the main Nations Cups - says Elio Tavagliati, CSIO3 *-W and Longines EEF Nations Cup Athens Chef de Piste. -  However, the fact that the jumps are smaller makes them simpler so that the horses and riders can compete on courses that are challenging, built in important arenas using varied  collections of jumps as is the case in the Athens arena. Even riders and horses competing in a Nations Cup for the first time are able to make progress thanks to their experience in such classes”.

The CSIO3*-W at the Olympic Equestrian Center in Markopoulo that is part of the AEF  2021 (Athens Equestrian Festival) organised by the Hellenic Equestrian Federation has started already on June, 3rd. The Longines EEF Nations Cup Athens will start on Sunday, 4 pm and can be watched thanks to live-streaming CLICK HERE

The draw for the starting order for the Longines EEF Nations Cup Athens has just taken place and is as follows:

1 - Greece
2 - Turkey
3 - Romania
4 - Bulgaria
5 - Italy

Starting lists and results on Longines Timing - CLICK HERE


The EEF (European Equestrian Federation) was founded in 2009 with the aim of addressing the issues of the equestrian sports at a European level. Formally established in February 2010 with the adhesion of 27 National Federations (NF), including Italy, the EEF began to work with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to increase the influence of  European nations within the FEI which, at the 2018 General Assembly, unified the FEI I and II groups within the EEF Group. 2015 saw the start of a partnership between the European Equestrian Federation and Longines - the title sponsor, timekeeper and official clock provider of the Longines EEF Series. The EEF currently includes and represents 38 European National Federations.

EEF Public Relations -
Based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking company Longines wields expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships, and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has built strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sport over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries.
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The Longines EEF Series is a show jumping Nations Cup circuit created by the European Equestrian Federation which replaced the FEI Nations Cup Europe Division 2. Launched last year, but postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19, it is divided into four European regional groups - North, South, Central and West - including the 38 National Federations, members of the EEF. The Longines EEF Series includes a qualifying CSIO3 *, two semi-finals and a final, scheduled at the Warsaw CSIO4*. The winner will be admitted to compete at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup (that is, Division 1) in 2022.

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