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Course walk with course designer, Rüdiger Schwarz

Bei den kommenden Europameisterschaften im polnischen Strzegom wird Rüdiger Schwarz als Course Designer fungieren.

Eine Pressemitteilung aus Strzegom spiegelt nun einen Course walk mit ihm:

„In 2009, I visited Strzegom for the first-time as course designer for the FEI World Cup Final. Since then I have grown fond of this venue and discovered more about the overall potential. It has been rewarding to return annually to meet Marcin and see the facilities develop to the standards we have today. It has been a challenging journey over the last eight years to develop Strzegom to a European Championship venue. New features as water complexes, dressage arenas, bigger and better warm up areas, the subsoil on the XC; all has been developed and improved over time.

My vision, whilst designing the FEI European Championships XC, has been to build a challenging XC that still allows as many combinations as possible to safely get past the finish line. With a record of 19 nations participating, the XC is designed to be a proper test yet with different choices. The XC offers several options for the riders and allows the top riders to push for the most time-saving and difficult lines. The second easier option might avoid a refusal but will add time on the clock. Thus, a challenging and technically difficult XC for all riders and horses.

Starting the XC, the first three jumps are big yet inviting to get both horse and rider into a good gallop and rhythm.

After crossing the road, the first serious question is presented. The Longines Complex 4 ABC is located just in front of the spectators, allowing for great view to follow the riders and horses on the XC. It will take both precision and skill to jump clear and here the rider can choose an alternative line, yet adding time on the clock.

Number 5 – Torpol – is a straight forward jump getting the horse and rider focused on the 6th jump – ActivoMed – a big boat, awaiting in the first water complex. After the first water jump number 7 – the Hans Melzer Equipment Hedge – will test strength, courage and jumping skills. Next up, 2 skinnies –Fischer 8AB that requires both line and rhythm.

Up next, two big jumps being proper tests followed by a long canter. Then it’s time for the ANR combination with a skinny, open corner at the end, demanding balance and focus.

The next jump leads towards the Grand water complex. First up, a combination of three houses that shows the way into the water. The houses will be interesting to jump as you cannot jump them straight. Getting into the water there is a boat to be jumped and then it´s out of the water in the direction of the Main Arena A. Inside the Arena A there will be MIM oxers presented before it´s back to the Grand water complex for a second visit, where three big corners are waiting.

After this intense part of the XC there will be time to canter and a short rest before heading into the newly designed forest part of the XC. Coming out of the forest there will be a big jump followed by a narrow, skinny jump – both sponsored by Devocoux. Another short canter and then it´s time to start climbing up the hill, taking on some big jumps – 19,20,21 and 22. On top of the hill, the next intense part of the XC starts. First jump in this section is the Hoeveler hedge leading up to the last water complex, sponsored by PODA. The XC continues with the big HERZT oxer before it´s time to cross the road again and facing two combinations – the Lower Silesia gates and secondly the 2 Ursus tractors. After these challenging jump efforts, the riders will be heading for home. One big table to go and last but not least the Strzegom Granite wall and then it´s the FINISH line…“

Rüdiger Schwarz

Rüdiger Schwarz, being an eventer himself as well as course designer and highly respected instructor, knows basically all there is to know about the equestrian sport. Back in the days, when he was competing himself, Rüdiger was successfully competing in both show jumping and eventing. Winning bronze medal during the European Championship in Luhmuehlen 1979, team silver medal in Fontainebleau 1980 as well as team silver medal and 4th place individually during World Championship in Luhmeuehlen 1982, Rüdiger has many highlights in his career as a rider. He started his second career as a Junior member of the German Riding Association in Warendorf in1979. After obtaining a trainer’s certificate from the Academy in Cologne, he first became a trainer for the National Pony team in eventing in 1987, and later for the National Junior and Young Rider Team including a promising group in eventing. Overall riders trained by Rüdiger have won 86 medals including 36 gold medals. He has gained international recognition as course designer and as a technical delegate in the eventing community. He was responsible as course designer for XC in the Olympic Sport Centre of the German Olympic Sports Association in Warendorf. Rüdiger had over the years designed XC all over Europe making sure not only German XC but also Swedish and Polish XC bares his distinct signature a s course designer. Some of the highlights in Rüdigers career as course designer have been the World Championship in Aachen in 2006 and the European Championship in Malmo in 2013, both events being very successful in building both his career and reputation as a excellent course designer. Rüdiger Schwarz was also responsible for the XC in Strzegom in 2009 during the World Championship finals.

Pressemitteilung: Strzegom2017 Press Centre Team