It all begins in Spring 2019. Finally Spain is able to offer sun- and work-seeking riders a new multi-week tournament tour, located in close proximity to one of the country’s most beautiful metropolises. The CSI Valencia will take place at an equestrian facility which has grown and developed over the years and become well known thanks to big, national events: At the Centro Equestrian Sport (CES) from 5th February to 21st April and from 1st October to 10th November the Torregrosa family will play host to the show-jumping world.
The idea has been gaining momentum in the family’s minds for a long time. Charo Torregrosa and her daughter decided to seek expertise via Mercedes Barrachina and then from Herbert Ulonska and ESE – Equestrian Sport Events in Hamburg. Herbert Ulonska accompanied the Sunshine Tour and later the tournament tours in Oliva and Mijas as an agent. The collaboration between the Spanish initiators and ESE was quickly settled upon after difficulties emerged for Herbert Ulonska and his stud farm Maas J. Hell regarding active tournament participation in Oliva with the operators there.
Fabulous conditions and facilities
Three large sand arenas, a modern riding hall measuring 30m x 70m, catering, paddocks, lunging circle, permanent stables and mobile stabling areas on hard surfaces as well as generous parking for lorries with ample water and electric hook ups – quite the package is on offer at this tournament facility. The Centro Equestrian Sport has already hosted large national tournaments such as the Spanish Championships. For over a decade the Torregrosa family and their diverse team have acquired valuable experience and have invested in the future for the international CES Valencia Tour with a range of CSIs. The sand arenas, for example, have been constructed with the ebb-and-flow system devised by Klaus Dammann. Similarly, the vast riding hall with stands offers alternative options in case the weather doesn’t play ball, and offers ample opportunity for training.
Four tours in three months
The organisers are offering four CSI tours. In total, there will be 252,600 euros’ prize money up for grabs in each of the three weeks. The allocation of tours is the result of the experience, observations and ideas of those involved. Thus professionals and amateurs will be clearly separated. Youngster, Master and Classic tours will all appear on the programme, as well as the Premium Amateur Tour. The Youngster tour for five- to seven-year-old horses is open to everyone, those competing in the amateur tour are not allowed to compete in the Masters tour and may only complete with a maximum of one horse in the Classic tour. Those opting to compete in the Masters and Classic tours are excluded from competing in the Amateur tour. Organisationally this is also a big advantage if trainers and riders come together to compete in the CSI in Valencia. Additionally, time issues with coaching are also largely avoided.
Premiere in Spring 2019
Expansions and renovations in the CES Valencia are already partially complete and are entering the final stages. Charo Torregrosa sets great store by providing excellent conditions. From 5th to 24th February 2019 Part 1 of the CES Valencia Spring Tour is in the diary, followed by Part 2 from 12th to 31st March and Part 3 from 9th to 21st April. The CES Valencia Autumn Tour will then take place from 1st to 13th October and from 21st October to 10th November 2019.
Valencia – major plus point
The Equestrian Centre is located just 14 kilometers away from Valencia’s city centre which offers a wealth of variety and experiences – its spectacular City of Arts and Sciences which has already played host to a stage of the Global Champions Tour, the modern America’s Cup Marina and the extensive shopping malls. There are Mediterranean beaches 15 kilometers away and the international Valencia Airport just 10 kilometers.