Greetings from Theo Ploegmakers, President of the EEF

On behalf of the European Equestrian Federation, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Budapest, home of the second semi-final of the Longines EEF Series.

Following four rounds of regional qualifiers in Mannheim, Bratislava, Athens and Gorla we welcome 10 teams to the competition that will see just 5 move forward to the Final in Warsaw. So far the Series has delighted us with many fantastic battles and the outstanding talent of our U25 competitors has been a particular highlight.

The format of the event is a 4-rider Nations Cup competition. These events hold a special place in the history of jumping and require a different level of cooperation and teamwork to create success. The Longines EEF Series is designed to give horses and riders the chance to gain technical expertise and proactively encourage nations to include their younger talents. The combinations you see jumping during this event really are the future stars of tomorrow!

Gaining selection to represent your country in a Nations Cup team is a huge moment for any rider, and I wish all the combinations the very best of luck. In addition, I want to thank the Organisers and all those who have dedicated their time, commitment, and support to the successful running of the series and wish you all a successful competition here in Budapest.

Theo Ploegmakers
EEF President

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Cover photo: CSIO Budapest / Krisztina Hajdu

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