An opportunity to shake up the standings at this weekend’s CSIO5* Nations Cup in Poland
While some of Europe’s top Show Jumpers are on the Atlantic coast in Cascais, Portugal this weekend at the Longines Global Champions Tour, others are in another seaside resort at the other end of the continent. Sopot, in the north of Poland on the Baltic Sea, is hosting the 4th leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup for Division 1, with six teams eligible for points towards October’s Final.
Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Belgium can move up in the standings at this week’s CSIO5*-NC, taking place from June 14–17 in this town founded in the 8th century. They will be joined by visiting squads from the United States – Jamie Barge, Margie Engle, Lillie Keenan, Devin Ryan and Jessica Springsteen – and the home side Poland, which normally competes in Division 2.
Each country can organise only one CSIO5* Nations Cup a year, events which are part of the worldwide team-based competition dating back more than a century. In Poland, the competition has moved around over the years, including being held in the country’s capital Warsaw before arriving in Sopot.
The coastal town, which has a population of around 40,000, is known as a major health spa and tourist resort destination. In fact, the name is “thought to derive from an old Slavic word sopot meaning “stream” or “spring”. The same root occurs in a number of other Slavic toponyms; it is probably onomatopeic, imitating the sound of running water – murmur (Šepot). (Today several streams run into the sea in the area of the town).”