Looking for a weekend of equestrian fun? Head out to the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships in Malmo, Sweden.
Viveca Byhr Lindén, show director, remarked in a blog that preparation for the event is hotting up, with participants and their extended teams arriving in their numbers, bringing along with them their equipment.
"We have been busy this weekend trying to get the last few tents set up and things cleaned so that everything is neat and tidy," the expert expanded.
"The Show Office has been opened and the stable staff have put their tools and belongings in place. On the field, the fences have gotten a last touch and the flowers have been put out. The dressage course was built up yesterday, and when that was done we started to feel that we had a competition venue for real."
The competition begins on August 29th, with a dressage test, as well as the opening of the Expo Area, offering visitors all sorts of engaging activities.
This includes pony rides, rabbit jumping, various stall to browse through and a food court where you can watch all the action on a big screen.
A lot of this continues throughout the rest of the week and into the weekend – the event wraps up on September 1st – while on the Saturday, the 6km cross country gets underway.
On Sunday, you will be able to view the show jumping, watching as the horses exquisitely perform spectacular moves.
It is a worthwhile experience as eventing is fast on the up. A serious pursuit, it requires seasoned horsemanship to put on a professional and engaging performance.
"Eventing demands of the competitor considerable experience in all branches of equitation and a precise knowledge of the horse´s ability and of the horse a degree of competence resulting from intelligent and rational training," the organisers of the championships state.