The HELLENIC EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION was founded in 1990 and is a member of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI - Federation Equestre Internationale). There are more than 50 Equestrian clubs in Greece, that belong to the Hellenic Equestrian Federation. The HEF board of Directors comprises 11 members
History of Equestrian
Equestrianism has existed as a sport since antiquity. Horses have been used as a means of transport, to assist in carrying out various farming jobs, or during warfare, since time immemorial.
However, horses appear for the first time in sporting events and competitions in Ancient Greece. Since 600B.C and 648B.C. respectively, chariot racing and horse racing have been two of the 10 Olympic Games events.
With the retrieval of the Olympic Games at the turn of the last century, equestrianism regains its former glory.
Equestrianism (Show jumping, Dressage, Three-Day Event) is an official sport at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm.
Apart from the Olympic Games, internationally acclaimed equestrianism events are organised every year, and they attract wide attention.
Athens CSIO-W 1999 Central European League Final Κ.Ε.ΙPP. 30/9 - 3/10
The biggest and most importand equestrian event in the Central European League will be organised by the Hellenic Equestrian Federation for the sixth time. The WORLD CUP FINAL for the CENTRAL EUROPEAN LEAGUE, "Athens CSIO-W '99" will be held in the National Equestrian Centre (K.E.IPP. - 55 Messinias st.) in Athens from 30th September until 3rd October 1999.
After the Final of the Central European League two riders will be qualified for the World Cup Final 1999, which will take place in the U.S.A. This Final will also be a deciding factor for the qualification of riders for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney - Australia.
The Athens CSIO-W among the years has become very popular all around Europe and every year many riders express interest to participate, countries like Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, etc., who are considered to be among the best. Furthermore, 20 of the best Greek riders will participate at the Athens CSIO-W '99.
Also, many other events (Kid's Farm, Dog's Show etc.) will take place at the Athens CSIO-W '99, which will mainly entertain people.
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