Barcelona Equestrian Challenge (BECH), an ambitious project promoting the equestrian world in our city is a reality.
Thanks to the promotional initiative of the Barcelona City Council and the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, the city will become the world equestrian capital until 2018. The horse will come to Barcelona showing its friendly side, until now unknown to a large majority.
The Barcelona City Council and the Real Club de Polo have worked in coordination for many months, with devotion and rigor, to develop a unique project, leader on an international level, which integrates social advancement of the equestrian world, horse jumping, and sporting values. As a result, the Ministry of Finance granted it the character of Exceptional Public Interest Event in the latter part of 2012.
BECH integrates a variety of activities related to horses, of sporting, cultural and social interest. All of these actions have a significant economic impact on Barcelona, generating excitement and hope in difficult times, helping to strengthen the international presence in our city.
This major world event is structured around four pillars: athletic, educational, health-related and cultural.
Sports is of particular importance in the BECH, headed by the Barcelona CSIO.
Destined to become the world's most important International Jumping Competition including the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup ™ Jumping Final, the Real Club de Polo Olympic hosts the international equestrian elite at the end of summer.
Eighteen countries, representing all the continents, compete in Barcelona to establish themselves as the undisputed leader of this challenging and exciting discipline.
The sports section of Barcelona Equestrian Challenge includes the Barcelona Polo Challenge Negrita Cup as well, one of the most iconic international events in our city.
Besides these two major events, BECH includes competitions ranging from beginners to advanced competition.
The educational hub of BECH is aimed at the smallest participants, so the main beneficiaries of this first educational activity will be children.
The creation of a Pony Park in the city, an equestrian center of the highest quality located in the Oreneta park, makes it possible for all school children to include an equestrian project in their education plan.
The children not only theorize about one of the world's most beautiful animals, but experience new feelings with the ponies that help instill in them respect and love for animals and nature.
The structure of the Pony Park also allows for the development of equine therapy courses, an integrated and complementary method that uses the horse as a means of rehabilitation and education for special needs individuals, or those with disabilities.
This great project also includes the promotion of training, the suitability of equestrian centers adapting their facilities to the practice of equine therapy, and the advancement of research and dissemination.
The sociocultural Barcelona Equestrian Challenge Section is marked by different recreational activities that promote respect and love for horses. Events related to the Sant Jordi Diada, photography rally, baking and dessert competitions, street performers, storytelling and popular festivals, all with the equestrian theme in common.
The Spanish Government has declared the Barcelona Equestrian Challenge an "Event of Exceptional Public Interest" by the Finance Law of 2012. As a result, corporate sponsors can maximize benefits, recovering up to 90% of their contribution through the costs of publicity and advertising carried out by their companies. These expenses must be used to promote the event and must be within the period from November 1st, 2012 to December 31st, 2018.