As we have been enjoying the dressage stages at this year’s Olympics, featuring some old favourites, as well as an exciting crop of new talent, it is time to turn our thoughts to the next big date in the international dressage calendar.
Undoubtedly the best competition to spot the stars of future, the FEI - WBFSH World Breeding Championships are set to return to the Rennbahngelände in Verden this year, which saw the very first pilot project of a World Breeding Championship for young dressage horses in 1997, and which has been the host of the event from 2001 until 2015.
Since those early days of the competition, the site has benefited from a great amount of investment, and the horses and riders returning to Verden this year will enjoy brand new arena surfaces and permanent, purpose built stabling.
During the corona epidemic, the showground organisers pVerd-event GmbH have been focusing on smaller competitions, and on working with young talent, a focus that they will maintain in the future, for example with the German Vaulting Championships, which will take place 24th – 26th September 2021.
Taking place from 25th August 2021 until 29th August, the World Championships are the very first international event to take place at the showground since the start of the Corona epidemic.
To meet the considerable challenges or running and planning the championships in a way that protects the safety of all participants and spectators, the team at Verden have been working closely with the German health authorities and taken great care in the planning, with contingencies in place for any scenarios.
Biosecurity is taken highly seriously, not only for riders, owners, and spectators, but also for the horses, with the recent EHV outbreak and the subsequent new FEI requirements very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Those wishing to visit Verden this year to watch the competitions need to be quick: only 500 tickets per day are available for sale for a venue that can easily accommodate thousands of day visitors. The start of public sales has been held back until 2nd August to ensure the highest possible level of certainty that the event can go ahead in the planned format.
Spectators fortunate enough to secure a ticket will be treated to a varied programme of dressage competitions and activities, which will commence on 23rd August with the famous Herwart on der Decken-Schau, a celebration of dressage breeding for 3-year-old Hanoverian and Rhinelander mares. In addition to the world championship classes, the organisers are running a qualification for the prestigious Nürnberger Burg-Pokal and the Almased Amateur Tour.
With its 30-year-long history, and open to 7 – 9-year-old dressage horses, the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal has become one of Germany’s most important dressage series, held over 12 individual competitions and culminating in a Final in the Frankurter Festhalle in December.
The World Breeding Championships themselves will start on 25th August with the Qualification event for the 6-year-old horses in Arena 1.
26th August will see the Small Final of the 6-year-old horses in Arena 2, as well as the Qualifier of the 5-year-old horses in Arena 1.
On Friday, 27th August, Arena 1 will be host to the Qualifier of the 7-year-old horses, as well as two classes in the Almased Dressage Amateurs series, a competition at S-Dressur level for ambitious amateurs. The Small Final of the 5-year-old horses will be held In Arena 2.
The weekend will see a busy Saturday, with the Final for 6-year-old horses taking place in Arena 1, where spectators will also be able to enjoy the Qualifier for the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal and two classes of the Almased Dressage Amateurs series. Arena 2 will host the Small Final of the 7-year-old horses.
The event culminates in an exciting Sunday, with the Finals for the 5-year-old horses and the 6-year-old horses, as well as the Final Qualification for the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal all set to take place in Arena 1.
Tickets can be purchased online under https://www.ticketmaster.de/sport/reitsport/1227/events?language=en-us and cost between 35 and 50 Euros per person, depending on the day of the competition.
Those who cannot travel to Verden this year can follow the events on livestream via the www.clipmyhorse.tv platform.
We look forward to seeing you all there, either in person, or virtually via the online stream, and we wish all our breeders, rider, owners, and above all our four-legged competitor the very best success!
Photo Description:Dream Boy, who represented the Netherlands under the saddle of Hans-Peter Minderhout this year, at the World Breeding Championships in Verden in 2014 where he was presented by Maree Gerdine.
Photo credit & Copyright: Dirk Caremans
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