The elegant and stylish dressage competition will for sure get spectators on their feet celebrating the world’s greatest dressage riders and their amazing horses as they enter the arena at the ECCO FEI World Championships Herning (DEN) 2022
The team competition in Grand Prix opens the great event and stretches over the weekend 6. – 7. August with the medal ceremony for the top three placed nations taking place Sunday afternoon. And the competition will be thrilling! No doubt that the medal winning teams from Tokyo Olympics Germany (gold), United States (silver), and Great Britain (bronze) will try to take the podium again. But they should not feel too safe.
Hopes are flying high for a medal to the Danish dressage team at home ground, and Cathrine Dufour already has good vibes about the Danish form:
“The Danish team looks really strong right now. We have several athletes who are well established on their own horses, the team can be insanely sensational. However, we have seen before that just before the championships, things can change, but I am very positive.”
Remember the Grand Prix Special in Herning 2013?
In 2013 Denmark hosted the FEI European Championships in Jumping, Dressage and Para-dressage. Back then the dressage competitions were both spectacular and very close among the top riders. In the Grand Prix Special signs of nervousness came to the surface when Helen Langehanenberg (GER) rode a program error on DamondHill. Surprisingly Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) also went off course with Valegro butmanaged to keep Helen behind her on the scoreboard. And the bronze medal winner Adelinde Cornelissen (NED), entering last on Parzival made the exact same mistake, a program error, as she did at the previous European – 3 medal winners all went off course – a Grand Prix Special to remember.
Hopefully all riders will make the course in August, where the Grand Prix Special will be held on Monday 8. August with the top 30 from the Grand Prix chasing the individual medals. Tuesday horses and rides have a break preparing for the final day of dressage competition: Grand Prix Freestyle Wednesday evening.
Freestyle in floodlight
The freestyle dressage is a favorite for many spectators to watch. The brilliance of music and movement pared with creativity and top performing horses make the freestyle just superb and unpredictable. At Herning2022 the freestyle for the top 15 best riders will be held on Wednesday evening in floodlight setting the mood for a spectacular evening for dressage enthusiasts to enjoy the very best dressage in the world.
Good facilities for horses and riders
The organisers behind Herning2022, Jens Trabjerg (CEO Sport) and Casper Cassøe (CEO Operations) have set the bar high for the championships. The World Championships horses are housed in permanent stables and adjacent to Stutteri Ask Stadium, the main arena where the Dressage and Jumping Championships are held, are three warm-up arenas. One warm-up arena is covered with a dimension of 25 x 70 m, and the other two have a dimension of 30 x 70 m. The riders can train inside the stable area. Here, four training areas with a size of 20 x 60 m will be established, as well as a lunge arena and an area where the horses can be walked and have the opportunity to be hand-grazed.
23 nations are awaited in Herning in the team competition, and 100 dressage riders.
Tickets for the dressage competitions are in high demand, but it’s still possible to acquire tickets to all dressage competitions here.