International Dressage- and Jumpingfestival

Each year in August, the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival opens its gates to welcome visitors and guests. The major hippological event in the Riders’ Town will be celebrated from August 3 – 7 this year, and during these five days, the two- and four-legged athletes will be again in the focus of attention. The Festival is to be opened by the  Herwart von der Decken-Show, a gathering of the best mares of the Hanoveraner breeding area. The diversity of the tournament is unique: The whole range of training levels covers all age-groups of dressage horses, from young horse development classes to the qualifier for the Federal Championships of five- and six-year-old horses and the Hanoverian Dressage Horse Championships, the qualifier for the Nuremberg Cup or the Piaff Challenge Cup up to Grand Prix de Dressage and Grand Prix Special. And it will be similar for the show jumping course: International jumper classes at the CSI**-level, the Hanoverian Show Jumping Championships and the amateur tour Gaudemus Equis will delight horse enthusiasts from near and far.
Become part of the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival and experience the fascination of equitation, the unmatched Verden Flair and the Verden Country Days. 



The timetable for the international Dressage- and Jumping-Festival 2016 is online » Read more

Modern, impressive, surprising – International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival

Each year in August, the horse world meets in Verden for the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival. Verden has been a well-introduced venue for show jumping and dressage for decades and many times also a source of new ideas. Modern and surprising – this is how the Verden International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival will present itself from August 3 – 7, 2016. And the participants appreciate this setting.

A new basis for international show jumping sport

It is the first time that the CSI Verden will be held in the huge Riders’ Stadium on sandy footing. A step the Organizing Committee has thought long about to constitute increased weather independence. Compared with grass, sand provides advantages when it rains. These are exactly the benefits the Riders’ Stadium offers on its 95 x 65 m competition grounds. The new footing already passed its rehearsal a couple of days ago with the National Lower Saxonian Championships, hosted by Pferdesportverband Hannover. This is another step forward for the international tournament.

Verden welcomes the world
The response to the Verden Festival is obvious: The International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival is an established event in the sports schedule, even without competitions at the championship-level. 76 riders from 15 nations with their 263 horses have entered for the CSI, endowed with approx. 75,000 Euro. To be added are 112 seven- to eight-year-old futurity prospects of the international riders. The guests come from Canada and Bermuda, from South Africa, the US and the whole of Europe. The Championship-riders Patrick Stühlmeyer (Osnabrück), Janne Friederike Meyer (Hamburg) and Mario Stevens (Cloppenburg) as well as German Vice Champion Christian Hess (Boostedt) will participate. One of the most successful young Swedish riders is Nicole Persson who won the Redefin Championships in May. The Slovene Pato Muente shined among the top 10 in the German Show Jumping Derby where he won the style prize. The Swiss team European Champion (2009) Clarissa Crotta who lives in Lower Saxony, will conquer the Verden Festival, just as the US-rider Chloe Reid.

Dressage pur – from small to large
And this can indeed be taken literally: Following the debut in 2015, the second edition of the International Dressage Cup for Young Ponys will be held for five- and six-year-old dressage ponies – in fact a similar competition than the championship-event. There will be two competitions per age group. The idea was modelled on the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses, and the debut was fantastic. The tests were announced on the national level, however, the regulations allow max. four guest nations to participate, too. » Read more

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