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World Championships in Verden on 4-8 August 2010

2010-04-24

5 y.o. world champion Hønnerups Driver ridden by Andreas Helgstrand (Foto: Ridehesten.com).
5 y.o. world champion Hønnerups Driver ridden by Andreas Helgstrand (Foto: Ridehesten.com).
Again in 2010 the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships for Young Horses take place in Verden. Numerous spectators will be enjoying the absolute unique atmosphere of the competition area.
For decades, the major tournaments in Verden have been ranking among the most important equestrian events in Germany and abroad.
In 2010, the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival in Verden, featuring also the F.E.I. World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses, will again attract more than 40,000 guests from all over the world. Breeders, instructors and riders as well as all those who love equestrian sport will come to the Rider’s Town of Verden to see the future championship stars at young age. Apart from that, it will be a good opportunity to spend a pleasant time in the relaxed atmosphere of the exhibition "Verden Country Days", covering a wide range of products for horses, home and stable.
This event is not only an extensive equestrian sport happening, it also attracts people from different branches like business, media, society and sport long before the event really starts.
Year by year, the fascination for equestrian sport in Germany is growing and in the meantime, the horse industry’s turnover exceeds billions of Euro. The "Horse Country of Lower Saxony" and the Rider’s Town of Verden occupy a leading position.

Price giving ceremony (Foto: Ridehesten.com).
Price giving ceremony (Foto: Ridehesten.com).
The FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses were a pilot project when they were inaugurated in Verden in 1997. They were modelled on the World Breeding Show Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Studbook Zangersheide (Belgium). In 1999 and 2000, they were held in Arnheim (Netherlands), and in 2010, Verden/Aller will be the venue for the eleventh time. Following lots of considerations and discussions, the F.E.I. determined the selection criteria so that there will not be more than 50 competitors in each age-group (five- and six-year-old horses).
Prominent riders and horses will participate at these dressage competitions for young horses. At least half of all competing horses are approved stallions. The number of participants from foreign countries has been constantly growing over the years. In 2009, 21 nations were represented: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Canada, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, USA and Germany. The quantity of visitors attending this dressage event is very high. In 2008 and 2009, there were approx. 40.000 visitors in total at all days of the event.