British and Dutch top dressage riders will perform their Grand Prix tests in the online GP Dressage Challenge organized by CDIO Hickstead and CHIO Rotterdam. From each country up to 20 top Grand Prix dressage combinations will ride a Grand Prix test for the camera in the dressage arenas of the venues in Hickstead and Rotterdam. International judges Stephen Clarke and Mariette Sanders - van Gansenwinkel give their live comments and online spectators will be able to score the tests. Dates for the broadcast with live commentary of the online GP Dressage Challenge will be announced shortly.
Grand Prix riders in both countries including Charlotte Dujardin (GBR), Emile Fauré (GBR), an Dutch chef d'equipe Alex van Silfhout responded positively on this initiative. The complete line up will follow.
"The whole equestrian world was so much looking forward to this Olympic year. COVID-19 has not only resulted in cancellation of the Olympics and our events in Rotterdam and Hickstead, it was also a great disappointment for the fans that will not see their favorite dressage riders and horses in action probably most of this year", says Patrick van der Meer, sports director Dressage at CHIO Rotterdam. "Together with CDIO Hickstead we now show them how Dressage has progressed during lock down."
"We're excited about this online challenge between our two top dressage nations", says Dane Rawlins, show director CDIO Hickstead. "For the riders this is a unique measuring moment on their way to Tokyo 2021 and an opportunity to feel the competition pressure which they lack completely this year. And of course for all dressage lovers to get a glimpse from their favorite GP dressage combination."
The tests will be filmed prior but with no public. More details on competitors, broadcasting, sponsors, starting orders, etc. will follow and will be published on chio.nl and dressageathickstead.com and on social media (#rotterdamhicksteadgpc).
About CHIO Hickstead:
Dressage at Hickstead – the UK’s premier dressage venue and home to the CDI3*. Dressage at Hickstead was founded in 1993 after four years of preparatory work by International dressage rider Dane Rawlins and a small group of financial supporters, on a site of land at Douglas Bunn’s All England Jumping Course in Hickstead, West Sussex. Its first year coincided with the demise of the fantastic Goodwood dressage venue. Within the space of only a few years it grew to become Britain’s premier venue for both International and National dressage competitions.
About CHIO Rotterdam:
CHIO Rotterdam is the only Dutch equestrian 5* outdoor event and belongs to the very best international events in the world. With a 72 years history in top level showjumping and dressage CHIO Rotterdam is also the eldest international topsports event in Rotterdam.
For business the CHIO is THE place to be. Many prominent politicians and top executives visit the event every year. Together with the KLM Open and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament the CHIO belongs to the top 3 of Dutch hospitality events in the Netherlands. The 12 months events calender for the business clubs such as Friends of CHIO, CHIO Port Club Rotterdam, Schoufour Society, etc. is unique in the sports and equestrian world.
The event is more than a great place to meet for equestrian fans and businesses. The CHIO social programs contribute to the Rotterdam society and with various activities for children, shows, entertainment and the well known 'Stroodorp' the CHIO Rotterdam is a wonderful experience for every visitor.