Full success in Wiesbaden
The premiere of the Almased Dressage Amateurs in Wiesbaden was a full success – with a 'shy' start.
„At the beginning the entries came slowly, riders didn't really know what to think about this new series“, explains Isabelle Kettner, who is in charge of the dressage competitions at the International Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier. „But the nearer the PfingstTurnier got, the more entries came.“ Very shortly before the PfingstTurnier started, the German federation asked the Wiesbadener Reit- und Fahr-Club to organize the first qualification for the Dressage Children for the European Championship. „So we had to change the timetable a little bit what made it impossible for one of the ADA-starters to come“, tells Kettner, „of course, we reimbursed the starting fee.“
In the end: The riders of the ADA Wiesbaden were overwhelmed by the arena, the atmosphere and the marvellous location in front of the castle. Louisa Lüttgen and Antje Hell, who both started in the Gold Tour, emphasized, how much they enjoyed every moment of the show and the chance to be part of it. Absolutely happy and proud was also the winner of the Bronze Tour, Katharina Stumpf from Austria. She loved her experience at the ADA in Wiesbaden for every minute.
The first round for all ADA-riders took place on Thursday afternoon, the second round for the Bronze Tour-riders was on Friday while the second round for the Silver and Gold Tour-riders was on Sunday evening – directly before the traditionel freestyle with floodlight, which is one of the spectator's highlight every year.
The riders used the time in between to watch the international dressage riders in the Grand Prix Freesteyle-Tour as well as in the Grand Prix Special-Tour, the international jumping and eventing competitions and quite a few of them also enjoyed watching the spectacular Vaulting athlets in front of the castle. A multiple choice of watching other disciplines they definitely don't have at any other show.
If there is something new in the sport, especially in dressage sport, people are usually sceptical. So were the international group of judges in Wiesbaden. After the six ADA-competitions they were pleased that the sport they have judged was serious dressage sport with fine riding. „We are very sure that we would have a lot more demand of the ADA starting places next year“, says Kettner. The contract between the ADA and the Internationalen Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier has only been for one year to start, but Kettner is positive that the cooperation might go on. „Many riders wanted to watch the premiere before being part of it, but after they have seen it and the feedback was gorgeous they will surely be there next year. For all of them who already had the courage this year – and I know you need some courage to ride in front of that crowd, with the international atmosphere and that impressive scenery – for all of them it was a marvellous experience and fantastic sport adventure.“
Almased Dressage Amateurs – a great success in Aalborg
This weekend the Almased Dressage Amateurs took place at the 2018 Equitour Aalborg in the Northern part of Denmark and not only the weather was amazing, also all the participants did a great job.
The Almased Dressage Amateurs was held at Helgstrand Dressage' facilities in Vodskov, Aalborg and the riders just found the surroundings perfect for the competition and thus the atmosphere have been terrific all days.
On the first day on Thursday Kathrine Lindboeg Lang from Denmark took the lead with Onassis in the Röwer & Rub Arena in the bronze tour followed up by Andrina Viebrock, who won the gold tour with Quibelle 2 from Switzerland. Andrina was also very successful at the show in Hamburg winning both gold competitions.
In the second part on Friday the bronze tour was won by Rikke Dupont and Fritzeck 2 from Denmark and once again Andrina Viebrock and Quibelle 2 from Switzerland won the gold tour.
In total 14 combinations were present in the Almased Dressage Amateurs and all riders were very overwhelmed by the show ground and how everything just went on so smooth. Many of the riders have been enjoying the time seeing many of the other international show classes as well.
The show organiser at Equitour Aalborg was very satisfied having the first international dressage tournament for amateurs and knowing that all riders want to join the tournament next year also, makes us very proud. - We are very pleased with the ADA in Equitour, the riders were happy and we are glad to be a part of the tournament. This has been a good opportunity for the riders and nice experience. We wish to be a part of the tournament in the future and help develop it to be bigger and greater, says show organiser Jens Trabjerg.
Prize giving in the Almased Gold Tour on Friday May 25th.
High expectations for the last Almased competition - open for entries
World Cup Herning is approaching and the same is the last part of the new dressage tournament, Almased Dressage Amateurs. Both are taking place in the magnificent surroundings of Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.
Every year, the international event attracts some of the world's best dressage and show jumping equestrians, and the show organisers are expecting a formidable ending as the last Almased competition is taking place.
Shortly, MCH Messecenter Herning is ready to invite you for 5 days of world-class international riding from October 17-21. Naturally, the focal point of the event is the prestigious FEI World Cup in dressage, although many of the dressage world's rising stars are undoubtedly looking forward to participate in the last part of the new dressage tournament.
- Both Denmark and Germany have welcomed the idea of a new tournament for amateurs and thus the classes have included many new talents. It has been a pleasure to see the riders compete in the same surroundings as the professionals and the positive feedback from the participants means that we are working intensively to repeat the success next year as Almased supports the idea too, said show organiser, Jens Trabjerg.
One of the riders who got a wildcard to participate in the Almased tournament at Dressage Masters Luxembourg in Leudelange was Danish Simone Lunding-Hoppe. Experiences like these really whet one's appetite and it is hard not to let oneself be affected by the joy of Simone telling about her experience in Leudelange.
- Heimdals Champ and I was lucky to get a wildcard to join the Almased Dressage Amateurs tournament in Luxembourg this summer. Champ and I had only been competing twice this season, so it was a bit frightening at first, but I couldn't say no to such a big adventure. We travelled alone and everything went well. Champ is such a great horse. After two days of travelling, we arrived at Leudelange in Luxembourg and it was just a pleasure to be received by a professional team. The event was a huge experience. The surroundings and to compete alongside talented riders from all over the world were amazing. As Champ and I won Prix Sct. Georg scoring more than 70% made the experience very special. It was a long trip back home, but I was very grateful to have this opportunity and I'm looking forward to participating at the World Cup in Herning, said Simone Lunding-Hoppe.
The last competition in the Almased tournament is open for entries. You sign up by contacting your national federation. You are allowed to participate, if you are 26 or older and are not on FEI's world rankings.
You can choose among the following tours;
- Bronze tour: PSG and Intermediate I
- Silver tour: Intermediate I and II
- Gold tour: Intermediate II and Grand Prix.
Learn more about Almased Dressage Amateurs here
View the full programm for World Cup Herning here
Buy your tickets here
Dressage Masters Luxembourg a dressage festival of the superlatives
This past week the 2018 CDI Leudelange took place on the grounds of Écuriés des près from family Sunnen and it was indeed a dressage festival of the superlatives. This was the first CDI on a 4* level in Luxembourg and the people behind have done an amazing job to welcome the 175 horses and their riders for the more than 30 competitions, which were on the program.
Specially the amateurs have been in focus according to the head of the CDI4* for a very special reason:
“Apart from the Children’s class we will have every classification imaginable – up to the new tour for amateurs” Christof Umbach, head of the CDI4* from the executing Riders Club Luxembourg, explains. The highly-requested dressage judge and trainer cares especially about the last entries of the amateurs: “Our sport depends on the amateurs. Therefore, we have to do something very special for them.” (Eurodressage)
With free entry and a full program lots of people including onlookers from the local area stopped by to join the dressage festival. All things considered it was a fantastic competition week with sunny weather, perfect show ground and a great atmosphere among the spectators all days.
Here are the results of the Almased tournament tours:
Bronze Tour 1 - PSG:
1. Simone Lunding-Hoppe/Heimdals Champ 70,5 % (Denmark)
2. Katharina Stumpf/For My Love 69,3 % (Austria)
3. Caroline Palsgaard/Findus B. 68,4 % (Denmark)
Bronze Tour 2 – Intermediare I:
1. Katharina Stumpf/For My Love 68,6 % (Austria)
2. Jutta Bitsch/Ferrari 109 67,2 % (Germany)
3. Caroline Palsgaard/Findus B. 66,1 % (Denmark)
Silver Tour 1 – intermediare A:
1. Uta Grosserichter/Diorisimmo 65,5 % (Germany)
2. Petra Ebert-Amberger/St. Marino 63,9 % (Germany)
3. Gaston Chelius/Fuchur 62,9 % (Luxembourg)
Silver Tour 2 - intermediare II:
1. Uta Grosserichter/Diorisimmo 63,5 % (Germany)
2. Anni Rossy/Chili Bang Bang 63,3 % (Luxembourg)
3. Gaston Chelius/Fuchur 59,4 % (Luxembourg)
Gold Tour 1 - intermediare II:
1. Patricia Koschel/Leuchtfeuer de 65,8 % (Germany)
2. Patrice Mourruau/Don Tignanello 59,4 % (France)
Gold Tour 2 – Grand Prix:
1. Patricia Koschel/Leuchtfeuer de 66,8 % (Germany)
2. Patrice Mourruau/Don Tignanello 59,7 % (France)
This is the second last part of the Almased Dressage Amateurs tournament this year.
Almased Dressage Amateurs in 2019
The last part of the new dressage tournament, Almased Dressage Amateurs took place from the 17th to the 21st of October at World Cup Herning. The Almased riders were looking forward to participating in the last part of the new dressage tournament, and to compete in one of Europe’s biggest arenas, alongside the professionals.
- Both Denmark, Luxembourg, and Germany have welcomed the idea of a new tournament for amateurs. It has been a pleasure to see the riders compete in the same surroundings as the professionals. We have had a lot of positive feedback from the participants and riders interested in participating in the tournament. Right now, we are working intensively to plan and improve the concept, in order to create an even better Almased Dressage Amateurs tournament in 2019, said show organiser, Jens Trabjerg.
Almased Dressage Amateurs is the first ever international amateur’s dressage tournament in Europe
- I believe that the success of this tournament is the result of this being a completely new opportunity for the amateurs. For the first time, we enable the amateur riders to compete at spectacular shows, where they, for sure, will have some great and unforgettable experiences.
Almased Amateurs Dressage in 2019
Based on the experiences and feedback from the first year, the team behind Almased Dressage Amateurs have decided to make some changes for the 2019 tour. In order to make the best conditions for the amateur riders, the Bronze, Silver and Gold tours will be changed into Big and Small tour. Small tour will be Prix St. George and Intermediate 1, while Big tour will be Intermediate 2 and Grand Prix. Furthermore, the entry fee has been lowered, and it now includes one seat in the VIP area for each rider*. To make it easier for the amateur rider to compete, the ADA classes are now to be held from Friday to Sunday at every show.
In 2019 the tour has been expanded, and will be held at the following 5 places in Europe:
- Maimarkt-Turnier Mannheim, May 3 - May 7
- Equitour Aalborg - Uggerhalne, May 24 - May 26
- Deutsches Spring- und Dressur-Derby Hamburg, May 31 - June 2
- Dressage Masters Luxembourg, July 5 - July 7
- World Cup Herning, October 18 - October 20