The Almased Dressage Tournament was introduced in 2018 as a new tournament for amateur riders. And also this year the tournament gave amateur riders extraordinary experiences in top professional surroundings with some of the world’s elite.

The tournament took place at five locations, at CDI's in Mannheim, Uggerhalne, Hamburg, Leudelange and Herning.

“The atmosphere was amazing at all shows and we loved to see, that the riders came well-prepared and delivered top performances. We hope to welcome even more riders at the 2020 Almased Dressage Tournament, and we will do our very best once again to turn the tournament into a success, said organizer Jens Trabjerg.

From the team behind the tournament we would like to thank all riders competing at the shows as well as the spectators. Without you we weren’t able to create such an tournament, that allows upcoming talents to ride at venues, that normally only are open for professionals.

View all the results from the competitions in Mannheim, Uggerhalne, Hamburg and Luxemburg here and the results from World Cup Herning here.

Soon the dates for the 2020 Almased Dressage Amateurs will be announced. So remember to keep an eye on this information page

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We are now approaching the final show in this year’s Almased Dressage Tournament, the World Cup Herning, Denmark on 16-20 October 2019. Alongside the World Cup qualifier for the 2019-2020 Wester European League World Cup and the Almased Dressage Amateurs you find CDI*** small and big tour classes as well as jumping.

The Almased Tournament is a unique opportunity for upcoming riders to join the professionals and participate in the same surroundings as some of the world’s best dressage riders. In Herning the amateurs will be judged by 3-5* judges including Susanne Baarup, Kurt Christensen, Lone Dichmann, Magnus Ringmark, Alice Schwab, Thomas Lang, Mats Eriksson, and Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel.

So far the tournament has been held in Mannheim, Uggerhalne, Hamburg and Leudelange. The tournament kicked off at CDI Mannheim before it then moved to Uggerhalne in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark, the home show of organizer Jens Trabjerg and Andreas Helgstrand. After another great show in Uggerhalne, the tournament went on to CDI Hamburg, one of the most prestigious dressage and show jumping competitions in Germany. For the fourth leg, the tournament crossed borders to arrive in Leudelange, and now it has come to the final leg in this years’ Almased Dressage Tournament, World Cup Herning, Denmark.

View the results of the tournament so far

"The success of our tournament is the result of this being a completely new opportunity for the amateurs," said organizer Jens Trabjerg. "We enabled amateur riders to compete at spectacular shows, where they had some great and unforgettable experiences."

View the entire program for World Cup Herning


This weekend, the very first Almased Dressage Amateurs competitions were hosted by Deutsches Spring- und Dressur- Derby in Hamburg. It was a great success, and the owner behind Almased, André Trouillé, was pleased with the event. “I really liked the premiere here in Hamburg”. The Almased Dressage Amateurs is an international dressage tournament for amateurs, which has been conducted for the very first time here in Hamburg. “The idea of this tournament came to me when I was in Wellington. Over there, you will find competitions for riders with world ranking points, but also extra competitions for amateurs”, Trouillé describes. “I find it a nice thought. In that way, the amateurs get more opportunities, which raises the entertainment”. The audience at the show in Hamburg were also very excited about the Almased Dressage Amateurs. “there were many people there to see the competitions. Where else do the amateurs riders get to have so much audience?”.

The Almased Dressage Amateurs tournament is divided in three categories - Bronze, Silver- and Gold- tour. The two competitions in the Bronze-tour were won by Anne Lehmann with horse Don Juan and Christina Lebens with horse Fantango OLD. In the Silver-tour Andrina Viebrock won both days with her horse Quibell. In the Gold-tour Anke Dieckell won one competition with horse Donaldson OLD and Louisa Lüttgen won the other with horse Diva Noir.








 

 


New international tournament for dressage equestrian amateurs

For many years, there have been amateur tournaments in show jumping and with focus on the joy that these tournaments have led to, Almased Wellness and Helgtrand&Trabjerg have now chosen to join together to create the first amateur tournament for dressage equestrians; Almased Dressage Amateurs.

- We have decided to create an equivalent of the great show jumping tournaments for amateurs in order to give dressage equestrians the same opportunity to participate at the big tournaments as well. We are sure that the participants will have an extraordinary experience when they are having the opportunity to participate in the same top professional surroundings as some of the world's best dressage equestrians, says the founder of Equitour Aalborg and former national coach of show jumping, Jens Trabjerg.

- We are incredibly proud that Almased Wellness has chosen to support the project. We think, that Almased Dressage Amateurs is a great initiative to help dressage equestrians on their way to an international career. The tournament can help to clarify the rider's level before seriously relying on an international career in the dressage sport. At the same time, we think that the locations for the tournament mean that more people from the north can test their current level without having to invest a lot of money in transport. International dressage competitions have so far been for a limited group of people, but we want to change that, adds Jens Trabjerg.

Almased Wellness is a German company that has developed products for the health of humans - products that has achieved great success throughout the world.

- It has always been part of our company policy to support sports both locally and internationally. We have developed health products that many athletes use, so when the chance offered to support the first dressage tournament for amateurs, there was no doubt that this project was within our area of interest and thus a natural way to support our business, says Anette Witthöft from Almased Wellness.

About Almased Dressage Amateurs

Almased Dressage Amateurs is a new international dressage tournament for amateurs organised by Helgstrand&Trabjerg and presented by Almased Wellness. In 2018, the tournament will take place at four shows; Deutsches Spring- und Dressur-Derby (9-13 May), Pfingstturnier Wiesbaden (18-21 May), Equitour Aalborg (23-27 May) and World Cup Herning (17-21 October).

Allowed to participate in the tournament are dressage equestrians at the age of 26 or older who are not on FEI's world ranking list. The tournament is limited to 24 equestrians for each show, and each rider must bring up to 3 horses.

The tournament is divided by level into the following categories: - Bronze tour: Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I - Silver tour: Intermediate I and Intermediate II - Gold tour: Intermediate II and Grand Prix.

For questions

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact the show organiser, Jens Trabjerg, at tel. +45 40 25 49 86 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The attached pictures are from Equitour Aalborg 2017 and are free for commercial use.

 


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.“