Rotterdam, August 19th, 2018 – Exactly 1 year from today Rotterdam will jump into the FEI European Championships. From August 19th until 25th 2019 the city of Rotterdam will host three European Championships; FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage & Para-Dressage. To celebrate this kick off moment, today, in cooperation with Sportbedrijf Rotterdam, at the youth event in Rotterdam Ahoy symbolically the first jumping fence was introduced. This obstacle is part of the activation program for the FEI European Championships in the forthcoming year.
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Managing Director of the European Championships Fred Rozendaal: “These combined EC, in fact three European Championships in one, has never been in The Netherlands in this format before. This is the very first time that the Netherlands will host a Para Dressage Championship. The event in 2019 will be the largest equestrian event ever at the venue in Rotterdam and apart from the World Equestrian Games in 1994, the largest in the Netherlands. The 2019 European Championships will be the first qualifier for the Olympics in 2020. You can imagine how proud we are! To ensure even more children and adults will get to know our beautiful sport we have developed a fantastic side events program which will demonstrate how equestrian sport bonds.”
City of Rotterdam All In
The jumping fence which was launched today in Rotterdam Ahoy is part of a course that will be used on several occasions and at several places throughout the year in the city of Rotterdam. Edwin de Koning, project manager events at Sportbedrijf Rotterdam: “As Sportbedrijf Rotterdam we try to connect just as the EC-organisers. We will introduce this course in the coming year at existing Rotterdam events, during gym classes, at sports clubs and at iconic locations in the city.” This is only one of the many upcoming side events. Also the program 'Work like a Horse' will be expanded and there will be strong visibility of the FEI European Championships in the city and online. For all these activities there is great support from sponsors and partners.
For more information about the FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage & Para-Dressage: follow the social media of CHIO Rotterdam. In fourth quarter of this year a dedicated website for the FEI European Championships will be launched.
About: FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage & Para-Dressage
The FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage and Para Dressage will be hosted in the Netherlands from August 19 - 25, 2019. The Kralingse Bos and Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam will be the venue for this equestrian top sports event. Supported by many partners and sponsors and with a lot of social side events this world class event will be very accessible and hospitable. A place where people, organizations and business can meet and enjoy the equestrian sports. The EC 2019 will become a sportive incentive for a new generation fans, partners, supporters and spectators; Connected by Horsepower.
The CHIO Rotterdam Foundation is the official organizer of the three European Championships. CHIO Rotterdam is the only Dutch 5* equestrian outdoor event and one of the leading equestrian events in the world. With over 70 years history CHIO Rotterdam is also the eldest top sports event in Rotterdam. Many local political and business leaders visit the event every year. Together with KLM Open and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, CHIO Rotterdam belongs to the top 3 hospitality events in the Netherlands. From June 18 - 21 juni 2020 the 72nd editiom of CHIO Rotterdam will be at the usual and atmospheric location in the Kralingse Bos.