Horse & Hound Online in association with Ryanair, the low fares airline, and the Grand Hotel Mercure Royal Crown, is offering equestrian enthusiasts the fantastic opportunity to jet off to Belgium for the Mechelen CSIW Event which runs from 26 – 30 December 2001. Whatever your interest in horses, you are bound to have a great time at this super event, which includes FEI World Cup show jumping anddressage, plus showing, driving, and novelty displays, including a mini steplechase.

Ryanair, which operates four daily flights from London Stansted to Brussels South Charleroi Airport from £47 return (including taxes, subject to availability and conditions) will fly two lucky winners, plus a friend each to Brussels, and provide them with VIP passes to the FEI Event at Mechelen. Five-star accommodation (a double room for two people for two nights, including a buffet breakfast) will be provided by the Accor Hotel Group’s Grand Hotel Mercure Royal Crown, in the centre of Brussels.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport is situated 37 miles south of Brussels, less than one hour from the city centre. An express coach service to Brusselsoperates from the airport terminal building for each Ryanair flight, taking you into the heart of the European district for just 250BEF (approximately £4) each way per person.

For more information on Ryanair, or to book the cheapest flights to Brussels visit


at www.ryanair.com

For more information on the Grand Hotel Mercure Royal Crown, Rue Royal 250-1210 Brussels, Belgium, call 0032 2220 66 11 or visit

at www.mercure.com. The Grand Hotel Mercure Royal Crown is offering visitors to Horse & Hound Online a special rate (valid from 26th December 2001 until 15th January 2002) of 138 euros, based on two people sharing, including a buffet breakfast.

For more information on the CSIW Event in Mechelen, visit

at www.jumping-mechelen.com or call 0032 0781 55 151 (between 9th November and 12th December 2001) to purchase tickets.

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This competition is open to visitors to Horse & Hound Online, aged 18 years or over, and resident in Great Britain or Ireland. The judges’ decision is final, as is that of the editor in all other matters affecting the competition, and no correspondance will be entered into. The prize must be accepted as offered, there can be no alternative award, cash or otherwise, and winners should be available to travel on the 26th December, returning to London on the 28th December 2001. Transport to and from the departure and arrival airports is not included, although winners can book rental cars via the Ryanair website if they wish.

Entries received after the closing date will be disqualified, as will any entries received incomplete, illegible, or those failing to comply with the terms and conditions. Passengers travelling abroard must be insured, and are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. Prizes are from London Stansted only. Winners will be notified following the closure of the competition. Closing date: Monday 3rd December 2001.