WEG countdown: nine weeks to go

  • More than 380,000 tickets have been sold for the World Equestrian Games (WEG), which runs from 20 August to 3 September.

    Organisers are expecting half a million visitors in total, a third from abroad. Limited tickets are now available for the opening ceremony, show jumping (29-31 August only); dressage (22-26 August); eventing; driving four-in-hand (except 2 September); vaulting (24-25 August only) and reining (1 September only).

    For tickets (tel: 0049 241 917 1111) or visit www.aachen2006.de/tickets.

    New home for dressage

    To cope with spectator demand, the dressage championships have been moved to an arena within the main stadium, where the show jumping will also be staged, with room for 40,000 fans.
    The eventing and driving four-in-hand will be in a temporary stadium seating 8,000 spectators. The old dressage arena now has a roof and will house the reining and vaulting championships.

    WEG stamps

    Ranking horse sport alongside football, Germany’s post office produced a special stamp to mark the second biggest sporting event to take place in the country this decade. The stamp has an additional surcharge, with proceeds going to the Deutsche Sporthilfe Foundation.

    Belgium gets better

    Belgium will send a team of four dressage riders to the WEG for the first time. Riders must score 65% twice internationally one year before the closing date (17 July) to qualify.
    Jeroen Devroe (Paganini), Mieke Lunskens (Jade), Carl Cuypers (Hofgut Liederbach’s Barclay II), Françoise Hologne Joux (Born) and Sophie Baetens van Lent (Dark Diamant) have all achieved this feat.

    Dedicated microsite

    Horse & Hound Online will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news in the run-up to, and throughout, WEG on a dedicated microsite, coming soon.

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